Chaos2Calm@DDSB

Thank you to the many educators who came out to the DDSB Summer Institute Chaos2Calm in the Classroom session this afternoon.

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When you… give me feedback,

I feel… appreciated and excited

Because… I know that together we can help teach children they matter, that they are safe with us, that  their big feelings are okay, and that we are here to help them figure out how to be their best selves.

Thank you so much for your time today DDSB Child Professionals!

Tweet your biggest AHA!  @MrsMParentCoach #Chaos2Calm #Mad2Glad 

Big Emotions and Little Kids, How to Build Resilience

Difficult feelings are tunnels, and we are trains traveling through them.

We have to move all the way through the darkness to get to the—you knew this was coming!—calm, peaceful light at the end of the tunnel.

Find out why well-meaning parents and caregivers often attempt to intercept our children on their journey through an emotional tunnel,” and why we need to stop at https://pickanytwo.net/the-train-analogy-that-will-change-how-you-see-your-crying-child/.

Ford Government Under-Serving Autistic Youth and Families in Ontario

The impact of today’s announcement will impact the parent’s of children with Autism, their teachers and most importantly, their siblings and classmates. Our youth will bear the brunt of these changes.

See Autism Ontario’s response: http://bit.ly/aomar11

As a Parent Coach and Educator in Ontario schools, I’m beyond concerned!!!

Compassion and Kindness Matters

When you have a ‘normal’ child, and they have good grades, you’re happy. When they ‘behave’ you’re happy. But “normal” is a joy, because, of course, it is a privilege. But when you have a child with certain limits, that learning, even if minimal, arrives slowly or maybe never at all.

This is, as a parent and educator, an important subject and one close to my heart; people with Autism, Dyslexia , ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), all children who struggle every day to succeed and those who are trying to help them need some thing from you.

Teach our children to be kind and accept all of their classmates as they are. Children with special needs are no different than any other. They want what everyone else wants: to be accepted!!!

Every child is unique and different and that’s what makes the beauty of the world.

Kids Act Their Worst Around Their Mom, Why is That?

Parents often tell me that their kids are angels at school, and their teachers can’t say enough positive things about them, but when they get home, it all unravels, and it’s awful!

Why do kids tantrum at home, but hold it together in public?

Jill from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons says: “More than anything else, kids understand that home is their soft place to land. They know they can trust you.”

Why do you think kids behave differently with Mom versus Dad?

Leave me a comment, let’s talk.

Movement Programs at School

Inspired by Alberta’s initiative, Don’t walk in the Hallway, this Manitoba school was inspired to install a Sensory Path.

Video: www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=1417953859625

This is such a fun and fantastic way to work out the wiggles so students can renew themselves and reenter their classroom ready to learn.

Chevalier sees a strong future for movement programs in schools. “I think a lot of schools are embracing opportunity for choice in seating in the classrooms, and this just directly complements that concept.”Brandy Chevalier, Principal, Roland School

She hopes such exercise “can become a preventative measure for some behaviour issues that might happen by a child who cannot regulate themselves to sit in class.”