Human environmental sciences
Local educational opportunities
Have you ever wondered how you or your kids got to be that way? We all grow and change physically, emotionally, socially and in the way we think. Kids aren’t little adults, and if we understand that growing up process — human development — we can parent more effectively. Understanding how our kids grow and mature is a critical piece of Caring for Our Kids. As they continue to grow older we start having concerns about how our Tweens and Teens will make good choices regarding drugs and alcohol. We want them to be safe from bullying. There are many actions we can take in Building Strong Families.
Not only are our children growing older but so are we and our parents. Aging can bring up concerns about Managing Chronic Illnesses or Successful Aging. Perhaps we concerned about our Matter of Balance (preventing falls) for our parents or ourselves. However, that balance may be more concerned with the Challenges and Choices we have and make in our everyday life dealing with time constraints, care-giving, stress and health.
Sometimes our challenges in life can come unexpectedly. That job we loved has perhaps become more stressful and we are working on Stress Reduction and Avoiding Burnout. Perhaps our community or home has been impacted by a disaster or had a near miss. We can learn how to be Prepared for Disaster as a community, organization, business, family or individual. Additionally there are often many Critical Issues for Unexpected Helpers when our families, neighbors and friends face challenges such as tough economic times or family farm crises.
Finally a challenge may come in the form of Behavioral Health issue(s) for ourselves, a child, another family member, a co-worker or a friend. Gaining understanding about autism, substance abuse, bi-polar, depression, ADHD, developmental disabilities and other behavioral health issues can be a beginning to leading a more balanced life.
Classes and workshops on the subjects introduced above are offered regularly throughout the area. Contact the Marion County Extension Center for the most current information.
Marion County HES programs
Sherry Nelson, Human Development Specialist
Infant through older adult development, including physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Have you ever wondered how you and your kids got that way? We all grow and change physically, emotionally, socially and in the way we think. Kids aren't like adults, and if we understand how our kids grow and mature is a critical piece of Caring for Our Kids. As they continue to grow older we start having concerns how our Teens and Tweens will make good choices regarding drugs and sex. We want them to be safe from bullying.
Tweens and Teens – Underage drinking and other drug abuse; bullying.
Live Like Your Life Depends on It – or Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (6 sessions)
Arthritis or Fibromyalgia Self-Help (6 sessions)
Matter of Balance (Fall Prevention Program – 8 sessions)
Parenting: Caring For Our Kids – (4 sessions) 1) Unintentional injuries and abuse/neglect, 2) Guidance and discipline, 3) Communication and conflict, 4) Managing stress
Focus on Kids – (Divorce education)
Building Strong Families – Classes includes workshops on 13 different topics. Modules can be taught separately:
- Family Strengths
- Managing Stress
- Money Matters
- Consumer Beware
- Child Self-Care
- Go For It!
- Healthy Home
- Food and Fitness
- Positive Discipline
- Balancing Responsibilities
- Kids and Self-Esteem
Disaster Preparedness —Disaster Preparation for Early Childhood Educators, Disaster Preparedness for Faith-based Communities, Disaster Preparedness for Businesses, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and Disaster First Aid, and General Disaster Preparedness.
Behavioral Health — General education on behavioral health including bi-polar, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and related disorders, sleep disorders, personality disorders, autism, developmental disorders, i.e. special needs and/or disabilities. Critical Issues for the Unexpected Helper, a program for people who work with the public in stressful situations, as well as stress reduction and avoiding burnout.
Missouri-wide HES resources
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