The Ties That Bind Seminar Is Sponsored By The Following Organizations:
For many adoptive families with children, making arrangements to attend a training seminar may be difficult. For this reason The Ties That Bind Seminar provides quality infant care and age appropriate activities for children of all ages, which is included in your registration fee. By providing these services parents may attend valuable training sessions while still being able to check in on their children. All of the planned activities will take into consideration the ages and developmental levels of those registered to attend. Some of the highlights of this year’s children’s program will include:
• Self-Development Workshops: Through engaging cooperative games and experiential learning activities children will learn how to cope with bullying, build self-esteem, and identify feelings. Workshops will encourage cooperation, empathy for others, and understanding emotions.
• “Get Into Character” TeamCapades: Based on the Character First elementary curriculum, children will explore character traits such as compassion, flexibility, responsibility, and self-control. Children will work in teams to complete challenges in which they must show these character traits to win!
• Outdoor Festival As in the past years, O’Brien Productions will be providing another special event for our children. Children of all ages will enjoy out-door fun on a variety of large inflatables like the Giant Slide & Giant Maze. Younger children will also be able to ride the train around the grounds.
• New this year, My Reptile Guys will entertain preschool and elementary age children with their creepy and crawly critters. Children will be able to learn about and pet twelve reptiles, including a Burmese python, red foot tortoise, blue tongue skink, bearded dragon, and a jungle carpet python.
• Children pre-K age and older will enjoy Dave Holland and Beatin’ Path Rhythms as they present “GloboDRUM.” Through drumming, song and audience interaction, children will learn how rhythm is used around the world as a tool for communication bringing communities closer together, & celebrating key life events. GloboDRUM incorporates live performance with multi-media experience designed for maximum inspirational impact!
• Bruce Bernstein returns this year to share his love of music as he takes preschool and elementary age children to the Big Top! This puppet show focuses on six different “ani-humes” (animals with human characteristics) who perform in an exciting circus.
• Wendy Bennett returns this year to entertain preschoolers and elementary age kids with her delightful musical storytelling. Wendy’s amazing voice and her puppets bring storybook characters to life. Children are involved with plenty of audience participation. Wendy encourages children to experience books in a fun interactive way!
• Laughing Matters returns to present Improvisation for Conflict Resolution. Improvisational comedy helps upper elementary children learn important conflict resolution techniques to solve problems without hurting anyone. Children suggest problems for the actors to resolve & role-play characters to explore how & why conflicts begin.
• Corporals Paul Smilley and Monica Lacourly, School Resource Officers with the local Peachtree City Police Department, will present upper elementary age children with some internet safety strategies, including what is safe to share on the internet, how to deal with cyberbullying, and how to safely handle unwanted or inappropriate texts, e-mails, or instant messages. Children will learn to make smart choices about what they share online.
Teens will enjoy their own Youth Training Seminar designed specifically for their age group. All youth participants this year will enjoy an exciting opportunity for personal growth as well as the opportunity to interact and form connections with other teens. Throughout the weekend, teens will participate in a series of workshops focused overall on developing their leadership skills and self-awareness. Some highlights this year include:
Self-Development Workshops: In the Emotional Intelligence Workshop, teens will examine the importance of recognizing their own emotional state as well as others. The Self-Esteem Workshop will assist younger teens in identifying their feelings of self-worth, and the Healthy Relationship Workshop will assist older teens in examining trust, depending on others, and recognizing characteristics of unhealthy relationships.
Officer Joe Alexander will give a presentation about the Bremen Police Department K9 Unit. Teens will learn all about how these special dogs work alongside officers to fight crime. He will also demonstrate what goes into training the dogs for duty.
Teens will rotate through stations to learn about fire safety & emergency preparation with the Peachtree City Fire Department.
Sean Poppy, UGA’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Outreach Program Coordinator, will conduct an Ecotalk in which he will bring animals such as amphibians, reptiles, an opossum, and great horned owl and talk about their habitats.
The teen dinner on Saturday evening will feature The Bucket Boys, a progressive percussion duo, which combine high-energy rhythm and surprisingly funny comedy to deliver an interactive performance of sight, sound and laughter. This hilarious duo make all their noise using buckets, bin lids, pots, pans and street sign to bang out thunderous grooves, extraordinary cadences and hip-hop, funky dance beats.
Self-Development Workshops: This year’s teen workshops focus on making healthy choices about peers, relationships, food, and drug awareness. Teens will learn strategies for thinking about the positive and negative consequences of their choices, whether these are day-to-day choices or life-changing choices.
Dave Holland and Beatin’ Path Rhythms present “GloboDRUM.” Through drumming, song and audience interaction, teens will learn how rhythm is used around the world as a tool for communication bringing communities closer together, and celebrating important life events. GloboDRUM incorporates live performance with multi-media experience designed for maximum educational and inspirational impact!
Corporal Keith Isaac, School Resource Officer with the Peachtree City Police Department, will demonstrate the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. Cpl. Isaac will also practice with teen participants safe procedures and proper etiquette needed during a traffic stop.
Laughing Matters returns to present Improvisation for Conflict Resolution. Improvisational comedy helps teens learn important conflict resolution techniques that solve problems without hurting anyone involved. Teens suggest problems for the actors to resolve and role-play characters from their own lives to explore how and why conflicts begin. This program is a hands-on approach to resolving conflict.