A Note from the Counselor
Hello and welcome to an exciting new school year! My name is Ally Swisher and I am incredibly thankful and happy to be Prairie Point’s School Counselor. I am entering my 12th year in education, with eight of those years being an elementary and middle school teacher. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wichita State University, a Master’s Degree in Education (English Speakers of Other Languages) from Fort Hays State, and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Emporia State University. My passion is connecting with, encouraging, and empowering children to understand and experience their true worth, and to thrive emotionally, academically, and socially. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters and husband. My favorite activities are being outdoors, trying new restaurants, and running.
If you have any questions regarding the counseling program or would like to refer your child, please contact me directly at 816-359-6289, email me at email@example.com, or you can refer your child online. Read more about referrals below.
I look forward to working together this year to help ensure your child’s success in school and life. We are going to have an awesome year!
Virtual Calm Down Room
If a student, needs to check in with Mrs. Swisher to discuss a problem or feeling they are experiencing, they can complete a Student School Counseling Self-referral form. To access this form, students will need to use their "park hill email." Responses will be recorded and sent to the school counselor. This referral is for non-emergent situations. If there is an immediate need for help, please call Mrs. Swisher at (816) 359-6289 or Miss Anderson at (816) 359-6379. If this is a mental health emergency, please call 911, or the Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741
Zones of Regulation
Regulation is something everyone continually works on whether or not we are cognizant of it. We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place. This comes more naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs more attention and practice. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation (or Zones for short).
The Zones of Regulation creates a systematic approach to teach regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. Integrating in cognitive behavior therapy, students build skills in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition. The framework is designed to help move students toward more independent regulation while also honoring and respecting each student and their unique self.
Have your child take the pre-survey.
Zones Check-In For Home
You can use this document to do a home check in, or watch the video below.
Read Aloud Videos
Pick a category and listen to books about that topic.
To support life-long success for all Prairie Point Elementary students, the School Counselor works with students, parents, and staff to facilitate a comprehensive guidance program that teaches respect, responsibility, and positive role modeling.
Visit Student and Family Support on the district website for a list of helpful resources.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling sessions, with parent permission, for students focusing on: divorce, grief, anxiety, study skills, friendship/social skills, and anger management. If you feel that your child needs assistance in any of these areas please let me know.
Parents and/or Teachers-- If you would like your child or student to participate in a small group with Mrs. Swisher, please fill out the Small Group Referral Form. Thank you!
According to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, "Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself."
The program also shares that, "Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be a part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the internet."
I compiled a list of books based on different categories I think will be helpful for my students.