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Help for parents while kids are home

There are a lot of parents out there who have become teachers over the past two months.

In the interest in giving them some help, Warren County School District is providing free trainings for parents of children from birth to 21 and all disability levels.

“Our expert professionals will provide trainings to help parents balance learning and behavior at home during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Director of Pupil Services Dr. Patricia Hawley said in a release. “Training will be available using Facebook Live video chats, online platforms, and/or phone consultation.”

“Parents are managing personal stress during this unprecedented time while also supporting children and other family members,” Hawley said. “The district acknowledges the difficulty of remaining calm during this stressful time, it is not an easy task. We are here to help support parents by providing opportunities for adults to learn creative strategies on how to respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

There are two training opportunities coming up over the next eight days and another that is ongoing.

On Wednesday, May 13, the district will provide “Coping with Cabin Fever Through Fun, Meaningful Activities.”

“This time is both stressful and a blessing in disguise for our families,” according to a release. “In addition to having to wear many hats, this is also a unique time to be with your family. We want to help you make the most of this time without keeping up with unrealistic social media expectations.”

“We want to provide fun, inexpensive/free memory-making activities to lower family stress and increase family fun,” according to the release. “It may not seem like it, but we are making history. In addition to adding to your family’s enjoyment, you are creating moments in history for your children to tell their grandchild.”

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday. It will be delivered via Zoom meeting. The meeting ID is 946 9859 4920. The password is 2YkC8r.

The second program is “Promoting Independence in Activities of Daily Living.”

That training will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, May 18, and will be delivered via Facebook Live at the WCSD PT and OT Facebook page.

“This session will be provided by the WCSD occupational therapist and physical therapist,” according to the release. “This training will educate parents on ways to facilitate independence in the home environment when completing daily activities.”

“Skills addressed will include gross motor coordination, balance, strength, fine motor skills, visual skills, and self-care skills,” according to the release. “These activities can be easily replicated in your home environment to promote your child’s learning, growth, and independence.”

The ongoing training is “Speech and Language Department Parent Training.”

The district’s speech-language pathologists “post facts, practice activities, and videos on a variety of topics,” according to the release. “Live events are also scheduled to facilitate question-and-answer sessions.”

The topics covered include sequencing, articulation, comprehension, vocabulary, and phonological awareness.

That information is available on the WCSD Speech-Language Therapy Facebook page.

“It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events,” Hawley said. “Please consider participating in one or all of the available trainings.”

“Our team members are also available via telephone, email, and virtual chat to speak with any parent and provide resources based on individual family needs for those unable to participate in a training,” she said.

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