Workshop set to discuss social, emotional development in children

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

A seminar is set to teach parent typical social, emotional and language development for preschoolers through fifth-graders.

Does your child engage in age-appropriate play skills? Does your child interact appropriately with others? Is your child able to express himself or herself so that others can understand? According to Beth Petty with Lebanon schools Family Resource Center, the seminar is for any parent asking these questions.

“Things in our society are changing for young people at a fast rate,” Petty said. “Parents need to understand what is now age and stage appropriate for their children insofar as development in these areas.  

“Also important for parents to know, is what is not age and stage appropriate. As the rules and expectations of society change, young children and parents struggle to keep up, to know what is acceptable and what is not.” 

Petty said the parent workshop will clearly define current trends and milestones in these developmental areas. 

“Parents will leave with a clear understanding of age and developmental stage milestones for their children,” said Lynn Cable, special education director for Lebanon schools. 

Cable, as well as Debbie Hatfield and Nickye Hamlet, special education specialists, will facilitate the workshop.

Petty said the presentation will be interactive as parents move from one learning station to the next. 

“The take-aways for the parents will include informational handouts, rich discussion on the topics presented, and parent to-dos that will positively influence the social, emotional and language development for their child,” said Cable. 

“We all want to build self-esteem within our child. This workshop, which details what is and is not appropriate, is a great start for parents to work with their student to learn skills that are extremely valuable as they co-exist with their peers,” said Petty. 

 The session will close with an opportunity for parents and caregivers to ask specific questions regarding their current concerns in these areas.

Petty said free pizza and childcare will be provided. She said the workshop and materials are free and open to anyone in Wilson or surrounding counties. 

The workshop will be Sept. 17 from 6-8:30 in the Castle Heights Elementary School library. For more information, or to RSVP, contact  Petty at 615-453-2693 or pettyb@k12tn.net

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