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Sept 27, 2022 (Tuesday), 18:30 - 20:00, In-person and Zoom

The Hive, 3/F Chinachem Tower, 34-37 Connaught Road Central, HK

It’s painful to watch young people struggling with anxiety. However, because learning how to cope independently is key to managing stress and anxiety, adults need to learn when and how to resist the urge to help.

In this talk, educators and parents will learn the importance of reducing accommodations as a way to more effectively support youth with anxiety. Talking points include...

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May 30, 2022 (Monday), 18:30 - 20:00, In-person

Tired of arguments and power struggles? Looking for new ways to connect and deepen relationships with your children?

Join us for an interactive face-to-face workshop with FOCUS committee member and Executive Coach, Aurora Aritao PCC, to look at the nature of coaching conversations and how these differ from other conversations...


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Apr 20, 2022 (Tuesday), 18:30 - 20:00

Live Virtual (Zoom)

F.A.T. stands for Frustration, Anxiety and Tension. How difficult can this be in classrooms for children with SpLD and AD/HD?

Cheryl Raper, FOCUS Chairman and Special Education teacher, will facilitate this informal session to share parent concerns, challenges, strategies and resources in a supportive and confidential setting...


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Mar 3, 2022 (Thursday), 19:00 - 20:30

Live Virtual (Zoom)

How to make an overseas educational experience a success for your child? 

Join us for the evening for a boarding school discussion with our guest speaker, Jennifer Bush, Independent Educational Consultant, who has lived in the United Stated, United Kingdom, Brazil and Singapore, and having been educated in France, Australia and her native United States.  She will discuss strategies for choosing a school to... 


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Nov 3, 2021 (Wednesday), 18:30 - 20:00

Live Virtual (Zoom)

Hoping for a magic trick to create change at home?  Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic tool to make things happen at home, but there is wisdom to be gained from a combination of knowledge, creative experiments, and tracking what works.

In this practical session the FOCUS team will bring both professional training and personal experience to discuss reasonable expectations, share support techniques to try at home, and provide examples of ...


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Sept 15, 2021 (Wednesday), 08:30 - 09:45

Live Virtual (Zoom)

Join us for this special talk with Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, child and adult psychiatrist, expert on ADHD, Harvard faculty member of 21 years, international speaker, and New York Times best-selling author to explore the complex and often contradictory tendencies common to those with ADHD.

Drawing upon the latest science, and 40+ years of professional and personal experience, Dr. Hallowell will discuss...


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Jun 8, 20221 (Tuesday), 08:30 - 10:00

Live Virtual (Zoom)

“I don’t know what to write!” 
Is there any parent who hasn't heard that frustrated statement from a child?
Join us with Trena Rauner, a writing specialist who will highlight recent research on writing instruction and help us better understand the complex writing process and how to help a child communicate his/her knowledge in writing with less anxiety.  
You will engage with a writing assignment to see it from your child's perspective and discuss....


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The Art and Science of Reading to Your Child

May 25, 2021 (Tuesday), 18:30 - 20:00

Live Virtual (Zoom)

Bring Me A Book Hong Kong and FOCUS, collaborate to share strategies parents can use at home to strengthen language skills, literacy development, and the parent-child relationship, by reading aloud, talking about pictures and words in age appropriate books.

Join us to explore the "art" of helping your child at home and the "science" of why parent support is important for academic skills and parent-child relationship....


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Mindful Screentime

Apr 13, 2021 (Tuesday), 18:30 - 20:00

Live Virtual (Zoom)

Screen time is a battleground for most families.  With pandemic dictated social distancing, online school, video games, endless chats, and Netflix binges have filled the gap but increased conflicts over how much screen time...

Join us and take away with a valuable cheat sheet for your family to explore a new set of screen time principles...


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Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction

Mar 18, 2021 (Thursday), 19:00 - 20:30

Live Virtual (Zoom)

In any given classroom, at least 20% of students will struggle to learn to read. Identifying why they’re struggling and knowing how to help is no easy task, especially when trying to effectively support all students in the classroom.


Join us to learn and take away with easy strategies you can immediately use with individuals, small groups, and whole classes...


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Parent Support Workshop

Feb 9, 2021 (Tuesday), 18:30 - 20:00, In-person and Zoom

Live Virtual (Zoom)

In preparation for this workshop, you will receive a link to “Anxiety and Avoidance: evidence-based approaches to helping children and adolescents” as a conversation starter. We will use the workshop time to explore how to apply this knowledge to our daily lives with our own unique situations.


Join us for this session where we will share our challenges and best strategies to address issues of avoidance...


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Parent Support Workshop

Jan 9, 2021 (Tuesday), 18:30 - 20:00

Live Virtual (Zoom)

One of our struggles at FOCUS is trying to create a comfortable support experience in the virtual format that is our current reality - so we are testing a new format.  

Join us for a parent support workshop where your challenges are the agenda. Participants will be asked in advance to identify one or two specific challenges they would like to work on over the next month.  Those challenges will then be the topics for small group...