Happy Friday everyone! We wanted to talk, specifically, to all of you moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers this morning. We know first hand how being a parent of a child with special needs goes hand in hand with receiving more negative comments, judgmental statements or feedback. Sometimes those comments come from your child’s school. Sometimes it comes from a neighbor. Maybe it’s a look you get from a stranger while just trying to accomplish your grocery shopping. At times, it’s delivered from a friend. We do believe those negative comments are a reflection of where that person is in their lives; their own personal level of awareness. Even when understanding this, your heart doesn’t sting any less when being on the receiving end.
It’s so important to find the positive moments in each day and note them. Write those moments of positivity down in a journal, state them out loud, or say them quietly to yourself. Even if you start with just one a day. There is always something positive to be found. At first, you may have to look deeper. For example, yesterday I said a moment of “thanks” for not having to drive on I-85 for the day. This morning I said “thanks” for the amazing, wonderful and rare morning we all had before school. What we can promise you is, once you start noticing a positive moment in your day, you begin to shift. You begin to notice more of them and, over time, the negative comments do not sting or stick to you like they once did.
Give it a try. Set a goal. For 30 days notice at least one positive thing in your day.
What are you thankful for today?
Christina and Wendy
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Registration for our next sessions of Mindful Thinking for Social Expectations classes is now open. To register, please fill out the registration form above and e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are offering three different sessions, each with a specific focus. We believe that empowering the parent/guardian is equally important in teaching social skills to a child. Please plan on staying for the parent session of your child’s class to learn what your child is learning and how to help your child at home. Teacher letters will be handed out during each parent class for you to share with your child’s teacher. The letters help connect what your child is learning to his/her school environment. All classes are held at 9700 Research Drive, Suite 132, Charlotte, NC 28262 and the total cost for a six-week session is $200.00. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us! You may be interested in reading about who could benefit from a social skills class here Who Benefits From Social Skills Classes?
The three different sessions we will be offering are detailed below:
1. Perspective-This six week group of classes will focus on your child learning how to gauge their responses to peers, understanding that people have a perspective that is different from their own and how to navigate conversations and social interactions using this knowledge. It is important that your child has self-awareness of their current social interactions and has a desire to learn new skills. This class will meet every Sunday beginning January 8th-February 12th. K-2 group meets 1:00-2:00 and 3rd-5th graders meet 2:00-3:00.
2. Play-This six week group of classes will focus on how to be a part of a group. Your child will learn how to let peers know they are actively listening, how to observe other children to understand”hidden rules”, and how play unfolds. This class will meet every Sunday beginning January 8th-February 12th. K-2 group meets 3:30-4:30 and 3rd-5th graders meet 4:30-5:30.
3. Self-Awareness, Self-Monitoring, and Self-Control-This six week group of classes focuses on children and parents gaining knowledge and practical skills on how to recognize which stage they are currently in to make a shift in a behavior. They will learn how to set a personal goal and and will gain useful tools to help them achieve that goal. This six week class will meet every Tuesday beginning January 10th-Feburary 14th. This elementary aged group is designed for students 1st-5th and will meet 4:15-5:15.
Christina and Wendy