Mental health issues are the leading causes of health related disabilities for young people and can affect their later success as well as the passing on of issues to their offspring/ next generation. To prevent this, more attention and investment needs to be done by governments, non-government organisations, communities and families.
The following workshops (below) are geared towards promoting and understanding early intervention as key to a child’s success as well as ways of enhancing healthy relationships between parent(s) and child(den). Parents and child-family oriented organisations are welcome to attend.
Developmental delays: a step-by-step guide for navigating the process
This workshop is for parents who can easily become confused when they suspect that their child may have a delay. Many questions can abound, such as about the process of seeking special education support, or harboring feelings of isolation from friends and family when they take steps to make the best decisions for their child.
This workshop is a step-by-step guide for families on how to navigate the early intervention process. Together, we will define the benefits of early intervention, hear stories from other families who have gone through the early intervention process and put you in touch with the right services so that you and your child can lead a brighter future.
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Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
In 2015, research showed that more than 24.8 million people were affected with Autism and that 37.2 million had Asperger syndrome (both are no longer an accepted DSM diagnosis). Both belong to the umbrella name, ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’. ASD is a neurological and developmental disorder, which affects mostly communication and behavior channels via the cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the child. ASD can be diagnosed at any age, with symptoms generally appearing in the first two years of life.
In this workshop we will explore ASD psycho-education & experience sensorially what it is like for a child with a spectrum disorder.
Intercultural Parenting and the Tanscultural Family: Tools for Better Communication
Many marriages today are intercultural and that can bring many complexities in to the relationship when there are children as well. Whether it is the language, values, beliefs and behaviours, these complexities help to shape interactions between child and parent(s) and worldviews.
In this workshop we will understand what a cultural lens or bias means, identify your own cultural lens and understand opportunities to improve your cross-cultural communication skills with your child(den). You will also get to listen to scenarios to practice overcoming communication barriers.
Circle of Security: Attachment Through Play (COMING SOON)
Every child comes into the world seeking a secure relationship with her/his parent(s). Having a secure attachment to at least one parent early on in a child’s life is so important to his/her development later and success. A strong sense of security allows the child to develop increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure. In fact, the “father” of attachment theory, John Bowlby, said this about attachment: “Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person’s life revolves, not only as an infant or a toddler or a schoolchild but throughout adolescence and years of maturity as well, and on into old age. From these intimate attachments a person draws strength and enjoyment of life and, through what he contributes, gives strength and enjoyment to others. These are matters about which current science and traditional wisdom are at one.” (Bowlby, J. (1980) Attachment and Loss: Volume 1. Attachment. Basic Books: New York.)