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In Person Classes

An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child

Dr. Dan Shapiro created the class, Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to 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.

Spring 2020 – Mondays – 7:30 – 9:00 pm

  • March 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April 20, 27 (no class 6th, 13th)
  • May 4, 11, 18, 2 


  • 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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First Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask

It can be difficult to get what you need when other family members are struggling. In this eight-session workshop you will learn new ways to think about your problems and how to implement self-care techniques proven to reduce stress, even when life is incredibly busy. In addition to learning more about yourself, you will join with other parents who want to learn skills taught in cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, as well as mindfulnessbased stress reduction techniques.

Winter 2020 – Mondays – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

  • January 13, 20, 27
  • February 3, 10, 17, 24
  • March 2 


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

"Sarah - you hit a home run with this. Great job! Great info - really very helpful!!!"

"Fantastic presentation. So helpful and insightful. You have so much wisdom and experience to share and it is truly a gift to those willing to listen."

Workshop audience members

Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC

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