SEPTEMBER 10: BE SOCIAL! (Susan M. Abrams, M.A.,C.C.C/SLP and Randi Rosenblatt , M.A., C.C.C/SLP)
Are peer playdates challenging for your child? Is your child experiencing difficulty establishing and maintaining friendships? Does your child play alone at school? Is your child a literal thinker? Can your child understand the perspective of others? While most children learn the skills of social thinking intuitively, many children have great difficulties with this process. Social thinking occurs 24/7 at home, at school and in the community. Attend this workshop to learn about a dynamic approach focusing on social learning. You will leave with strategies to help your child navigate the social world.
OOCTOBER 10: THE ABCS OF CBT (Judith M. Glasser, Ph.D.)
Have you ever wondered what exactly is CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)? Will this approach help my child deal with their anxiety and/or depression? Are there strategies I can use at home? How best can I support my child who exhibits anxiety? CBT is an evidence based therapeutic approach. Come learn the basic principles of CBT. Leave the workshop with skills to help your child be a more positive thinker. Dr. Glasser is the co-author of an upcoming book "Learning to Feel Good and Stay Cool: Emotional Regulation Tools for Kids".
NOVEMBER 12: ASK A DOCTOR - PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR PARENTING (Charles P. Coggeshall, M.D.)
Parents are always wondering about their child’s development. Sleep, behavior, eating and toileting are common concerns. Dr Charles Coggeshall, Pediatrician at Pediatric Care of Rockville will engage us in a lively discussion related to these topics. Come and bring your questions. Leave with new ideas to try!
JANUARY 8: SOCIAL THINKING AT HOME (Susan M. Abrams, M.A.,C.C.C/SLP and Randi Rosenblatt , M.A., C.C.C/SLP)
This workshop will introduce you to the social thinking vocabulary and provide practical suggestions on how to incorporate it into everyday life. Creative suggestions and resources will be shared. Active participation is encouraged. Bring your concerns and leave with a plan for facilitating social thinking at home.
JANUARY 28: RAISING CONFIDENT KIDS (Emory Luce Baldwin, LCMFT)
Parents often worry about children’s problems and misbehavior, but in this talk Emory Luce Baldwin focuses on how parents can encourage children to develop what they need to feel confident and successful in life--the abilities to connect, to become more capable, to know that they count, and to face life with courage. Fortunately, this won’t be the kind of talk where you go home feeling like you have one more thing to add to your To-Do List. Emory will show you how you can use every day experiences to add to your children’s confidence that they are capable of learning and improving now and throughout life. Ms. Baldwin will be releasing her book “Parenting with Courage and Uncommon Sense” in 2013.
FEBRUARY 20: APPS, APPS, AND MORE APPS (Joan L. Green, M.A., C.C.C/SLP)
Join Ms. Green, Founder of Innovative Speech and author of "The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education", as she helps you explore the world of apps. As a parent how do you decide what app is best for your child to promote learning? For your child with special needs what apps are available to facilitate language, literacy, cognition and communication? Attend this workshop to see Joan's top picks in action and hear her suggestions for using them successfully.
MARCH 18: THE STRENGTHS OF AUTISM (Greg Wallace, Ph.D.)
Learn about the latest research findings in non-social strengths (e.g., a detail-focused cognitive style) and difficulties (e.g., inflexibility/desire for sameness) in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Wallace will discuss how these differences in non-social thinking and behavior impact the daily lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and we will discuss how this research can inform intervention strategies and development.
MAY 8: SIBLINGS - A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE (Ms. Jamell White, LCSW-C)
Parenting a child with special needs can be challenging. However, the impact on the family and specifically the siblings can be profound. What is the perspective of sibs at different ages and stages? What is the latest research on this topic? Ms. White will share her knowledge and provide you with resources to help you support your children.
MAY 22: SOCIAL BEHAVIOR MAPPING (Susan M. Abrams, M.A.,C.C.C/SLP and Randi Rosenblatt , M.A., C.C.C/SLP)
Children who exhibit social cognitive challenges have difficulty relating their actions to the consequences. (negative and positive) Using visual flow charts the child is able to visualize the concepts of expected and unexpected behavior This strategy teaches children about understanding the perspective of others and how their behavior impacts the thinking of others . At this workshop a variety of social mapping formats will be presented to use with children Pre-K through high school. Handouts will be provided to assist you in incorporating this technique at home.