Hi, I’m Deb Hopper, Occupational Therapist and Amazon number one bestselling author from Life Skills 4 Kids. I just wanted to touch base this month and say hi.
We’ve been active in lots of exciting things this year, including being involved and published in the Great Health Guide, a monthly online magazine. We’ve had some fabulous articles there and you’ll see the links in the blog on our website.
So this is a bit of a personal message this month. I would really like to reflect on something that’s been reinforced to me the last few months. It’s the importance of properly understanding where children are coming from when they’re showing behavioural difficulties and the importance of having time with kids.
Now I am aware that everyone knows the importance of getting down on the floor and connecting by having that special one-to-one time. I really want to challenge you to think about this when you see a child, your child or kids that you work with. If a child is struggling with behaviour, just be with them in the moment. Get down on the floor with them and just try and understand what is happening for them. Have a little list like, are they hungry, are they tired, is their routine out of sorts, is dad or mum away for work at the moment, are there changes that they’re struggling with.
I’ve seen so many children just in my clinic and at schools, as well as my own kids, who just at times struggle with their behaviour, and they just don’t know what to do, they don’t know how to cope with it. I just want to challenge you this month just to look past the behaviour. Don’t make excuses for them, but just try and really understand before you react as to why their behaviour is there.
Take a quick read of our newsletter today and I hope to be able to do more videos like this and really connect with you guys.
Social anxiety is when a child wants to interact with and engage socially with others, but fails repeatedly in their attempts and/or they fail in achieving a desired level of interaction.
In this webinar, participants will:
- Understand the complexity of basic day to day social interactions and how these can be anxiety provoking
- Practice how to break down common social interactions into smaller steps
- Understand the power of using visuals in creating social visual stories to fast track progress to reduce social anxiety
- Develop strategies for practicing these social splinter skills with your child
- Gain ideas for how to make social skills practice fun and fresh
- Video recording for view on demand following webinar
- Links to online resources mentioned in webinar
- Sample social visual story you can use with your child