Group Course: Tools for Communicating and Connecting with your Learning Challenged Child (The Connecting Program)
Better communication, connection, and less friction means better experiences for families. This is not always easy to create especially in families with a learning challenged child. The clues and tools are not always evident.
Here are some comments I’ve heard from parents.
“I asked him to take a walk around the block, and he acted like I asked him to climb Mt. Everest. All I wanted to do was spend some time with him. But NO, he wouldn’t have it. He gets mad then I get mad. Sometimes I think all my good intentions just create the opposite.”
“I told my daughter if she cleaned her room the way she cleans her bike that ACTUALLY would be an accomplishment. I’m not sure I should have said that, but I can’t change it now. I would lose credibility.”
“If only I could get some peace and quiet – a little time for myself. Sometimes I can’t even take a shower.”
“She interrupts constantly. She doesn’t listen so she often misunderstands. But does she know that? No, she will argue incessantly. She’s at a standstill. If she acts this way as an adult—I don’t want to think about it…. Oh, my God! She will never leave home!”
“I get so angry. I’m trying to help him, and all he does is push me away. We’re late for school. The teachers will be frustrated and he will have missed out—all because he didn’t feel like getting dressed and dawdling. Arrgh”
If you have ever said anything like this The Connecting Program may be for you. It can help you:
Gain a deeper understanding of what is happening with your child
Provide an approach, context, and tools that can create a change in thinking in both your child and yourself
Amass a wide range of examples and practical solutions that can be easily incorporate into your lifestyle
Experience increased contentment, peace, energy, connection, and a stronger way of communicating
The Connecting Program can’t fix all of your individual challenges, but it does provide a communication based approach that will help your child be all that he/she can be. It will also help you create your own customized solutions.
It’s an opportunity to get tools from someone who has already done the research and has over twenty years of experience working with children.
Your time is valuable. This course will save you researching on your own.
The Connecting Program came out of my interest in helping parents. It is my response to complaints such as the following that I’ve heard again and again.
“Why can’t my child connect with people or empathize?”
“My child doesn’t have friends.”
“She can’t control herself in the classroom and disrupts the day.”
“Then she over-reacts and melts down over nothing.”
“Listen??? I can tell her six times to do something and she still doesn’t do it.”
“Asking him to clean his room is bad enough. But enforcing it?...It’s exhausting, and, of course, it ends in a battle.”
I decided these questions were based in worry. Worry that their child would always be alone. Worry that they will never learn how to stop pushing people away. Worry that they will be unable to be happy and successful adults. These overwhelming thoughts can make parents feel helpless.
Worse yet, parents often think they are supposed to know what to do.
Nothing is further from the truth. Parents aren’t supposed to know what to do all the time. Actually, it’s impossible to know. Thoughts like I should know are the opposite of helpful.
This course offers you an action plan that can help with your child’s challenges and abate your worries. You will be provided an approach, context, and tools that can strengthen and create greater connection and better communication.
The Connecting Program explores eight major challenge areas and provides concrete ways of dealing with them.
The information will be presented in four interactive modules. Each week will present 2 concepts with strategies and communication techniques for parents can use.
Week 1: Impulse Control and Boundaries
Week 2: Anxiety and Perfectionism
Week 3: Self-Reliance and Problem Solving
Week 4: Relationships and “How to get things done”
We will also explore the following questions.
What does he or she want to hear from me now, in this moment?
What can I say to help connect more rather than push them away?
What would I have wanted my parents to say? If they said something that helped, how did it help?
How do I model what I want for my child?
The complete Group Course – Tools for Communicating with Your Learning Challenged Child includes:
4 interactive modules
A network of people who share similar challenges and support one another on the way to change
An e-book with 7 ways to promote communication and connection between parents and their children.
Additional materials, articles, and videos
Unlimited audio access to all modules
Life can get calmer. Communication can be easier and more pleasant. Confidence and clarity can increase for everyone. The family can experience more joy, harmony, connection, and success. Your child can be happier—and you can be, too.
If you wish to join me…