Speakers are chosen for the Happy Mama Retreat with great care, focusing on individuals that will inspire and educate mamas on taking care of themselves, managing a special needs child, and thriving in your special parenthood. The retreat offers education and support to help you advocate for your child, and for yourself. Taking all of those needs into consideration, I’ve lined up an excellent panel of ladies sure to inspire and educate.
Emotional and Behavioral Interventions and Support
Michelle is a Behavior/Autism Specialist with Buncombe County Schools. She works to help K-12 students, staff, and administration develop strategies and interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and recently finished her Masters in Educational Leadership. Over the past 19 years in special education, she has served as a Title One Assistant, a regular education classroom assistant, an EC assistant, a special education teacher in a Day Treatment classroom, and a behavior specialist. In addition, Michelle is a Master-level CPI trainer and the owner of Know Behavior, LLC. She presents behavior workshops for agencies, schools, districts, and educational conferences.
Remaining Calm Under Fire! Parenting Strategies for the Tough Times
Susan Ward is a therapist in private practice, working mostly with adoptive families whose children are struggling with behavioral, social, relational, and mental health issues related to attachment and early life trauma. In her practice, she utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including therapeutic games, art activities, parent coaching, trust-building games, and EMDR. She provided therapeutic respite in her home for children with aggressive, defiant, and non-compliant behaviors for 12 years. She’s an adoptive parent, past foster parent, and was a therapeutic tutor working with children who just didn’t fit into a classroom setting. In another life, a long time ago, she was curator of Biltmore House.
Emotional Regulation and Self-Regulation Strategies for Family Life
Janet Lindsey is a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) in Asheville, NC, with 7 years experience working in a pediatric setting. She works with children with various diagnoses, including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, and other developmental/cognitive delays. Her job as an Occupational Therapy Assistant is one of developing solutions to help her clients become as independent and successful as possible, despite any obstacles. She also helps families learn new ways to help their children thrive at home, at school, and in the community.
Laura Wright (aka, the ODD Mom)
I’m Not a Bad Mother: Moving Past the Blame and Shame of Children’s Mental Illness
I am “that” mother. You know the one I mean. The one whose child is melting down in the middle of the grocery store or is running up and down the aisle at church. Or maybe you don’t know me, because I’ve stopped going out in public with my child. But I’m not a bad mother, despite what people might think when they hear my child yelling obscenities at me. In fact, I deal with more parenting challenges in a week than most parents probably deal with in a year. I’m an ODD mother — the mother of a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I’d love to say this doesn’t define me, but something that consumes your every waking hour can’t help but define you. So rather than hanging my head in shame, I’ve decided to wear the label like a badge of honour.
But that’s not all… We also have two talented ladies joining us to lead Zentangle and yoga classes, to fill your self-care toolbox with relaxing techniques.
Emily Van Eman
Experienced instruction and inspirational philosophy come together in this Gentle Yoga sequence for all levels of practitioners. Traditional postures are combined with some free movement, chakra therapy, and core strengthening, all with beginner to advanced options. Emily has been teaching for 13 years, with extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and rehabilitation techniques. Her style is spiritually uplifting, compassionate, and always different from class to class. This is a full-body “ahhh.”
“The Zentangle(R) Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.” Founded by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the benefits of practicing Zentangle include fun, opening up your inner artist, better hand/eye coordination, a sense of accomplishment, creating something beautiful, slowing down, learning how to focus, and the list goes on and on. Some people don’t think they can possibly do Zentangle, but: anything is possible, one stroke at a time.
Gain the knowledge, expertise, and inspiration all of these women have to offer. Register for the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat 2015 today, before rates go up February 1, 2015!