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Training for Parents With Exceptional Kids

Parent Child Journey

Dr. Dan Shapiro created the class, Raising Your Challenging Child, to help caregivers who have kids with challenging behaviors identify the source of their child’s behavior and learn what they can do about it. During each class, I will describe proactive strategies for raising children with difficult temperaments and developmental differences. Designed to address the needs of families with children from preschool age through early adolescence, caregivers will learn to customize their approach to fit their child’s unique profile.

First Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask

This short course is for parents who want to improve their quality of life. In addition to helping you prioritize doing things you enjoy, this class will teach you new ways to think about your problems, and help you implement self-care techniques. The emphasis will be on principles taught in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) that have been proven to reduce stress. By learning how to balance your own needs with those of the rest of the family, you can be a better parent.

Parent Book Clubs

Our quarterly book club meetings are a chance to reconnect with other parents while exploring a range of topics related to raising children. Come to the book club ready to discuss what you learned while reading the book selected for that session – what you liked, what was useful, and what didn’t make sense. The book club meetings will be highly interactive with lots of discussion.

The address for each book club will be sent once you complete your registration, as it shifts location each time.


Know Your Child/Know Yourself ◙ Time-In and Self-Care ◙ Engagement and Understanding ◙ Motivation through Positive Attention ◙ Self-Motivation & Learning from Experience ◙ Motivation through Rewards ◙ Problem-Solving ◙ Ignoring and Timeout ◙ Pausing for Empathy and Self-Reflection ◙ Weaknesses, Strengths, and Independence



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Learn more about Dr. Shapiro’s classes on the Parent Child Journey website.

  • Stages of Your Journey
  • Understand Yourself
  • Thoughts, Behavior & Feelings
  • Pleasant Activities, Relaxation & Mindfulness
  • Change Your Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Overcome Your Fears
  • Self-Regulation

Spring 2019:

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Eight consecutive Thursday night sessions
March 7th – May 2nd (no class April 18th)


Law Offices of Michael Herman
6801 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Debbie Reber Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Dates in 2019 Event Details
March 13 Tending Your Garden: A research psychologist and a neuropsychologist share their best parenting tips. With Dr. Donna Henderson, Psy.D. 7 pm at St. Andrews Apostle School, Silver Spring, MD.
March 27 Effective Communication for Better Outcomes for Your Child. 6:30 pm at the PTO meeting for CMIT-North Elementary School, Laurel, MD.
April 3 Impactful Parenting: Our best tips for parents of kids with learning differences. With Dr. Donna Henderson, Psy.D. 7:30 pm at The Lab School of Washington DC.
April 7 Understanding Emotions, Stress, and the Brain: Self-Regulation Strategies to Help You and Your Family, 2:00 pm, CHADD Northern Virginia/DC Chapter Meeting, Petworth Neighborhood Library, Washington DC. 
April 13 Launching Twice Exceptional Students. To be presented at the Diamonds in the Rough Conference, April 12-13, Rockville, MD.

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“We are so grateful that someone recommended we get in touch with Sarah! My son had struggled with school from the beginning, and it seriously affected his health and emotions, as well as our family life. Sarah helped guide us through the process of getting more detailed testing done to determine his strengths and learning disabilities. She was an invaluable support throughout the very difficult process of working with his school to update his IEP to reflect his needs, and helped us advocate for our son to get the services he required, which ultimately led to a new school setting where he is finally happy, and feeling successful and confident in his abilities.”

M in Takoma Park, MD

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Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC

P.O. Box 174
Riverdale, MD 20738-0174