The Counseling Department consists of licensed, masters-level clinicians who see students for weekly counseling and provide check-ins and case management. There’s ongoing communication and consultation with staff, parents and outside professionals. Counseling reports, written each term, document progress toward social emotional goals in each student’s Individual Educational Program. Counselors work closely with academic staff to develop individualized, expected targeted behavior goals reported on daily by each classroom teacher. This feedback acts as a daily communication tool for counseling sessions as well as for parents and guardians. In addition, counselors teach Health and Student Issues classes (HSI) which follow the modified Massachusetts Common Core State Standards. The counselors carry a prime responsibility for teaching the basic principles of Social Thinking™ in counseling sessions as well as in Health and Student Issues classes. As with all aspects of the LPS program, Thinking Maps® are used across the Health and Student Issues classes and individual counseling sessions.
Counseling services focus on helping students further develop their social, organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as other issues related to coping with their language-based learning disability. Counselors work on developing and strengthening: