The League School is holding a variety of virtual programs to improve collaboration with parents while it’s not possible to meet in person. We encourage parents to take advantage of these opportunities. “Despite the many obstacles posed by the pandemic, the school is making extra efforts to continue frequent parent communication,” said Chief Executive Officer, Larry Sauer. “These workshops provide learning opportunities to help advance your child’s progress.”
Supporting Communication at Home
In November, Chrissy Bunnell, Department Chair for Speech-Language Pathology, and three team members recommended home activities to support students’ communication progress. These tips encompassed routing activities, including:
- Getting dressed
- Eating breakfast
- Packing for school
- Accomplishing chores
- Preparing dinner
- Completing a puzzle
- Getting ready for bed
The staff suggested Thanksgiving activities and gave advice on enjoying virtual family celebrations. They also answered parent questions.
Supporting Emotional Regulation
Occupational Therapist and SCERTS Coordinator Lindsay Thelin Wagner provided training on how to support students’ emotional regulation. Program components included:
- Why emotional regulation is important to happiness
- How the brain and nervous system work
- Tips for supporting emotional regulation
“By creating opportunities and supports that allow students to maintain a regulated state and get back to that regulated state when they’re feeling off-kilter, we can promote active engagement, productivity, and happiness,” said Lindsay. If a student becomes dysregulated, she suggests that parents first find ways to calm the environment before proceeding with verbal tactics. She provided strategies for specific behaviors and answered parent questions.
How to Reinforce and Promote Positive Behavior
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Kait Hendrickx gave advice on how to set up a reinforcement system at home to encourage positive behavior.
The school provided parents with a tutorial on how to use Google classroom to organize their child’s work, find assignments, and communicate with the staff.
More Programs Planned for 2021
The League School plans to continue offering these virtual workshop opportunities for parents throughout 2021. Check your email inbox for program updates.