Save these dates: Parent workshops on important topics

Practical and engaging sessions focused on technology, executive functioning and anxiety

The district, in partnership with the Niskayuna Community Action Program (N-CAP), is announcing a series of three evening parent workshops on important topics this year.

The workshops are open to all parents and guardians in the district. The dates and topics are:

  • November 5, 2018 – Keeping the Tech in Check at Home
  • January 15, 2019 – Strengthen Your Child’s Executive Function Skills
  • March 5, 2019 – Recognizing and Coping with Anxiety

Each of the programs will be held in the Niskayuna High School Little Theater from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

These practical and engaging workshops will be led by Jennifer Bashant, Ph.D., LMSW, MA. Dr. Bashant has worked with schools and corporations across the country as trainer and coach. Her work focuses on self-awareness and creating positive environments.

The district thanks N-CAP for the financial support that is making these important programs possible.

Detailed Workshop Descriptions

Keeping the Tech in Check at Home

November 5, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Niskayuna High School Little Theater

One of the biggest challenges of parenting today is trying to figure out how to moderate our kids’ use of technology. It can be a daily struggle over how much time is spent on phones, computers, and video games. As parents, we know too much technology is detrimental, but how much is too much? You may be asking yourself, “What are the harmful effects of technology? How do I limit my child’s tech when it is all they want to do?” This workshop will answer all of these questions, and any others that you may have about keeping tech in check at home.

Strengthen Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

January 15, 2019
Niskayuna High School Little Theater, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

It has been said that executive function skills are the most important skills in order for a child to be successful in school. This workshop will discuss ways to improve executive function in order to: Reduce impulsivenes; improve transitions; understanding the consequences of an action; and choose how to respond instead of reacting.

Recognizing and Coping with Anxiety

March 5, 2019
Niskayuna High School Little Theater, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 6:30-7:30pm

One in eight children in America has a diagnosable anxiety disorder, but anxiety can be hard to recognize because it often masquerades as anger or behavioral challenges. This workshop will show you what to look for and how to recognize each of these types of anxiety: perfectionism; separation anxiety; phobias; and generalized anxiety.