Bullying SOS: Support and Strategies for Parents

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Parenting through the storm

Bullying SOS: Support and Strategies for Parents

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Good evening everyone, and welcome to today's webinar,Bullying SOS: Support and Strategies for Parents.My name is and Im happy to be the moderator for this evenings webinar.1

Tonights learning objectives2We want you to be able to:

understand that a skills deficit (self-regulation and/or friendship skills) can lead a child to engage in bullying behaviours and/or leave that child more vulnerable to bullying. leave with practical strategies for helping a child who is struggling, whether that child is their own child or another child they care about and/or work with.

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Confidential Not for Distribution Tonights discussion is an important one and we want to share tips with you and towards the end of the webinar we want to be able to answer your questions. 2

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Have a question?Please continue to submit your text questions and comments using the Questions panelFor more information, please sbingham@morneaushepell.comNote: Todays presentation is being recorded and will be provided within 48 hours.Your Participation

Confidential Not for Distribution Youwill have theopportunity to submit text questions to todays presenter by typing your questions into the Questions pane of the control panel. You may send in your questions at any time during the presentation; we will collect these and address them during the Q&A session at the end of todays presentation.4

A special offer from Morneau Shepells Childrens Support SolutionsSave $40! Mention the promo code BullyingWebinar when you book an appointment with Childrens Support Solutions between now and December 31, 2015 and youll save $40 off the administration fee.

After the webinar, visit our websitewww.ChildrenSupportSolutions.comor call: 1.866.653.2397

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Confidential Not for Distribution Before we get started we wanted to share with you a bit about what Morneau Shepell doesMorneau Shepell is the worlds largest provider of health, behaviour and productivity solutions, helping over a million people each year through therapy, education and coaching.

Childrens Support Solutions works with families, schools and childcare centres to identify childrens needs and help them reach their potential. We work with infants to young adults of all abilities and believe that every child is unique and understanding that uniqueness is what we do best. We provide a wide range of services including screening and assessments, one to one and group interventions, medical legal rehabilitation and solutions for schools and daycares.

We also have a special offer from Morneau Shepells Childrens Support Solutions. Mention the promo code BullyingWebinar when you book an appointment with Childrens Support Solutions between now and December 31, 2015 and youll save $40 off the administration fee.After the webinar, just visit our website www.ChildrenSupportSolutions.com or call: 1.866.653.2397

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Assessments and treatmentPsychologySpeech-language pathologyBehaviour therapyOccupational therapyPhysiotherapySpecial education

Our Childrens Support Solutions helps children reach their potential through an inter-professional and family centred approach.

Morneau Shepell helps over a million people each year through therapy, education and coaching. Locations

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Confidential Not for Distribution Childrens Support Solutions is family-centred and inter-professional; meaning that we always start with the questions, What will work for this child? and What is right for the family? We think about the mix of services that will help the child. In the Morneau Shepell model, professionals are not just under one roof; they plan together, train together and work together on a client file. It is an integrated approach to helping the family.

Our therapists and educators are trained and certified in a wide range of disciplines, including clinical psychology, speech-language pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, behaviour therapy, music therapy, special education, psychoeducation, guidance counselling and tutoring.6

Meet Ann DouglasAnn Douglas is the author of numerous books about parenting including, most recently, Parenting Through the Storm.

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Her website is www.anndouglas.net and you can connect with her on Twitter @anndouglas.

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSRecognize that friendship skills dont come easily to or naturally for every child. Friendships may be particularly difficult for children who are struggling with mental health, neurodevelopmental, and/or behavioural challenge. Your child may need a little extra help learning how to regulate his emotions and his attention and some extra practice understanding how friendships work.

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSConsider what is realistic for your child right nowRespect your childs temperament and consider where he is at developmentally as you look for ways to encourage your child to work on his friendship skills. Examples:Can you think of an extra-curricular activity that he would enjoy and that would provide him with opportunities to work on his friendship skills?Is he ready to have a friend join him on a family outing?

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSLook for allies beyond the familyGet to know the parents of other children in your friends class. Join forces with your childs teacher. Maybe she can think of ways your child could work on his friendship skills at school.

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSHelp your child to understand how her behaviour affects other peopleand vice versa.Help her to identify any behaviours that could be contributing to difficulties in her relationships: not looking people in the eye when she is speaking to them, speaking too quietly or too loudly, interrupting other people repeatedly.

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSGive her the opportunity to work on underlying skills (emotional regulation, for example) that will lead to improvements on the friendship front.Help her to identify the strategies that work best for her in regulating her emotionsand help her to understand how regulating her emotions will help her to function better in relationships.

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSHelp your child to understand how friendships workDissect social encountersboth situations your child has been directly involved in and situations he has observed (including situations in books he has read or movies he has watched).Role-play different outcomes to the same situation. What could you do or say differently? How might that affect the way things turn out?Encourage your child to see the same situation from different perspectives. (Consider how different the view is if you sit on different sides of the same room.)13

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Confidential Not for Distribution FRIENDSHIP SKILLSHelp your child to understand that conflict in relationships is normal and relationships can be repaired.Talk about the reasons why conflict occurs (miscommunication, emotional outbursts, having different perspectives on the same situation)Talk about ways to go about repairing a relationship if a conflict has occurred.14

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Confidential Not for Distribution BULLYING One in threeApproximately one in three Canadian children is bullied on a regular basis, putting them at risk of a variety of mental and physical health problems throughout childhood and beyond.15

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Confidential Not for Distribution BULLYING Some children face an increased risk of being bullied. Children who show signs of depression, anxiety, or excessive aggression at the time they enter first grade are at risk of being chronically victimized by their classmates two years later.16

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Confidential Not for Distribution BULLYING What parents and teachers can do to helpHelp children to work on any underlying areas of difficulty, so they wont be as vulnerable to being bullie