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"Hi Elizabeth, great to connect! I didn't realize that Sunday was Father's Day, so I've changed the June one to June 23. Hope you can make it! Sarah"
Jun 10, 2019
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"Hi Sarah, Thank you for the friend request.  I noticed you are leading a meditation for parents Sunday mornings.  I would like to join your group on the 16th.  Looking forward to it!"
May 30, 2019
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May 30, 2019
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Monthly Meditation Sitting Group for Parents at Ottawa River Psychology Group

June 16, 2019 from 9:15am to 10:30pm
We offer monthly Sunday morning meditations for parents, led by an experienced mindfulness group leader and meditator. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. If you are interested in developing and nurturing mindfulness and/or buddhist principles in order to support your important and hard work as a parent, please join us!The format will include a guided meditation, a talk on a topic related to mindfulness and/or buddhism and parenting and a discussion over tea. If you can, please…See More
May 30, 2019

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What is your personal relationship to or connection with mindfulness?
Over the past 20 years, I practiced various meditation techniques and yoga practices but was first introduced to formal mindfulness practices in 2015. Over the past year, my focus has been on creating a pilot project that studies the impact of a mindfulness-based parenting course designed to support parents of children with special needs. I am grateful for what I have learned on this journey as this new approach to life has helped me handle the unique needs of my two children with autism. Now I hope to help others mindfully approach their own and their child's individual needs.
What is your professional work? As this is a mindfulness-based professional's network we require each member to disclose his or her profession (i.e. teacher, psychotherapist, MD, lawyer, etc.)
I am the founder of Therapeutic Innovations International, LLC and after 15 years of providing occupational therapy services to children around the world, I decided to return to school to pursue my doctorate in occupational therapy at Chatham University. My capstone project will be implemented in September 2018 and will investigate the effectiveness of a 6-week mindfulness-based parent educational training program in decreasing parental stress for parents of children with special needs. I moved to Ottawa in August of 2017 and am grateful for the opportunity to meet other professionals with similar passions.
Using mindfulness-based techniques in professional work
I feel incorporating mindfulness practices into parenting practices can significantly impact the family dynamics. I have two boys with high functioning autism, and I know how mindfulness practices and parenting classes have positively impacted our family. The focus of my services has shifted from direct child-based interventions to working with the parents. The intention is to empower parents with the tools to mindfully support their children with special needs while tending to their well-being.

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At 11:01am on June 10, 2019, Sarah Housser said…

Hi Elizabeth, great to connect! I didn't realize that Sunday was Father's Day, so I've changed the June one to June 23. Hope you can make it! Sarah


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