Here's a list of our workshops

We present at schools, pediatric offices, businesses, webinars and privately.  We can create a personalized workshop to meet the needs of your group.  For more information call us at 516.229.1744.

Effective Parenting through Meltdowns and Tantrums

Meltdowns and tantrums can be challenging for both parents and children.  This workshop, featured in NEWSDAY, will give you strategies to help you and your child work through behavioral challenges calmly and effectively.


Come and learn:

  • The difference between a meltdown and a tantrum and the specific strategies to support each one
  • Understanding the importance of knowing your child's triggers as well as your own
  • Strategies to let children know what we want or expect
  • The importance of knowing what we are focusing on and how that can impact your family's life


Parent Anger Management, Become the Calmer Parent you Want to Be

Tired of always yelling and having non-stop power struggles with your kids?  Do you feel frustrated and overwhelmed with the day-to-day behaviors in your household? This workshop helps to strengthen the bonds between you and your children and gives you the insight to supporting challenges effectively, and calmly. 


Come and learn:

  • The importance of connecting with your emotions
  • How to recognize, respond to and validate what you and your children are feeling
  • Learn to set limits and find solutions with your child
  • Walk out with a 5 step method that builds emotional intelligence and creates positive, long lasting effects for everyone


The Calm and Connected Educator

Tired of having behavioral challenges interfere with your teaching?  Do you feel frustrated and overwhelmed with the day-to-day behaviors in your classroom? Do you wish you could connect with and reach those students that need you the most?  This workshop gives you the insights and strategies you need to support challenges effectively, and calmly.


Come and learn:

  • The difference between a behavioral challenge and a child struggling with expressing their emotions
  • Effective communication and listening strategies
  • Learn to set limits and find solutions with your students
  • How to teach students to manage their own behaviors
  • Walk out with a 5-step method that builds emotional intelligence and creates positive, long lasting effects for your students.

This workshop will have many hands on activities and lessons. Come prepared with a notebook and ready walk out with a wealth of information.  Come ready to bring back satisfaction and enjoyment in teaching.



Supporting the Anxious Student:

Are you noticing more and more students suffering from anxiety?  Do you feel overwhelmed and not sure how help that child? Anxiety can affect student’s ability to learn. There are a number of ways teachers can make the school day easier and less stressful for a child with anxiety. 


In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to distinguish between the behaviors vs. anxiety
  • How to create a safe environment when anxiety symptoms are high
  • Systems and techniques to diffuse anxiety with students
  • How to create structured routines that alleviate stressful situations with students.
  • How to communicate effectively with the anxious student to create a better relationship




Turn your Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater

Learn strategies to help your picky eater start loving a variety of healthy foods. In this workshop we will discuss how to have meals with less tears and frustration.


Come and learn

  • The difference between picky eating and feeding difficulties
  • Top reasons why children don’t eat
  • Appropriate Portion sizes
  • Foods that may potentially increase your child’s picky eating
  • Top strategies to support picky eaters 


Successful Potty Training

 Look forwad to potty training your child.  It is a new chapter for both of you.  Learn how to have it be fun and successful. 

  • Learn top tips for success
  • Have it be stress free for parent and child
  • Foster positive self-image and self-esteem for your child
  • Learn tips for potty training any child 


Food, Mood & Behavior

Understanding Food Choices and its Effects on Moods and Behaviors in our Children

Feeding our families can be a challenging task especially when trying to decide what’s healthy and what’s not.  


Come learn:

  •  Learn the worst ingredients and how to avoid them
  • Foods effects on your family’s mood and health as a whole
  • Learn the way diet affects how you feel
  • Understand how certain foods can trigger behaviors and how dietary choices can make a difference


Keeping your Food Allergy Child Safe through the Holidays

For families who have children with food allergies, the holiday season can be the most stressful 


Special Needs Diagnosis, Now What? Addressing steps to take from receiving special needs diagnosis to getting services for your child and where to go next.   


Middle School, Attitude, Drama… Oh my! 

Learn how to develop respect, responsibility and communication with your middle schooler.




77 Jericho Turnpike

Mineola, NY

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“High Functioning Family has proven to be a wonderful resource for families and our school!  Margarita Daskalakis and Juarline Stavrinos are easy to speak to and very personable.  They are extremely informative and well versed in Early Childhood.  High Functioning family hosted workshops at the Growing Tree that provided strategies and tips for everyday frustrating situations that occur with our children.  Parents were able to open up and share their own stories.  It was an enriching learning experience!”

Dawn Friedman, Managing Director Growing Tree

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Helping families and educators gain the awareness and tools needed to create calm and peace in their homes and classrooms.