Beril Ozay is a dually certified child life specialist and a recreational therapist. Beril told stories about her work as an infant and toddler development specialist and managing behavioural issues with teenagers. She also shared her knowledge on utilizing community and social resources for parents who seek to educate themselves about parenting strategies and engage in self-development activities. Beril is very animated and passionate in imparting her expertise and welcomes anyone to contact her through her Facebook page entitled Recreation Therapy RX to ask her questions about child development and behaviour management.
Beril recommends the following parenting resources:
The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene
Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
Myla Leinweber, from British Columbia, is a former kindergarten teacher with a Masters in Education. Currently, she helps parents of young children navigate parenting challenges and find more joy in parenting, and ultimately life. Her goal is to eliminate ‘mom or parent guilt’ and empower parents to be confident in parenting situations. Her practice is based on positive psychology, and the model that she uses is to find the strengths in the family and work and build from those, rather than offering a prescriptive program of ‘how to.’ In the show, she talked about her experience as a parent coach, why she loves it and how she sees kids as whole people with preferences, feelings and experiences. She also discussed that parenting strategies are different to each family and it is important to consider creating a “kid-generated plan”. What exactly is a kid-generated plan? Listen to this episode to find out.
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Krysten Taprell is a psychologist from Australia who have worked for 20 years with children and families. She has implemented social and emotional learning programs in primary schools and authored a children’s book about coping with nightmares, which will be released this year. There is so much to learn from her, to name a few, she mentioned about understanding children’s brain development, valuing the kids’ feelings as people like all of us, co-regulating with kids during a tantrum and allowing them to automatically breathe when you put your hand on the child’s diaphragm. She also discussed why punishments don’t work and how to use reward charts effectively.