Emotion regulation and social skills workshop
(for 5- to 12- year- olds)
Displays of behaviour that seem out of character or extreme very often stem from intense feelings or emotions. We might not even be aware of these emotions, and if asked, we might feel unable to answer the question, “What are you feeling?” But if we do not understand our emotions, we will find it difficult to regulate them. In this program, we will help children to unpack their emotional experiences by together answering some useful questions such as:
What are emotions?
- How do emotions manifest in our body?
- What triggers our emotional responses?
- How do emotions and thoughts interact?
- How do we regulate our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours?
Circle of Security Parenting Program
Parenting and caring can be one of the most rewarding, but also the most challenging, tasks. Parents and carers can experience loving their children as well as being angry at them, or even resenting having them.
We are also constantly met with opinions about when to force our children to eat or when to let them go to bed hungry; about how to deal with their tantrums and whether to discipline them; about whether yelling at children teaches them a lesson or only damages them, and the list goes on. Parents and carers have to constantly ‘turn up’ at work the next day and keep their children safe and well while juggling countless other responsibilities.
This group is about sharing these experiences together while learning from one of the most evidenced-based, highly-valued programs about parent-child relationships: The Circle of Security Parenting Program.
Life in My Growing Body: Self Harm Prevention and Emotion Regulation Skills for Adolescents
Self-harm can be a difficult topic to discuss with your friends, family, or even professionals. But it is a common practice among young people, and therefore an important behaviour to explore and understand. Some statistics report that one in ten young people engage in self-harm before the age of 20. Self-harm is the result of not knowing what to do in the midst of an emotional storm.
This program acknowledges the broad array of difficulties that adolescents and young people face. It aims to help with understanding the emotions that one experiences when confronted with such difficulties, and how to develop safe and healthy responses to managing them.
The Magic of Reading! Early Reading Program for Children
A vast body of research shows that the most important predictor of children’s academic success is their early reading skills. Early reading skills are a huge part of children’s development. Unlike learning to talk or walk, however, reading is not a skill that we evolved to master without specific instruction and intervention. Historically, reading was not something that everyone did, and so our brains have had much less time to develop in this area.
Why is early reading intervention important?
Your child forms positive associations with the experience of reading;
- You and your child can better understand that everyone learns to read differently;
- Figuring out what your child’s strengths and challenges are, which will help them build confidence and cultivate strategies in their areas of weakness
Clay Workshop for Children
We use Clay therapy as a means to help children gain awareness of their unacknowledged emotions. Making Clay figurines is a gentle way for children to portray their negative emotions into something they have created themselves and give them a tool to get in touch, at a deeper and more engaged level, with those unaddressed emotional experiences. This is a powerful tool for anyone to uncover their challenging and suppressed emotions through a safe and positive avenue.