Occupational therapist Kim Barthel will be giving a virtual presentation hosted by Langley Children Committee on Jan. 26, 2020. (Bob Spensley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Occupational therapist Kim Barthel will be giving a virtual presentation hosted by Langley Children Committee on Jan. 26, 2020. (Bob Spensley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

How to support kids: Langley Children host expert Kim Barthel for virtual talk

Presentation scheduled for Jan. 26

How do we support our children to be their best selves?

That is exactly the question award-winning occupational therapist Kim Barthel will be addressing in an upcoming virtual talk hosted by the Langley Children Committee, a collaboration of child-serving agencies and public partners in the community.

“We love to offer workshops and presentations on topics that matter to Langley parents, from learning about how children develop in the early years to helping kids navigate through mental health challenges, to understanding normal adolescent development,” said Alicia Rempel, with the committee.

Barthel has been helping families and individuals with mental health challenges for 37 years.

Next week she will be giving a presentation virtually on Jan. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. titled, Supporting our Children to Be Their Best Selves.

READ MORE: Mental health conditions ‘alarmingly high’ among children with autism: UBC study

“Given the current climate of stress and anxiety and beyond, families are struggling with supporting their children in the COVID-19 era,” said Barthel.

She said the invitation for her to come speak to the community came as families and professionals look for strategies to make children feel safe, comfortable and have their mental health supported.

The areas Barthel will focus on is inspiration, understanding and strategies.

“So often, parents, teachers, therapists, support workers focus on behavior, ‘How do I get this behavior to stop?’” Barthel recounted. “And my approach is, ‘What is the behaviour, communicating?’

She argues “there is always a reason for why people do what they do.”

The Tuesday evening presentation will be a “facilitated interaction.”

“So even though I am going to share information, there will absolutely be an opportunity for questions and interaction with the people who attend,” Barthel assured.

For those wishing to find out more or to purchase tickets to the virtual talk, visit langleychildren.com/upcoming-events.

“We also aim to make most programs and events free,” said Rempel. “However, we would like to note that should anyone ever want to attend something we offer, but find the cost a barrier – please reach out.”


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

FamiliesLangleymental healthParenting

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cyclists checked out the 216th interchange crossing the night before it opened to motor vehicles in early September, 2020. The overpass has separated bike lanes for riders. (Mitchell Nurse/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley overpass wins cycling infrastructure award

HUB Cycling handed out the award to the Township and province recently

A retail cannabis outlet in Aldergrove got its final rezoning approval on Feb. 22. (Black Press Media File)
Aldergrove cannabis shop gets rezoning approval – barely

Council voted twice after narrowly defeating the project the first time

Aldergrove Regional Park will be home to a child-friendly nature gnome tour in March. (Special to The Star)
Aldergrove Regional Park home to gnome-guided tours for children

Families can sign up for nature-themed events happening throughout spring break in March

Kwantlen Polytechnic University announced this week that 64 more health care assistant spaces will be opened at the school. (KPU/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
KPU to train more health workers for seniors care homes

Provincial funding means 64 more spaces for students

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

An official investigation will be launched after VPD officers were recorded posing near a dead body at Third Beach on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
VIDEO: Vancouver officers under review for allegedly laughing, taking pictures next to dead body

Two officers were caught on video by a local beachgoer Wednesday morning in Stanley Park

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
‘Stay local’: Dr. Henry shoots down spring break travel for British Columbians

B.C. is reportedly working with other provincial governments to determine March break policies

“Our biggest challenge has been the amount of vaccine,” said FNHA acting chief medical officer Dr. Shannon McDonald. (First Nations Health Authority Facebook photo)
All First Nations on reserve to be vaccinated by end of March: First Nations Health Authority

Vaccinations continuing for B.C. First Nations amid shortages

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Delta Police Department photo)
B.C. youth calls 911 after accruing $7K in online gaming charges

‘Police spoke with the student about appropriate times to call 911’

Site C will go ahead, one year later and $5.3 billion more, the NDP announced Feb 26. (BC Hydro image)
B.C. NDP announces Site C will go ahead with new $16B budget

Reviews recommend more oversight, beefed up foundation stability work

The last three wild northern spotted owls live near the Spuzzum Watershed outside of Hope. The province recently ordered a halt to logging for at least a year to give the owls a chance to survive.  (Photo/Jared Hobbs)
Logging halted in northern spotted owl habitat near Hope

Halt will last at least a year, gives time to formulate survival plan for Northern Spotted Owl

Several BC Ferries sailings are cancelled Friday morning due to adverse weather. (Black Press Media File)
Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry sailing cancelled due to high winds, sea state

Adverse weather causes cancellations across several BC Ferries routes

Most Read