We collecting registrations for a parent group in January and our 2 self-regulation groups this Feb – April.
As requested by parents in her self-regulation groups, Nicole Raftis will be offering a 4 session group for parents only. The focus will be on emotion coaching, Collaborative Problem Solving, and behaviour coaching as a parent. A focus will also be placed on problem solving with therapist input into your individual home parenting situations. Nicole Raftis is an experienced Occupational Therapist with the ability to understand behaviour through many lenses: a trauma-informed lens for children who have been through unstable life circumstances, a sensory-processing lens, for children with sensory processing differences, a mental-wellness lens for parents and kids alike. There is room for up to 10 participants in this class. Please email Sue Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wed January 9, 2019 6:30pm
Wed January 16, 2019 6:30pm
Wed January 23, 2019 6:30pm
Wed January 30, 2019 6:30pm
Kids in Balance
Although a clever pun on balance skills, this is actually a self-regulation group for kids 5-7 years. Older or younger kids who may fit well developmentally can apply for consideration. Kids In Balance is based on OT approaches to self-regulation and includes Stuart Shanker’s self-regulation framework. This is a resource rich group that will allow parents to explore tools and information with their child to help kids become more successful with emotional and sensory regulation. It runs for 6 sessions, every other week. Two of the sessions will be parent training (parents only) and the remaining four sessions will be with parents and kids. Parent sessions allow for adult only time with the therapist and a supportive group of parents to help you problem-solve the challenges that are specific to your situation.
Kids in Balance is run by Nicole Raftis, B.Sc. O.T. Reg (Ont.), Occupational Therapist, who brings 24 years of experience to this workshop.
Sessions will be on Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30pm.
Wed Feb 13, 2018
Wed Feb 27, 2018
Wed March 27, 2018
Wed April 10, 2018
Wed April 24, 2018
Wed May 8, 2018
Cost is $420 for the group. This will be billed as Occupational Therapy Group Treatment. Parent sessions can be billed in parent’s name.
Session 1 – Parents Only Session – Introductions, Understanding Self -Regulation, Strategies for Encouraging Regulation
Session 2 – Kids and Parents — Introducing Speedometer Tool for monitoring regulation, Introducing Garage Concept (calming area), Crafts to Represent the Concepts, Trial of Regulation Tool
Session 3 – Kids and Parents — Regulation Check In, Introduction to “Flipping Your Lid” Analogy, Trial of Regulation Tools, Discussion of Activities That Dysregulate.
Session 4 – Kids and Parents – Focus on Co-regulation, Coaching on Individual Challenges,
Session 5 – Kids and Parents – Sharing experiences that get us ‘revved up’, Reviewing our Heart Rates, Introduction of Mindfulness Concepts, Trial of Regulation Tools
Session 6 – Parents Only Session – This final session is customized to the groups needs. It will focus on application of the knowledge the therapist has gained about how the individual children function and finding additional strategies for home issues.
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 24 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 will be alternate weeks in Feb – April, Wed eve’s at 6:30pm.
Wed Feb 13, 2018 6:30pm – Parents Only Session
Wed Feb 27, 2018 6:30pm – Kids and Parents
Wed March 27, 2018 6:30pm – Kids and Parents
Wed April 10, 2018 6:30pm – Kids and Parents
Wed April 24, 2018 6:30pm – Kids and Parents
Wed May 8, 2018 6:30pm – Parents Only Sessions
Cost: $420, Will be billed as “Occupational Therapy Group Treatment”, or “Occupational Therapy Parent Training” when billed in parent’s name.
includes a bound book of fantastic handouts for home activities
Topics will be ‘covered’ through group discussion as well as stories, games, take home crafts and experiential learning . Our experience is that kids generally love this group. Group curriculum changes slightly based on the needs of the children and families each time. This is the benefit of Nicole running this group with 24 years of experience as a paediatric OT! To give you an idea, here is a basic outline:
Week 1 – Parent Only Session — Zones of Regulation framework,
Week 2 – Positive vs. negative thinking, creating community as a group, create a ‘tool box’
Week 3 – Flexible thinking, practice ‘tools’
Week 4 – Size of the Problem
Week 5 – Review and summarize tools and strategies, Using the Tool Box
Week 6 – Parent Only Session – How to Run a Family Meeting, time for question and answer and individual strategies for each family.