Yorkshire Academy regularly hosts presentations and seminars of particular interest to parents. Each event in the Parent Education Series is free of charge and open to the community. Reservations are not required, so please check back regularly for schedule updates, and bring a friend!
Adventurous Play and Loose Parts
Friday, February 18th 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
Presented by Jill Wood, Librarian and Director of Adventure Play
Child-directed play is a deeply embedded and essential tool for processing the world, but finding time and space for tinkering, exploring, and discovering can be a challenge to fit in between life’s many responsibilities. Join our speaker for an overview of the many benefits of play and tips on how to set up environments that encourage creativity, independence, and problem-solving skills.
Jill Wood is the Parish School librarian and director of Adventure Play at The Parish School. She is founder and director of Bayou City Play in Houston, Texas and regional representative for Pop-Up Adventure Play in Manchester UK. She has presented at The Association for the Study of Play, US Play Coalition, National Playwork Conference (United States), TXAEYC, Prioritizing Play, National Playwork Conference 2020 (United Kingdom), Timbernook Providers Conference, Texas Library Association, International Play Association Europe
Developing Social Competence and Resilience
Friday, May 6th 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
Presented by Amy Lerman, MA, CCC-SLP
Developing social competence takes direct teaching and practice. Learn how you can help your student find better success in social situations. Resilience and social competence have been identified as the two critical abilities a child needs to be successful as an adult. Learn how to support your child in becoming more resilient throughout their life.
Amy Lerman is a Speech Language Pathologist and Community Outreach at The Parish School. She also serves on the Social Learning team at The Carruth Center. She has presented at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference 2020 and 2021, the Texas Association for Education of Young Children 2019, Paradigm Pop Up Conference 2019, The American Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conference 2021.
Some of the previous Parent Education Series presentations sponsored by the Yorkshire Foundation have included:
#1 Predictor of Future Success
Youth are struggling to stay in college more than ever. High-risk behaviors including substance use, technology overuse, and video games are on the rise in every socially economic status. In this presentation, parents learned the #1 predictor of future success. Techniques and tools for shaping this key behavior were included and discussed. Presented by Crystal Collier, Phd, LPC-S, Fellow in Addiction and Behavioral Health, Hope and Healing Center & Institute.
Child Sleep Secrets
Nicola Moy (Certified Sleep Sense Consultant and Yorkshire parent) presented a seminar that included the benefits of sleep and side effects for too little sleep; age-appropriate sleep recommendations; reasons as to why a child may be stalling bedtime, appearing hyper at bedtime, and having difficulty staying asleep; secrets to promote the best sleep possible for a child; dos and don’ts at bedtime.
Parent CPR/First Aid
If a family member, friend, or child in your care had a cardiac or first aid emergency, would you recognize the signs and respond quickly and appropriately? Caring People Respond has developed this training course to teach lifesaving skills.
Practical Ways for Kids to Deal with Life’s Little Ups & Downs
Miriam Mills is a Certified Life Coach and Stress Management Consultant and the owner of Breathe Flow Balance based in Houston. Having spent 15 years in the classroom and knowing the fears, anxieties and issues children can face she is passionate about teaching better ways to reduce and manage the ups and downs of life through the eyes of a child. During her seminar, she discussed communication skills, setting boundaries, practical applications for relaxation, and helping to reduce anxiety/fear.
Dr. Janie Doan, pediatrician at CyFair Pediatrics and Dr. Yen Pham, gastroenterologist at Texas Children's Hospital discussed common childhood illnesses, remedies, and when to call your pediatrician.
Crystal Collier (PhD, LPC-S, Fellow in Addiction and Behavioral Health, Hope and Healing Center & Institute) outlined what is and isn’t bullying, and offered resiliency skill tips to help instill in your children.
The Effects of Alcoholism and Addiction on Families & Children
Substances or other high-risk behaviors affect brain development and effects the manner in which addicted individuals parent. This presentation by Dr. Crystal Collier reviewed the effects of substance and process addictions, the family roles and rules in an addicted system, and the best methods to assist families who have members struggling with addiction.
Scary Statics and the Benefits of your Health & Fitness
Jeff Biehl, Parisi Speed School Director, explained the benefits of exercise and how to incorporate exercise into your family life. This presentation reviewed scary statics of not being active and how to reverse an unhealthy lifestyle.
Technology is changing our social and emotional landscape, skills, and levels of intimacy. How can parents set healthy boundaries for themselves and their children when use of technology permeates our lives so inextricably? Lead by Dr. Crystal Collier, the third social and emotional parent workshop covered the effects of technology on the developing brain and utilized aspects of the first two workshops to integrate into a home plan for sound, brain-based rewards and consequences regarding technology.
“How Children Succeed” Book Discussion
Shirley Swinbank (Yorkshire Executive Director and Founder) discussed How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough, one of her favorite child development books. In addition, Mrs. Swinbank also shared many of her other “must have” books.
After years of health care experience, Simone Woodage, R.N., began to realize how important it was for preteens and teens to have discussions about health. Ms. Woodage has been leading workshope and seminars for teens and adults since 2005. It is one of her personal goals to help parents have a more compassionate understanding and become more comfortable talking to their kids about puberty and beyond.
Developing a Math Mind at a Young Age
Shelly Chandra has taught math for over 8 years, coached teachers in Chicago and New York, and developed a challenging and unique curriculum at Yorkshire Academy for our 4th and 5th grade students. She shared different strategies and philosophies parents can adopt and incorporate with their children to help encourage a love of math, develop number sense abilities and critical thinkng skills.
Organize or Agonize
Marla Regan of Organized Time is a certified family manager coach and an active member of National Association of Professional Organizers and National Association of Women Business Owners. We learned how to be effective or efficient, setting routines, gathering the right tools for each organizing job.
Parents recognized and explored how their childhood experiences may impact their parenting style. They heard the latest findings in neuropsychology regarding how attachment and interpersonal relationships impact development. And they learned about the bucket filling concept and how to fill their child’s bucket daily. Presented by Dr. Christina Navarro
Meditation—Making Friends with Your Mind
What is meditation? What about mindfulness? How can they make life better for busy modern people? This morning talk answered those questions (they are both about paying attention to your own experience) and touched on the many benefits of meditation, drawing on research from the fields of neuroscience, healthcare, and education. Presented by Claire Villarreal.
In 1995 Eleese created Authentic Communication, a unique media-coaching firm in which she applies acting principles and communication skills to help serve the business community. She has become a top Houston media coach working with corporations like Shell, Compaq (HP) and Conoco as well as coaching business and civic leaders such as Houston City Councilman Peter Brown, Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, and Fox TV news anchor, Krystle Kaliszewski. She gave us some great tips on how to connect with our audience in a truly authentic way and have fun and feel confident in the process!
Know a Quirky Child?
Curious if your child is developing age appropriate and peer typical social interaction skills? Know a “quirky” child? Parents joined Wendy Dawson, President of Social Motion Skills to discuss how social skills support inclusion in the community and directly influence independence and happiness. Topics included recognizing peer communication cues (verbal and non-verbal), self awareness and personal management as well as the importance of perspective taking.
Food Allergies—What Every Parent Should Know
Parents learned the basics about food allergies and how to separate fact from fiction. Mike Lade is a frequent public speaker on this topic and has been interviewed by KPRC Local 2, Great Day Houston, Newsweek Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.
Building Blocks for Learning and Success
Dr. Christina Navarro addressed key elements of neurodevelopmental concepts in childhood which build success and confidence in school and beyond. Parents learned about developmental paridigms, how to utilize proven techniques, and recognize when additional support might be needed.
We learned more about the benefits of choosing organic fruits and vegetables. At the age of 20 before she graduated college, Ms. Carillo-Bucaram started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to over 3,000 families in the greater Houston city limits.
Curious About Adoption?
Presented by Dr. Christina Navarro, this workshop identified the various types of adoption, how to use respectful adoption language, as well as explore current issues / trends in adoption.
Healthy Family 101
From Tyler Reimers M.Ed., CSCS and Stephanie Brown M.Ed, RD, LD, we learned which responsibilities are yours as a parent when it comes to food and fitness and what role your child has in designing nourishing fun, and tasty meals and snacks and creating fun interactive physical activity play for the whole family.
Common Nutritional Issues in Pediatric Medicine
This workshop identified several common nutritional issues in children. Dr. Fernando Navarro offered suggestions for parents as to when to seek medical intervention with regard to nutrition and/or pediatric gastroenterology related concerns.