Winter Programs 2018

We are hoping to run 2 self-regulation groups this winter – beginning in January.

Kids In Balance Group!Kids in Balance

Although a clever pun on balance skills, this is actually a self-regulation group for kids 4 – 6 years.  Older kids who fit well developmentally with this age group are welcome as well.  It is based on OT approaches to self-regulation and includes Stuart Shanker’s self-regulation framework.  It runs for 6 sessions, every other week.  Three of the sessions will be with parents and kids, and three of the sessions will be parent training (parents only).  This is an information-packed group with great teaching tools to start exploring these topics with your kids to help them cope.  It will also include time with the therapist and a supportive group of parents to help you problem-solve specific to your situation.  It will be run by Nicole Raftis, B.Sc. O.T. Reg (Ont.), Occupational Therapist  who brings 20 years of experience to this workshop.

Dates are:  (2018)

Wed Jan 10, 24

Wed Feb 7, 21

Wed Mar 7, 21

This will be an afterschool/evening session but the time will be determined closer to the start date based on the schedules of the interested families.

Cost is $390 for the group.  This will be billed as Occupational Therapy Group Treatment.  Parent sessions can be billed in parent’s name.

Topics Covered:

Session 1 – parents only – intro, review of the Shanker Model of Self Regulation

Session 2 – Kids and parents — introducing How Does your Engine Run analogy,  and ‘flipping your lid’ analogy, making visual representations, trying out one regulating strategy

Session 3 – Kids and parents — reviewing model,  trying of regulating strategies, and noticing activities that dys-regulate

Session 4 – Parents only – Further topics: co-regulation, Thayer Matrix, coaching on individual issues

Session 5 – Kids and Parents – sharing experiences that get us ‘revved up’,  reviewing our heart rates, introducing further strategies, and introducing a mindfulness activity

Session 6 – Parents only – coaching on individual issues, questions.

 

 

 

Relaxation Station

A 6 session therapeutic group for children (grade 2 – 5) wanting to develop self-regulation & coping strategies for daily life.

Relaxation Station was developed by Nicole Raftis, B.Sc. O.T. Reg (Ont.), Occupational Therapist  who brings 20 years of experience to this workshop.  Nicole will share tried and true physical, sensory and cognitive strategies for children experiencing sensory processing difficulties, emotional regulation (including anxiety) and/or behavioural challenges.   Parents are encouraged to attend the group with your child.

Each week parents and children will go home with new cognitive, sensory and emotional regulation tools, as well as take home materials to support your success at home.

Dates are:  (2018)

Jan 17, 31

Feb 14, 28

Mar 7, 28

This will be an afterschool/evening session but the time will be determined closer to the start date based on the schedules of the interested families.

Cost:  $390,   Will be billed as “Occupational Therapy Group Treatment”

includes a bound book of fantastic handouts for home activities

 

Session outline:

Topics will be ‘covered’ through group discussion as well as *stories*, *games* and experiential learning (practice).  Our experience is that kids generally love this group.

Week 1 – Zones of Regulation framework, create a ‘tool box’

Week 2 – Positive vs. negative thinking, creating community as a group, practice ‘tools’

Week 3 – Flexible thinking, practicing this and other tools

Week 4 – Practice more tools, discuss how to run a ‘family meeting’

Week 5 – Size of the Problem concept

Week 6 – Review and summarize tools and strategies. Time for question and answer and individual strategies for each family.

 

For more information about either of these groups, or to register, please contact Sue Wahl:  sue@pathwaystherapy.ca