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Multi-Week Workshops

ONLINE Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child

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, and in the Fall of 2020, she will be leading one of the online discussion sections for the new fully online version of the class. During each of the 10 modules, you can learn from Dr. Shapiro as he describes 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 adulthood, caregivers will learn to customize their approach to fit their child’s unique profile.

Dr Wayland will host a discussion session by Zoom Thursday evenings at 7:30pm starting October 8th.


  • 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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First Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask

The workshop is for parents who want to improve their quality of life and their relationship with their children. To quote Brianna Wiest, “True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” Take my class and start the process of building a life that sustains you, even when things are hard.

In this eight-session workshop you will learn new ways to think about your problems and how to implement self-care strategies proven to reduce stress, even when life is incredibly busy. In addition to learning more about yourself, you will join with other parents who want to learn skills taught in cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, as well as mindfulness–based stress reduction techniques.

New class offerings will be posted in the fall.


  • Understand Yourself
  • Thoughts, Behavior & Feelings
  • Pleasant Activities, Relaxation & Mindfulness
  • Change Your Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Overcome Your Fears
  • Stages of Your Journey
  • Rewriting Your Story

"Sarah - you hit a home run with this. Great job! Great info - really very helpful!!!" - S.L.

"Fantastic presentation. So helpful and insightful. You have so much wisdom and experience to share and it is truly a gift to those willing to listen." - A.G.

"I absolutely cannot thank you enough!! That presentation was spectacular and I learned so much. Thank you thank you thank you for speaking with our group!!" - Catherine Marchese

Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC

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Riverdale, MD 20738-0174