April is Stress Awareness Month

Here in New England the days are inching a little longer, crocus flowers are blossoming, a day or two of sunshine pops up amid the rain. To me, April simply feels a bit lighter and brighter.

April is also Stress Awareness Month.  While most people are all too aware of the stressors in their lives, they are unsure how to cope/navigate the stress they face within their personal and professional lives on a daily basis.

The question is not whether you have stress, it is more about asking how to navigate the stress.

What’s the answer?

I believe meditation is a huge part of that equation. Science supports the benefits of meditation as an effective tool to navigate stress.

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I am thrilled and honored to be presenting at this year’s Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium to be held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center.

Monday, May 8, 2017

and

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Monday, I will be presenting at 10:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Change Your Relationship with Stress: Making Calm Your New Normal:

Feeling stressed out? Overwhelmed? This inspiring and informative workshop will provide a “toolkit” of techniques that you can use to promote positive changes in your life. Participants will be introduced to the principles of the mind-body connection with focus placed on teaching self-care practices such as breathing techniques, mindfulness, and appreciation. These research-based techniques have been shown to reduce the effects of stress and help to create more calm in your life.  This workshop will be repeated on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, I will be co-presenting with Chrissy Collins, MA, CEIS at 2 PM – 4 PM

Moving, Breathing and Connecting with your Young Child:

This experiential and informative workshop will provide the skills to enhance the parent-child connection. Participants will learn a variety of breathing exercises and movement routines to foster a connection and increase well-being for parent and child. All breathing and movement activities will be incorporated with what the family is already doing in their daily routine.

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The Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium (MEIC) was formed in 1978 to serve as a statewide nonprofit educational and advocacy organization within the Early Intervention community.

The Consortium is a statewide community of providers dedicated to supporting a high quality and comprehensive Early Intervention service delivery system across Massachusetts. The Consortium (MEIC) has partnered with the Infant Toddler Advocates (ITA) to advocate, strengthen and advise the Early Intervention Community.

For over 35 years, the Consortium has remained dedicated to the following objectives:

  1. to provide for and improve the quality of services and care for young children and their families including, but not limited to, toddlers, infants, those with special needs, and others considered at risk for developmental delays or disabilities;
  2. to provide information and advocacy to consumers and providers; and,
  3. to facilitate coordination among funding agents, providers, and consumers of care and services to young children and their families.

The Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Conference is an annual educational event for service providers and families of children ages birth to three who have or are at risk for developmental delays. This two-day conference provides an opportunity for practitioners, researchers, physicians, higher education faculty, families and policy makers to join in learning and networking together.

Objectives include:

  • Instill a sense of confidence, energy, and achievement for continued work on behalf of infants and toddlers with special needs and their families
  • Encourage connections among all early childhood professionals and families
  • Promote interventions that support, challenge, and celebrate individual differences
  • Explore current perspectives, research and trends related to best practice in the field
  • Expand knowledge of issues affecting the development of infants, toddlers, and families

Continuing Education for the Massachusetts Early Intervention Conference is sponsored by Professional Education Resources and Conference Services, the Continuing Education Division of Human Services Management Corporation (HSMC) which provides operations and consulting services for human service agencies. HSMC began providing conference services and trainings for a variety of profit and non-profit organizations in 1996.

Target participants include: early childhood educators, behavioral educators, child care providers, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, program administrators, parents, higher education faculty, and students working with children ages birth to three who have or are at risk for developmental delays.

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Simply Begin Again

March represents new beginnings, for with this month comes the first day of spring, crocuses sprouting up from the ground, and robins returning to my back yard. And even though it is snowing outside of my window at this moment, I know that eventually spring, and the subsequent sunshine, will arrive. It always does. The… Read the full post here

Relax. Be Well! A Parent & Caregiver Workshop

I invite you to join me for a free parent & caregiver wellness workshop. During Relax. Be Well! parents & caregivers will: Gain knowledge of the stress response & relaxation response Build awareness of the impact stress has on our mind & body Experience the relaxation response through guided relaxation exercises Obtain take-away tools to use in… Read the full post here

Loving Kindness

Recently, I needed to get an MRI. The waiting room was crowded and as I sat there, I observed an older gentleman. He sat with his eyes closed and his hand over his heart. After a few moments, he opened his eyes, and as he did, our eyes met and we smiled at each other… Read the full post here

Let Your Light Shine

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. -Maya Angelou Have you ever marked an anniversary  in your life? And if you have, have you ever noticed that on the one hand it seems like just yesterday yet on the other hand it feels as if it was a lifetime ago? One year ago… Read the full post here

Upcoming Events

Welcome! Looking to join one of my workshops? Read  below to learn of upcoming events that are open to the public. I’d love to have you join us! Relax Be Well: A Parent and Caregiver Workshop Date: Tuesday, February 10th Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Location: The Bridge Center ~ 470 Pine Street ~… Read the full post here

Embracing the Happy-mess of Our Days

“Time stands still  best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.” -Brian Andreas The holidays have come and gone, we rang in a new year, and there are toys from one end of my house to the other. Thanks to the generosity of family and friends, it looks as if Toys R Us set… Read the full post here

How to Hold onto Hope

“How are you able to look at the good in situations, to continue to feel hope, when today is a day typically filled with such sorrow?” This question found its way via email to my inbox this morning. And it was one that stuck with me. As I thought about that question, my eyes landed… Read the full post here

If you are struggling today, please know you are NOT alone.

“I see you. I feel your pain. I send love.” Those words were uttered to me by a homeless man last spring. I was was sitting in a café, passing time as I waited for my son’s art class to end. As I sat there, I was overcome with a wave of grief for a… Read the full post here

Staying Present in a Pair of Converse

“The most precious gift you can give someone is your attention.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Earlier this month, I was on a mission. I need to find a pair of Converse sneakers. Victoria, a beautiful young woman I knew passed away unexpectedly. Her parents requested that friends and family wear Converse sneakers to the services… Read the full post here