School psychologists are scarce as schools face mental health crisis. – USA TODAY

SODUS, N.Y. – Daniel Bennett’s office at Sodus Intermediate School is a haven for kids in crisis.
When fourth, fifth or sixth graders here are fed up, ready to fight, or exhausting their teacher with their unfocused energy, they can visit Bennett’s office to jump on the mini trampoline, bounce on the balance ball chairs, or strum out their frustration on one of the guitars that hang on one wall.
This spring morning, a boy came in crying, complaining he’d been treated unfairly during a game in gym class. He told Bennett he didn’t understand the game’s rules and was punished for breaking them.
Bennett, a doctoral student at Roberts Wesleyan College here on a yearlong internship, helps each student identify their feelings, and validates them. While the student calms down, they might play a board game, shoot darts or mess with fidget toys.


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