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FSI Learning Explorations ~ Kindergarten Transitions
January 19 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
Join us January 19th, 2022 for Kindergarten Transitions with Cari Rawling & Kerry Lawson
SESSION INFO: The transition from preschool into school can be particularly challenging for parents and their children when extra supports are required: and extra care is needed to ensure a smooth process. This workshop is designed for both parents and professionals to learn new tools and strategies for sound planning during any transition years.
• Participants will learn four fundamentals to help have a smooth transition to Kindergarten
• Learn firsthand transferable skills through group activities
• Identify tools that can assist the transition to Kindergarten
• Identify who on your family’s existing support team can assist with Kindergarten transition
Kerry Lawson is the proud mother of four children, one who is labeled with a language-based learning disorder and an autism spectrum disorder. Kerry is also the younger sister and best friend to a senior citizen who is labeled with a developmental disability. It is Kerry’s childhood and adult experiences with her sister that led her to become a social worker and focus her entire 35-year career on supporting families of children and adults with labels. Kerry became a resource parent and resource family member with the Family Support Institute of BC (FSIBC) in 2010. In the final months of her retirement from government, Kerry accepted a position as Regional Network Coordinator in 2019, returning to her passion for supporting families.
Cari Rawling is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Family Support Institute. Cari is the mom of two boys, both with diverse abilities, and through them, she has navigated various school systems from public to online distance learning. Cari holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education and is deeply committed to strengthening families during their transition, from Early Learning to school. Currently, she works as a StrongStart Educator for School District #28 and the Family Support Institute.