Deb Hopper

DEB HOPPER

Australia

Sensory Processing | Autism


 

 

My name is Deb Hopper and I’m the founder and driving force behind Life Skills 4 Kids. As an Occupational Therapist practicing in Forster on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW, I am truly passionate about helping children overcome sensory and emotional issues, and empowering their families to deal with the stresses of their day-to-day lives. As an OT working with children and young adults, I help with a variety of issues, including sensory processing, learning difficulties (concentration, reading/spelling, copying from the board, listening and understanding), behavioural, self-confidence, social skills, balance and co-ordination, self-care tasks including brushing teeth or getting organised for school, fussy eaters, auditory processing disorder and anxiety.

I’m passionate about empowering people to understand the impact of sensory processing difficulties such as being over-sensitive to noise, movement, or other senses, or seeking out movement.

As the mother of two energetic boys, one of whom struggles with learning difficulties and sensory processing issues, I totally get the challenges faced by families who find themselves in similar situations. And I have developed some great processes and strategies that can help you to make sense of your child’s behaviour, and understand why things can suddenly go from peace to panic.

Presentations

Sensory friendly classrooms

Research is clearly showing that well designed primary schools and classroom environments boost children’s learning ability (Clever Classrooms Project 2015). By modifying and fine tuning the environment, we are basically changing the sensory environment for students. Factors such as visual glare, the effect of florescent lights, impact of posters on classroom walls, noise level, seating organisation, seating options, tactile options, transitions and playground equipment are just some of the sensory and environmental players in schools.

Understanding the core concepts of sensory processing, how to identify sensory reactions or sensory driven behaviours in classrooms and schools is critical in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who also struggle significantly with sensory processing difficulties daily. Learn more here


20 Day Classroom Detox


Does your classroom effectiveness suffer because of disruptive behaviour patterns?
Do your students have trouble focusing?
Would you like to better understand why they are struggling to engage?
When students are struggling to concentrate, relax or cope with emotional or environmental stress, their behaviour affects the whole classroom.

The real reasons for their restlessness may not be immediately obvious to you, their teacher.

What is the 20-Day Classroom Detox Program?

At Life Skills 4 Kids, we’re passionate about relieving classroom stress and helping you to create an improved and optimal learning environment.

So, we’ve put together a program of practical, easy-to-understand strategies we know can help improve the outcomes for all your students.

This 4-week online program for primary school teachers has been professionally designed to deliver fresh ideas to your inbox each weekday. Plus, we provide a workbook to guide you through the process of detoxing your classroom.


Does your classroom effectiveness suffer
because of disruptive behaviour patterns?
Do your students have trouble focusing?
Would you like to better understand why they are struggling to engage?
When students are struggling to concentrate, relax or cope with emotional or environmental stress, their behaviour affects the whole classroom.

 

 

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