9:30 am - Registration Opens
10:00 am - Children's Safety Check-up
11:00 am - Break / Prizes
11:15 am - How to Talk So Children Will Listen
12:15 pm - Lunch & Networking - included with your registration
1:15 pm - Playing & Learning in Nature
2:15 pm - Break
2:30 pm - Ask the Experts: Get Your Toughest Questions Answered by our Panel of Area Professional Caregivers
3:30 pm - Prizes
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
ABBEY’S HOPE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION—SAFETY THROUGH PREVENTION
Alan Korn, National Child Safety Expert and Attorney will present information on the most important tips and behaviors needed to keep children safe. Topics to include water safety, child occupant protection safety, toy and juvenile product safety, product recall awareness among many other topics. Questions will be entertained throughout the presentation.
In 2007, six-year old Abbey Taylor died as a result of injuries received because of an improperly maintained drain in a public wading pool. Abbey sat down on a drain and was eviscerated by the strong drain suction. She endured nine months of hospitalizations and surgeries including several organ transplants. Abbey’s hope was that no child would ever have to suffer as she did as the result of a foreseeable and preventable entrapment or drowning.
In her name and with her HOPE in mind, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation was formed. Abbey’s Hope works tirelessly and passionately to raise awareness, educate parents and children about how to safe guard children in and around pools, spas and open bodies of water and advocates for reasonable and practical laws that help make pools, spas and other swimming venues as safe as possible.
Fostering the next generation of environmental stewards, Free Forest School opens the door to nature play and emergent learning for thousands of children by empowering parents and caregivers to provide it themselves.
Free Forest School offers several weekly nature playgroup sessions for kids ages 0 to 6 throughout the DMV area. This session will describe a typical FFS session and explain how to get involved with the group, as well as answering any questions about participation. There will also be a discussion of the benefits of outdoor free play for young children, and tips for ways to get the most out of spending time with kids in nature.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen
Francine Ronis, Licensed Professional Counselor, Parent Coach/Consultant, Mindfulness Trainer is a child and family therapist and Parent Coach in the metro DC area since 2000. For the ten years prior, she was a teacher, preschool director, child advocate and consultant. She holds a Master’s Degrees in Counseling, and Early Childhood Education and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Counseling.
She specializes in helping families live more joyful lives by facilitating parenting classes, and meeting one on one with parents and families. Her unique approach to parenting involves the whole family and focuses on the positives, enhancing relationships, and developing bonds that keep kids connected to their parents through tough times.