Kerry Orchard, Children's Author
I am an author with an extensive background in Behaviour Support with my local school board.
I have created The Adventure in Behaviour series for teachers to open discussions around mental health in the classroom — anxiety, self-regulation, anger/frustration, sensory challenges. I would love the opportunity to work directly with students on self-regulation and the brain body connection using the series in a literacy workshop.
It has long been my dream to start a small press that focuses primarily on books for children struggling with behavioural/complex needs issues as well as a website: www.solvingbehaviour.com dedicated to solving behaviour in the classroom. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and working with children dealing with behavioural issues for over a decade. It seemed appropriate to combine my two passions: children and writing. I would love the opportunity to work directly with students through the books and support teachers in the work they do everyday.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book series:
I want readers to know that they are not alone in their struggles. I want to offer them strategies in a way that is fun and engaging and opens the door to discussions that will help them be successful in the classroom and life.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book series:
I have been working for my local school board in behaviour and crises support for over a decade. I have extensive experience with children struggling with all forms of behaviour. I have an educational background in behaviour and educational support.
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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
It would be an opportunity to read the books and have open discussions with children about mental health and behaviour challenges in the classroom —teaching about regulation and brain body connection through literacy. Students would then choose to work in groups, pairs or alone creating a story through their own choice of medium (written, recorded, performed, art) depicting an event or problem, the emotions involved, strategies they used and how they solved the problem.
Less than 5 appearances
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Willing to travel
Education/College Preparation/Special Education