Virtual Support Groups

Navigating a New Normal: Virtual Support Groups for Parish Parents

Coronavirus has impacted us all in varying ways. Many are struggling with the disconnect that comes with social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Parents may be struggling to help children cope while homeschooling and managing their own upset routines. One thing’s for sure – we’re all trying to find ways to adjust to this new situation.

Join fellow Parish parents for a weekly virtual support group offering a space to voice worries and concerns about parenting during this time of social distancing. Our goal is to provide support, explore ideas and strategies, and offer connection with other parents within our community.

Participation in the group is free and open to any parent or caregiver with a child currently enrolled at The Parish School. Parents are welcome to drop in and attend one or multiple sessions offered. These sessions are considered supplemental support and not group therapy. It is not a replacement for treatment, therapy or medical advice.

What should I expect?
This group takes place over Zoom video conferencing and is monitored and guided by a professional facilitator. Each week has a themed discussion and open chat format. You’ll learn from others’ journeys and may share your own (if you care to), to gather support and encouragement from others who can relate to your situation.

When does it take place?
Support groups begin the week of April 27 and extend through the remainder of the school year.

  • For parents of Early Childhood students: Tuesdays at 2 PM and 7 PM
  • For parents of Elementary students: Thursdays at 2 PM and 7 PM

How to join a group?
Contact FamilySupport@parishschool.org or fill out the registration form below. Participants will be emailed the meeting ID and a link to join the secure online meeting room.

Weekly Sessions

Week 1: Regression & The Shrinking Window (April 28 & April 30)
Parents of children who have communication and other developmental delays are often informed of the importance of early intervention. With many experiencing a disruption to treatment services, there are concerns about losing precious time for intense early intervention. Join us as we explore fears about the shrinking window and how others are mitigating regression.

Week 2: Maintaining the Work/Child Balance (May 5 & May 7)
Working parents have suddenly found themselves trying to balance their children’s online classwork with their own career responsibilities. Many children need adult help to navigate online learning or are just wanting extra attention, knowing a parent is nearby. Join us as we explore how parents are balancing the needs of their children with their work responsibilities.

Week 3: Managing Anxiety During the Pandemic (May 12 & May 14)
Many are experiencing increased anxiety and stress from the pandemic. Grief over the loss of a loved one, fear over a family member’s health, financial worries and job loss, social isolation and loneliness, a child’s increasingly dysregulated behavior, the list could go on and on... Explore and share creative methods for coping with anxiety and stress during this time.

Week 4: Supporting Your Child’s Social-Emotional Needs at Home (May 19 & May 21)
Many Parish children have increased social-emotional needs due to their communication and learning challenges. Join us as we explore how to continue supporting your child’s social-emotional needs at home while social distancing.

 

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