Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Two new jobs.

My house is totally organized and clean. I'm caught up on work at both of my assigned schools. I read to my children several times a day, volunteer in the community, go visiting teaching on the first day of the month, work out twice a day, but still have lots of extra time and energy.
YEAH, right!
Even though none of the aforementioned is true, I have taken on two new jobs:
1. Psychological testing for Washington School Online.
My sis-in-law worked as a school psychologist for Washington County a few years ago and was contacted by a former colleague and asked to do some Special Education testing for home-schooled students who subscribe to their online services. This is a new program and they are already behind so she recruited me to help out. We've only worked with three students so far but it's been kind of fun.
2. Tough Kid Parenting Class for Davis School District.
The same sister-in-law has been teaching a very popular parenting class with another school psychologist on staff in our school district. She is taking a break for the session starting in January and I'll be filling in. I'm really excited because it is a great course taught from a renowned book with solid principles that are research-based and effective. I'm hoping it will give me some much-needed motivation to practice what I preach...My poor lab rat kiddos!

So, thank you or curse you, Andrea for the added opportunities. I hope you're not expecting a percentage of each my fatter pay checks!


Amy and Brad said...

I think you need to offer the Tough Kid Parenting Class online, too. That sounds like one I'd benefit from for sure!

Andrea said...

If it weren't for you I would not be a school psychologist at all, so in all reality you probably deserve a percentage of my (very small) paycheck. I enjoy working with you at Davis, Washonline, and know you'll be a great TK teacher.

Atkin Family said...

Yayy, Rita -- that's awesome. I'd be interested in seeing your curriculum outline -- there are lots of parents in the Bountiful area I would send your way. I spend about 1/2 of my time as a psychologist providing psychoeducation about parenting strategies for kids with behavior problems (mostly PCIT based strategies) --- although by meeting my children you'ld probably never guess I have any knowledge about how to create good behavior!! Bottom line - what I spend the most time reviewing with families --- be positive, try to ignore the negative ("active ignore" - kind of a different form of time-out - changed my life with Trey), make consequences quick and move on, make a plan for success and review/review/review with your child, be consistent, be willing to admit your mistakes to your child (sets a great example of accountabililty), lots of positive praise, lottttss of incentives for success (true behavior mod works best), and as many hugs/kisses as you can fit in even when they are teens -- really thats what I've found works in over ten years of working with difficult children.

You might have to ask your children to act up a little more so you can have lots of examples . . . or come be around my children!! Q