Breakout Session 1- 10:30am-**Choose one of the two options**

Practical Advice for Sensory Processing Challenges- Room 402

Is my child having a meltdown or is this behavior due to a sensory disorder/difficulty?
Come find out about sensory processing disorders. Learn what the differences between behavioral meltdowns and sensory processing behaviors are and how to help your child and family navigate through both.

Lauren Sytsma MS. CCC-SLP

 

Lauren is a FSU graduate and has been practicing speech therapy for 8 years, specializing in pediatric communication disorders. She recently married and combined they have a total of 4 pets making them a family of 6! Adoption is near and dear to Lauren’s heart as her youngest brother was adopted into their family many years ago.

Laurie Wolf, OTR/L, LMT

Laurie is an occupational therapist who has been in practice since 1999.  She has been specializing in pediatrics for the last 18 years, working in private clinic and school based settings.  Focus of practice is neuromuscular, sensory processing and visual perceptual processing.  Laurie was adopted and brought up in a family of 6 with both biological and adopted children.

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Quiet Time with God- Sanctuary

Sometimes we just need a place to be still and quiet. Take a break from the chaos and noise of life and enjoy an hour of quiet. Use the available prayer guides at stations around the sanctuary, simply sit and be still, or feel free to lay on some chairs and take a nap! This is a chance for those of you that need some quiet to have a moment to breathe and take in all God has for you this weekend!

 

Breakout Session 2- 12:30 pm- **Choose one of the three options**

Relationships with  Birth Families- Room 402

Come learn from an experienced foster Mom about how to navigate parent/family visits and relationships. Navigate communication with birth parents and deal with tough questions from kids. This is especially geared for foster Moms.

Erin Toole

She is a born and raised Tennessean turned forever Floridian. She’s spent 17 years of both trial and triumph married to her high school sweetheart Jason, and looks forward to many more.

Her before-kids years involved an education and career in counseling and clinical social work. Post-kids, God has led her to fulfillment in a life at home caring for her husband and children on quite an imperfect level (Life lesson #324: Grad school is so much easier than raising two year olds!!) Haha!

She is a mom to two biological kids (11 yr old Yva and 9 yr old Ethan) foster mom to many (including 5 year old Kimori) and adoptive mom to one tiny tornado two year old Anna.

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Life Books and Hard Questions- a Round Table Discussion- Room 410

Adoptive Moms, come learn about creating a book that helps your child understand their story. Knowledge is power and feelings are good so let’s learn how to provide a safe place for our kiddos to process those emotions and questions (this includes siblings too!). This breakout includes time for a round table discussion of how to handle hard questions and conversations in adoption.

Katie Fanning

Katie is the founder of the Nesting Place Retreat and the Director of Missions at Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. She has a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from FSU (Go Noles!) and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary.

She has been married to her engineer husband, Tom, for 11 years and they have two sweet kiddos. Bethany is 10 years old and Caleb is 9. Caleb was adopted from China just before his 2nd birthday and was born with cleft lip and palate.

Katie and Caleb’s nightly chats give her lots of experience talking through the tough, but also the funny parts of the adoption journey. Caleb’s joy for life and curiosity keep everyone on their toes and made the process of creating a Life Book a wonderful and fulfilling experience!

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Quiet Time with God- Sanctuary

Sometimes we just need a place to be still and quiet. Take a break from the chaos and noise of life and enjoy an hour of quiet. Use the available prayer guides at stations around the sanctuary, simply sit and be still, or feel free to lay on some chairs and take a nap! This is a chance for those of you that need some quiet to have a moment to breathe and take in all God has for you this weekend!