Balint, Maria


Inspire Together!


Mrs. Maria Balint

Behaviorist/Counselor
Phone Ext.: 5757
Email: mbalint@pway.org
 
Covid-19 Resources

Ways For Parents to Help Their Children Cope During Covid-19
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/simple-activities-children-and-adolescents
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-caregiver-guide-to-helping-families-cope-with-the-coronavirus-disease-2019
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/helping-children-with-traumatic-separation-or-traumatic-grief-related-to-covid-19
https://highfocuscenters.pyramidhealthcarepa.com/creating-daily-structure-during-quarantine-tip-of-the day/utm_source=hfcbloghighlights&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blogblast20200413&utm_content=tipofday
https://www.cfchildren.org/resources/sesame-street-little-children-big-challenges/general-resilience/

Grief Resources
https://good-grief.org/covid-19/
https://www.imaginenj.org/

Support for Parents Who Have Children with Special Needs
https://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/csc/Mom2MomBrochure.pdf

Videos on Paying Attention, Empathy, Expressing your Feelings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5ILBeH9yoA&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEvfjsTpJiE

Mindfulness Activities
https://spark.adobe.com/page/vF55j1IeFKT1K/https://www.mindyeti.com/v2/s/pricingutm_source=secondstep.org&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=covid19supporthttps://www.imagineneighborhood.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFdZXwE6fRE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSgOW879jjA

Social Stories
https://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/csc/Mom2MomBrochure.pdf
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As our role as behaviorists, we will continue to make sure that we are enhancing your child’s social, emotional, and behavioral well being in school to help foster their learning in the classroom. 

We will continue to conduct our classroom lessons in your child’s classroom on topics such as responsibility, respect, anti-bullying, kindness, emotional management, conflict resolution, community, peer interactions, problem solving, self-awareness, and transitions. 

We will also be continuing our lunch groups, up to four students in each group, during their lunch time for students who may need extra support to help them build their self-esteem, make better decisions, interact with their peers more appropriately, and manage their anger.  We also provide a “Family Changes” group for students who are experiencing a divorce, a death in the family, or any type of problem that is occurring at home, which may be impeding their learning in school.  

We will also be continuing the Character Education Recognition lunches where we recognize two students from each class at the end of every month, who have been demonstrating  the character trait that has been chosen for that month.  The character traits that are recognized are Responsibility, Fairness, Respectful, Honesty, Caring, Trustworthiness, and Citizenship.

We also will be continuing the activities and assemblies for PBSIS, Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness Week, National Counselors Week and Career Awareness Day. 
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The links listed below are articles on strategies that you can use with your child:
Homework
Homework_a_Guide_for_Parents.pdf
Resiliency
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/mental-health/prevention-and-wellness-promotion/building-resiliency-helping-children-learn-to-weather-tough-times
Mental Health Prevention and Wellness
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/mental-health/prevention-and-wellness-promotion/supporting-childrens-mental-health-tips-for-parents-and-educators
Gratitude 
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/61561/25-thankfulness-activities-kids
Mindfulness

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18136/7-fun-ways-to-teach-your-kids-mindfulness.html



Meet the Behaviorist

Hello!  My name is Maria Balint, the behaviorist at Grandview Elementary since November of 2013.  I am a certified school psychologist with a Master of Science in School Psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Prior to working at Piscataway Township Schools, I was a school psychologist for nine years in Northeast, PA, and completed my School Psychology internship on Long Island, where I grew up.  My 17 years of psychology experience includes working with children and teens with ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, learning disabilities, and drug addiction.