Parents who want to learn techniques and tools on how to handle an angry child’s meltdowns at home are invited to the inaugural Parent Community Education Night at the Windsor Community Recreation Center on Wednesday.
The program’s topics are development/behavior levels and what the approaches can be to deal with each, as well as de-escalation language tools to use at home.
The program is free to parents and guardians of Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District students, but a RSVP would be appreciated, said program organizers.
Program presenter Jennifer Sedaghat, a Teacher On Special Assignment for the school district who works in the exceptional student services department for Re-4, said de-escalation language is language to help bring the situation down rather than elevating it and getting kids more upset.
“There is language and terms that you can use to help alleviate their anxiety and kind of lower that so it doesn’t go into a full-blown screaming match,” said Sedaghat, whose expertise is in the area of non-violent behavioral training pre-school through 12th-graders, as well as post-secondary transition for high school students.
“I teach what’s called our non-violent crisis intervention. It’s a restraint seclusion training for our teachers,” Sedaghat said. “A lot of the teachers are parents and they said, ‘As a parent, I use this. We should teach other parents how to do this and open it up to other parents.’ That’s kind of how it came about. This would be a great opportunity for parents to learn some of these techniques, tools and trades.”
The program is open to parents or guardians who have preschoolers all the way up to high school seniors. Sedaghat said she’d love the program to become an annual event.
Erin Otto, the lead teacher for Self-worth, Opportunity, Accountability, Relationships (SOAR) at Skyview Elementary School whose expertise is in elementary behavior, said she thinks the program will be very beneficial to parents.
“I think it’s very important for parents to know when kids have big meltdowns that they can help de-escalate the situation without that power struggle,” said Otto, who will also be a presenter during the program. “We’ll be teaching them some good ways on how to just keep it calm, and work through it and move on instead of doing that power struggle.”