Parenting Workshops

Parents are a child’s first support system. And sometimes the support system needs support!

Do you have a child that marches to the beat of a different drummer? Is it challenging to find the right support for your needs and those of your child? Joanie shares simple strategies to help you navigate the days, weeks and years.

Unlike the situation comedies of the 1960’s that depicted idyllic families, the reality of parenting is a complex blend of joy and challenges. Nowadays, when an increasing number of children are labeled as having Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Disabilities, ACEs, gender dysporia etc., parenting and finding supportive communities can be very overwhelming. Joanie leads “concert - conversations” for support and exploration of simple ways to honor both your child’s needs and your own as a parent. Whether or not your own child has one of these labels, or one of your family members does, you are sure to walk away with new tools and insight.


What People Are Saying!

"You all know Joanie Calem of course. We have been colleagues for years. I attended her workshop Concert and Conversations last weekend at Tifereth Israel where she led discussions with a group of parents and played and sang her original music from her CD But First Do No Harm. These are songs written as she has accompanied her child with autism for 20 years. They are songs about parenting and caring for children with special needs, for lack for better words. I can't praise this enough. I urge you to speak with her about it, and consider it for a workshop for all of us teachers as it really applies to all of us in one way or another as teachers, friends, parents, grandparents, administrators anyone in a grocery store... you get the idea."
- Linda S. Columbus OH