Encompass launches series for young, expectant parents

May 1, 2012

By Staff

Parents looking for a smarter way to parent their young children can get step-by-step, in-person help during a new workshop series developed by the Talaris Institute and presented by Encompass starting May 7 at Swedish/Issaquah.

The “Parenting Counts” series is designed for parents with children from birth to age 5 and expecting families. It presents the latest scientific research on child development by covering four pillars of children’s social and emotional development, and explains why these pillars are critical to children’s success in academics and in life.

The workshops are from 6-8 p.m. Mondays. The topics are:

  • May 7: “Nurture vs. Nature: How Children Develop”
  • May 14: “Emotion Coaching: How Children Feel and Connect”
  • May 21: “Exploring Play: How Children Think and Learn”
  • June 4: “Language for a Lifetime: How Children Communicate”

The series leader is Kerry Beymer, a Talaris-certified “Parenting Counts” instructor who manages parenting education for Encompass.

“The series focuses on what happens in kids’ brains,” Beymer said. “We know so much more in the last five years because of research, and we can give parents specific tips based on scientific evidence. Also, a lot of good problem solving comes in a workshop setting versus picking up a book or seeing a video.”

Each workshop is limited to 30 participants. One of the workshops in the series, “Emotion Coaching,” filled up four times when offered by Encompass last year in the Issaquah Highlands.

The series is free, but you must register online at www.encompassnw.org. Child care is discounted 30 percent at Adventure Kids Playcare for the series. Learn more by calling 888-2777.

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