Workshops - Special Needs
Helping Children With Sensory Processing Disorder
Presented by Dawn Van Berkel
Does she chew on everything? Does he stiffen up when you try to hug him? Does he need something to bounce on all day long? Does the smell of certain foods cause an over-the-top gag response? Do you have to buy seamless socks and cut out all the tags in her clothing? Have you NEVER been able to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July with your child? Does she panic when you head for a public restroom with automatic toilets or hand dryers? Does he have a need to constantly touch people and things, invading the spaces of those around him?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, or have noticed other signs that seem out of sync, your child might be displaying symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder.
In this session, attendees will learn:
- What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
- The difference between sensory seeking and sensory sensitive
- Clues to identify if your child may have sensory challenges
- Tips for avoiding sensory overload and what to do if you are already there
- Ideas for calming zones
Parenting in a Family with Special or Extra Needs
Presented by Juliet Marciano
Parenting a special needs child demands an added layer of peace, calm and strength from parents.
In this workshop, attendees will learn:
- How to find a way to be partners in parenting despite different parenting styles and parenting ideas
- The unique needs of siblings of special needs kids
- How to meet the needs of all family members when a child in the family has special needs or extra needs such as any physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, or learning difference
The Added Anxiety of Parenting Children with Allergies
Presented by Stacey Pinilis
When you envisioned becoming a parent, did you ever think about what your kids would eat, or how they would eat? Whether or not you would cook for them, or if you’d go out to eat in restaurants? Would you want them to travel the world and try new things?
Life doesn’t always work out the way we plan, and when you have a child who is diagnosed with food allergies, it can make life complicated beyond just food choices. Learn how to manage your own anxieties and reclaim your life so that you can thrive amidst the stress of food allergies.
In this workshop, attendees will:
- Gain practical tools to manage your own feelings of anxiety, loss and anger
- Learn how to feel more confident to be with your children of any age when they are feeling upset or angry about their allergies.
- Feel more supported and understood on your child’s allergy journey
- Become more confident to speak up for your child in school and social settings
- Learn how to prepare for stressful situations
- Fell empowered to care for you and your child in new and creative ways