Beth Jenson will present two parenting support workshops

bethjpgJoin us Saturday, March 7, at the Orcas Island Senior Center. A successful marriage and family therapist highly recognized for her work within the special needs community, Beth Jenson, MA, LMHC, will lead our third “Strengthening Island Families” parenting presentation Sat., March 7 at the Senior Center.  Attend one or both of the seminars and enjoy lunch and time to engage with other parents of preschool-age children facing some of the same challenges.

9:30 am – noon “Raising a Sensory-Friendly Family”  Your child avoids finger-painting, refuses to wear socks, or prefers to go naked.  He melts down at birthday parties, wiggles out of circle time, or covers his ears during songs.   Learn more about your child’s quirky sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors.  Explore ways to regulate extra-sensitive and extra-wiggly bodies and brains, soothe the accompanying meltdowns, and plan for success in activities that tend to upset the sensitive.

 12:30 – 3 pm “Bounce Back Kids – Teaching Kids Resilience” Explore how parents can strengthen kids’ resiliency – the ability to emotionally “bounce back” from negative experiences – and give our children strategies for dealing with the everyday childhood tragedies of frustration, disappointments and worries.

Children’s House, Kaleidoscope, Montessori and Salmonberry have agreed to provide child care free of charge for students whose parents will be attending the workshops.  Lunch will be served to students at the centers and parents or guardians attending the programs will be treated to lunch and refreshments.

The programs, care and lunch are free, but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available.  Reservations can be made to any of the Preschools. Learn more about our presenter at