The Role of an FSLW
Family School Liaison Workers (FSLW) facilitate the relationship between the home, school environment and community organizations supporting student achievement by acting as a communication liaison and helping all students feel welcome in the school. FSLW’s assess the needs of the child and family and offer support including home visits, referral to community organizations, and counselling to positively manage challenging issues and events. Family School Liaison Workers play an important role in the school and provide support to other staff members to understand a variety of topics including trauma, equity, grief and loss and anti-racism through consultation and presentations.
We are blessed to work and learn within a district that values and supports the mental wellbeing of our students. Here at ASAA, we have a Family School Liaison Worker who strives to deliver support for students, families and the school as a whole, by providing universal and targeted interventions that support social-emotional learning alongside academic learning. The development of social-emotional awareness allows students to enjoy and navigate the world around them.
The main ways your student may receive education about their mental wellbeing, to support their social and emotional success at school, include coordinated universal classroom presentations designed to educate the students on pro-social behaviors such as kindness, sharing and empathy. The development of these skills assists our students to improve their attitude towards learning and can assist with the development of stress management and self-regulation skills.
At times, there will be small group opportunities that allow for the development of close connections between peers and adults. These opportunities can foster authentic discussions and skill development regarding topics such as friendship skills, self-regulation skills, decision making or self confidence etc.
When needed, individual interventions can occur that allow students an outlet to talk or solve problems utilizing a solution focused approach. These interventions encourage students to identify their own strengths, resources and problem solving skills. As these resources and skills are identified, the FSLW can work alongside the student to assist them to resolve issues and create change.
The FSLW uses a collaborative approach connecting with both the student and their family to ensure that skills that can be developed at school can be transferable to the home as well. The FSLW also has the ability to connect families to appropriate community resources that can provide further wrap-around services.
MindUp: The MindUp curriculum contains lessons that focus on social-emotional learning by linking brain science, positive psychology and an awareness of self-regulation. MindUp is a research based program, specifically designed for students in Kindergarten to the 8th grade to help students learn strategies that will help them to focus their attention, improve self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress and develop a positive mindset.
The MindUp curriculum is offered to Grades 3 classes at ASAA.
Ms. Jenn has been at ASAA since September of 2018, after spending the first many years of her career working within other Human Services agencies. Ms. Jenn currently works 4 days per week at ASAA while also working to complete her Masters in Counselling Psychology. As a parent of 4, herself Ms. Jenn feels passionate about her work with students and wants to see them feel success as students through their development of self-confidence, self-awareness and strong social skills.
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