Strengthen the Home-School Connection: Academic and Personal Goals

Lesson Details

Teachers and administrators regularly communicate with all school community stakeholders. It can be a challenge to meet the communication needs of students, parents, and staff, all while planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum. 

Forget the blame game and enjoy the school-family partnership. Students are best served when everyone is working toward their academic and personal interests. You will gain practical skills in conducting productive conversations with parents and caregivers

After this session, educators will be able to:

  • Apply approaches that help parents support students to self-advocate
  • Invite parents and caregivers into productive conversations
  • Identify methods to effectively set common expectations

Course Lessons

Teachers and administrators regularly communicate with all school community stakeholders. It can be a challenge to meet the communication needs of students, parents, and staff, all while planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum. 

Forget the blame game and enjoy the school-family partnership. Students are best served when everyone is working toward their academic and personal interests. You will gain practical skills in conducting productive conversations with parents and caregivers

After this session, educators will be able to:

  • Apply approaches that help parents support students to self-advocate
  • Invite parents and caregivers into productive conversations
  • Identify methods to effectively set common expectations

Conversations That Build Self-Esteem for your Child with Autism or ADHD

Lesson Details

We want our children to live healthy, happy lives with strong connections and a positive sense of self. Conversation is a pathway to developing and sustaining a healthy and trusting relationship with your child and for having a positive impact on how they see themselves.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Start conversations that matter
  • Define self-esteem
  • Recognize the importance of self-esteem for children with autism and ADHD
  • Apply practical strategies to strengthen your child’s self-esteem

Course Lessons

We want our children to live healthy, happy lives with strong connections and a positive sense of self. Conversation is a pathway to developing and sustaining a healthy and trusting relationship with your child and for having a positive impact on how they see themselves.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Start conversations that matter
  • Define self-esteem
  • Recognize the importance of self-esteem for children with autism and ADHD
  • Apply practical strategies to strengthen your child’s self-esteem

Perfectionism: Hidden Barrier to Wellbeing

Lesson Details

It has been said that perfectionism is a trait that makes life an endless report card on accomplishments or appearances. The tendency toward perfectionism has increased significantly among young people over the past 30 years. It can be associated with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and even suicide. The needs to feel accepted and to be cared about tend to drive perfectionism and without treatment, may get worse over time. 

Perfectionists strive for flawlessness in themselves and/or in others. If you’re wondering whether you have these tendencies, the chances are that you do to one degree or another. After this class you will be able to:

  • Define and recognize traits of perfectionism in self and/or child
  • Recognize problems associated with perfectionism
  • Apply action steps to reduce perfectionism in yourself and/or your child

Course Lessons

It has been said that perfectionism is a trait that makes life an endless report card on accomplishments or appearances. The tendency toward perfectionism has increased significantly among young people over the past 30 years. It can be associated with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and even suicide. The needs to feel accepted and to be cared about tend to drive perfectionism and without treatment, may get worse over time. 

Perfectionists strive for flawlessness in themselves and/or in others. If you’re wondering whether you have these tendencies, the chances are that you do to one degree or another. After this class you will be able to:

  • Define and recognize traits of perfectionism in self and/or child
  • Recognize problems associated with perfectionism
  • Apply action steps to reduce perfectionism in yourself and/or your child

Class Recording and Handouts

Lesson Details

Young children experience very strong emotions, and they can be frustrating or confusing to parents. This Flash Class will address how to coach our child through their emotions, develop self-regulation skills, and foster emotional intelligence that will set them up for success in school and beyond. 

Course Lessons

Young children experience very strong emotions, and they can be frustrating or confusing to parents. This Flash Class will address how to coach our child through their emotions, develop self-regulation skills, and foster emotional intelligence that will set them up for success in school and beyond. 

9.16.21 Class Recording and Handouts

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Parents are less stressed when their kids cooperate. Children are more cooperative when they feel positively connected with their parents. This live online class will help you understand and apply:

• Communication skills that build strong parent-child connections

• Parent behaviors that help kids cope with stress so they can develop self-control

• Effective discipline that reduces misbehavior and increases positive behavior in the long run

You will have a chance to ask questions and get answers on the spot. You will also receive helpful cheat sheets to look back on when you are trying out new approaches.

Course Lessons

Parents are less stressed when their kids cooperate. Children are more cooperative when they feel positively connected with their parents. This live online class will help you understand and apply:

• Communication skills that build strong parent-child connections

• Parent behaviors that help kids cope with stress so they can develop self-control

• Effective discipline that reduces misbehavior and increases positive behavior in the long run

You will have a chance to ask questions and get answers on the spot. You will also receive helpful cheat sheets to look back on when you are trying out new approaches.

8.25.21 Public Class Recording and Handouts

Lesson Details

Parents can take steps to ease their school age children—and themselves—back into the school year with a positive attitude. Help your family develop effective routines, positive connections, and healthy stress-coping skills. Learn strategies to help the whole family approach online or in-person learning at school with excitement rather than worry.
After this class, you will be able to:

  • Apply strategies to manage your stress around the start of the school year as a parent and teach these strategies to your children
  • Motivate your children to develop healthy habits that support positive mental health and well-being, as well as academic learning
  • Develop playful routines that will support a positive transition  
  • Create connections with teachers and administrators at your child's school to strengthen their sense of belonging 

Course Lessons

Parents can take steps to ease their school age children—and themselves—back into the school year with a positive attitude. Help your family develop effective routines, positive connections, and healthy stress-coping skills. Learn strategies to help the whole family approach online or in-person learning at school with excitement rather than worry.
After this class, you will be able to:

  • Apply strategies to manage your stress around the start of the school year as a parent and teach these strategies to your children
  • Motivate your children to develop healthy habits that support positive mental health and well-being, as well as academic learning
  • Develop playful routines that will support a positive transition  
  • Create connections with teachers and administrators at your child’s school to strengthen their sense of belonging 

8.11.21_Public Class Recording and Handout

Lesson Details

Is your preschool or school age child keeping you up at night?
Does your child’s bedtime routine take hours?
Does your child make lots of extra requests after lights out?
If so, you are invited to the Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach workshop. You will learn how to help your child fall asleep independently at bedtime with a gentle and gradual approach that will help your child learn to fall asleep quickly and easily at bedtime (and stay in his or her own bed all night!) You will also learn how to manage those “call backs and curtain calls” that most children love to make after lights out!

Course Lessons

Is your preschool or school age child keeping you up at night?
Does your child’s bedtime routine take hours?
Does your child make lots of extra requests after lights out?
If so, you are invited to the Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach workshop. You will learn how to help your child fall asleep independently at bedtime with a gentle and gradual approach that will help your child learn to fall asleep quickly and easily at bedtime (and stay in his or her own bed all night!) You will also learn how to manage those “call backs and curtain calls” that most children love to make after lights out!

8.3.21 Public Class Recording and Handout

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You don't have to go it alone. Being able to recognize the behavior as symptoms and having a clear plan about how to invite cooperation and respond to challenging behaviors will reduce your family stress and strengthen your child's positive behavior. Join with other parents facing similar struggles and create a plan that will work for your family. At the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Understand the most effective ways to set the stage for cooperation through carefully chosen wording and timing
  • Apply effective behavior support techniques combining clear communication and useful consequences when needed

Course Lessons

You don’t have to go it alone. Being able to recognize the behavior as symptoms and having a clear plan about how to invite cooperation and respond to challenging behaviors will reduce your family stress and strengthen your child’s positive behavior. Join with other parents facing similar struggles and create a plan that will work for your family. At the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Understand the most effective ways to set the stage for cooperation through carefully chosen wording and timing
  • Apply effective behavior support techniques combining clear communication and useful consequences when needed

7.27.21 YUM! Brands Class Recording and Handout

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Even before the Pandemic, mental health disorders were the most common diseases of childhood (https://childmind.org/2015-childrens-mental-health-report/). Due to the dramatic increase in children and teens entering hospital emergency departments, some are declaring a pediatric mental health emergency. Whether your child is doing fine and you want to prevent future mental health issues, or your child just doesn’t seem like their usual self or has actually declared suicidal thoughts, you can help

Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social well-being, according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Parents with Mental Health Literacy recognize that their own mental health affects their children’s well-being and that children’s behavior is sometimes a call for help. Mental health literacy is the ability to prevent, recognize and cope with mental health conditions. Participants in this class will be able to:

  • Identify and apply relationship strategies and everyday habits that support good mental health in children and teens 
  • Recognize the impact of parents’ mental health on the family
  • Recognize and respond to signs in children and teens that more support is needed

Course Lessons

Even before the Pandemic, mental health disorders were the most common diseases of childhood (https://childmind.org/2015-childrens-mental-health-report/). Due to the dramatic increase in children and teens entering hospital emergency departments, some are declaring a pediatric mental health emergency. Whether your child is doing fine and you want to prevent future mental health issues, or your child just doesn’t seem like their usual self or has actually declared suicidal thoughts, you can help

Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social well-being, according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Parents with Mental Health Literacy recognize that their own mental health affects their children’s well-being and that children’s behavior is sometimes a call for help. Mental health literacy is the ability to prevent, recognize and cope with mental health conditions. Participants in this class will be able to:

  • Identify and apply relationship strategies and everyday habits that support good mental health in children and teens 
  • Recognize the impact of parents’ mental health on the family
  • Recognize and respond to signs in children and teens that more support is needed

7.26.21 Public Class Recording and Handouts

Lesson Details

Morning routines drive you a little crazy. Does trash only get taken out after a zillion reminders? Parents who spend time nagging, complaining, and punishing tend to have less time to meaningfully connect with their children. Consider the use of Family Meetings and other practical strategies to create smoother family routines and support children to be more responsible. You will find yourself connecting and celebrating more on a daily basis.  

Participants will be able to: 

  • Create family rules as a team 
  • Create family routines that work 
  • Introduce and implement family meetings in ways that improve family communication and cooperation  

Course Lessons

Morning routines drive you a little crazy. Does trash only get taken out after a zillion reminders? Parents who spend time nagging, complaining, and punishing tend to have less time to meaningfully connect with their children. Consider the use of Family Meetings and other practical strategies to create smoother family routines and support children to be more responsible. You will find yourself connecting and celebrating more on a daily basis.  

Participants will be able to: 

  • Create family rules as a team 
  • Create family routines that work 
  • Introduce and implement family meetings in ways that improve family communication and cooperation