48 episodes

The Life Skills 4 Kids: Superstar Practical Strategies podcast is packed with, loads of practical strategies for helping kids do what they need to do! This is for all parents, whether you have a child with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, anxiety or a typical kid who's struggling to get out the door in the morning. Deb Hopper, Occupational Therapist brings you daily struggles from the home and school front together with awesome ideas to make your home calmer and happier.

Life Skills 4 Kids Deb Hopper

    • Education for Kids
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The Life Skills 4 Kids: Superstar Practical Strategies podcast is packed with, loads of practical strategies for helping kids do what they need to do! This is for all parents, whether you have a child with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, anxiety or a typical kid who's struggling to get out the door in the morning. Deb Hopper, Occupational Therapist brings you daily struggles from the home and school front together with awesome ideas to make your home calmer and happier.

    Practical Tactics to support your child through COVID-19

    Practical Tactics to support your child through COVID-19

    In Episode 48 of the Life Skills 4 Kids Podcast, Deb talks with Dr. Louise Metcalf, a senior psychologist at the Feel Good Clinic in Sydney and Gheorg.com.


    In this episode they cover:

    •Three tips to help children and families cope.
    •Knowing and managing your own anxiety as a parent
    •How Gheorg can help your kids to manage anxiety

    Learn more about Louise: https://www.gheorg.com/
    Connect with Louise on Social Media:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn - Gheorg
    LinkedIn - Louise Metcalf

    Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety - https://bit.ly/2AJNLDW

    • 15 min
    Flexible seating to increase learning and engagement

    Flexible seating to increase learning and engagement

    In Episode 47 of the Life Skills 4 Kids Podcast, Deb chats with Nicole Santamaria founder of Miami Handwriting, where she works with children, families, and schools to help develop handwriting skills and the broader issues those kids are dealing with.

    In this episode they cover:

    •Some fundamentals of good handwriting
    •All the different brain functions that need to coordinate in order to have good handwriting
    •Sensory systems that you need to tap into in order for the child to be regulated enough to learn

    Flexible seating opt in HERE
    Handwriting Resources opt in HERE
    Bio HERE

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    Website - http://www.miamihandwriting.com

    Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety - https://bit.ly/2AJNLDW

    • 22 min
    What's the big deal about pencil grip?

    What's the big deal about pencil grip?

    In Episode 46 of the Life Skills 4 Kids Podcast, Deb talks with Rebecca Spokes about all things related to handwriting! Rebecca is an Occupational Therapist who created The OT Notebook.

    In this episode they cover:

    •Why pencil grip is important.
    •What proper pencil grip looks like and others that are functional.
    •Troubleshooting tricks for kids who have the wrong grip or hold the pencil tightly.

    Links:

    Rebecca's Grip Demonstration Video:

    Rebecca's Functional Pencil Grips Guide:

    Follow Rebecca on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOTNotebook/

    Alex Learns that Changes are OK - https://bit.ly/3ehPS0z​

    • 14 min
    The Four Anchors of supporting kids with Anxiety

    The Four Anchors of supporting kids with Anxiety

    It's difficult to help our kids cope with the many transitions and big issues that 2020 has brought so far. In Episode 45 of the Life Skills 4 Kids Podcast, Deb answers questions from Liz, a counselor at NSWl.

    In this episode they cover:

    •Deb's transition to telehealth for her Occupational Therapy work.
    •How different kids are coping with distance learning and the transition back to public school.
    •Deb shares her Four Key Anchors for parents to help children transition.


    Liz Hurlow bio:
    I love being a mum of two beautiful children and a wife to an amazing husband. I value my faith, exercise, socializing with others and being in nature. I have lived across South Africa, New Zealand and now Australia and love the diversity in people and practice. Currently I work part-time as a school counsellor in NSW. My professional background is in Occupational Therapy and I completed a Master of Counselling to further develop my professional skills. I am passionate about working alongside young people and their families to navigate life well.

    Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety - https://bit.ly/2AJNLDW

    • 10 min
    How are you coping with back to school post covid-19?

    How are you coping with back to school post covid-19?

    In Episode 44 of the Life Skills 4 Kids Podcast, Deb does a check in to see how everyone is coping post COVID-19. Kids can be so sensitive, it's tough to help them cope with the rapid changes in the world around us. First, online learning. Now they're going back to school in person. And the world around us is struggling to adjust to in-person life again, safely. And she shares the four strong anchors she uses to steady our kids through these uncertain times.

    In this episode she shares:

    •Feedback from listeners regarding how they're coping.
    •The pressure schools are putting on parents regarding school.
    •The feelings that children are having in isolation.
    •The effects of COVID-19 on multiple sectors of people.

    Teaching Kids to Manage Anxiety - https://bit.ly/2XMicRF

    • 11 min
    Teaching Money Management and Reducing Entitlement in Kids

    Teaching Money Management and Reducing Entitlement in Kids

    In Episode 43 of the Life Skills 4 Kids Podcast, Deb chats with April Mundall. April and her husband Marcus are passionate about teaching kids financial management skills and April shares how she has had success changing children's entitled attitudes to gratitude and increasing independence and responsibility.

    In this episode they discuss:

    •How April got into doing Money Smart Kids workshops.
    •Recognizing entitlement in kids and how to combat it.
    •How to get started in teaching kids how to manage money.
    •At each age how to "pay your kids" to help them develop money management skills.
    •How to calculate the amount you give to older children to manage

    Links:

    For more info or to connect with April, email: moneysmartkids@yahoo.com

    Sample-Kids-Budget-Worksheet - https://bit.ly/2AgYm8S

    To-Share-Sample-Kids-Budget-Worksheet - https://bit.ly/3daor8f

    Alex Learns that Changes are OK - https://bit.ly/2M7d84O

    • 36 min

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