Last night we hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary, The Kids We Lose. The smell of popcorn met you as you signed in and entered the screening room, which was set for 180 people. On each chair was a little goodie bag containing tissues, lollies and various brochures from our sponsors.
At six o’ clock promptly, Cindy Donald from Tildon Training Pty Ltd, our host for the evening, introduced the film and the reasons for the importance of the message of the film. She also did a show of hands to see how many parents and educators were in the room, and it was heartening to see it was an almost fifty-fifty split!
After the film was screened it was followed by a guided panel discussion. Our panel consisted of Paula Burgess, an ADHD coach and author from Beyond the Maze; Allison Haynes, an educational psychologist from Left of Centre Therapies; Jack Morrissy, a pre-service teacher with ADHD and ASD and Kate Donald, a young adult with ADHD.
The overall consensus from the panel was that we need to do more at a school level however everyone understands the constrictions educators have. More educator training and resources would help however educators also need the non-contact time to implement strategies. It was also noted that students studying to be educators were not exposed to enough training with only two mandatory subjects and the rest being electives. We spoke about how parents and educators need to work together and we need to remove egos and assumptions from these conversations.
We were delighted when a parole officer in the audience shared her views on this subject as she is seeing firsthand how a lack of education has contributed to incarceration. Her feeling was that because they may have struggled at school, either behaviourally or educationally, they saw themselves as “dumb” or “naughty” and were afraid to learn.
The evening was a huge success and I hope we manage to keep the momentum going as the bottom line is we all want the best for children and we know the rates of ADHD and ASD are only increasing. Let’s all try to do our part in educating those around us because children who a displaying challenging behaviours are trying to communicate to us, not alienate us!
As this event was free for attendees we would like to thank our kind sponsors:
Venue: The North Lakes Hotel and Boardwalk Restaurant
Film licence: RVC ICT Consulting Pty Ltd
Lucky Draw Hamper: Dan Murphy’s North Lakes; Beyond The Maze; Zen-Chi Natural Therapies; Tildon Training Pty Ltd