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Assertiveness & conflict resolution at Brescia House: A whole school approach

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Wed 7, Mon 12 & Tues 13 September 2022

Jo will be giving an in-depth address to the parents of Brescia House about how and why children fight. She will provide the parents with valuable insight, empathetic understanding and practical tools to support and empower their daughters. The Grades 4-6 girls will attend a fun, practical and relevant workshop with Jo where they will learn about peer dynamics and how to effectively use her assertiveness tools.

The current social-emotional development and needs of Grade 2 boys: A parent address at Pridwin Preparatory School

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Monday 6 June 2022

Jo will be sharing her thoughts on the current social and emotional needs of 7-8 year old boys following the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. During this address Jo will encourage parents reflect upon, re-engage and support their son’s social and emotional development. Jo share means by which teachers and parents can assist and fast-track underdeveloped social skills and emotional learning.

Safety Networking with Grade 0-7 girls and parents of St Mary’s DSG

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Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th May 2022

Jo will be exploring the interconnectedness and dynamic nature of interpersonal relationships. The girls will explore their individual role and choices in these dynamics as well the impact of the interplay between people within the school context. In this way the girls will have greater insight, understanding and tools to assist them with their everyday interactions. Parents will be able to attend a dynamic panel discussion regarding bullying and everyday social dynamics.

Grade 8 workshop on relational aggression and mindfulness at St Mary’s DSG

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Jo will be presenting an in-depth workshop to the Grade 8 girls which will empower them with greater insight as to interpersonal dynamics, female conflict and tools with how to handle social power imbalances. The girls will be provided with knowledge and tools as to how to be more aware of their emotions and how these feelings impact on choices and behaviours.

“What a great idea! We sorely need therapeutic material aimed specifically at children, especially in South Africa, and this manual is an invaluable resource for young victims of bullying. Moreover, the assertiveness tools presented in this book will be useful for the social development of any child.”

Dr Brendan BelshamChild Psychiatrist and author of What's the fuss about ADHD?

“Jo Hamilton's book is as useful, quick and accessible as it professes to be. I love the analogy of equipping children with a toolbox to fix tricky situations.”

Nikki BushCreative Parenting Expert, speaker and best-selling author of Future-Proof Your Child

“I particularly liked the chapter written for bystanders – we are all responsible for standing up and speaking out when we witness wrongdoing and meanness.”

Dr Nicola DugmoreEducational Psychologist

“Bullying is an international phenomenon of endemic proportions and must be uncompromisingly addressed in every school from the top down. No professional who works with children and adolescents can afford to ignore this Toolbox for practical techniques and sound advice.”

Professor Andre VenterDevelopmental Paediatrician & Head of Department, Paediatrics, University of the Free State

“Children will appreciate Jo’s open and casual style, a delightful approach that makes a very serious and sometimes hard issue accessible, and even fun to grapple with.”

Dr Helen DooleyEducational Psychologist and co-author of The Adolescent Storm and How Children Experience Trauma and How Parents Can Help Them Cope

“Her parental tips are most useful, in particular the section on cyberbullying. This is a must read for all parents and educators.”

Sister Ann RichardsonSpecialist Nurse Practitioner
Author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense.

“I wish I had had this book when my eldest daughter had problems being assertive at school!”

Tina OtteRegistered nurse and midwife, childbirth educator and author of Tina Otte’s Pregnancy and Birth Book

“With bullying and aggressive behaviour being an ever present and worsening phenomenon in our children’s lives, this toolbox is a very useful and practical collection of strategies that parents and children will find very helpful, and applicable in daily life.”

Dr Linda KellyChild Psychiatrist

“The book includes helpful sections on the role of the bystander in a bullying situation, and on cyberbullying. I heartily recommend this resource!”

Dr Brendan BelshamChild Psychiatrist and author of What's the fuss about ADHD?

“Most compelling about The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids is that this is an accessible manual for children and their parents that will help them to become empowered and learn skills that are needed, not only in times of adversity, but also to set them on a path of being assertive in the best possible way, as a life skill.”

Professor Andre VenterDevelopmental Paediatrician & Head of Department, Paediatrics, University of the Free State

“I really look forward to recommending this extremely helpful, hands-on toolbox to the children that I see who have almost given up on ever learning to cope with mean people. With the help of this book, these children will feel free again in their world.”

Dr Helen DooleyEducational Psychologist and co-author of The Adolescent Storm and How Children Experience Trauma and How Parents Can Help Them Cope

“This insightful and comprehensive toolkit can be implemented from the toddler years onwards.”

Sister Ann RichardsonSpecialist Nurse Practitioner
Author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense.