The following are presentations Gail is available to offer your group or organization. If there are topics not listed, please let us know. We are adding to this all the time.
“Suddenly Siblings”: Preparing your children for their new brother or sister.
Summary: The sibling relationship is one of the longest-lasting relationships we will ever have. Parents often wonder how they can put this relationship on the right path, from the start.
This hour-long presentation discusses the unique challenges that resident children face when the family adopts, and what they need from parents to thrive. Parents will receive specific, easy to implement ideas to support a smooth and memorable transition for the children already in the family.
Whether you plan on adopting or have adopted with children already in the home, you will gain insight on what your resident child may be feeling and needing, and you will receive the tools to meet their needs proactively.
Gail Heaton, an adoptive mom, and Molly Heaton, an adult ‘resident sibling’, are a mother-daughter speaking team who have walked this path before and understand the potential issues that can arise for children already in the home when adoption makes them ‘suddenly siblings.’
*Supporting Regulation in Your Child (Meet the need before the meltdown)
Summary: Imagine how great it would be to ‘catch’ your child before the meltdown or big behaviors and stop them in their tracts.
In this hands-on presentation, you will learn and practice practical strategies to help your child come back from the beginning of a dysregulated state into a calm and alert state.
Stop the fit before it happens.
Learn what it is in your child’s environment that is contributing to meltdowns and learn how to avoid them.
*Forgiveness in Jesus: When your parenting journey is not what you hoped for: Why and how to forgive yourself and your hurt child.
Summary: We often come to adoptive parenting with unspoken expectations about how we’ll act as parents, and how our relationship with our children will be.
When parenting the hurt child, sometimes reality is very different from what we thought it would be.
In this presentation, Gail candidly shares her story of how she learned to forgive herself for her shortcomings and learned to forgive her hurt children for theirs. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss the importance of forgiveness in the healing process – yourself and your child.
*Belonging to God’s Family: How to Support Your Child Who Still Feels Like An Orphan
Summary: This presentation includes specific strategies and activities you can do with your child to help them experience a greater feeling of belonging and family identity. Learn how God gives parents the authority to overcome a spirit of rejection in their children through the Word of God.
*Joy is Contagious: How to find God’s Joy for You and Let it Flow Through to Your Children
Summary: Parents often ask how they will know when their child is healed from past hurts. ONe of the best answers is when the family experiences joy again. Learn what this means from the scriptures and how you can facilitate joy in their life (and yours) again.
Contact me to set up a presentation for your group or organization! Gail’s speaking fees are $100/hour, and travel expenses if more than 30 miles from Missoula. I would love to create a presentation for you!