As part of a global celebration to honor Dr. Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday anniversary, Montessori Center School (MCS) will host a series of free speaker sessions with individuals who embody Dr. Montessori’s values.
MCS presents a virtual parent discussion with pediatric psychologist and parent coach Ann-Louise Lockhart on the topic Worry, Stress & Anxiety: How Do I Regulate Myself and My Kids. This hour-long event, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, includes a 15-minute Q&A and is intended for adults only.
The discussion is designed to help parents understand the differences between worry, stress and anxiety, and how they each show up at school, home, and when things don’t go as planned.
Lockhart will address the importance of parental self-regulation and co-regulation to ensure a healthier child, parent and household. She will also talk about why teaching children flexibility, adaptability, self-regulation, self-compassion, resilience, and problem-solving are some of the most valuable skills to learn at school, home and beyond.
Key learning outcomes are:
· Why children and parents become dysregulated and the most effective strategies to help with self-regulation
· Reasons highly sensitive children and those with executive functioning challenges often have more challenges, including strategies to help them feel more balanced
· Ideas to address the whole child through empathy, validation, and encouragement to improve the parent-child relationship
Lockhart specializes in working with clients who present with medical diagnoses and are seeking alternative solutions. She serves as a parent coach for parents who have kids with ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral concerns.
She also helps high-performing professionals and athletes overcome mental blocks that impact their peak performance. She works closely with medical subspecialists, pediatricians, allied professionals, and school personnel.
Lockhart has spoken nationally at schools, conferences, online podcasts, summits, and corporate workshops for topics about anxiety, co-regulation, ADHD, executive functioning, and racism.