We collecting registrations for 2 self-regulation groups this fall – beginning in October.
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 23 years of experience to this workshop.
Dates are: October 3 – December 12, 2018
Wed Oct 3, 2018 5pm – 6pm. Parent session
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5pm – 6pm Kids and Parents
Tue Oct 29, 2018 5pm – 6pm Kids and Parents – NOTE CHANGE FROM WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5pm – 6pm Parent session
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5pm – 6pm Kids and Parents
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5pm – 6pm Kids and Parents
Cost is $390 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 – Parents Only Session– Focus on Co-regulation, Coaching on Individual Challenges, Additional Strategies to Encourage Regulation.
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 – Kids and Parents – This final session is customized to the groups needs. It will include a celebration of progress and take home activities to promote continued development of regulation skills at home/school.
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 23 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)
Wed Oct 3, 2018 6:30pm
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:30pm
Tue Oct 29, 2018 6:30pm – NOTE CHANGE FROM WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:30pm
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:30pm
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:30pm
Cost: $390, Will be billed as “Occupational Therapy Group Treatment”
includes a bound book of fantastic handouts for home activities
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. Group curriculum changes based on the needs of the children and families each time. This is the benefit of Nicole running this group with 23 years of experience. To give you an idea, here is a basic outline:
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 – How to Run a Family Meeting, using the Tool Box
Week 5 – Size of the Problem
Week 6 – Review and summarize tools and strategies. Time for question and answer and individual strategies for each family.