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Evening Talk: Language of Learning by Rick Smith

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Island Christian Academy, 70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

Research shows that the specific language adults use can have a large impact on children’s ability to deal with a setback, which is particularly important when the issue of school work arises. The use of criticism, for example, is not really the great motivator it seems to be. Research shows that kids who endure large amounts of criticism are much more likely to be anxious and depressed and have lower self-efficacy beliefs (i.e., self-confidence in their abilities), which undermines their potential for success. Eventually, some children will not even try achieving their goals because the possibility of failure is unacceptable. On the other hand, ‘growth’ language and compassionate language can have the opposite outcomes, such as: increased confidence, better coping, and stronger bonds with parents and teachers.

This interactive workshop will cover some simple, yet highly effective, communication skills we can use to foster more positive attitudes towards schoolwork, reduce frustration, and increase motivation. 

This workshop will cover tools to help: 

  • Foster solution-based thinking
  • Improve communication skills with a child
  • Increase a child's motivation
This workshop is best suited to address the needs of children ages 11-18, but relevant for younger ages as well.

Rick Smith has over 15 years of experience teaching students that are underachieving. He has worked in schools in The USA, Russia and Hong Kong. His academic training includes a B.Ed, M.Ed.,(USA) and an Ed.D. (UK), where the focus of his research was stress management and self-compassion for teachers. He has also holds multiple IB teaching certificates and has trained with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He is a board member of the Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong and currently teaches students 1-1 as a part of Southside Health’s Child Development team. 

This event is open to all parents and caregivers, waiting and prospective parents, adult adoptees, professionals and students.

  • 170HKD for AFHK members; 
  • 270HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your AFHK membership and attend this event for the member's rate of 170HKD).

Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.

Please arrive to check-in at 6:45pm. Meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

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