Ava Parnass, a.k.a. “The Kid Whisperer,” is an author, songwriter and child therapist who specializes in marrying entertainment and social-emotional literacy for kids. Ms Parnass helps kids figure out how they feel through playing, talking, listening,reading, singing and dancing. Ms Parnass also encourages and educates parents on how to show empathy first for what kids are going through. She encourages the use of empathy to enhance kids mental health skills before educating, lecturing, teaching, reminding and punishing.
Listen to how your kids are feeling about their day and what happened to them. Provide empathy ( i.e)” thats exciting” or “I’m sorry that happened” )NO advice or lecturing during the talks..Problem solving and educating can come later, empathy first. Empathy for hard feelings, leads to increased ability to problem solve and increased mental health, which also leads to healthy eating.
Her multi-media materials, books and songs encourage parents and kids to read and sing along, in the process learn how a babies and child’s behavior is a Foreign Language that can be Translated into Words, Feelings and New Skills . The books and songs really help kids and parents put a finger on what is bugging them by becoming a Feelings and Behavior Detective using techniques of Time-In not Time-Out Parenting.
Ms. Parnass also has a sub-specialty in the connection between emotional issues and childhood obesity. Ms Parnass can help your family learn the difference bet Hungry Feelings vs Hungry Tummy, because Healthy Feelings = Healthy Eating = Healthy Behavior. Parents use her materials to discover and practice techniques of “Prevention, Not Intervention!
If parents devote even 5 minutes a day to their children’s emotional health using these techniques and Research-Based Parenting, the result will be positive changes in behavior and attitude.
Ms. Parnass imagines a world where young children grow up to become healthy, happy teens and adults — a world where fewer develop challenging problems. She combines her lifelong passion for the psychological and spiritual aspects of life with the healing force of music. Her mission is to change the world one family at a time by raising awareness of the psychological factors that contribute to numerous childhood issues including obesity. Knowledge is power, and without knowledge of how feelings contribute to behavior, behavior can’t change.
In her children’s book, “My Feelings Are Hungry,” the superhero, Mushy the Magic Book, flies with kids in the E-mobile to Feeling Town to help solve problems. Did you even know that feelings could get hungry? My Feelings are Hungry is the first book to ever address some of the key emotional issues that make kids want to eat more and also misbehave . My Feelings are Hungry is likely to become one of the single-most important books available to fight against childhood obesity in understanding that underneath all behavior are un-resolved feelings!
Ms Parnass understands what kids need. One of their primary needs is love and the need to be listened to – really listened to. It seems like listening is something that should come naturally to all of us, yet with the frenetic pace of today’s world and multiple demands on our time, we may not listen to our children in ways that are meaningful to them. Amazon
In Addition the book Behavior Detective Investigatess: Hungry Feelings not Hungry Tummy, parents and teachers will understand how to translate and transform a child’s behaviors into new feelings, new words and new actions. Using the conversation starters, activities, feelings maps and many techniques in the book to investigate behavior, will help families turn self soothing with food into talking about feelings.Books on Amazon
Ms. Parnass also co-wrote “Listen to Me, Please! Time-In, Not Time-Out,” co-written with Dr. Ron Taffel and featuring new techniques conversation starters that use pictures and words to help parents and children learn without time-out. This book is a game changer! The book is part parenting field guide and part interactive story book. It’s a book both parents and children will want to return to again and again. Using this book with children helps connect with them on a deeper level and also watch misbehavior disappear! It’s pure relationship magic!
Ms. Parnass earned her Masters Degree at Columbia University. Prior to launching her writing career and private practice, she worked at New York Hospital-Cornell in the child psychiatry department as a Family Therapy Supervisor.
Currently, she is creating an Children’s Television show. FeelingTown:Time-In Parenting Where Kids Talk it Out! Why and How to Teach Emotional Intelligence to prevent and improve misbehavior including changing overeating in kids. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBuRjWAfQvU
Ms. Parnass also writes pop and rock songs for adults. She has collaborated on various projects since 1998 with some of New York’s most prominent hit-writers, performers and award-winners. She co-wrote the song “You are Water” with Alex Forbes and Eve Nelson, performed by multi-platinum New Zealand artist Hayley Westenra (Universal). The album reached #3 on the Billboard chart in the U.S.
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1. Speaker Expert Child Psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience
Topics Include but not limited to
How to become a behavior detective using Time-In Parenting
Steps Parents can Take to help their overweight kids
Steps Parents can Take to prevent future problems in kids (Emotional Intelligence
Steps Parents can Take to change their childs misbehaving
Steps Parents can Take to build self esteem in kids
Steps Parents can Take to teach Emotional Intelligence to babies start off on right track
Steps Parents can take to Revolutionize Parenting Switch to Time-In not Time-Out
by Teaching Social Emotional & Sensory Parenting.
Steps Parents can take to decrease tantrums.
Ms. Parnass co-wrote the lyrics for the album “Languishing in Turbulence” with artist Lorraine Ferro, winner of a Dove Award for her song,“Adoni.” Other collaborators include Jeff Franzel, J.J. Appleton, David Wolfert, Kiko Delorenzo, Ann Klein, Wes Hutchinson, Jonathan Spottiswoode, Teddy Kumpel, illustrator Al Margolis and author Dr. Ron Taffel.
To discover more about music and books by Ms. Parnass, please visit http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aava%20parnass&page=1 AvaParnass/books/songs/Amazon
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