Wyoming school social worker gets iSavvy

By Anna Yee

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM CDT

WYOMING, Ill. -- These students at Stark Elementary School get a visit from Regina Walk once a week.

As the school social worker, her lesson plans cover a lot of ground.

"It goes from doing social skills, anger management," said Mrs. Walk, "full classroom presentations, small group, or one-on-one counseling for students."

Mrs. Walk also travels across the district to work with students one-on-one.

She develops specific lessons for those with learning disabilities, like autism.

"One student is going to like one resource, and another student is going to like another resource," said Mrs. Walk.

That's where the $1,000 grant enters the picture.

Mrs. Walk plans on buying an iPad to help her students engaged and help them grow.

"There are social skills programs and apps out there that really help kids that maybe don't have the social skills and really have to practice it," said Mrs. Walk. "It gives them something to focus on, and they're still learning and loving it."

There's a long list of apps Mrs. Walk has her eye on, anything from interactive sensory games to story telling, which will go beyond the classroom.

"That's why I'm a school social worker and plan on staying a school social worker," said Mrs. Walk, "because you do see the change, and it helps not just the school environment but these kids for life."