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Upcoming sessions

Sleight of Hand: A Virtual Magic Camp for Kids (8-10 yr) - Level 1

Kayla Drescher and Harrison Lampert

July 27 -July 31, 2pm-3pm PT

Are your kids bored? Are you at your wits end trying to keep your children happy, learning and entertained at home? We have a solution for you -- come learn magic!

Learning to do magic is not only fun but it is also educational. Studies have shown that learning magic benefits children in several ways including a boost in self-esteem and confidence, increased feeling of mastery, and gains in motor skills.

This week long, 1 hour daily virtual magic camp is designed to teach magic with things around the house. So no buying any extra props or waiting for something to come in the mail. The magic is already in your own home! Each day kids will learn simple and fun magic tricks, as well as presentation and public speaking skills.

Learn more and register here.

Moments of Magic: A Virtual Magic Workshop for Parents & Couples

Kayla Drescher and Harrison Lampert

First Fridays, 8:00pm PT

You spend a good deal of time with your partner doing routine activities, but have you tried learning something new together like Magic?

Join us for a fun-filled, magical hour of fun on first Fridays of the month with Kayla Drescher and Harrison Lampert.

Learning to do a few simple tricks and sharing secret moves together is fun and a wonderful way to create happy memories you'll always cherish. And, you'll definitely impress your kids and friends, the next time you meet them!

Learn more and register here.

Raising Allies: A Conversation for Justice-minded Parents of White Children

Noelle Cochran, PsyD & Lele Diamond, PsyD

Thurs, Aug 13, 7:30pm PT & Tues, Aug 18, 5:00pm PT

Research shows that a child of 3 has already internalized racial biases. In a world of inequality, that means very young White children are already being prepared to maintain a painful system of unearned privilege and racial disparity.

Recent events have inspired many parents who are raising White children to prepare their children to fight racism and help heal the scars it has left on our nation.  But preparing the next generation of White anti-racist allies for the challenging work of pushing back against history can be a confounding and elusive task for parents who want to do better, but have not been well-prepared themselves.

In this two-part series, we will present a basic framework for helping White children to understand racism and White privilege in way that empowers them for change.

Learn more and register here.

Past sessions

Parenting Against Racism in an Age of Racial Pain

Noelle Cochran, PsyD, Lele Diamond, PsyD, MFT & Michael Connor, PhD

Thursday, June 11 at 7:30PM PT

The last ten days have included some of the most sweeping and poignant mass displays of pain and helplessness we’ve seen in this country in many years. And yet, the events that have lead to protests in cities and smalls towns in every state in the country are sadly not without precedent; racism has ravaged our country throughout the whole course of our history. In the end, what may determine whether we are now in an exceptional moment, or simply a difficult and chaotic one, is how we respond to the patterns that have lead us to this point once the curfews and the protests are over.  

Over the last week, we have heard from many parents and many organizations as they try to chart a course toward understanding and change. Doing so will require much investment of time, energy and resources. It will require careful and honest consideration regarding how best to guide children, take responsibility, drive policy, open communication and manage guilt, anger, despair and hope. In this live session, we will create a space to open some of the important and difficult discussions that such a course requires.  

For this interactive session, clinical psychologists and child development specialists and co-founders of Symbio -- Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Lele Diamond will be joined by professor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Michael Connor. Dr. Connor was one of the founding members of the Black Caucus of the American Psychological Association and has devoted his career to racial-cultural diversity and parenting-child development issues.

Please join us for an open discussion aimed at increasing understanding, clarity and competency for those interested in fostering a more just future, for this generation and the next.

Watch the recording here.

Magic for Kids (8-10 year olds)

Kayla Drescher and Harrison Lampert

Friday, June 12, 2020 at 2:00PM PDT

Come learn MAGIC! Learn how to find someone’s selected card amongst the entire deck. Learn how to vanish a small object with the wave of a wand. And most importantly, do all of this with your family by your side.

Kayla Drescher and Harrison Lampert, both long time magicians and teachers of magic, have created this one-hour workshop with the intention of developing a skill with your child. Join us for a fun-filled, magical hour of family fun! Only 10 spots available. Our live sessions are typicallty free but to support these wonderful artists during these challenging times, we are charging a small fee.

Age group: Children 8-10 years old with a parent or an older sibling.

Fee: $5 per registration (family of two).

Brain Science for Parents: Regulate, Relate, and Reason

Victoria Dimitrakopoulos

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00PM PT

Parents are asking “How do we build our children’s intelligence/ resilience/ character/ empathy?” We often view these as skills kids must learn, and we look for tips to teach them more effectively. 

Brain scientists see things differently: our kids’ brains develop in response to patterns of activation. Some patterns of activation strengthen the brain, building it in ways that make qualities like resilience, intelligence, and empathy more likely to develop. Other patterns don’t, and even weaken the brain, building it in ways that make vulnerabilities like mood disorders and behavioral problems more likely to arise. 

In this live and interactive session, Victoria Dimitrakopoulos, an Early Childhood Development Advocate and founder of Project BrainHeart, explains brain scientists’ advice to parents, teachers, and all those responsible for nurturing developing brains: Regulate, Relate and Reason. Victoria designs Neuroscience education materials for children, their parents and teachers. She has focused on human capital in global health and academia for over 15 years. She is passionate about nurturing healthy brains.

Watch here.

Learn Chinese for Kids (3-8 year olds)

hihilulu

Fri, July 10, 11:00am PT

If children can learn multiple languages, why not teach them? While it can be challenging to raise a bilingual child, but research shows that the benefits of learning a second language by far outweigh these difficulties. And learning a tonal language like Chinese also helps development of perfect pitch and improves musical listening skills.

Inceptive has partnered with hihilulu to host a virtual small group (4 children max) immersive summer Chinese camp for kids 3-8 year olds and we invite you to join us for a free, interactive workshop that would simulate our summer camp session. hihilulu Atelier ® has a team of experienced professional Chinese teachers who use 'learning by playing' pedagogy to accompany kids to learn Chinese with fun and ease.

Learn more and register here.

Survival Strategies for Parenting in the Pandemic: Self Regulation & Sensory Processing

Anne Swart MA, OTD, OTR/L

Thurs, July 23, 7:00pm PT

Did you know that sensory strategies can help everyone, not just kids with “SPD” (Sensory Processing Disorder)?

Sensory information can help bring the nervous system into a state of balance between feeling overstimulated and feeling distracted or detached. When we are in this “just right” state of regulation, we feel our best, do our best, and are best able to engage with others.  

In this live webinar, you will learn how to apply the basic principles of sensory processing to select everyday activities you can do at home with your family that can help everyone feel more comfortable and connected.

Learn more and register here.

Do You See Me Now? Animal Camouflage for Kids

Melody Serra

Wed, July 29, 11:30am PT

The animal kingdom is extremely fascinating. Like children some animals play hide and seek all the time but not for fun. It helps them to survive. Some animals use camouflage to hide themselves from their enemies while others use it to hunt as they search for food themselves.

In this free interactive session with Melody Serra, kids will learn all about animal camouflage and how it works.

Learn more and register here.

Brain Basics for Kids (7-16 year olds)

Victoria Dimitrakopoulos

Thurs, July 30, 5:00pm PT

Curious to learn brain basics with your kids, in ways that will give you a common language to help you both thrive over the years? Designed for both kids aged 7-11 and teens aged 12-16, this interactive workshop will forever enlighten how you understand yourselves, each other, and others - family, friends, and the wider world.

Victoria is an experienced educator who brings her own fun illustrations and memorable metaphors to the world of behavioral neuroscience. Her mission is to disseminate the most relevant medical research directly to the children and their brain architects - parents, teachers, families, nannies, and coaches.

Learn more and register here.

Managing tantrums

Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9:30AM PDT

Temper tantrums are a fact of life with young children. They're how young children show that they're upset or frustrated and how they release tension in order to regulate. But that doesn’t make them any easier for parents to handle. Temper tantrums can be distressing to parents, especially when they become regular, intense or go on for long periods of time.

Please join us for an Instagram Live session about managing tantrums with clinical psychologist and child development specialist, Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD. She will share tips on what parents can do when tantrums happen and answer your questions. Inceptive has partnered with Kinedu to host this live interactive session.

Watch the recording here

Work, family and childcare: Planning for the future (...oh, and by future we mean 3 weeks from now)

Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW, Lynn Perkins, Juli Fraga, PsyD, & Noelle Cochran, PsyD

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

There's lots of uncertainty ahead and planning for the future can now mean planning for something practical, deliverable and what works ... 'for now'! School schedules, summer plans, finding childcare and managing kids under foot has easily frazzled every parent. If planning ahead meant 6 months ahead, we may need to change the paradigm to mean '3 weeks from now'.

Join us live for a panel discussion where Alyce Desrosiers, founder of The Institute for Families and Nannies (TIFFAN) and Lynn Perkins, founder of Urbansitter are joined by clinical psychologists Dr. Juli Fraga, PsyD and Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD to give a roadmap to planning for work, family and childcare needs in these uncertain times ... one step at a time. Specifically we will discuss:

  • Establishing and adjusting a plan for your work, family and child care needs in uncertain times
  • Conflict resolution and ways to support each other
  • Understanding the impact of these decision on children and how to prepare them

Read the article based on this panel discussion.

How to help your child understand gratitude and compassion through play

Pallavi Rana

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Developing socio-emotional skills like gratitude and compassion for others is just as important as any academic skills. Research shows that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5 and instilling gratitude in your kids at a young age could help them grow up to be happier people. You can help your child develop these skills through play.

If you are a parent of a toddler or preschooler, please join us for a free live chat with Pallavi Rana, an early childhood educator with over 12 years of experience where she will discuss learning activities to help little kids become more aware and connected to themselves and their surroundings. Once children begin to understand the basic principle of compassion and gratitude, they will begin to feel grateful about now and will help them reflect more on reasons to be grateful as an adult.

Read the article.

Returning to work from parental leave during COVID-19

Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Finding your footing back in your professional job after having a baby is often difficult but doing it under the current circumstance seems near impossible. Many parents currently have no childcare options. Many are going back to jobs on the front lines and have to use emergency childcare. None of us is doing this the way we would have wanted to.

To help you navigate these challenges, Inceptive has partnered with Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, the founder of Mindful Return to offer you the strategies for a successful remote work re-entry. Please join us live or email us questions ahead of time to info@inceptive.org. We will read and answer as many as we can during the live chat.

Watch the recording here.

Parenting in the pandemic: all ages 

Dr. Lele Diamond, PsyD, Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Julia Getzelman, MD

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Symbio to offer a series of free webinars in order to create a space where clinical psychologists Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Lele Diamond, can answer questions that may be common to parents during this pandemic.

This week we will be joined by pediatrician Dr. Julia Getzelman, MD, as we discuss both the physical health and mental health aspects of social isolation, school closures, uncertainty, and the altered daily routines on children of all ages.

Watch the recording here.

Childcare during COVID19

Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW and Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW of The Institute for Families and Nannies (TIFFAN) to offer a series of free live chats to answer parents' questions and concerns about their nanny and childcare during this pandemic.

For the first session, we will be joined by Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and child development expert, as we discuss all aspects of managing the parent-nanny relationship while navigating the emotional and behavioral challenges of caring for young children during the pandemic.

Please join us live or email us questions ahead of time to info@tiffan.org. We will read and answer as many as we can during the live chat.

Watch the recording here.

Breastfeeding during COVID19

Katie Howser, IBCLC

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

The coronavirus outbreak has raised a lot of questions including whether it is safe for new mothers to breastfeed their babies, cleaning pump and bottles, and how to prepare formula and sterilize equipment.

Please join us for a free live chat with Katie Howser, a registered lactation consultant where she will answer some of the most common breastfeeding questions.

Join us via Zoom.

Home routine and activities for toddlers and preschoolers during social isolation

Alejandra Tryon, Montessori expert

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

It is challenging for parents to have young children out of school due to COVID-19. However, a set routine, prepared environment and the right activities will allow the entire family to have an organized and productive day where children are gaining the skills they need and parents are getting their work done.

Join us for a free live session with Alejandra Tryon, Montessori expert and consultant, to learn how to establish a routine, prepare the environment and create appropriate activities for your child's stage of development.

Watch the recording here.

Lactation talk and Q&A

Katie Howser, IBCLC

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1:30PM PDT

During this live chat, Katie Howser, IBCLC will discuss pumping, bottle feeding and maintaining milk supply when anxiety is high.


Join us via Zoom.

What should you do about your nanny during Coronavirus?

Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW

Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:30PM-2:30PM PDT

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced families and nannies to find answers to some very difficult questions. For families -- Should I expect my nanny to work? If she stays home, do we pay her? If she comes to work, how can I ensure she isn’t bringing the virus to our family? For nannies -- Am I obligated to work? If I stay home, should I get paid? If I go to work, what can I ask for to minimize risk of infection to me and those at home?

There are many more questions that are being asked and each without a definitive answer. To help you answer these, Inceptive have partnered with Alyce Desrosiers, LCSW, Founder of The Institute for Families and Nannies.

Join us via Zoom.

Parenting in the pandemic: school aged children

Dr. Lele Diamond, PsyD, Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD and Dr. Emily Nusbaum, PhD

Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:30PM PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Dr. Lele Diamond and Dr. Noelle Cochran of Symbio to offer a series of free webinars in order to create a space to answer questions that may be common to parents during this pandemic.

This week we will be joined by Dr. Emily Nusbaum, an expert on adaptive education practices, as we discuss both the psychological and practical aspects of managing distance learning for school-aged children at home.

Please join us live or email us questions ahead of time to symbiosf@symbiosf.com. We will read and answer as many as we can during the live chat.

Watch the recording here.

Self care for parents in the time of coronavirus

Dr. Juli Fraga, PsyD

Monday, March 23, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020

These are trying times. In addition to all of the small worries parents carry around daily, we now have COVID-19 and all the unknowns that come with this unprecedented time. Many parents are going through their days in a state of heightened anxiety. It’s a challenge, but as a parent, the best way to help your child be at their best is to take care of yourself.

While there are many different self-care strategies for parents, it’s important to experiment with them to figure out which strategies work best for you. If you have any questions, want recommendations, share your tips with others or just want to vent, please comment in our Facebook group Family Support Network from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29.

Join us on Facebook

Parenting in the pandemic: infants, toddlers & preschoolers

Dr. Noelle Cochran, PsyD and Dr. Lele Diamond, PsyD

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:30-8:30pm PDT

Inceptive has partnered with Symbio to offer a series of free webinars in order to create a space where clinical psychologists Dr. Noelle Cochran and Dr. Lele Diamond, can answer questions that may be common to parents during this pandemic.

This week's Q&A webinar will focus on children under the age of 5 years, and and every concern you may be contending with is fair fodder for this session.

Watch the recording here.

Using items at home to encourage speech & language in young children

Teresa Newmark, MA, CCC-SLP

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:00-11:00am PDT

Kids are ready to learn language from the day they are born. They learn languages best during the 'sensitive period' the first five to six years of life. Language development is not limited to a classroom environment but also happens in the home with parents and caregivers. There are several simple and fun activities that parents can use to help their child develop language skills.

Please join us for a free live chat with Teresa Newmark, MA, CCC-SLP, a pediatric speech-language pathologist to learn about ways you can use everyday household items to encourage speech & language development in your child five years and under.

Join us via Zoom.

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