Presentations and Workshops for Educators and Parents

Help children develop and grow into independent, self-reliant adults

Ometz runs workshops on a range of subjects to help parents and educators enhance children’s experiences at home and at school so that they can achieve success.

Based on the latest research, these workshops will give you up-to-date information on healthy child development, resilience, bullying, and parent-teacher cooperation.  

Go to workshops on Parenting strategies
Go to workshops on Internet safety, bullying and friendships
Go to workshops on Childhood mental health and wellness
Go to workshops on Educator strategies

Parenting strategies

Ten Things That All Good Parents Know:
Effective parents share many common skills and strengths. In this workshop, participants will learn parenting strategies that work, based on current research on healthy child development and academic success. Risk and protective factors for children and youth will be discussed. This workshop may be tailored for either parents of early childhood programs or elementary grades.

The Importance of Play:
Through play, young children engage and interact in the world around them. Later, play has a role in school success as it enhances children's confidence and resilience and their ability to interact positively with peers and adults. But today, time for free play has been greatly reduced in our classrooms and our homes. This workshop will review the recent literature on the importance of play in children’s development and explore strategies for embedding “play” into our daily lives.

Effective Communication:
This workshop will provide effective communication strategies for interactions with children.  Participants will leave this presentation with a variety of tools to better deliver and receive feedback, listen actively and express fears and concerns appropriately while leaving the lines of communication open.

The Unique Dimensions of Temperament:

Temperament shapes children’s outcomes, and influences the way they interact with their environment and how adults and children respond to them. Understanding a child’s temperament can help reframe how parents interpret children’s behaviour and the way parents think about the reasons for these behaviours. This workshop will look at the different dimensions of temperament and how they can be used to promote positive social and emotional development in children.

Raising a Resilient Child:
Children need to grow up to be independent, self-reliant adults. The challenge is for the adults in their lives to appropriately nurture children’s self-esteem, enhance coping strategies for dealing with failure and disappointment, encourage motivation and foster strong decision making techniques. This presentation offers parents and educators the opportunity to explore these methods of helping children gain the self-reliance needed for coping in our “hurried” world.

Risky Business…Protecting Your Kids:
Part of the transition to adolescence is the searching for identity, while at the same time trying to separate from parents and be a member of the peer community. Parents will have the opportunity to discover the “protective factors” which keep children from risk taking behaviours and learn how to use them in the everyday lives of their family.

Homework 101:
This presentation offers strategies to make homework a more pleasant experience for children and parents. Homework is presented as a means to enhance self-reliance and foster motivation in children. The concept of “mindsets “will be explored as it impacts the ability for children to understand that through “effort” they can “grow” their intelligence.


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Internet safety, bullying and friendships

Social Media and Internet Safety:
This workshop, for both parents and educators, provides valuable resources for keeping children safe online.  Participants will come away with tools for identifying and reporting cyberbullying, an understanding of current online trends, apps and social media sites, strategies for encouraging responsible digital citizenship online and an understanding of the permanent traces and real life consequences of children’s online actions.

Bullying…What You Need to Know:
Whether a bully, a target or a witness, children are being confronted with this problem all too often. This workshop will help parents and educators understand bullying and why it happens, be able to recognize the signs of it in children’s behavior, and how to deal with it. Discussion will include how the brain influences the incidence of bullying and how a positive self-esteem helps to mitigate its effect on children.

A Parent’s Role in Their Child’s Friendships:  
Parents often wonder what they should do to ensure their children have good friends. Participants will learn practical strategies for identifying the boundaries of their involvement and how to teach their children to effectively navigate their social relationships.  Issues related to exclusion, bullying, fostering healthy relationships and encouraging independence in conflict resolution and relationship maintenance will be examined.


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Childhood mental health and wellness

Anxiety:  
We are seeing an increase in anxiety related behaviours today in our children. This discussion will help parents and teachers understand the reasons and triggers that contribute to anxiety. Participants will learn a variety of strategies that will allow parents and teachers to “ACT” instead of “REACT”. Explanations as to why anxiety has increased dramatically over the past decade will be presented.

The Pedagogy of Wellness:
This workshop will present the roadmap for moving educational practices towards a pedagogy that considers wellness as a foundation for success.   Teachers will be equipped with strategies for organically applying the techniques of mindfulness, stress coping and relaxation in order to create calmer classrooms where teachers and students are more “present”. Helpful tips to share with parents about how to carry this practice into their homes will be provided.

Self-Regulation in Children:
There is a growing awareness that the better a child can self-regulate, the better he/she can rise to the challenge of mastering ever more complex skills and concepts. In other words, the more a child can stay calmly focused and alert, the better he integrates the diverse information coming in from his different senses, assimilates it, and sequences his thoughts and actions. This workshop will inform parents and/ or teachers how to assist in the development of self-regulation skills in children.

Growing a Growth Mindset:
Understanding intelligence and abilities as qualities we can develop has powerful ramifications on student motivation and learning, and school success. When teachers and parents focus on improvement rather than on whether a child is smart, children learn a lot more. Using the research of Dr. Carol Dweck, strategies to develop a “growth mindset” in children will be explored.


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Educator strategies

Today’s Parents: What Educators Need to Know:
Parenting norms have changed these past years, resulting in conflicting perceptions of who has more responsibility to raise children, the home or the school. Parents and educators often find it difficult to collaborate in a trusting, cooperative and solution focused manner. This workshop explores the trends in parenting today that impact the teacher/parent relationship and offers strategies for moving towards more positive cooperation.

Effective Parent/Teacher Interviews:
The parent/teacher interview offers a unique opportunity for teachers to collaborate with parents on issues that will benefit their students.  Participants will learn how to structure the interview for maximum results, how to create a process that holds parents accountable as ongoing partners and how to set clear and measurable objectives.


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