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New Emerson School
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Math & Science Center @ CMU

2660 Unaweep Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81503
Phone (970)254-6500

Counselor- Leslie Atchison

Dear Parents,
I wanted to provide you with some information about the small groups I offer at New Emerson School.
Here is a description of the groups:

  • Goal groups -The purpose of this group is to offer support for students in accomplishing school related goals (academic, behavioral, or social) established between the teacher and the student. My role is to meet with students individually or in small groups (if goals are similar) to help them make a plan for accomplishing their goals, help them monitor their progress, and to provide encouragement along the way.
  • Changing Family/Divorce group -The purpose of this group is to offer support for students who have experienced a recent change in their family due to parental separation or divorce.
  • Grief group -The purpose of this group is to offer support for students who have recently experienced the death of a close family member or loved one. A hospice worker often joins the school counselor to co-facilitate these groups in the school setting.
  • P/T Cruiser group, P/T =Positive Thinking -This group is for students who worry a lot. The purpose of this group is to help students learn to think positively and learn various relaxation techniques that help with reducing worrying. I use a workbook with students called What to Do When You Worry Too Much which teaches these strategies.
  • Girl Talk - (offered to all 5th grade girls in the spring) -The purpose of this group is to help prepare the 5th grade girls for middle school drama. The girls are encouraged to use positive forms of communication, and to avoid negative talk such as gossip and spreading rumors.
  • Super Flex - The purpose of this group is to increase students' awareness of social behavior and knowledge of social expectations. I will be using a Superhero Social Thinking curriculum called "Superflex" which teaches social thinking lessons/concepts through a comic book series and engages students as "social detectives".
Please let me know if you have any questions about these groups, or if your child has another
need that I might be able to help with.

Thank you,
Leslie Atchison
New Emerson School Counselor



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