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Training for Parents With Exceptional Kids

Parent Child Journey

Dr. Dan Shapiro created the class Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child, to help caregivers who have kids with challenging behaviors identify the source of their child’s behavior and learn what they can do about it. Dr. Wayland is one of the instructors trained to teach his class.

Dr. Shapiro has moved this class online so more people can access the content! Each module presents proactive strategies for raising children with difficult temperaments and developmental differences. Designed to address the needs of families with children from preschool age through early adolescence, caregivers will learn to customize their approach to fit their child’s unique profile.

Dr. Wayland can take you through the course individually, and you can work with her to develop a customized approach that will work with your family.

First Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask

Developed by Dr. Wayland, this 8-session course is for parents of kids with disabilities who want to improve their quality of life. In addition to helping you prioritize doing things you enjoy, this class will teach you new ways to think about your problems, and help you implement self-care techniques. The emphasis will be on principles taught in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) that have been proven to reduce stress. By learning how to balance your own needs with those of the rest of the family, you can be a better parent.

Parent Book Clubs

Our quarterly book club meetings are a chance to connect or reconnect with other parents while exploring a range of topics related to raising children. Come to the book club ready to discuss what you learned while reading the book selected for that session — what you liked, what was useful, and what didn’t make sense. The book club meetings are highly interactive with lots of discussion.

The link to the online meeting for each book club will be sent once you complete your registration.

  • Know Your Child/Know Yourself
  • Time-In and Self-Care
  • Engagement and Understanding
  • Motivation through Positive Attention
  • Self-Motivation & Learning from Experience
  • Motivation through Rewards
  • Problem-Solving
  • Ignoring and Timeout
  • Pausing for Empathy and Self-Reflection
  • Weaknesses, Strengths, and Independence

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  • Stages of Your Journey
  • Understand Yourself
  • Thoughts, Behavior & Feelings
  • Pleasant Activities, Relaxation & Mindfulness
  • Change Your Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Overcome Your Fears
  • Self-Regulation
  • What Is Your Story? 

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The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other — by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot January 25th, 2021, 7:30 pm
Thinking Fast and Slow — by Daniel Kahneman April 22nd, 2021, 7:30 pm
The Declarative Language Handbook — by Linda Murphy July 14th, 2021, 7:30 pm


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The Behavior Revolution

Being a kid is harder than ever. ADHD and autism compound the challenges. And helping your kids navigate all those challenges can be confusing and frustrating for even the most dedicated parent.

The Behavior Revolution is all about one thing: providing the knowledge and parent training necessary to empower you to empower your child for success. Choose from expert interview sessions, community support, or parent training courses for immediate help.

Our mission is to celebrate and support neurodiverse families through brain science-backed insights, strategies, compassion, and guidance.

“We are so grateful that someone recommended we get in touch with Sarah! My son had struggled with school from the beginning, and it seriously affected his health and emotions, as well as our family life. Sarah helped guide us through the process of getting more detailed testing done to determine his strengths and learning disabilities. She was an invaluable support throughout the very difficult process of working with his school to update his IEP to reflect his needs, and helped us advocate for our son to get the services he required, which ultimately led to a new school setting where he is finally happy, and feeling successful and confident in his abilities.”

M in Takoma Park, MD