Making Progress Together
Change how your school and community grow children with training on parenting, child mental health and emotional development.
Supporting our Kids by Being Selfish
This talk focuses promoting self care for parents, teachers, school administration and therapists. Too often we forget that we cannot help our kids until we help ourselves. We are raised in a culture that teaches taking care of yourself first is selfish, but in reality its the only way to take care of others and be successful.
Helping Kids Calm
Kids who can't sit still, can't follow directions and struggle with aggressive behaviors benefit most from calm and regulated adult interactions. This talk focuses on specific ways parents and teachers can help kids be calmer by using sensory strategies, movement, and language. Learn how to calm your own body and then use it to calm theirs.
The Angry Kid
Kids have an inherent need to please adults that is directly connected to safety and survival. If they aren’t doing it, its not because they don’t want to, which we often call being being defiant. These kids look angry and mean. Often adults take their outlashes as intentional and mean spirited, but the reality is these behaviors are based in fear. This talk looks at how to see past the anger and look into the kid’s needs and fears. This helps adults connect with and show the kid how much they care for them despite their behavior, which is the key to getting the child to move towards more constructive behavior.
The Lazy Student
Kids have an inherent need to please adults that is directly connected to safety and survival. If they aren’t doing it, its not because they don’t want to, which we often call being lazy. Its usually because they are afraid they can’t, they don’t know how, or they don’t think they matter. This training goes over how to see beyond the laziness to help the kid feel capable, competent, and connected. This is the key to moving the child towards success.
Teaching Families to Play
Our culture is placing less and less value on play in childhood despite a vast research base that shows not only the value of play, but the necessity of it. Play therapy uses this natural childhood school to repair and integrate trauma, teach self-regulation and competency skills, and build family relationships and resiliency. This evidence based tool should not be limited to play therapists, but should be experienced within day to day family interactions. Taking the value of play out of the therapy room, this program will look at not only the value of play in therapy, but techniques to encourage families to implement play at home and teach parents how to play with their kids.
When Nothing Works
This talk is about the kids that drive you to your wits end. The kids that make their parents and teachers feel they have tried everything and nothing works. These adults struggle and give their all and honestly think they are going to lose their minds. This talk is about what to try when you are at your wits end and you have tried everything else.