Workshops

Our clinicians are available to come present at your school, church, or other community organization. We love to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers and other providers. Below are descriptions of our most commonly requested speaking engagements, however, if you have a topic of interest please do not hesitate to suggest it to our team and we will accommodate if we feel confident in the subject!

Rates are $95 for the first hour and each additional hour is $60. Half-day and full-day workshops are also available upon request. For booking details, please contact info@miniminds.org. 

Developing Discipline: Learn How To Calm The Chaos and Nurture the Maturing Mind

Ever wonder what's going on inside your child's head? Ever pondered what is so tragic about not having something seemingly trivial, or debated why your child makes decisions that appear completely illogical? This workshop will explain the latest research behind how your child's brain is constructed and how it develops. Explore how moments of frustrations are opportunities for growth and begin to formulate evidence-based solutions. This workshop will provide

research-proven strategies to effectively communicate with your "emotionally hijacked" child and engage your child's cooperation in coping with challenging thoughts and feelings.

Taming Tantrums: Transforming Your Toddler

Tantrums, outbursts and meltdowns…oh, my! Every parent knows that feeling of panic when a child starts to lose it, usually at the most inopportune time. Join our class to learn how to turn that tantrum into an opportunity to connect with your child, while making the situation more bearable for everyone. This workshop equips parents with the knowledge to understand the brain science behind a meltdown and the tools to provide calm and comfort to a child experiencing one. If you have been struggling with meltdowns, wondering if your child’s outbursts are normal, or want to get a foundation in place before experiencing tantrums, reserve your spot in this popular class for parents of children ages birth to five years.

From Distress to Success: Recognizing and Understanding Sensory Struggles 

The brain attempts to use information about sights, sounds, textures, smells, tastes, and movement in an organized way, allowing us to assign meaning to our experiences, and helping us to know how to respond and behave accordingly. When a child's brain is unable to integrate and use sensory information, they then struggle to comprehend a reliable and predictable picture of the world and their place in it.  Learn how helping your child to self-regulate is the foundation for all social and emotional development. Become more aware of how your child's negative moods or behaviors may be inappropriate or ineffective ways of self-regulating. Create a list of fun and engaging sensory activities for your child and family that will help everyone stay regulated and in control of their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Enhancing Executive Functioning: Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential 

It’s so frustrating to watch your child struggle with everyday responsibilities like writing down their language arts assignment, remembering to take their science book home, or finish their homework before bedtime. It’s discouraging to receive feedback from your child’s teacher that he has trouble sitting at his desk, following classroom directions without constant reminders, and resisting the impulse to engage with his peers during instruction times. You know your child has the heart to succeed, but he may be lacking the fundamental brain-based skills to get organized, initiate a task, stay on the task, inhibit impulses, and regulate his emotions. Want the good news? There's a lot you can do to help your child reach their potential. Learn the basics of your child's brain and how to help your child use the executive function capacities of their prefrontal cortex to respond mindfully rather than react impulsively.

Blooming Brains: Use Growth Mindset to Inspire Learning, Creativity & the Pursuit of Happiness

Recent advances in neuroscience have shown us that the brain is far more malleable than we ever knew. The concept of brain plasticity demonstrates how connections between neurons can change with experiences and that we can increase our neural growth by the actions we take and the habits we create. We now understand there is a strong link between mindsets and achievement. It turns out, if you believe your brain can grow, you behave differently. Children who are taught that intelligence is malleable and shown how the brain grows with effort show an increase in motivation and achievement. In addition to teaching children about malleable intelligence, research also shows us that the way the adults in a child's life speak to them also have a big impact on mindset. Feedback given to children can either encourage a child to choose a challenge and increase achievement or look for an easy way out. For example, studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. Walk away from this workshop with a new blueprint for more encouraging communication with your children.

Cultivating Mindfulness: Creating Peace in Your Family 

In the last few years, mindfulness has emerged as successful strategy for helping children with conditions ranging from stress, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and depression. While the concept is rooted in the science of the brain, the practice is extremely simple yet highly effective. Research has shown that mindfulness practices stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain and regular stimulation of this part of the brain helps us feel happier, healthier, calmer, and makes it easier for us to concentrate and think clearly. We understand the realities of raising a family in our fast-paced, frantic world. Walk away from this workshop with dozens of easy-to implement mindful solutions that will help you raise children who thrive. 

 

SIBabilities: Supporting Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs 

Siblings of children with special needs have special needs themselves. However, in the shadow of their brother or sister's needs, their own is often hidden, disguised, or ignored. There are certainly many advantages to being a sibling, such as developing more empathy, becoming more responsible, and displaying more resiliency. However, typically developing brothers and sisters shoulder many unique burdens and caregivers are often at a loss as to how to best support their whole family. This workshop explores the common struggles siblings face and empowers the family with practical strategies on how to tune in to the individual needs of each child within the family. 

*This workshop is also offered as a children's program! Our clinicians have designed a yoga + crafts curriculum for siblings that provides a safe space for brothers and sisters to talk about shared feelings, share empathy and understanding, develop healthy coping skills, highlight siblings' strengths, and explore opportunities for advocacy.

Picky Eater or Problem Feeder?

Do you and your child dread mealtime? This workshop is for parents of preschool to early elementary children, struggling with anxiety at mealtime, a limited food repertoire, or who simply want to introduce more foods into their child’s diet. We use the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties in a fun, non-stressful environment. This approach assesses the whole child - organs, muscles, behavior and cognition, learning, oral-motor skills, development, sensory processing, the environment and nutrition – to focus on increasing your child’s comfort level through exploring and learning about the different properties of food. By learning to expand your child’s repertoire in a pressure-free environment, and providing ways you can incorporate these methods at home, we empower parents to decrease negative behaviors during mealtime and provide a pleasant dining experience for the entire family.

Food Fuels Mood & Behavior!

The phrase “you are what you eat” is true! The type of food that you consume has a big impact on your mood, behavior and of course overall health. Our bodies require certain vitamins and minerals and when our diet lacks variety it is easy to not meet those minimum requirements for essential nutrients.  Working to correct these imbalances can help support children to perform to the best of their abilities in school and other activities. Learn how to incorporate a wide array of foods in your pantry and work to eliminate nutrient deficits in your family's diet.

Eat, Speak & Be Merry!

Families are busy and it is hard to prioritize family mealtime. There are so many reasons to not sit down and eat together. Families are pulled in so many different directions, but coming together around the table can have lasting positive effects. Research shows how eating together helps children to thrive, grow up to be healthy, upstanding citizens and cultivates positive relationships with their parents. Take away from this workshop ideas on ways to successfully starting having family meals together and how to meal plan to make those family meals possible. Then learn how to best engage your child at the table (whether they are a toddler or a teenager or any ager in between!), have meaningful conversations, and develop empathetic relationships that will continue to grow long after you finish eating.

Baby-Led Weaning

Feeding your baby anything other than milk can feel intimidating at first. There are so many choices a parent must face at this stage - purchase baby food from the store or and make your own baby food. Time, money, and health are two big factors that play into this decision, and typically paralyze a parent from moving forward. Did you know that you could offer your baby foods that you are already purchasing and preparing for the rest of your family to expose your child to a wide array of flavors, textures, and types? Baby-Led Weaning is a method of creating a safe, positive environment for your child to develop their feeding skills and grow their taste palate. Walk away from this workshop with all your feeding questions answered (including understanding the difference between coughing and choking), ensuring you will feel more comfortable and confident to get started!

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