For suburban EAKC parents who may not be able to make it to Evanston, Theraplay Institute is offering their pretty amazing (and affordable) two day workshop on using structured play as attachment therapy.
I took this workshop prior to our second trip to Ethiopia. The techniques were very straightforward, grounded in excellent parenting and child development psychology, and required no special equipment or resources. Played the "games" with our son from Day 1 in Addis Ababa. We still play them! They promote eye contact, sympathy/empathy, emotional regulation, and emotional connection. They aren't "woo woo" or weird, just practical, goal-oriented and simple. It's a great workshop!
(I also use them with our bio-daughter, and they work for her too!)
Here is the notice of it:
PARENTING THE Theraplay® WAY:
ATTACHMENT-BASED PARENTING FOR YOUR
May 10 and 11, 2012 (both days required)
10:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Sunny Ridge Family Center
270 Remington Blvd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
$95 per person or $150 for two
Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.
The Theraplay Institute has been helping parents build better relationships with their children for over 40 years. We understand that adopted and foster children often need a different kind of parenting, and that these parenting skills may not just come naturally to even the best parent. Our experts understand the neurological and developmental issues that might be challenging your child, and they will give you specific ideas and techniques to help you bring joy, fun and laughter back home to your family.
They will share with you what you need to know about attachment and trauma, and how parenting the Theraplay way will address your child's challenges. You will see the activities being used with other families, and you will practice some of them to give you confidence to try them at home. This program is also appropriate for pre-adoptive parents as well as for extended family members such as grandparents, and aunts and uncles.
The program will address such issues as:
How to help my child feel more comfortable accepting my guidance and leadership.
How to nip negative behaviors in the bud without being punitive.
How to get away from constant rewards and threats of consequence.
How to discipline my child in a way that is effective and fosters learning rather seeming to make the child feel ashamed and vengeful.
How to integrate playful, reciprocal interactions that will enhance my child's sense of well-being and self-esteem.
How to foster a feeling of connection and joy between me and my child that will last beyond the time of the actual activity/event.
Register Online or Contact Us for further information.