through TRAININGS and workshops I help adults empower kids

Creating Positive and Successful Peer Interactions: Six Elements to Keep in Mind

In this talk, a framework for how to think through and set-up successful play and peer interaction opportunities is shared, along with many real examples of this framework in action. 

How Can We Encourage Kids to Think Critically? Exploring Mindful Use of Language by Parents and Professionals

In this presentation, participants will be shown a speaking style called declarative language that can be naturally used within social interactions to encourage connection and learning

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How Can We Help Kids Develop Social Competence Across the Day? Four Core Strategies

By being thoughtful with our language and communication, and by identifying opportunities for social connection and problem solving during naturally occurring moments, we can support and increase an individual's social competence. In this talk, four core strategies are shared, with a focus on how to use these strategies to capitalize on moments that are already happening in your day.  

Thinking About Social Competence: An Introduction to Social Learning Challenges - Strengths, Weaknesses and Ways We Can Help

This training is packed with information to help parents and educators understand the subtle but significant areas of challenge of students who may be fairly independent in the classroom, but struggle with making friends, trying new things, and handling the unexpected.

A Case Study in Disruptive Behavior (presented at the 11th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference in June 2018)

In this case study presentation, three 10-year old nuanced social communicators will be introduced in the context of their social group. Over the years, these fast paced, intelligent, boys with a great sense of humor, have received diagnoses including ADHD, High Functioning Autism, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. Each boy has found themselves in trouble at school for “disruptive behavior” or for being overly emotional. When these challenges have been addressed using purely behavioral methods, it has affected their self-esteem and left them feeling misunderstood. These are the types of boys who usually know what is socially expected of them but cannot consistently apply their knowledge in the moment. In our group, we have viewed and addressed their difficulties through an emotional regulation lens. We have worked on (1) helping them feel good about themselves, (2) increasing their self-control in the moment, and (3) helping them become better social thinkers. In this presentation, their journey and progress will be shared through video clips, example materials, and discussion. These boys are unique and fun to watch! Attendees will enjoy some laughs with these three special boys and walk away with ideas on how to support this more challenging profile.

Talking to Kids in a Mindful Way

Training Classes via Video Conferencing: This training is geared for parents and professionals who want to master their ability to communicate with kids using a thoughtful, positive style that brings out everyone's best. Personalized feedback and instruction are provided to help adults make the most of each interaction

RDI® in a Nutshell

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a family centered approach that supports parents and caregivers, and equips them with the tools to help develop a child’s flexibility, sharing of memories, curiosity about another’s thoughts and feelings, and more. This presentation will give an overview of the RDI program for parent and professionals interested in learning more.