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If you’ve ever had a student who struggled with separation anxiety and cried as they got out of the car, you likely wished you had some strategies you could use to help the student. As counselors (and mothers), a lot of us have experience with children who struggle with separation anxiety and could really use some practical tips to help when our kiddos are having a hard time. That is why I am so grateful that Ashley Bartley from Counselor Station is here to share some of her strategies with us!

Ashley Bartley, M.Ed., NCC, is a school counselor, author, and curriculum writer. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in School Counseling from the College of William & Mary. She has five social emotional learning children's books published with Boys Town Press and is the creator of Counselor Station, where she develops curriculum and resources for busy school counselors. Ashley lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and three young boys. She enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.

In this episode, Ashley is sharing some signs that a child might be experiencing separation anxiety, strategies she uses to help students, and preventative strategies she has found helpful. Ashley shares so many amazing and easy to implement tips and strategies that I know will help you and your students next school year!

If you want to hear more of Ashley’s strategies to help with separation anxiety, check out the IMPACT Summer Summit! This two day event includes presentations by 15 amazing specialists, Q&As, and giveaways! The summit starts June 20, 2023 so grab your ticket so you don’t miss out on this amazing summit!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Ashley’s background and how she became a specialist on separation anxiety

  • Signs a child might be experiencing separation anxiety

  • What strategies Ashley uses when she is helping a student through having a hard time coming into school

  • Preventative strategies Ashley likes to use

  • What general strategies she finds helpful with preventing and working through separation anxiety

  • How long it typically takes for students to settle into their classroom when they are having a hard morning

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!


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