Connect, Coach and Take Charge

Helping kids feel calm, confident and co-operative

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Parents/carers: does any of this sound familiar?  Your child: 

Has difficulty managing frustration and anger
Finds it hard to organise themselves, and follow routines
Finds it hard to listen and follow instructions
Often gets very upset, worried or distressed
You sometimes feel worried or frustrated with your child and don’t know what to do next
You feel like things which work for other children don’t work for yours

We can help! Connect, Coach and Take Charge is a 6 week group for parents/carers to help you learn:

Why children behave in tricky ways
How to reconnect with your child (and feel more positive about them) 
How to coach your child & take charge - so they can manage emotions, follow instructions and act calmly
How to identify your values as a family
How to be kind and compassionate to yourself as a parent
How to manage difficult situations (eg bedtimes, mornings, sibling arguments, homework)

You will get practical ideas and suggestions you can use at home (including a workbook/handouts to take home each week) to help make life calmer, easier and happier for everyone.  

Connect, Coach and Take Charge is facilitated by two of our child psychologists each week, both of whom have worked with "tricky kids" and their families for many years.  

Our data shows that parent/carers who attend the group experience a significant increase in parent related well-being and a significant decrease in child-related distress measures.  Parent/carers also report feeling much more confident in how to manage difficult behaviour in their children.

We usually run one Connect, Coach and Take Charge Group (in the evenings) at various schools around Adelaide, South Australia.  These groups are currently FREE for families (sponsored by federal government funding administered by the Adelaide Primary Health Network).  

If you are interested in putting your name down for our next group, or having your school host a group please contact our admin team on 8357 1711 or via email admin@developingminds.net.au


CHILLED Kids

(Learning to manage frustration, disappointment and anger)

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Sometimes things in life are tough and we feel disappointed, frustrated and angry.  Everybody feels like this sometimes.

Do you feel like you get angry a lot? Does it get you in to trouble sometimes and make life harder for you, with your parents, teachers, your brothers or sisters or with your friends? Would you like your parents to have some new ways to help you feel calmer when you are mad?

If so, then we can help! We are getting together on 4 Saturday mornings to learn about Anger and some ways that you and your parent can work together to help you cope with tough stuff, to feel calmer and have more fun!

The sessions will go for 1 hour and a quarter.  We will be watching some short videos, doing some talking and you will do some activities with your parent/caregiver. There will also be activities to practice in between sessions that your parent can help you with (As well as just learning some great tips, there are also bonus prizes for doing this practice!).

The group will be run at our Aberfoyle Office (Shop 15, 130-150 Hub Drive, Aberfoyle Park).

If this sounds like something you are keen to do, please ask your Mum, Dad or caregiver to email Amy at amy@developingminds.net.au and we can answer any questions or book you in.

Further Information for Parents:

If you have a child who is aged between 7 and 10 years old who has difficulty managing their reactions when they feel disappointed, frustrated or angry, you may be interested in attending our “Chilled” group with them, on Saturday mornings.  This group will be run by a clinical psychologist and is designed to increase the knowledge kids have about anger and develop skills to manage their reactions when they feel disappointed, frustrated or angry.  The group will include up to 6 kids and their parents/caregivers.  The group will involve watching short animated videos, some group discussion and then activities for you and your child to complete together.   In addition there will be approximately 40 minutes of practice (can be 4 x 10 minutes) between session activities to practice the skills learnt.

This group is completely FREE to attend, but please note, in order for you to get the most out of this program, and because we are evaluating this group to see how well it works, it is essential you can attend all FOUR sessions for the ENTIRE time.  If you are not able to commit to all of the sessions or the in between group activities then talk with us about other services that may be of help to you and your child.