Parent Workshops

Foothills Academy Society Parent Workshops (Open to the public)

All of our Parent Workshops are held at Foothills Academy from 6:30 – 8:00 pm with an opportunity to stay and connect with others from 8:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission is $10 and is payable online or at the door. Everyone (Foothills Academy school parents and the general community) is welcome to come. To ensure that we have enough space for everyone, we request that you pre-register through the online registration form link after each workshop description.

Fall 2017  Parent Workshops 

Tuesday, November 21st

child meeting with adult in consultation

Coaching Behaviour Change: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
More often than not, parents try to change behaviour through punishments, rewards, and convincing and cajoling kids to “act better”, “get along”, or demonstrate that they are sorry. Unfortunately, these strategies do not teach skills or don’t fit individual differences. Sometimes we can get away with using these strategies when supporting “average” kids. However, this is not the case for children with Executive Functioning challenges like Learning Disabilities and ADHD.

Learn why common strategies used to change a child’s behaviour often do not work, and why they work even less with children who have executive functioning challenges. Learn the difference between what is necessary to support behaviour change, and what is sufficient. Learn how the same principles for successful academic teaching can be applied to social skills, emotion regulation, and problem-solving skills. This presentation builds on a basic understanding of Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities.

Presenter: Austin Brown Sparks, Registered Provisional Psychologist


Tuesday, December 12th

group of teens

Inside Your Teen’s Brain: What’s Going On?
The past decade has given us plenty of new information about the workings of the teenage brain. But, what is a parent to do with this information? On the one hand, parents are told that teens are “at-risk” and need many rules to keep them safe. On the other hand, they are told that imposing too many rules makes them a “helicopter parent” who compromises the brain development of their teens. In this session, you will learn about the peculiarities and potential of the teenage brain, learn to sort through the messages and build the skills to constructively navigate the sometimes-maddening world of parenting a teen.

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