Nannypalooza 2011 is right around the corner. This is a must-attend event for caregivers across the country! Nannypalooza offers opportunities for caregivers to network with some of today’s top professionals in their field, meet nannies and other professionals face to face that for some are just a Facebook friend or fan, and attend educational workshops that will enhance any caregivers resume and portfolio, leading to greater success on the job or searching for a job.
Coordinators are hard at work making this a wonderful experience for all, and here is a sneak peak at some of the speakers that will be present this year …
Julie Sternberg is author of LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE, a children’s book about a girl whose beloved nanny moves away. She also writes a blog recommending books for children of all ages, from picture books through young adult novels; and she’s earned an MFA in Writing for Children at the New School, where she studied children’s literature as well as writing. Join her in a discussion about some great books to introduce to your readers. She will share ideas about how to choose good books and get kids engaged in reading. Ms. Sternberg will also speak a little about the progression of her own book from the pages of her notebook to the shelves of bookstores and libraries. Come talk books!
Julie Sternberg also received an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, where she met Mia. Her first book for children, LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE, is forthcoming from Amulet/Abrams Books. Amulet will also publish her second book, which she is writing now. Her website is www.juliesternberg.com.
Super Healthy Habits for Super Nannies! with Charmaine Flanagan
You nurture your spouse, lover, children, employer and community…
Are you focusing on everyone else first and letting your own health suffer? Health Coach Charmaine Flanagan will provide insightful, doable and fun strategies towards living your best life. Come be inspired!
Charmaine received her training to practice Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories—combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods. She believes in the school’s mission to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness in America, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world. She began her journey to become a health coach when faced with her own challenges. As a health coach, Charmaine is a wellness guide and supportive mentor, working with her clients to achieve goals in areas such as weight management, food cravings, sleep and energy. Her clients develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best for them and implement lasting changes that will improve energy and health.
What Triggered That Meltdown? Secrets of high-needs, ultra-sensitive kids with Jan St. Clair and Tara Lindsay
Are you caring for a baby that isn’t soothed by any of the traditional methods? Or a toddler that is unusually sensitive to sounds and smells? Or a preschooler that has a hard time with even the smallest transition? Are you out of ideas on how to handle a child’s challenging behavior? Chances are you’re working with a high needs child. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain every second, not only from our five basic senses but from every place on our bodies. The brain must organize and integrate all of these sensations to allow us to move easily through the world. Babies and children that aren’t able to effectively process environmental and internal information can have difficulty managing their daily environment, academic progress and social interactions. In other words, they can have mild to severe reactions to situations and stimuli that other children don’t even notice. In this presentation, we’ll take a fresh look at the sensory system, discuss common behaviors in children that are hypo-sensitive (seeking stimulation) or hypersensitive (avoiding stimulation) and offer practical ideas for meeting their unique needs with sensitivity and creativity, helping them function more fully in the “typical” world. We’ll also look at the challenge of adapting your caregiving style without feeling like you’re spoiling, allowing yourself to be manipulated or encouraging over dependence in your high needs charge.
Janice St.Clair is a career nanny living in Cambridge, MA. She’s the founder and facilitator of BANSG, the 11-year-old Boston Area Nanny Support Group, and a long time industry advocate for quality nanny care. She has worked throughout her life with special needs children and adults including those with behavioral issues, sensory integration disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, developmental disabilities, speech/language delays and disorders, visual impairments and blindness, and deafness.
As you can see, there is much to be offered and learned from attending Nannypalooza 2011. In the coming weeks, we’ll bring you more workshop opportunities. For full information on Nannypalooza 2011 visit www.nannypalooza.com