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Nurturing the Highly Sensitive Child in your Classroom

Facilitator(s): Tania Johnson
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1May 04, 2020 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Day 2May 25, 2020 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
This event has multiple locations.
Day 1Sherwood Park (Elk Island Catholic Schools)
310 Broadview Road
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Day 2Virtual
Course code: 20-MH-147

Target Audience

K-12 teachers

Also Recommended For

Educational assistants and parents

About this learning opportunity

Does this sound like a child you work with: struggles with emotional reactivity, appears to be impacted by sensory issues, broods over failures, takes things personally, deeply impacted by others emotions, easily withdraws if overwhelmed, thinks deeply about things, deeply rich inner life, doesn't do well with change, highly conscientious, and perceptive? 

A highly sensitive child [HSC] is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others (Aron, 2018). 

In this workshop, educators will learn to better understand these children and ways to help them manage in the home and the classroom. 


• Identifying whether a child is highly sensitive 
• Exploring struggles that accompany these types of children and possible solutions 
• Understanding how teaching style can impact HSC 
• Develop strategies to build resiliency in HSC

Follow-up Webinar (May 25, 2020)

Our live sessions are packed with the latest tools and strategies to help the students in your class thrive! We want to help you to create lasting changes...and one of the ways to do that is to follow up and give you a space to have your questions answered! Once you have had time to apply the strategies in a classroom context, we invite you to email with your questions and reflections. The instructor will answer your questions, provide further insight and give additional resources. Knowledge is powerful, let's BE the change for our youth.

Participants will be required to email in questions a week before the webinar.

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #1: Fostering Effective Relationships
  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Tania Johnson | Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist 

I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist and one of the Co-founders of the Institute of Child Psychology. I grew up in South Africa and have had the opportunity to travel extensively, including living and working in Asia for several years. I have a deep respect for cultural diversity. In 2006-2007, I was the recipient of an International Internship at “Cancer Treatment Centers of America” where I provided ongoing support 

for individuals diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. This experience ingrained within me the vital connection between the mind and the body. 

In 2012, I received my Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. During my Master’s degree, I worked both on the front lines and as a counsellor with foster and adoptive families who faced a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges. 

Since completing my degree, I have worked in a private practice setting with children, teens, adults and families. My work with the Institute of Child Psychology has given me the opportunity to present to parents, professionals and caregivers on topics pertaining to children’s mental health. I currently specialize in working specifically with parenting issues. 

I work primarily from an attachment based perspective. This means that I work with clients to explore how early relationships impact how we come to understand our self, other people and the world. 

It is an honour to work with clients and families to create a space for lasting change. I endeavour to always approach my clients with respect, honesty, integrity and warmth.