How to give children emotional and sensory intelligence will be in the spotlight on the 3rd of August when local kid guru’s, Pam Tudin and Sally Fraser-Mackenzie, will be presenting a ground breaking workshop on emotional intelligence and sensory integration in children.
The workshop which has been met with much enthusiasm around the country aims to show parents, teachers and therapists how to build and nurture this essential skill.
Pam Tudin, a Clinical Psychologist and Organisational Leadership Development Consultant, is nationally and internationally known for her work with children. Emerging from her corporate work, she has found that today’s best leaders were first given Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in childhood.
“Research has shown us that EQ counts for up to 80% of your child’s success in life. EQ is what will ultimately make your child happier, deal better with stress, manage change and cope with conflict. It helps your child to make friends, keep friends, motivate him/herself and learn better. Ultimately EQ skills are what take our kids from good to great!”.
Pam said that the workshop will, amongst other things, help parents to understand their children better, improve communication and help them to cope with conflict more effectively. “It is a fun, practical session covering a range of issues from how to give praise, motivate our children, manage bullies and deal with issues like divorce and change. “
Sally Fraser-Mackenzie, a local Occupational Therapist, will focus on the sensory development of the child and why sensory integration is so important to understand when raising or teaching children. She says, “Sensory Integration forms an integral part of the child’s emotional development. In my work, one must look at all aspects of the child in order to build confidence and their sense of mastery. We have designed this workshop to empower parents, teachers and therapists in a holistic and practical way, so that attendees can leave with real and easy practical ideas to use at home. We will also demonstrate EQinaBox ©, a tool specifically designed to enhance emotional intelligence skills in children.”
Sally does individual therapy with babies and children, incorporating techniques such as sensory integration, play therapy, neuro-development therapy and floor-time. She is a board member and lecturer for the South African Institute of Sensory Integration (SAISI), and gives workshops on parenting skills, sensory and behaviour issues, baby sign language and other subjects regarding children’s development. She writes regularly for various publications and has also written children’s story books “The African Collection” about various learning difficulties, as well as producing various informative DVD’s on Sensory Strategies for parents and teachers.
A Sunbird School fund raising initiative, the workshop will take place at the Thesen Island Club House from 08:15 to 13:00 on Saturday 3 August. The cost for the workshop is R290 per person and will include a booklet with comprehensive notes and refreshments. 5 CPD points will also be allocated to HPCSA members. An additional bonus is that Sunbird School has offered free childcare from age 2 to 10 years from 7:30 to 13:00.
Kim Torrao, owner of Sunbird School, said that Knysna is privileged to have such a wealth of knowledge so close at hand. “Both Pam and Sally live in Knysna and we are fortunate to have access to and share in their knowledge. We have been applying the EQ principles at Sunbird and have experienced so many positive transformations in our children. This is a workshop not to be missed.”
For bookings please contact Vicky on 044 382 3888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.