Volume 3 Edition 2
Make sure to check out our web page. (Click the button ) This page includes a calendar with both Knox County Schools and community events/ workshops/ Trainings. Also packed with where to find information for children with special needs of ALL AGES.
Preparing Your Child with Special Needs to Enjoy the Holidays
- Get Ready: Discussing what will happen at different events or activities. Social Stories, movies and books can help children prepare. Also discuss coping skills such as wearing comfortable clothing, having head phones, or having a favorite toy or activity available.
- Prepare for Gatherings: Gather pictures of less familiar relatives prior to the event and play memory games matching names and faces. Share that offering a wave, a hand shake or blowing a kiss are acceptable if hugs are uncomfortable.
- Practice Relaxation Techniques: Teach children breathing techniques (Such as pretending to blow out a candle) stretching, or pack a self-care relaxation bag.
- Write Things Down: Help children make a list of what they want to do for the holiday and add it to the calendar. Discuss the plans regularly and count down the days to the events.
- Be Flexible: Don't overbook. Do some relaxing activities such as making pop corn and watching a movie in your pajamas. It is amazing what an hour or so of relaxation can do for all of your bodies, minds, and spirits.
Ritta Students Get Lessons from Sled Bears (KSC Blog)
Building Strong Brains: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developing Resiliency
Night to Shine
Parent/ Caregiver Events and Trainings
Building Strong Brains: ACEs - Knoxville
Thursday, Dec. 20th 2018 at 9am-12pm
9076 Middlebrook Pike
This presentation will explore how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) harm the developing brains and bodies of children compromising the foundation for lifelong health. The ACE research has resulted in child abuse and neglect being acknowledged as a major public health problem and a leading cause of early death. From academic failure to alcoholism, from crime to cancer, presence of ACEs compromise the safety, tax dollars and quality of life for all Tennesseans. This presentation will also identify community-based strategies to prevent and mitigate ACEs and build resilience. Understanding the ACE research deepens professional knowledge across sectors and creates a common language for collectively addressing community challenges.
Art for the Caregiver: Reducing Burnout with Creativity
Thursday, Jan. 17th 2019 at 12-2pm
116 Childress Street Southwest
You’ve probably heard it before: Self Care, self care, self care! To be able to water another person’s garden, you need to water yours first. Art and creative activities have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and help with processing difficult situations. No art experience is necessary to reap the benefits of a creative practice.
Bring your lunch and an open mind, ready to create and relax.
Safety City Trail of Lights
Thursday, Dec. 20th 2018 at 5-8pm
400 Main Street Southwest
Lego Club (Knoxville) with Bricks for Kidz
Thursday, Dec. 20th 2018 at 5:30-6:30pm
8833 Middlebrook Pike
We are rebranding our Knoxville Lego Club by partnering with Bricks 4 Kidz. To expand our reach Lego Club will now be divided into 3 categories(rooms):
1. Creative Play
2. DUPLO Play
3. LEGO Theme & Curriculum Snacks provided and parent/support discussions are greatly encouraged.
Night to Shine
Friday, Feb. 8th 2019 at 6-9pm
405 Black Oak Drive
We are so excited to be hosting the 2019 Night to Shine event in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation on February 8th, 2019 at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church.
* There are free dresses available for girls that would like to attend and need them.