CPAC presents Dr. Deborah MacNamara, PhD

  • Making Sense of Sensitive Kids (March 14)
  • Raising Children in a Digital World (April 25)
  • Making Sense of Attention Problems (May 23)

Deborah is a dynamic educator and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom. She presents regularly to a range of audiences including parents, educators, social workers, and other health care professionals.  The presentations are based on current attachment research, developmental psychology and neuroscientific understanding of children and youth. Grounded in the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, an internationally respected clinical and developmental psychologist, they help make sense of children and adolescents from the inside out.  Deborah has interned with Gordon Neufeld and is on faculty with the Neufeld Institute.

If you would like to attend all three, register here.  Otherwise see links below.

Making Sense of Sensitive Kids
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:30–9:00 pm

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Some children seem to be more intense and sensitive in their responses to sensory stimuli – such as sound, touch, taste or emotional/perceptual activity.  Fifteen to twenty percent of children are estimated to fall on the sensitivity spectrum.  They are often described as more intense and easily affected by sensory stimuli. We can all feel overwhelmed at times, but for some sensitive kids their enhanced receptivity to the world can quickly lead to feelings of overwhelm and stress.  In order to help sensitive kids live in their world, we need to start by making sense of them and appreciating things through their eyes.  Sensitive kids need receptive adults who can convey to a child that they are not difficult or too big to handle. There is a lot that parents and teachers can do to help sensitive kids find rest so they can play and grow.

Raising Children in a Digital World
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30–9:00 pm

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The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in a way that has far reaching consequences for our children. What are the implications for raising children? How do we harness the spectacular connecting potential and yet avoid the pitfalls of attachment technology gone awry? How do we prepare them to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place? We have followed our children into the digital world and yet for their sakes as well as ours, need to restore our lead in order to avoid the insidious dangers that live in the shadows of this potent technology. We will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science, committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.

Making Sense of Attention Problems
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:30-9:00 pm

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Attention and agitation issues are increasing at alarming rates among our children and youth.  Such restlessness can pose challenges for learning and behaviour at home and school.  Adults often feel overwhelmed and confused about how to make headway with a child who cannot seem to focus or sit still. In trying to alleviate symptoms we can unknowingly employ measures that are serving to exacerbate their attention problem. There is much that can be done to help bring a child to rest by understanding the two common roots of attention problems.

If you would like to attend all three, register here.  Otherwise see links above.