Encouraging Responsibility and Independence:
The Importance of Positive Communication at Home, at School and in the Social Arena
David P. Sylvestro, MA, CSP
February 9, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Although auto manufacturers in Detroit have made “Planned Obsolescence” a dirty word, it’s okay to think of obsolescence as an important component of parenting. After all, as parents we want to do a good enough job guiding, shaping and preparing our kids so that they don’t actually NEED us anymore! Keeping our kids’ eventual independence in mind allows us to provide reasonable parameters for them, help them set goals, and titrate the responsibilities they can assume. A key part of this process is strengthening our own positive communication skills– how we encourage and reinforce our kids’ development in these essential areas.
School psychologist David P. Sylvestro, MA, CSP, will discuss ways parents can promote responsibility and independence through positive interactions with their kids who have LD, ADHD and Executive Function challenges. Dave served as school psychologist at Eagle Hill Schools for over 35 years and currently is serving in that position at The Southport School. He facilitates individual- and group-counseling sessions, parent support groups and Dads-Only groups, provides training and staff development to professionals, and presents at LD conferences worldwide.
Materials: Encouraging Responsibility (PDF Format)
Articles written by Eve Kessler, Esq.:
— Breaking the Enabling Cycle
— Promoting Responsibility
— Strategies to Keep It Positive
More About Dave Sylvestro
SPED*NET Wilton does not provide medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material in this presentation is provided for educational purposes only.