Events & Lunch and Learns

Upcoming Events & Lunch and Learns

Learning from a Distance

Helping Kids Build Resiliency & Self-Efficacy in the Era of COVID

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SEPT 25th | 12PM  | FREE

Building self-efficacy means building confidence within our children that they are able to cope with the circumstances they encounter. Please join Dr. Jonathan Dalton,  Founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, on our “Learning from a Distance” community call for:

Helping Kids Build Self-Efficacy and Resiliency in the Era of COVID where he will share how parents can help their children to be confident that they can cope and become stronger coming out of COVID.

Dr. Dalton will help us with strategies to:

  • Model for kids by “coping out loud”
  • Teach our children to be “anxious and…”
  • Help our children problem-solve even when they are anxious

The link will be provided upon registration. We hope you join us and bring your questions!

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Past Events

Learning from a Distance

‘helping kids leverage the power of a growth mindset’

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June 18th | 4PM  | FREE

Increasingly schools are embracing a growth mindset to bolster student motivation and achievement. Learn how parents can bring this home!

In the webinar, Sarah Werstuik, M.Ed. and Chelsea Boateng, M.Ed. of The StudyPro will share:

  • What a growth mindset is and why it drives motivation and achievement.
  • The critical role parents can play in developing a growth mindset in their students.
  • The best way to praise your students in order to encourage them to take risks and support the growth of their talents.

We’re excited to share how we can help our students shift their view of mistakes, “change their words to change their mindsets” and embrace the “Power of Yet”

The webinar is designed to support parents, however, school-aged students are welcome.

Link to summer Growth Strategies course teaching Growth Mindset +Study Skills for rising 4th and 5th graders.

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Learning from a Distance

‘Rock Your Talk: An Intro to Public Speaking’

June 4th | 4PM  | FREE

In this high-energy workshop by Sumedha Bahri, J.D., Stand-Up Comic, and founder of Highest Speak, parents and children will learn the “how-to’s” of effective public speaking.

In the workshop, we will cover:

  • How we can use speech to our advantage!
  • How to combat anxiety in public speaking
  • A simple way of thinking in structure, no matter what the topic may be.
  • Simple tips and tricks that you can always use when public speaking or speaking in any group setting (even with your teacher or boss!)

This will be an informative and enjoyable workshop for children and parents alike!

Parents and school-aged students welcome.

Link to summer public speaking course (5 sessions) – scroll to bottom of SUMMER page.

Learning from a Distance

‘Powering Through: Piloting the Emotional Wave of the Pandemic’ Fears’

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May 28th | 12PM  | FREE

It’s an extraordinary time. We wake up and fall asleep to losses of all kinds.
Loss of our sense of control. Loss of our ability to see our friends; to have our kids in school.
And the longer it goes on, the more inevitable is the uptick in our anxiety as we wonder what the future will bring (or when it will end).

To help us know we aren’t alone, we asked leading therapists to identify the top themes they are hearing on “repeat” as well as the counsel they are sharing to address them.

Please join us on for a discussion on:
Powering Through: Piloting the Emotional Waves of the Pandemic

Dr. Christina Tripodi Mitchell,  Psy.D., NCSP, a Psychologist and the Director of Psychological Testing and Evaluation at The Ross Center, will discuss these challenges and share her counsel to address them. We will use a challenge/solution approach and welcome your questions around these key themes.

In this webinar (including an open Q&A), Dr. Tripodi Mitchell will discuss strategies to manage:

  1. Screen-time usage
  2. Expectation management
  3. Anxiety over the unknown
  4. Social isolation and loneliness
  5. Shifting Family Dynamics

The link and a brief (optional) questionnaire will be provided upon registration.
We hope you join us and bring your questions!

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Learning from a Distance

‘The Practical Power Of Gratitude During A Pandemic’

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May 14th | 9AM | FREE

Actively recognizing our gratitude in the time of COVID will improve our mood, increase our optimism and remind us of how special, beautiful and fortunate our lives are, even under these stressful conditions.

Please join The StudyPro and Jerry Posner, author, speaker and humorist will share:

“The Practical Power of Gratitude During a Pandemic”

Jerry will share with us:

  • The benefits of showing gratitude, especially in the time of COVID
  • What parents can do to model gratitude for our children
  • Simple “Grati-Tools” that help us easily practice ourselves and with our families (e.g. his famous “grati-Tuesdays” and gratitude walks)
  • How to being to build the habit of gratitude

Noticing more of what and who we are grateful for not only improves optimism but it improves our moods and provides us with a better way to cope with stress.

The link will be provided upon registration.

We hope you join us and bring your questions!

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Learning from a Distance

‘TO PARENTS FROM THE PROS: making distance learning work’

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April 30th | 9AM AND 12PM  | FREE

Distance Learning is hard. From knowing what is due to getting it done, these pros have tips to help make it easier.

Please join The StudyPro executive function coaches who will provide strategies, tools and tips that parents can use to help students:

  • Know what has to get done
  • Track unfinished work
  • Stay organized
  • Stay focused
  • Stay motivated

Remote learning has created increased executive function demands, and this dramatic shift has left parents scrambling to figure out how to help in a supportive way. We will spend these 45 minutes sharing our experience, so you know when and how to help, as well as how much help to offer.

The link will be provided upon registration.

We hope you join us and bring your questions!

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Learning from a Distance

‘The Pandemic: 3 Essential Strategies to Ease Kids’ Fears’

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April 16th | 9AM AND 12PM  | FREE

Anxiety wants us to avoid things that make us sick, hurt or scared. It’s designed to be a prompt for us to problem-solve, but if it becomes overwhelming, it no longer serves the purpose of helping us solve any problems. And while there are a lot of reasons to be anxious right now, we are also in control of a more than we might think — from how we spend our time to if we are living in accord with our values in the presence of these larger stressors.

Please join Dr. Jonathan Dalton, Founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, on our “Learning from a Distance” community call where he will share what we can do to ease our kids (and our) fears.

In this 45mins briefing (including an open Q&A), Dr. Dalton will help us strategies to:

  1. How to talk to kids (both younger and older)
  2. How to be “anxious and…” with the 3 C’s model
  3. Better tolerate our uncertainty 

The link will be provided upon registration. We hope you join us and bring your questions!

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Learning from a Distance

‘Let’s Get Real: Getting it Done When We’re All Home 24/7’

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April 2nd | 9AM AND 12PM  | FREE

In our first LEARNING FROM A DISTANCE community call co-hosted with  Rachel Bailey, M.A., Clinical Psychology and Parenting Specialist, we will focus on the challenging task of how to work at home when everyone else is there.

In this 30 mins briefing (followed by open Q&A), we will cover our current reality:

  1. Parents need to get work done: Rachel will provide 3 tips to create a routine that works for you
  2. Kids need to get school done (or, if no school, some routine): The StudyPro will talk about how to help your kids with initiation and transitions, two of the hardest parts of independent work
  3. Everyone needs to maintain their sanity, relationships, and optimism: Rachel will tell us how 🙂

This webinar will be held at 9am and Noon on April 2nd.
The link and a brief (optional) questionnaire will be provided upon registration. We hope you join us and bring your questions!

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Lunch and Learn Series

‘The Good News About Bad Behavior’

March 12th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

“What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?”

This was the celebrated article in Mother Jones that sparked a generation of parents to consider their approach to discipline.  Realizing that a never-ending series of punishment and rewards doesn’t create any permanent learning or intrinsic change in our children, we have been seeking a way to do better for our kids.

In The StudyPro’s March Lunch and Learn,  Katherine Reynolds Lewis  an award-winning journalist, parent educator and author of  The Good News about Bad Behavior will explain how children’s lack of self-regulation and resilience is at the root of so many modern parenting dilemmas and will share guidance on how we can help our children feel more in charge of their own behavior.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Are We Helping or Hurting Our Child’s Self-Esteem?’

Feb 13th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Healthy self-esteem doesn’t simply come from being good at something or believing we are pretty enough or smart enough. It also doesn’t come from parents who may heap on the praise. Instead, self-esteem comes from the belief in our unconditional worthiness and from feeling competent that we are able to handle what we have to face in life.

In this month’s Lunch and Learn, Rachel Bailey, M.A. Clinical Psychology and Parenting Coach will help us to learn: 

“How to help children build self-esteem (even in a high-pressure culture)”.

We will learn how to talk to our children in a way that helps them feel “heard”, emotionally supported and worthy, all keys to healthy self-esteem.

Rachel and The StudyPro have also teamed up to offer a 6-week (paid) workshop addressing the 5 biggest challenges we hear from parents. To learn more, see the WORKSHOPS tab on our website or click here.

Watch the livestream here

LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH WITH dR. SHAPIRO

“Managing ADHD Medications” and book signing

jan 24th | 10AM – NOON | FREE

In his recently published book, Parent Child Excursions: ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism , Dr. Shapiro shares that children with ADHD have difficulties with managing time, planning, organizing, initiating, shifting, and “in short being strategic.”

ADHD is not a disorder of knowing what to do.
It is a disorder of doing what you know. Those with ADHD know what to do but have a hard time with implementation.

In this discussion, Dr. Shapiro will share how medication can help those with ADHD with their implementation challenges.

He will also cover:

  • Parent concerns about medication
  • How to manage medication side effects
  • How to manage uneven medication coverage
  • When and how to stop ADHD medication

Please come with questions and be ready for an active dialogue!
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

watch the livestream here

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Raising tweens: 10 skills kids need in middle school and beyond’

jan 9th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

In The StudyPro’s January Lunch and Learn, Phyllis Fagell, LCPC, NCC,  author of “Middle School Matters” will present:

“Raising Tweens: 10 Key Skills Kids Will Need in Middle School and Beyond”

In this talk, Phyllis will share sound and tried advice for how we can help our children to navigate the key issues that arise in the tween years such as making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating emotions, and self-advocating.  She will also discuss:

  • Why tween years matter
  • Common myths about the tween phase
  • How to stay connected with your tween

Surviving and thriving in middle school can be difficult for kids and parents alike. With her extensive experience as a middle school counselor and based on her new book, Phyllis will help us leverage these middle school years to build the relationship we want and have the conversations that matter.

Watch the Livestream Here

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Preparing your high school student for College’

Dec 5th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Whether you have a ninth grader just starting high school or a senior about to head off, there is a lot you can do to prepare your children for a successful launch to college.

In our Dec Lunch and Learn, Dr. Andrea Brenner, co-Author of “How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There)” and creator of the American University freshman transition course and former faculty member in the Department of Sociology at American University will share:

  • The differences between high school and college that matter
  • How parents can transition from parents of high school “adolescents” to parents of college “young adults”
  • Critical conversations to have before they go (including discussion starters)
  • Tips for teaching important life skills required of college students including budgeting, asking for help, and resiliency
  • Guiding your students to be responsible for their own lives

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Lunch and Learn Series

‘Executive Function Challenges? 5 Proven Ways to Help’

Oct 17th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

We are never more aware of challenges with Executive Function then when it is homework time. We often wonder if there is “a better way” to get our kids to manage (or care) about their work the way that we do!

In our October Lunch and Learn, Lindsey Thoms, Director of Development and Operations, The StudyPro, and  Assistive Technology Resource Teacher at FCPS,  will will help parents understand how we can bolster Executive Function challenges with proven and straightforward techniques.

Lindsey will share:

  • How parents can recognize EF challenges and  distinguish them from behavioral challenges,
  • Specific strategies parents can use to bolster EF skills  and support a student’s move to independence,
  • Tools that EF coaches use to improve studying techniques and homework habits

watch the livestream here

Lunch and Learn Series

‘When Anxiety Impacts Education’

Sep 26th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

In our Sept Lunch and Learn, Dr. Jonathan Dalton and Dr. Monique Reynolds of the  Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change will focus on specific strategies that parents can use at home to assist with school-based anxiety.

In addition, they will discuss: 

  • the mechanisms through which anxiety interferes with learning
  • the hidden roll of avoidance in school-based anxiety (e.g. procrastination, not asking q’s in class, etc.)
  • how we can accommodate anxiety without enabling avoidance, including how we can work with the school

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM HERE

Lunch and Learn Series

‘How to Talk to Your Kids About Anxiety’

May 16 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

As parents, we don’t always know what to do or say to help to respond to our child’s anxiety “in the right way” or to ensure that the communication lines stay open.

In our final Lunch and Learn for the school year, Author, Psychologist and Washingtonian Top Doctor, Dr. Alicia Clark,  will present:

“How to Talk to Your Kids about Anxiety”

Dr. Clark will share:

  • How to empower our kids to learn to harness anxiety to create our best selves
  • How to curb judgment and increase empathy to maintain open communication
  • How to avoid letting our own anxiety dictate our responses

It can be liberating to know that we can truly use anxiety as a force for good and leverage it to motivate ourselves.

BOOK SIGNING

Dr. Clark will sign her book “Hack Your Anxiety” after her talk. She will bring a limited number of books with her for sale, so you are encouraged to purchase a copy and bring it with you for signing.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Hot Topics in ADHD Medication and Treatment’

April 11  | 2 Sessions 9:45 – 11:15am AND 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

If you are someone who isn’t able to follow the research on ADHD medication and treatment but would love to hear from a trusted source who does, this is the right talk for you.

In our April Lunch and Learn, Dr. Catherine McCarthy is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in McLean, VA will discuss:

  • An up-to-date synopsis of the most exciting findings from neuroscience
  • The latest treatment studies and long-term outcomes
  • What’s new in ADHD meds and surprising facts about the impact of long-term treatment
  • Genetic testing and its efficacy regarding selecting meds
  • Questions you want to ask your doctor about medication options

For parents of children with ADHD who have questions regarding meds, treatment and how doctors chose the best drug for your child, this talk will be chock full of information you’ll want to know.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Wondering About Gap Years?’

April 16 | 10:00AM – 11:30AM | FREE

The StudyPro and The Chesapeake Center is proud to host Jon Baker, Director of Admissions from College Excel, a comprehensive, residential college support program, who will present:

“The Who, What, When, Where and Why’s of Gap Years”

Jon will cover:

  • What is a gap year and why do students take them?
  • What are the different types of gap years?
  • When do you make the decision to take a gap year?
  • What are the common concerns about gap years?
  • What is College Excel and where does it fit in?

So if you are considering a gap year to provide an extra year of maturity or to give your over-worked student a break, this presentation will help the conversation be more complete and also help you feel more well-informed.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Launching Your High School Student’

Mar 14 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Whether you have a ninth grader starting high school or a senior heading off, there is a lot you can do to prepare your children for a successful launch to college!

 In this important presentation, Dr. Melissa Sporn, will cover:

  • How to integrate college prep throughout high school
  • The important differences between HS and college
  • Conversations you want to have before your child leaves
  • The skills students need to thrive in college

 Please join us to hear the ways that we can help our children (and ourselves) be as successful as possible on the most exciting journey of their lives.

‘LIKE’ Documentary Screening

Feb 22nd, 7pm-9pm and Feb 23rd, 1pm-3pm

Is your child addicted to social media? Are you?

Today we are more connected than ever, but is it helping or hurting us? Join The StudyPro as we explore the impact of social media at our exclusive film screening of the IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire and help equip us to self-regulate.

Following each screening is a live Q&A featuring Dr. Adam Pletter, an expert in improving our relationship with technology.

Cost:  $10/person. Parents, teens, and tweens (10 and above) are welcome.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Are We All Just Too Busy?’

Feb 21 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

We seem to live in a culture where “being busy” is the new norm, even a badge of honor. But are we fulfilled?  And do we feel accomplished and in control? So, if your answer to “how are you?” is a version of  “I’ve been so busy”, please join us for our February (free) Lunch and Learn featuring author, international speaker, and professional trainer, Jackie Woodside, CPC, LICSW.

Jackie will share practical strategies from her highly acclaimed book, Calming the Chaos, for how we can:

  • Get more done and feel better about it
  • End procrastination and improve our scheduling priorities
  • Manage our energy vs. our time (hint: there is no such thing as ‘time management’!) 

Lunch and Learn Series

“Students and Stress: What’s Going On and How Can Parents Help?’”

Jan 24th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

A 2013 survey* on ‘Teens and Stress’ by the American Psychological Association was one of the first to report that teens are reporting stress levels that are higher than adults. In 2018, 45% of nearly 36,000 high school students said that they feel stressed “all the time”.

In our January Lunch and Learn, Dr. Michelle Mulaley, will address this important issue and share strategies for helping parents recognize stress-based behavior in their children.

Dr. Mullaley will cover:

  • issues that create stress for today’s students
  • common emotional and interpersonal reactions to stress
  • stress management techniques to help manage stress

Lunch and Learn Series

“How to Stay Calm When Your Kids Push Your Buttons”

Dec 6th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

You know your kids are going to do things that frustrate you…but that doesn’t help you stay calm when it happens. So you yell, threaten, and even say awful things in the heat of the moment. You’re eventually left with lots of regret (and even more guilt). In this workshop, Rachel Bailey, M.A. Clinical Psychology and Parenting Coach will share the science behind why it is so hard to stay calm when your kids are pushing your buttons. You’ll also learn strategies and tips for staying calm — even when your kids are driving you crazy! – so that you can address your child’s behavior more effectively.

Rachel and The StudyPro have also teamed up to offer a 6-week (paid) workshop addressing the 5 biggest challenges we hear from parents. To learn more, see the WORKSHOPS tab on our website or click here.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Reducing the Impact of Anxiety in our Children”

Nov 16th | 10AM – NOON | FREE

In a special FREE WORKSHOP with Jonathan Dalton, PhD and founder of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change, will present specific skills that parents can use to respond to anxiety in their children and teens.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is anxiety and how do I recognize it in my child?
  • How and why avoidance and anxiety are teammates
  • What to do and not to do to help children confront their anxiety in a productive fashion
  • How to identify which behaviors to respond to and which to ignore
  • How a behavioral reinforcement system can assist children with anxiety

This 75-minute panel talk and Q&A will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask our experts individual /personalized questions as well as learn more about their services.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Parenting in the Digital Age”

Nov 8 | 11:45AM – 1:45PM* | FREE

*Please note extended format

Over the last decade, our evolving digital culture has changed how most of our families operate and created a new universal parenting struggle. During this 90-minute workshop, Dr. Adam Pletter, a clinical psychologist and digital parenting expert, will share with parents the strategies and tactics he recommends in his clinical practice.  

Dr. Pletter will discuss how to set up a family technology contract and guide parents in how to protect children by combining basic parental controls with proven behavior modification techniques to empower them to use technology safely.  He will also include developmental recommendations for digital access so that parents are better equipped to teach their children as they grow and demonstrate good digital citizenship.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Top Providers Talk Test Prep”

Friday Nov 2nd | 1PM – 3PM | FREE

Featuring:

Join The StudyPro for a special Test Prep workshop where three of the DC area’s leading Test Prep Providers will host a panel discussing:

  • What are the differences between the SAT and the ACT?
  • How do you decide which test is best for your child?
  • Why are schools going “Test Optional” and what does this trend mean?
  • How many times should my child take the test and what is ‘Superscoring’?
  • What should I know about the accommodations process?

This 75-minute panel talk and Q&A will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask our experts individual /personalized questions as well as learn more about their services.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Executive Function Challenges? 5 Proven Ways to Help”

Oct 18 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

We are never more aware of challenges with Executive Function then when it is homework time. We often wonder if there is “a better way” to get our kids to manage (or care) about their work the way that we do!

In our October Lunch and Learn, Lindsey Thoms, Director of Development and Operations, The StudyPro, and  Assistive Technology Resource Teacher at FCPS,  will will help parents understand how we can bolster Executive Function challenges with proven and straightforward techniques.

Lindsey will review:

  • How parents can recognize EF challenges and distinguish them from behavioral challenges,
  • Specific strategies parents can use to bolster EF skills and support a student’s move to independence,
  • Key interventions that EF coaches use to build EF skills for all students.

Lunch and Learn Series

“What Works With Teens”

Sept 27 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

In our first Lunch and Learn of the 2018/19 school year, we are proud to host Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, therapist, author and founder of Rathbone and Associates,  a highly-respected provider of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services in Bethesda, MD.  

Britt will share insights from his work with teens, as well as from the latest book, ‘What Works With Teens’ to help parents:

  • Understand the current research on how to successfully engage with adolescents
  • Better understand the factors that contribute to challenging adolescent behaviors
  • Identify specific techniques for improving parent-teen relationship effectiveness

Britt will also provide a high-level overview on what DBT therapy is and who it would most benefit.

Special Event

Open House

Sat., Sept. 15 | 2 – 5PM | Families Welcome!

Join the staff of The StudyPro for a tour of the center, helpful study tips, and ways to get the school year started right.

Students, parents and professionals welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

LEARN MORE / REGISTER

Lunch and Learn Series

“Parenting in the Digital Age”

Nov 8 | 11:45AM – 1:45PM* | FREE

*Please note extended format

Over the last decade, our evolving digital culture has changed how most of our families operate and created a new universal parenting struggle. During this 90-minute workshop, Dr. Adam Pletter, a clinical psychologist and digital parenting expert, will share with parents the strategies and tactics he recommends in his clinical practice.  

Dr. Pletter will discuss how to set up a family technology contract and guide parents in how to protect children by combining basic parental controls with proven behavior modification techniques to empower them to use technology safely.  He will also include developmental recommendations for digital access so that parents are better equipped to teach their children as they grow and demonstrate good digital citizenship.

Lunch and Learn Series

“The Case for the Self-Driven Child”

May 17th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

As parents, we are not fully aware the impact we have on our children’s feeling of self-control. In their new book, The Self-Driven Child, William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson argue that this sense of feeling “out of control” is a main source of anxiety in our children and results in chronic stress. Helping our children feel greater self-control results in greater resilience, motivation and healthy life-long habits.

In our May Lunch and Learn, Dr. Stixrud and Mr. Johnson will make the case for “The Self-Driven Child and share:

  • Why our children feel so “out of control”,
  • How we can hand control back, and
  • How we can help them learn how to deal successfully with stressful situations, i.e. to develop a high stress tolerance.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Screens – How Much is Too Much?”

April 12th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Just when we think we have a handle on our children’s relationship to technology, some new device, app or game comes along. As they grow, we constantly have to re-evaluate what works and doesn’t work for our family, and for each of them as individuals. The StudyPro will host licensed psychologist and tech use expert, Dr. Edward Spector to present: “How to Promote Healthy Use of Technology”.

Dr. Spector has comprehensive knowledge of video games and the internet and helps clients change how they use technology so they can lead more productive, balanced lives.  He will discuss the warning signs of compulsive use technology as well as strategies for promoting the healthy use of technology.

“The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets”

April 21st | 12:00PM – 1:30PM | FREE

At this special StudyPro event, Mary Cay Ricci, author of ‘Mindsets in the Classroom’, ‘Mindsets for Parents’ and now “Nothing You Can’t Do – The Secret Power of Growth Mindset’ for students, will be sharing just how powerful growth mindsets can be.

She will discuss:

  • What a growth mindset is and why it matters,
  • Where you can apply a growth mindset to break through barriers, and
  • Strategies you can use when you just want to give up!

Book Signing to Follow. Refreshments will be served.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Finding a Great College for EVERY Student”

March 8th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

If your child learns differently or isn’t quite “there” yet in readiness, many schools, large and small, offer excellent services that range from free tutoring to full-blown support programs.

This enlightening presentation led by Judy Bass, a nationally recognized expert in the field of college placement, will take the stress out of the college-searching process. She will cover:

  • The skills kids need to succeed in college,
  • How to find the right college for your child’s learning profile, and
  • How we as parents can help our children be ready.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Are We Helping or Hurting our Child’s Self-Esteem?”

Jan 18th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Healthy self-esteem doesn’t simply come from being good at something or believing we are pretty enough or smart enough.   It also doesn’t come from parents who may heap on the praise. Instead, self-esteem comes from a belief in our unconditional worthiness and from feeling competent that we are able to handle what we have to face in life. In this month’s Lunch and Learn, Rachel Bailey, M.A. Clinical Psychology and Parenting Coach will help us to learn:

“How to help children build self-esteem (even in a high-pressure culture)”

We will learn how to talk to our children in a way that helps them feel “heard”, emotionally supported and worthy, all keys to healthy self-esteem.

Lunch and Learn Series

“Growth Mindset for Parents – The ‘How To’ Guide”

Dec 7th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Research shows that parents can have a powerful impact on their children’s mindsets. The language you use and the actions you take can both influence and inspire your children’s behavior and school success.  The StudyPro will host New York Times Best Selling Education Author, Mary Cay Ricci, national speaker, consultant and author of Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids.

Mary Cay will discuss:

  • Ideas for building a growth mindset home environment
  • Strategies for building resilience and perseverance in our children
  • Ways to respond effectively to mistakes and frustration

Lunch and Learn Series

“How the Best Teachers Teach”

Nov 9th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

It’s hard to know how much to “push in” and help versus how much to “pull back” and let our children work (or even fail) on their own. Learn how the best teachers motivate, model and provide feedback to students. Dr. Fran Polman, an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies will present:

“How the Best Teachers Teach:  Skills to Help Your Child’s Mindset and Motivation”

Parents will learn to “help right” vs. “over-help” by:

  • Praising process vs. results
  • Creating low-stake islands for students to take risks
  • Being present by learning to “ABSORB”
  • Providing authentic feedback vs. giving advice

Lunch and Learn Series

“The Other Side of Executive Function”

Oct 19th | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

We often limit our discussions of Executive Function to how it effects students academically, but there is another side.

Nicole McGarry, LPC will help us by:

  • Defining the social/emotional challenges associated with weak executive function
  • Helping us to understand the “why’s” of the behavior
  • Providing better coping strategies to reduce the impact on the child, the family and all social relationships

Lunch and Learn Series

How Can You Help Kids Work Through Frustration?

Sept 28 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Just in time for the ramp-up of the school year, Phyllis Fagell, licensed clinical professional counselor, columnist for The Washington Post, and author of the upcoming book Middle School Matters  will share her insights on: “Tips to Help Kids Stay Engaged in Learning, Even When It’s Hard”

Please join Phyllis as she discusses:

  • The definition and value of a growth mindset,
  • Concrete strategies to help students work through frustration, and
  • How mastery of these skills can help set students up for life.

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‘Off to College! But Are They Ready?’

June 1 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Just because they are going away doesn’t mean their challenges with Executive Function are going away. If your child struggles with managing, planning or organizing in high school, there are important points to consider before they head off to college.

Join Dr. Robb Mapou, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with The Stixrud Group for this very important discussion:

“Preparing Your (Maybe-Not-So-Ready?) Teenager for College”

Dr. Mapou will provide parents with practical advice, resources and steps to take to help them best prepare their teen with EF challenges, ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities for college.

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‘Easy Tech: The Path to Less School Stress’

May 18 | 11:45AM – 1:15PM | FREE

Looking for some simple-but-powerful solutions to homework challenges? Discover our top picks to:

  • Scan ‘never-to-be-lost-again’ homework,
  • Organize notes and materials online,
  • Mind-map your student’s next paper, and more.

Whether you are a true “techy” or you love your pen and paper, you will leave with a list of simple solutions to some of our student’s most frustrating challenges.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Worried About College?’

April 20 | 11:30AM – 1:30PM | FREE

Whether you are looking at the 5% of colleges that are nationally known, or the 40 Colleges that Change Lives, we are here to tell you: THERE IS A GREAT SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD!!!

In this interactive workshop led by Judy Bass, a nationally recognized expert in the field of college placement, we will cover:

  • The skills kids need to succeed in college,
  • How to find the right college for your child’s learning profile, and
  • How we as parents can help our children be ready.

We will also explore the value of Gap Year Programs with Winterline, Internships with Broad Futures and complete an interactive exercise to determine your child’s ’Executive Function Readiness’ score.

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‘Three Steps to Changing Challenging Behavior’

March 9th | 11:45am – 1:15pm | FREE

At the 3rd of our (free) Lunch and Learn Series, The StudyPro is proud to host Sharon Weiss, a nationally known behavioral consultant in private practice in Northern Virginia.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘No More Nagging: Fostering Internal Motivation’

February 16th | 11:45am – 1:15pm | FREE

If you are tired of threatening to take electronics away and frustrated with your inability to “change” your child, please join our guest speaker, Rachel Bailey, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, who will provide both insight and key strategies on what we can do to ease conflicts and instill a sense of motivation in our children.

Lunch and Learn Series

‘Are you too reactive with your child?’

January 19th | 11:45am – 1:15pm | FREE

Do conflicts with homework or behavior set you off? Do you wish you could be more supportive vs. emotional? We want confident and successful children, but sometimes our own fears and triggers turn in to criticism or conflict.