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Author helps parents deal with emotional literacy

Dr. Ann Corwin, the developer of an emotional literacy project for children called “Pocket Full of Feelings,” will appear in The Dalles Dec. 10 in a presentation open to the public.

The missing piece to the parenting puzzle is emotional literacy; the key element to mental health, academic achievement and overall well-being, Corwin said. This event will be an open forum where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and walk away with key parenting and emotional literacy tips.

The event will take place at Water’s Edge. Mid-Columbia Medical Center has donated meeting space for Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. On-site childcare is available for a nominal fee. To reserve a spot call 541-506-5786.

YOUTHTHINK has been partnering with Corwin for the past five years. Through this partnership, she has selected The Dalles as the first community to receive “Pocket Full of Feelings.” YOUTHTHINK leaders believe that by developing an awareness of the importance of emotional literacy, we can promote mental and emotional wellness. Corwin’s newest breakthrough created such positive responses from those locally who implemented the process that she wanted to return to The Dalles and offer more training and updates.

“Pocket Full of Feelings” is an emotional literacy project designed by Corwin and Karin Lombardo. Corwin and Lombardo have been partnering with parents to assist them in understanding that feelings drive the behavior they see in their children.

Realizing that behaviors are expressions of feelings, Corwin and Lombardo have developed a program to help parents learn specific ways to teach their children how to deal with the way they feel in order to transform their behavior in healthy ways.

For more information, contact youththink.net, Debby Jones, 541-506-2673 or email debbyj@

co.wasco.or.us

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