September/October 2017

Managing Caregiver Stress

Swindells Resource Center is pleased to partner with Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) to offer this free workshop.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program that teaches tools to take care of yourself while caring for your child or grandchild with special health or behavioral needs.

This workshop will focus on skills to help you to:

  • Recognize personal signs and symptoms of stress
  • Learn steps to manage your stress
  • Identify stress reducers and practice relaxation tools
  • Make an action plan
  • Learn about the PTC program and 6-week class series being offered this fall

Leslie Congleton has been a professional in the field of aging/caregiving since 1985. Currently, she is the Program Director of the National Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) Office here in Portland. Sandy Madsen is a nurse with experience in both acute hospital care as well as community health nursing. She is currently the Healthy Aging & Faith Community Nursing Program Coordinator at Tuality Healthcare.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 9-11 a.m. at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (Stanley Family Rm. 21-23)

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Facetime: Parenting & Technology - Portland

Life, Family, & Parenting in an age of Digital Attachments

Technology touches every family today! Please join the Swindells Resource Center, Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center, and Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Psy.D., at a free presentation and discussion about how technology shapes our brains and lives.

The presentation will explore:

  • Spending time online and its impacts on youths’ brains, relationships, and sense of self.
  • Individualized alternatives to screen time.
  • Benefits of current technology in the context of your family’s overall health.
  • Helpful assistive technologies for youth with special healthcare needs.

Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Psy.D., is a psychologist from Portland, Oregon with 23 years of experience working with individuals and groups. In addition to private practice, she teaches about the new digital landscape through her national speaking docket, magazine and journal articles, and books. Her unique, fast-paced speaking style, reminiscent of Ted talks, incorporates audio, visual, and other exciting technological pieces.

Friday, Sep 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-Noon at Providence Portland Medical Center, free of cost thanks to Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center and the Providence Foundations.

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Sensory PDX:

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

Please join Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L, at this free presentation on Sensory Processing Disorder. Sharron will assist parents, professionals, and caregivers in understanding:

  • Sensory processing and difficulties that may be attributable to sensory processing disorders
  • The essential ingredients of an effective sensory diet
  • The impact of sensory processing on attention, learning, behaviors, and social interaction
  • Take-away tools that can help a child get “in sync” in the classroom, home, or clinic

Sharron is the co-founder and owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies. She has been an occupational therapist working in pediatrics for 20 years. Sharron has trained extensively in sensory processing disorders and is an internationally recognized speaker on the Therapeutic Listening Program. She holds a graduate certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 7-9 p.m. at Providence Portland Medical Center Cancer Center Amphitheater

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Developing our Children’s Skills

For Families of Children with Challenging Behaviors

Join us for this six-week parenting class for families and caregivers of children with special needs.

Instructor Stephanie Montgomery has thirteen years of experience working with families with children who experience special health needs, is Tier 2 trained in Collaborative Problem Solving and is trained in HOT DOCS*, a program developed by the University Of Southern Florida’s Department of Pediatrics to help parents address difficult behaviors inde children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders. The program provides parenting strategies in a highly interactive group setting.

Class topics include:

  • Early childhood development
  • Routines, rituals and development
  • Eevelopment and behavior
  • Prevention tools for challenging behaviors
  • New parenting skills and stress reduction techniques

Mountainview Christian Church will provide childcare. Please contact 503-492-1200 to reserve a space.

Classes occur every Wednesday, from Sept. 20-Oct. 25 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mountainview Christian Church 1890 NE Cleveland Ave., Gresham, OR 97030


Registration class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Register by phone at 503-215-2429 or toll free; 1-800-833-8899 ext 52429.