Deciphering Sensory Processing: A 4-Week Intensive Study Group for Professionals

This four-week course will address sensory processing as a whole, dissect each of the eight sensory systems, and discuss how sensory input impacts daily functioning and regulation--all of which will give you another lens with which to view the behaviors of clients. And it will provide you tools to recognize the need for an Occupational Therapy evaluation!

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Sensory information pervades our lives: how our clothes feel, what the air smells like, what the radio is playing, how we navigate a busy room, how we sit upright in a chair, what our food tastes like, how bright the sun appears… How do our brains make sense of this constant bombardment of information? What happens when our brains take in too much of this information? What happens when our brains take in too little of this information? How do sensory integration issues impact school and work performance? Discovering the answers to these questions will open up a world of understanding to your own sensory needs, as well as relate to the sensory needs of others around you.

ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC (OTD 12477), earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in the St. Louis School of Medicine. During her studies, she developed a practice model for the integration of occupational therapy into orphanage-like settings. In 2015 she achieved certification from the CBOT in swallowing and feeding (SWC) with a focus on pediatrics, and is trained by Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) in their auditory-based multisensory program and in Dr. Stephen Porges' Safe&Sound Protocol (SSP). In 2018, she became Level 1 Certified as a handwriting specialist by Learning Without Tears. Much of her knowledge and experience is rooted in sensory integration theory and practice that fundamentally acknowledges that the brain can actually change through repeated stimulation (called neuroplasticity). With clients, she strives to help children be comfortable in their bodies and environment by effectively integrating incoming sensory input (visual, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, and oral). She believes in a play-based, relationship-based approach to therapy that is rooted in regulation. Click here to learn more about Jamie.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Our next group will begin on Saturday, October 5th, at 8:00 am (and end at 10:00 am). Subsequent sessions will take place on Saturdays (October 12, 19, and 26) from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 3030 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91107.  Click here to download the flyer.

REGISTRATION

Each group session costs $120 ($480 total). For more information and to register, please contact Dr. Jaime Chaves (email: jamie@thecenterforconnection.org).


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Cool, Calm, & Connected [A Group on Emotional Regulation]

Our "Cool, Calm, Connected" group centers around emotional regulation for parents and kids. Our facilitators for this group are typically Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT, and Jessica Requejo, ASW.

Here's how our CCC group works: kids meet in one room, learning about emotional regulation, practicing awareness and skills, and incorporating lots of psychoeducation on the brain, zones of arousal, sensory soothing, etc. We teach it by using roleplays, group discussion, creative problem solving, and making sock puppets about our brain! At the same time, parents meet in another room, where they receive parenting support and discuss the same content that their kids are working on, so that they're better able to help kids talk about, practice and integrate those skills into their daily lives. Families leave the group with a new, shared vocabulary around emotional expression and connection with a host of new strategies. We cover topics such as:

  • what is emotional regulation,

  • where do we feel emotions in our bodies,

  • how can we regulate ourselves (and our children),

  • what are our biggest triggers and issues,

  • what are our own sensory sensitivities, and

  • how to have more compassion for ourselves and children.

UPCOMING SESSION DETAILS

Our group will meet weekly on Fridays from August 2nd through September 27th, except August 23rd. We are offering two groups:

  • Group 1 is for parents and kids ages 6-8 meeting from 4:30-5:30pm

  • Group 2 is for parents and kids ages 9-11 meeting from 5:45-6:45pm

We’ll meet at 3030 E. Colorado Blvd., second floor, Pasadena, CA 91107.

Download a flyer here.

REGISTRATION

The cost for this group is $650. Sign up by July 26th to receive $75.00 discount if you paid full fee up front or send a $100 deposit to hold your spot and pay the rest when the group starts on August 2nd.

For information and to register for future sessions, please contact Karla Cardoza via phone (818-643-1209) or email (karla@thecenterforconnection.org). 


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

BRAVE BOBCATS: A Social-Emotional Enhancement Camp

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R

About

Brave Bobcats is a social-emotional enhancement camp which is designed for children ages 6 to 8. It offers an ongoing educational component for parents to learn more about supporting children to become socially and emotionally competent and learning an array of activities in managing social anxiety.

Here's what you'll learn...

  • Becoming emotionally competent

  • How our senses affect our emotions

  • What it means to be in and out of our "Just Right" zone

  • Manage big feelings through yoga and various games, arts and crafts

  • Engaging in social situations with empowerment and courage

  • and more!

How the camp works...

Our "Brave Bobcats" camp for socio-emotional regulation and competence runs for one week and is geared toward kids (ages 6 - 8) coping with social anxiety and/or Selective Mutism.

Here is how it works: the group is facilitated by two mental health therapists; the parents and the kids initially participate in a sensory-motor/art activity together and then parents leave the room and will wait in the lobby. The kids will be engaging in various activities that promote regulation to then learn about how the brain works, various zones of emotional regulation, identification of feelings, engaging in fun games in the group, creating a "Brave Box" and more. Families will make a journal to track progress and communicate with the therapist any additional questions or concerns. Also, the families will learn about the curriculum so that they practice the same emotional vocabulary at home.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

To learn about upcoming groups, join our newsletter or email karla@thecenterforconnection.org.

REGISTRATION

Contact our camp leader to learn more: Karla Cardoza, MA, AMFT, at karla@thecenterforconnection.org. The cost for the group is $780.


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group

Whole-Brain Child Parenting Group: A Practical Walkthrough of the 12 Revolutionary Strategies

Taught from the best-selling book The Whole-Brain Child, this group will be 6 weeks and reviews the 12 Whole-Brain Child strategies, the scientific research behind them, and how to apply them to your home lives. Dive into the brain science behind why connection works to calm tantrums or outbursts, how to connect and instruct, and skills that have positive short and long-term effects. The group will be approachable for those unfamiliar with the book, and "hands-on" by making time to create unique to your family practical ways of implementing these strategies in a supportive and encouraging environment. Plus be connected with a group of parents trying to love and raise their kids! Come ready to learn, laugh, and connect.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

None at this time.

REGISTRATION

For information and to register for future sessions, please contact Karla Cardoza (karla@thecenterforconnection.org). The cost is $250 for the whole group, with $50 due before the group starts to reserve your spot and the rest due at the end of the first session. (Early Birds: sign up a week ahead of the start date and get $25 off!)


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.

We Should Talk... [a Group for Caregivers]

“We should talk…” is a group designed for parents or caregivers of children or adults with special needs.

Topics that will be addressed include isolation, grief, raising neurotypical peers, fears, self-care, attachment/connection, stress, and anxiety.

Register

Please mail Olivia Martinez Hauge at omartinezhauge@gmail.com to learn more, ask questions, and sign up for our next meeting!


ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.