THE Y HELPS PARENTS & KIDS COPE WITH DISTANT LEARNING
PROVIDES FREE WEEKLY WEBINARS WITH EASY-TO-IMPLEMENT TIPS.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Over the past few months, the shift to working from home and distance learning has been an adjustment for students, teachers, and parents alike. With the whole family spending the work and school day under one roof, the lines have become blurred between parent and teacher. Striking the right balance between getting your own work done and supporting your child’s emotional well-being throughout social distancing and virtual learning has been challenging.
The Y is launching a webinar series aimed to provide parents and children helpful strategies to navigate this overwhelming time. Ashley Szala, Behavior Specialist for the YMCA of Greater Providence, will kick off the first session Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00 pm via the YMCA of Greater Providence’s Facebook page.
“More than ever, we need to meet our children’s educational and social-emotional needs during this challenging time,” said Ashley Szala, Behavior Specialist for the YMCA of Greater Providence. “The Y is to creating a virtual village filled with support and simple tools designed to increase desired behaviors and reduce those that are standing in the way of your child’s success in the age of social distancing,” Szala said.
A recent Y survey uncovered the #1 challenge parents are facing is balancing working from home and supporting their child during distant learning. Tuesday’s Facebook Live will provide parents with actionable tips they can implement immediately to help build autonomy and confidence in their little ones.
“Ashley prides herself on identifying children’s strengths and empowering them to use those strengths to get ahead,” said Steven G. O’Donnell, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Providence. “Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain is the Y’s commitment to nurture the potential of children and ensure that everyone has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive,” O’Donnell said.
Szala has been helping children and families across the country for over ten years. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a concentration in Early Childhood Education, Szala has worked as a Lead Therapists for in-home Applied Behavior Analysis programs, Behavior Specialist for developmental disability and behavioral classroom settings and also taught several preschool programs over the years.
Can’t make Tuesday’s Facebook Live event? The recorded video will be pinned to the top of the YMCA of Greater Providence Facebook page for later viewing access.