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  • Grief & Loss: Cultivating tears and growing bridges - 2014.02.27 ( Archive, Workshop Description )

    Grief & Loss: Cultivating tears and growing bridges – When a child and/or a parent must face an unthinkable loss in life, there is a whole set of instinctive responses and reactions that are set into play. Loss can be any number of things – loss of a pet; death of a grandparent, parent or other loved one; movement in and out of foster care; adoption; or even just a growing developmental awareness of death and loss. How we support and react to children during their time of grief is hugely important to how well they incorporate their experience of loss, and indeed, resolve it. To understand how we can support children, we must first understand the underlying process of grief and adaptation for children. This workshop explores in depth the adaptive process of grief and loss, what can get in the way of it, and how we can help children in walking through it so that they can continue to grown and develop as nature intended.

  • Growing ourselves to Grow up Children - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Growing ourselves to Grow up Children – It is often said that people do their best parenting before having children. Thankfully, for most of us the actual experience of parenting prompts a realignment of values that shifts to truly honoring the needs of the child. This workshop will focus on how this same dynamic is an important and humbling part of personal growth for those in the ECE field. Sometimes, we have deeply entrenched ideas about who parents should be, what their children should be like, and how they should act with us. We will focus on key points of introspection that we all must consider in order to truly champion the growing child and our work with families.

  • The Straight Talk on Psychoeducational Assessment Babble - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    The Straight Talk on Psychoeducational Assessment Babble: An everyday understanding of assessment results – Any parent who has ever had a psychoeducational assessment completed for their child knows how challenging it can be to read through a psychoeducational report. And research indicates that very few parents actually feel like they understood the assessment outcomes for their child. This workshop aims to bring a straight-forward understanding to the key outcomes of psychoeducational assessments. What does it actually mean on a day-to-day basis for a child to struggle with short-term memory? How might your child’s day-to-day life be impacted by visual-spatial exceptionalities? If processing speed is an area of challenge, how might this impact your child’s ability to absorb daily routines? We will look at each of the key areas and work to describe them in functional and meaningful ways. Workshop participants can expect straight-talk on the sometimes elusive psychobabble of assessment outcomes!

  • Homework Get Your Done!! - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Homework Get Your Done!! Supporting Children with Executive Function Challenges – Our understanding of the brain and what is actually needed for children and indeed, even adults, to be relatively at ease with the day-to-day demands of life in the classroom and beyond has resolutely highlighted Executive Function as a primary area of interest. As a result, the term ‘Executive Function’ (EF) is beginning to become more commonplace. However, it is a term that is relatively new to the field, with many of us who work to support and grow up children often left scrambling to make sense of what exactly EF is, how it develops, and what we can do to both support its development, and find ways through for children who are struggling. All too often, children who have this type of struggle are thought to be lazy, unmotivated, disinterested, or manipulative, when the reality is their brains actually cannot engage in the expected way. Participants in this workshop will leave with a clearer understanding of EF, the children impacted by delayed development of such, and strategies and supports that actually continued growth of EF related skills and abilities.

  • Heart Action: Using our hearts to grow up children - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Heart Action: Using our hearts to grow up children – As a psychologist who works with children and parents, the most commonly asked question I hear is “What do I do when…”. It would be so simple if there was a one-size-fits-all answer to that question! However, when we consider the wonderful diversity that defines the uniqueness in every child, family, and setting, the sheer complexity of that innocent little question becomes very apparent. As such, concrete lists of very specific action plans are perhaps something that should be warily approached despite their allure of offering a quick fix. Rather than focus on a succinct list of tricks and strategies, this is a workshop that supports participants to approach the growing up of children in a manner that is informed by our hearts. We will discuss how we are neurologically wired to be sensitive to and empathetic about the true needs of our children. We will work to understand how this is possible in today’s contrary pop-culture around parenting and education. And we will seek to have each participant leave feeling empowered by their own capacity to simply rely on their hearts to be exactly what our children need in order to grow and learn as nature intended.

  • Through the Child’s Eyes: Goodbye & Hello – Adoption - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Through the Child’s Eyes: Goodbye & Hello – Adoption – The forever family. For many children who have been adopted and scooped up into the warm embrace of their parents, the journey to finding a place of rest in which growth and development can truly flourish is really just beginning. For a child who has faced the ultimate “goodbye” in order to say the most amazing “hello,” there has been introduced a whole world of needs that can be confusing and overwhelming to parents, teachers, and other big people. Interesting and sometimes difficult behaviors can surface. The child might respond at times in ways that confound and seemingly escape reason. Whole developmental systems can appear delayed or slowed. Intense emotions can bubble through. Unfortunately, popularized approaches to discipline and child development often appear remiss in addressing what can be highly complex, developmental needs for children who have been adopted, and even at times, appear to worsen the situation rather than improve it. In Goodbye & Hello we will discuss the foundational developmental needs of the child through the lens of attachment. We will use this understanding to make sense of behaviours and other complexities. And we will blend together developmental needs and this understanding to arrive at ways to respond such that true rest might be found and genuine growth fostered in our children who are adopted.

  • Through the Child’s Eyes: Divorce & Separation - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Through the Child’s Eyes: Divorce & Separation – Approximately 40% of marriages in Canada end in divorce. Consider that adults are often left scrambling to adjust and pick up the pieces with what is typically an unwanted and unintended change in plans. And then think of what it must be to be a child facing all the same things. As time marches on, there are often new partners that enter the picture, and even new step-siblings and extended families that come with them. There might be two houses to travel back and forth to. There may be one parent who lives farther away with whom only occasional visits are possible. How are we meant to do this? What is the right thing for our children? What are their needs and how can we understand them? The science of child development has much to offer on the topic of supporting children through the often disorienting experience of divorce, and all the many changes that accompany that. By using this science, we will put our minds to understanding the developmental needs of children of all ages as they are faced with the changing family dynamic. We will work to understand why different behaviours can surface for children in these circumstances in order to better inform our responses to those behaviours. And ultimately, we will work to see divorce and separation the way a child does, such that our love for our children and our commitment to their well-being can keep us on track in even the most trying of times.

  • Through the Child’s Eyes: Happy Kids & Angry Birds - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Through the Child’s Eyes: Happy Kids & Angry Birds – As a society, we have never before experienced a revolution as swift and all encompassing as the Technology Revolution. The result is we are growing up children in a time when their brains and worlds are being changed and shaped by forces we could not have imagined even 10 years ago. Facebook didn’t exist a decade ago. Twitter and Instagram are a foreign language to many adults. And actual play in the real world is often replaced by screen time, with the average Canadian child being exposed to approximately 7.5 hours of “entertainment technology” per day. The challenge is that this has happened so quickly, we have not culturally had an opportunity to adjust our practices and build in safeguards and check-points to ensure that this revolution does not harm the influential brains and minds of our growing children. This workshop will focus on how technology exposure and use might be harming our children, how technology might be used to actually benefit the development of our children, and some ideas and guidelines to implement in our children’s exposure to and use of technology to ultimately protect and nurture their well-being.

  • Through the Child’s Eyes: Attention & … Squirrel! - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Through the Child’s Eyes: Attention & … Squirrel! – The topic of “attention” is one that often has parents, teachers, and all sorts of other big people utterly befuddled. How is that a child can play with Lego for hours but cannot manage to sustain his/her attention long enough to understand “put your shoes away and wash your hands…”? Why is it that some children seem to “get better” at managing their attention, while others seem to get worse? Why is it that some children simply appear to tune out, while others become highly active, and may even present with different challenging behaviours? And how does any of this relate – or not – to the popularized label of “ADHD” and the treatment of such with medication? The reality is that it can be utterly overwhelming to wade through the vast amount of often conflictual information about attentional problems, what they are, where they come from, and how to respond to them. In this Attention workshop, we will discuss all of this with the aim of equipping participants with a sense of how best to respond to the attentional systems and needs of the children they are growing up.

  • Through the Child’s Eyes: Sense & Sensitivity - 2013.10.14 ( Archive, Workshop Description, Workshops )

    Through the Child’s Eyes: Sense & Sensitivity – For some of our children, the world is simply too much. There is too much noise, bright lights, intense emotions…too much, too much, too much!! It is as though one or more parts of their sensory systems have been born with no protection. Sometimes it is a sensitivity in terms of emotions, sometimes a sensitive with one or more specific sensory systems (e.g. tactile, taste, smell, etc.). Regardless, it often leads to a child who appears easily overwhelmed, who can have interesting and challenging behaviours, who may withdraw or tune out, and who may begin to experiencing anxiety and frustration. In this workshop we will work to understand the experience of the sensitive child. We will discuss the underlying causes of sensitivity, the developmental risk that presents for the sensitive child, and ultimately, ways to support and respond to the needs of the sensitive child. Participants can expect to leave with a clearer understanding of how to make sense of sensitivity.