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Families Connect Series

Families Connect Series

Neshaminy School District is pleased to present a free speaker series offered to our parents, students, staff, and community members with information related to a variety of topics such as how to support their child in the learning process and recognizing strategies to support our students and families at home.

As a part of the Families Connect series, we invite expert speakers to offer guidance around relevant parenting topics. We encourage community conversations that are centered around practical strategies to support learning and child development.

Recorded video and related documents for the webinars will be presented in the space below following the programs.

Webinar #3

“Resilience for the Long Haul: Strategies to Maintain Good, Healthy Habits Moving Forward”
with Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard

May 12, 2022

This webinar covers the following:

  • Scientifically sound resilience strategies for your child
  • Why structure matters, especially during the summer months
  • How to model healthy habits for your PK-12 child
  • Developmentally appropriate expectations that nurture mental wellness

Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Dahlsgaard focuses her efforts on the promotion of evidence-based psychotherapy via her clinical practice, speaking and writing, and consultation and training.

She was formerly Director of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic and The Picky Eaters Clinic and Co-Director of The Food Allergy Bravery Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Dahlsgaard completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU School of Medicine’s Child Study Center. She is currently in private practice.


Webinar #2

"Nurturing Resilience in Ourselves & Our Children and Teens during Challenging Times"

with Dr. Robert Brooks

February 1, 2022

Companion Written Presentation (PDF)

This webinar covers the following:

  • realistic expectations for ourselves and practice self-compassion.
  • basic foundation for kids to become resilient
  • appreciate the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to our children
  • reinforce a sense of “personal control” that involves strengthening problem-solving and decision-making skills in ourselves and our children
  • identify, reinforce, and honor our children’s passions and “islands of competence”
  • engage in two forms of gratitude
  • provide opportunities for our children and our families to engage in “contributory” or “charitable” activities
  • create indelible memories that our children will take with them for the rest of their lives

Dr. Robert Brooks is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the Boston area.

Webinar #1: December 7, 2021

Supporting Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

with Dr. Michael J. Bradley

Related Documents:

Seven C's for Parents of Students Grades K-12

Ten Principles of Reslience Parenting