BFDC EXPERT TALKS
We have presentations for:
- Teachers, Learning Support and Counselors
- Parents and Guardians
- Students and Youth
- We are also happy to create or tailor presentations to your specific needs. Contact us with your request.
Our talks run approximately one hour, and are designed to educate, support, and offer resources to audience members. Schools are welcome to book ONE FREE presentation every school year. Please note that presentations may be subject to presenter's availability.
The following sessions are now available.
1. Sessions for Teachers, Learning Support, and Counselors
Twice Exceptional Learners
Acing the exam but avoiding the homework? Answering all the questions in class, but never writing anything down? These are signs of children who may be ‘twice exceptional learners’ – gifted, but negotiating learning difficulties. It has been proven that these children perform better with programming adapted to their specific needs. In this session, teaching staff will learn about what it means to work with a twice exceptional child, and how to develop compensation strategies and specific learning methods to enable the child’s success.
Dyslexia in the Classroom
Teaching literacy in classrooms that accommodate different learning needs is no simple task. However, adjusting a curriculum to play to the strengths of dyslexic students can have profound effects on learning outcomes and self-esteem. This workshop aims to equip teachers with a robust contemporary definition of dyslexia and the implications of this definition. We will cover practical strategies for the classroom, the use of phenomic skills, syllabication, morphology, as well as important linguistic rules that should be taught.
Supporting Angry or Disobedient Children
Aggressive or disobedient behavior is always challenging for the teacher, child, classmates and parents. It is not an easy task to support and help an angry child while maintaining an optimal learning environment for the students. In this workshop, teachers will learn about defiance and anger and their triggers as well as receive practical advice on how to handle angry and disobedient behavior. We will look at the various developmental milestones and offer tools for managing behavior from both a cognitive and language perspective.
2. Sessions for Parents
Hong Kong students face an incredible amount of academic pressure both in school from their teachers and peers, and at home from their families. Research by UNICEF Hong Kong reveals that 90% of students suffer from academic stress. Learn how it affects our children, the signs and symptoms of a child struggling with academic stress, and helpful strategies for managing and minimizing school-related stress. 30 min presentation.
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Perfectionism
Students attending most schools in Hong Kong are part of a highly competitive environment. Although competition can bring out the best qualities in children, other children become highly anxious, believing they must achieve perfection while at the same time convinced that whatever they do falls short of this goal. Often called unhealthy perfectionism, these children are vulnerable to test anxiety, frustration, anger, and depression among other problems. In contrast, healthy perfectionists find real pleasure in striving for the highest standard but are flexible and see mistakes as learning experiences. We provide strategies on how you can help your child develop healthy perfectionism and avoid becoming and unhealthy perfectionist.
Helping Children with Social Anxiety
It is normal for children to be quiet in new situations or with people unfamiliar to them. However, shy or socially anxious children usually remain overly nervous, avoiding social situations that result in discomfort. We introduce a model to understand how anxiety develops and often becomes more severe. Most importantly, this model provides the basis for you to help your children develop more confidence socially and overcome their anxiety. We provide practical and useful advice on teaching your children the skills necessary to interact with others without becoming overly fearful.
Girls and women today are faced with exhilarating choices and opportunities, but they are also faced with unrealistic goals, images, impossible expectations and incredible pressures. We will discuss the difficult task of bringing up girls today to "be all that they can be" while at the same time reaching a balanced and productive equilibrium. Topics include: girls in adolescence, protecting our girls from unhealthy messages, technology and its challenges (computer addiction, sexting, etc.), growing up internationally, traditional women's roles and change through the lifespan, and more.
Pay Attention: Tips and Strategies for Dealing with ADHD
What do you do with a child who may be bright, flexible, creative and energetic, but who is also forgetful, easily distracted, procrastinating and often exasperating? In this talk, we will explain how ADHD is woefully misnamed and how to describe this syndrome better. The presentation includes tips about how to help kids with ADHD to maximize their potential (even in school), and how to manage ADHD at home (even with homework). Problems with attentional control can affect all aspects of life – from school to friends to work to marriage. Parents who understand the complexities of ADHD will be better equipped to help their children to learn or develop strategies to overcome some of the challenges it presents and to maximize their strengths.
Adolescence: Superlatives in All Directions
People have complained about teenagers since the time of Plato (and probably long before). Teens can be argumentative, stubborn, self-absorbed, rude, challenging and risk-taking. They can also be idealistic, loyal, insightful, passionate, loving and responsible. In this workshop, we explain why adolescence is our favorite age in development, and what parents can do to best appreciate their time with them. We hope that parents with preteens will learn about what to expect, and those with teens will gain insight into their young people.
3. Sessions for Students and Youth (suitable for Grade 7+)
Let's Talk About Suicide
Many adolescents in Hong Kong live with an incredible amount of academic and social pressure. It can lead to sadness, depression, or suicidal thoughts and actions in overwhelmed teens. It's time we speak about the subject openly and honestly, and prepare teens with the knowledge to know what to do if they are feeling depressed -- or if they are worried about a friend. This workshop aims to empower adolescents to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal behavior. Teens will learn who to turn to, and that it's better to lose a friendship than a friend. Includes problem solving, role playing and brainstorming activities.