Lee Pesky Learning Center Counseling services can address self-regulation needs on three levels: Self, Others, and Environment.
Students with LD often report dealing with frustration, facing failure, and feeling different from their peers. These experiences can affect how they think about themselves, how they feel, and how they behave. Counseling on the level of the self helps students with learning disabilities build awareness of themselves, understand and accept their unique learning profiles, and improve their ability to cope with the impact of learning differently. Counseling on the “˜self’ level is provided by mental health professionals, including social workers, psychologists, and counselors.
In addition to experiencing academic struggles, students with learning disabilities also often face social challenges that can impact school performance. Counseling can help students overcome needs in self-regulation that relate to the social world, including how to create and sustain friendships, work with others, and interact with teachers. This level of intervention sometimes includes carefully designed group work to allow practice in a safe, supportive situation. Intervention on the “others” level is also provided by mental health professionals.
To succeed in school, students must be able to meet the demands of the environment. Managing time, keeping track of assignments, and resisting distractions are just some of the self-regulation challenges that students face in their efforts to perform well academically. This level of intervention is called “Academic Coaching” at Lee Pesky Learning Center and can be incorporated into counseling or provided on its own by masters level teachers.