PARENT WORKSHOPS

if you work with children, you work with parents.

Obvious right? But maybe you are struggling to engage and support parents in a meaningful way?
I can help your organisation do this with my parent sensory workshops.

I get it!

Parenting is amazing, fun and usually loud and messy too!

But parenting can also be hard!  It can be challenging, isolating and scary!

  • When you first become a parent
  • When you have more children than arms to hold them!
  • When you have a newborn and toddler, and school run, and work, and home to keep
  • When you are doing it solo
  • When family, friends, our community even social media all have an opinion!

 

It is very easy to feel overwhelmed, that we don't know what to do or how to do it.

My parenting workshops have the perfect blend of information about child development (because knowledge is power) and simple ways to support little one to thrive at home.  

We look at how you can use the layout and things in your home, plus your awesome self to stimulate and engage your child – all while sticking the dinner on or walking the dog.

I help parents understand how they are ROCKING this parenting stuff – they just don’t know it yet!

This is not about buying new toys, or setting up Pinterest perfect activities this is about empowering parents through skills, knowledge and super easy actionable tricks and tips!

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THE PARENTING PROGRAMMES FOLLOW 3 CORE PRINCIPLES

HOW WE DEVELOP
WHY THAT MATTERS
WHAT WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT

HOW

How do we develop?  Lets look at the body, brain and sensory systems

WHY

Why does it matter? Lets look at the impact on development – when things are going well (regulated) and when things are tricky.

WHAT

What can we do?  Lets look at the environment, resources and our interactions to help maximise development through sensory regulation

I have had the privilege to develop this 4 week sensory  programme for parents in the perinatal period (pregnancy to 1 year post birth). 

The programme provides a sensory toolkit (resources and workbook), and we meet over 4 weeks (via Zoom) to share knowledge ideas and experiences. 

The aim is to increase parental knowledge and understanding about how their baby is developing through exploring the sensory systems to support regulation and development in all areas.  Most importantly, we do this together, with other parents who have shared experiences. 

Read the question below for details, then click the button if you want to find out more about how it can be tailored to meet needs of parents in your organisation.

mmmm, i have questions

It is a single session- which offers an whistle stop tour on the 3 core principles (HOW we develop, WHY thats important – impact, WHAT we can do to support development).

We look at easy play and daily routine ideas, resources and activities to do at home to support sensory development.

The organisation hosting the programme will arrange a day and time that suits their families.

I will post a Sensory Kit to each attendee along with a workbook

When we meet online (approximately 90 minutes…

  • I will share the 3 core principles in a presentation
  • We will discuss how that applies to their families
  • We will make the DIY sensory resource together.
  • Parents may use the workbook as a guide if they choose

Any parent in your organisation

Due to capping the numbers at 8 and wanting attendees to have maximum benefits, it is useful for parents in the same workshop to have shared experiences, such as

  • newborns
  • having multiple children
  • toddlers!
  • school aged children
  • children with additional needs
  • parents experiencing mental health difficulties
  • solo parents
  • dads
  • grandparents
  • foster carers

 

Any group of families or parents that your organisation supports – this workshop is for them 

No, unfortunately not at this time.

Very occasionally I offer sessions open to the public, which you may see if you follow me on social media for updates (links at bottom of page).

However I find it has been more beneficial for organisations to coordinate and host a workshop.

As I said above, the shared experience element is really invaluable.  Plus is it more cost and time efficient for everyone if I know the group dynamics.  I won’t waste time in our precious 90mins sharing information about school age children if everyone in the workshop has newborns!

The sessions are jam packed and I make sure they are valuable and relevant to everyone attending.

If you are an parent and would like to attend a workshop, contact me and I will try to pair you with a local organisation.

£250 for the 90min session (currently via Zoom)

This includes a SENSORY KIT and WORKBOOK posted to attendees.

If for safeguarding reasons I cannot access addresses, I can arrange delivery to a central location with the organisation for distribution.

An organisation that works with families will host the programme.

It can be for any parent with any experiences (with older children, multiples, premature infants, children with additional needs)

The programme focusses on the perinatal period which is pregnancy up to approximately 1 year after birth.

In the programme we look at infant body, brain and the sensory systems and how we can support and develop these through sensory experiences in play, our daily routines, our environment, resources and interactions.

The organisation hosting the programme will arrange a day and time that suits their families.

I will send parents a bumper pack of 4 Sensory Kits and workbook delivered right to their door. 

Parents will join me online each week for 4 interactive sensory workshops (approximately 1 hour each) – where we will share info about how our little ones grow and develop.

Each week we will use the corresponding sensory kits as prompts for fun!

The programme benefits the parent infant relationship. 

When we have good understanding of how our little one develops, we are more alert to cues and communicate and can meet their needs more readily. 

Baby is supported in this co-regulated relationship, can then thrive and develop live long skills to self regulate, ultimately building resilience to cope with adversity.

Sounds ambitious doesn’t it? A lot to expect from play!

Knowledge is power, and when we empower parents, without judgement about how things work – magical things happen!

They can make informed decisions to form their own why and what to do that benefit baby.

The programme looks at the practical and well as emotional responses to risk, health and safety.

Safety is discussed at each session at length.

We discuss what baby can do developmentally and this helps us risk assess our resources and environment.

We consider developmental appropriate behaviour such as ‘mouthing’ and physical development.

We also explore our own play experiences and the impact that has on our parenting choice.  As often our own reluctance or not feeling secure can make it feel less safe

The programme looks at the practical and well as emotional responses to risk, health and safety.

£600 which includes upto 8 attendees.

The programme is highly interactive and it is important to cap numbers to enable participants to engage and get the maximum benefit

The programme includes

4 sessions currently via Zoom (approximately 1 hour each)

4 weeks of sensory resources (including postage)

Sensory workbook for notes, reflections and activity ‘recipes’

If for safeguarding reasons I cannot access addresses, I can arrange delivery to a central location with the organisation for distribution.

I follow recommended guidelines.

If it is safe to do so, we can meet for workshops in your venue.  I bring resources and DIY sensory materials and it is great.

Until then, we are meeting online via Zoom.  Simple.

perinatal parents programme

LET’S GET TO THE GOOD STUFF... HOW IT WORKS!

The organisation hosting the programme will arrange a day and time that suits their families.

I will send parents a bumper pack of 4 Sensory Kits and workbook delivered right to their door. 

Parents will join me online each week for 4 interactive sensory workshops – where we will share info about how our little ones grow and develop.

Each week we will use the corresponding sensory kits as prompts for fun!

PRICING

90min Introductory Session

£250

4 Week Programme

£600

TESTIMONIALS

Ronia Headshot

“I really enjoyed this workshop, and feel more confident in myself and my ability to have enjoyable home learning environment. I have gained a new understanding of how my children learn and what i can do to reinforce healthy brain `superhighways`..”

Ronia, Mum to Connaire, 10 and Alex, 5

who knew?

Who knew babies were capable of so much?

In the parent sensory workshops we use developmental milestones as a starting point, a guide, to give us an idea of what to expect when. 

Then we explore how the sensory systems function and affect development – particularly what is happening in the brain and the body. 

From there we can explore all the possibilities and opportunities to enhance development through sensory experiences in our daily routines, our interactions and our environments.

This is where the magic happens!

It is so empowering for parents to witness those ah ha moments (and to have those moments themselves!) when little one surprises us with a reaction to new experiences or masters a new skill.

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SOME LOVELY THINGS said ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Andrea participated in the perinatal parents programme with We Are Pangs.

Here’s what she has to say about her experience

Yeah, I’m ready to do this, but I have some questions...