Yahoo! The summer holidays are here. Reports cards are in, the classroom is cleaned, it is now time to enjoy the sun and rejuvenate after a successful and sometimes stressful school year! And while educators are exceptional at instructing and assessing students, as an OT working in the schools for a number of years, I have noticed that it can be incredibly challenging for educators to take time to take care of themselves. They stay late, arrive early, and often take work home. With such a busy schedule, it can be challenging to prioritize activities support self-care during the school year.
For many educators, it is thought that the high stress and busy lifestyle is just part of the job. It truly isn’t possible to be a “good teacher” and take care of yourself. Instead self-care is saved to cram into the breaks and summer holidays.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s say that again for people the in the back….the good news is that it doesn’t need to be this way. And I get it…change is not easy. Here are 4 steps to help make the change: (and don’t think I won’t be implementing these this summer, as well):
1. Think of your body like a bank account and your energy as your currency. You have to make deposits in order to spend, you should pay yourself first, and it is always good to have a budget so that the necessities are taking care of.
2. Streamline your schedule by doing fewer things better.
3. Pair a self-care routine with a habit. Wake up and drink water; park far from the grocery store and walk in; Get in the car and automatically play your favourite songs.
4. Strive to make one new habit that prioritizes you this summer.
To help, see if you can complete the attached Self-Care Bingo Card for Educators. Share it with your friends and see how many you can complete together. Make note of how you feel when you complete one of these tasks – don’t you want to feel this way more often?
For those that are interested, if you complete any of the tasks and send us a picture of the self-care activity to firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be entered to win a free ticket to our Being, Becoming, and Belonging Workshop either in Yorkton, Regina and Saskatoon this fall.
Happy Summer everyone! Please take time to enjoy and nurture you!
This program endeavors to explore and demystify the obscure reality of being an “adult.” We want to give young adults, the skills, knowledge, and confidence to stay healthy and well, understand how to pay bills and budget, the process of accessing a place to live and set up a home, how to manage your time, and how to develop and maintain positive relationships. Spaces are limited to 6 participants. Cost: $300 for 5 Saturdays – July 13th, 20th, 27th, 10th, and 17th from 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Following Raelene Dundon’s Curriculum, this engaging group program uses motivation and game-playing talents to teach social skills. By discovering new worlds within Minecraft, participants explore and aquire the social abilities needed to make and sustain friendships. The group will meet from 1pm – 3pm on five Saturdays – July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 10th and 17th Cost: $275.00
May the force be with you! Join us for an active, fun, and engaging sensory processing and self-regulatory skills group where we will help children learn about the “force” within them and how to work collaboratively to develop the skills required of young Jedis. Skills such as focus, attention, initiation, and emotional self-regulation, The group is designed for children ages 6-10 years; Ratio of 1 Adult: 3 Jedis (Max 6) and will meet from 11am – 12:30pm on Saturdays: July 13th, 20th, 27th and August 10th and 17th. Contact us for further information and/or to register. Cost $175 for 5 sessions. Cost: $175/week If this group interests you, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com for further information and/or to register.
Join us for this fun and engaging small group for 4-6 year olds designed to foster the development of children’s fine and gross motor skills. Groups will be held from 9am – 10:15am on Saturdays: July 13th, 20th, 27th, and August 10th and 17th. Cost: $175 for 5 sessions. For further information and to register, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope this image got your attention! OuTcomes Therapy is excited to announce that a Sasha Youzwa, a graduate student of occupational therapy at the University of Alberta, will be coming to OuTcomes Therapy for one of her final placements. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome her as Millenials are not only smart, this millennial also brings a wealth of experience from Kinesiology as well as experience working in Group Homes and Summer Day Camps with adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities. To help support her learning, we are offering summer intensives with both Sasha and myself (Louise Burridge). Spaces are limited. Based on research by Drs. Lucy J. Miller, Sarah Schoen, and Ellen Cohn, research has shown that the intensive model of service provision is the most impactful in achieving goals, fostering independence and addressing sensory processing and self-regulatory needs. Intensives will be offered for $200/week (this includes 5 hours of therapy; 2 Hours of Parent Coaching – in person or via phone). Sessions available include the following dates/times:
July 8th – 12th: 1:00pm to 2:00pm; 2:15pm – 3:15pm July 15th – 19th: 9:30am to 10:30am; 10:45am – 11:45am July 22nd – 26th: 1:00pm to 2:00pm; 2:15pm – 3:15pm August 12th – 16th: 1:00pm – 2:00pm; 2:15pm – 3:15pm
These opportunities are open to both existing and new families. If you have any questions about the intensives, please do not hesitate to email or message us.
Social emotional learning focuses on helping students develop skills essential for working with others, building resiliency, achieving goals, addressing bullying and reducing risky behaviours. Research shows that student receiving quality social-emotional instruction show:
Better academic performance – achievement scores were on average 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive social emotional instruction
Improved attitudes and behaviours – Including greater motivation to learn, increased time devoted to schoolwork, better classroom behaviour
Fewer episodes of behavioural dysregylation, and,
Reduced emotional dysregulation – fewer reports of student depression, anxiety, stress and social withdrawal.
The challenge is how to efficiently and effectively incorporate such learning into the school day. If you are up for this challenge, join us on Wednesday, September 4th from 6pm – 9pm for a fun, engaging, and practical evening where we will discuss the importance of social emotional learning and most importantly bombard you with a variety of engaging, fun, and practical ways to support social emotional learning for all kids in the classroom. Participants who register for the event prior to July 15th will receive a thumb drive of classroom ready resources full of the ideas, strategies, and suggestions presented during the workshop.
Created by Marneta Viegas, Relax Kids is a fun, engaging small group that offers support to children and their families. Using its unique approach, Relax Kids uses movement, games, stretching, breathing, peer massage, positive affirmations and visualizations, to help develop your child’s concentration, self-esteem and confidence, as well as improving their peer relationships and social skills. All this while having fun! Interested in trying it out? Join us for one of 4 drop-in sessions this summer on select Mondays (July 8th, 15th, August 12th, 19th from 4:15pm to 5:15pm). For further information and to register, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com
Here at OuTcomes Therapy we are so excited to announce that we offering Relax Kids Classes this summer! Relax Kids is a British program that systematically teaches children and youth 7 steps to relax their bodies using different themes and interests. To start, we will be offering 4 Drop In/Taster Classes for Girls ages 7-10 years of age. The theme for these sessions will be “Confidence Bootcamp.” Now, as summer is often flexible with people coming and going, we thought we would start by offering a series of drop-in classes on select Tuesdays in July & August. Specifically: July 9th, 16th, August 12th and 26th from 4:15pm – 5:15pm. Classes will be limited to 8 participants. You are welcome to try one class or attend all 4. Cost: $25.00/session. For further information and/or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is your child struggling to cut, manage fasteners, colour or draw? Do they get frustrated with fine motor tasks such as dressing, opening wrappers, or picking up a crayon? This play-based group may be just what your child needs to gain confidence, develop hand strength, & learn to use tools to cut, colour, draw, & develop their dexterity.
Each session will introduce targeted skills in a fun, engaging manner & will provide families with information an ideas to continue their child’s development at home and school.
Ages: 4-6 years
Monday through Friday
July 22nd- 26th, 2019
9am – 10:15am
OuTcomes Therapy Clinic
For more information and to register, email: email@example.com