Parenting Matters Conference Keynote Speaker

Saturday, October 17, 2020

8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Barrington Middle School
261 Middle Hwy, Barrington, RI 02806
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Cheryl Cotter
Manager of Programs at The Autism Project

About Cheryl Cotter

Cheryl Cotter, MEd is a special educator with over 25 years’ experience in training, coaching and consultation. In her current role as manager of programs at The Autism Project, she balances, program, curriculum development, direct teaching, presenting and coaching. Cotter has participated in over 200 hours of direct training and coaching from conscious discipline master instructors. Cotter is a certified instructor who has recently been a presenter in conscious discipline trainings such as CD1, Elevate and Conscious Discipline and Autism training.  

About the Keynote Presentation

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model is a framework for us to understand the internal brain-body states that are most likely to produce certain behaviors in children and their caregivers. When we focus on stopping the behavior only, we also squash a child’s attempt to communicate. With awareness of the brain state model, we learn to consciously manage our own thoughts and emotions so we can help children learn to do the same.

Knowing what the brain state of the child is, offers caregivers guidelines in what the child is asking for to feel safe and regulated throughout their day. The goal of this training is to increase self-awareness so adults can respond consciously to their own needs and the needs of the child in the moment.

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