SUMMER CAMPS ARE SPRINGING UP AT LUMIERE
It may not feel like it yet, but Spring is just around the corner. March 20th is the official first day of Spring! Here at Lumiere, we’ve already started prepping for warmer weather with the introduction of our summer camps! We’re excited to offer half-day camps for one and two-week sessions starting in June. Ages 3-5 can take advantage of our LITTLE EXPLORERS camp, and bigger kids ages 6-8 can join our BIG ADVENTURERS camp. Click HERE to find out more and reserve your spot!
March is National Social Work Month. This holiday serves as a great opportunity to recognize the Chicago woman who developed social work as a profession. In the late 1800’s just down the street from Lumiere at Halsted & Harrison Streets, Jane Addams started a movement that grew into the Hull House, the first settlement house created to support vulnerable populations in receiving educational, legal and health services.
The profession of social work has grown immensely and has become more varied in the populations that it serves today. At Lumiere, our social workers seek to support children and families in strengthening their interpersonal skills in order to engage and function within society. At the heart of happiness is strong relationships, so Lumiere social workers seek to support children and families at developing healthy relationships by responding to their emotions in healthy ways. When families seek services from our social workers, they are typically seeking solutions for their children as they struggle to manage their emotions.
Read on for some of the most common recommendations made to families to support children in developing healthy coping skills at home:
PRACTICE. Children will not be able to access healthy coping skill when they are upset, if they have not practiced them when they are calm. Aiding your child in practicing coping skills when they are calm will aid them in utilizing their skills when they are becoming upset. Practice the following with your child:
Counting slowly to 10
Asking for help
Express your emotion "I feel..."
Take 5 deep breaths
Listen to music
Name or think of your favorite things
Say positive affirmations "I am brave”
MODEL. Children learn from their environment. Parents who model coping skills and how to appropriately respond to their own emotions, will go a long way in aiding children to develop healthy coping skills.
SELF-ATTUNEMENT. When your child is upset, focus on keeping yourself calm. An escalated parent typically escalates a child more. It is like being on an airplane: put your oxygen mask on first, so you can then take care of your child.
CREATE. Children who struggle to calm themselves down, usually enjoy creating. Try incorporating ways for your child to create, such as craft time, baking time, or lego time. This proactive approach will aid your child in learning how to self-regulate.
ATTENTION. Providing consistent, one-on-one attention aids children in regulating their emotions. Try taking 15-20 minutes a day to sit on the floor and play with your child.
EMOTIONAL CHECK-INS. Having consistent routines where your child feels safe and “listened to” can also reduce your child’s need to seek support through behavior. Creating a daily or weekly routine that includes an emotional check-in is one way to achieve this. For example, at bedtime, ask your child to express their “highs” and “lows” of the day.
PRAISE. Children are developing their problem-solving skills. When you observe your child solve a problem, make sure you praise them. Over time, they will notice they can use their problem-solving skills when responding to their emotions.
REGULATE. Not every big emotion can be prevented, so having co-regulation tools around the house can aid children in calming down once they are already upset. Tools could include silly putty, a soft place to lay down, a favorite stuffed animal or stress balls.
Tips provided by Lumiere therapist, Claire C. (Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.)
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THE DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES RESOURCE FAIR
hosted by the Neighborhood Parent Network www.npnparents.org
When: Sunday, March 31st
Where: DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Avenue, Chicago IL
>> We will be raffling off a FREE summer camp session at the event! See you there!
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
“March 8th is International Women's Day. I couldn't be more proud of the amazing women that our company comes into contact with everyday; from other women owned businesses and the partnerships we have created, to the amazing women who are dedicated moms, wives, friends, clients, and Lumiere employees. I am so inspired by you and grateful for the relationships we have built and maintain. This day is to recognize you and all that you do.”
March 2nd is National Read Across America Day, a day that celebrates the wonderful world of reading! Lumiere speech therapists use books daily during therapy sessions to build vocabulary, increase attention to clinician-directed tasks, target a variety of 'WH' questions about pictures and stories, and to ultimately build positive interactions through a shared enjoyable activity.
We encourage you to read to your children as often as possible, as books can help kids explore unlimited topics and places while at home. Click below to read on for some tips to encourage language use and participation during shared reading:
Give them a choice. Pick two books and give your child the option of which one to read to make them involved in the process - they may tell you verbally or via pointing.
Utilize your local library. Libraries have endless options for children's books and may even have additional resources to help your child enjoy reading (i.e. kids group events held at the branch).
Make it your own! While reading, incorporate silly sounds, funny voices, and movements to motivate your child. Remember, the more they enjoy reading, the more they will learn!
Encourage quiet time. Let your child explore books on their own. Looking at pictures, turning pages, and escaping into a story can help your child get familiar with and even like books. While we encourage you to ask questions at times during reading, make sure they don't feel pressure to constantly perform. We want it to be FUN and stress-free for the children.
Model reading. Believe it or not, children often imitate adult actions. If they see you engaging in reading time at home, they will view reading as a daily activity and hopefully create a lifelong healthy habit of reading books. Happy Reading!
When we started out 10 years ago, our VISION was to create, capture and celebrate 100,000 Magic MomentsSM by the year 2020. What are Magic MomentsSM? They are every small step, every little success and tiny milestone met that makes a big impact on the lives of children and families in meeting their family goals.
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2019 marks the start of our 11th year in business. Since opening our doors in 2008, we've been celebrating and tracking Magic Moments - and now we'll be sharing them with you here every month. Please see below on how you can share yours with us!
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