News Release

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or

Free Workshop for Professionals, Parents Presented by CHKD and Kohl's

October 25: Behavior and Discipline in Children with Special Needs

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Two workshops dealing with challenging behaviors and discipline in children with special needs -- one for professionals, one for parents – will be presented by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores on October 25 at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center, 1st floor conference, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, Newport News.

The professional’s workshop, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., is entitled “Managing Challenging Behavior in Children with Special Needs” and will explore the core foundations and causes of challenging behaviors for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Participants will learn how to determine if a child’s behavior is due to a disability, a medical diagnosis, developmental stages, personality, environment or “child manipulation.”

The parent’s workshop, 7-9 p.m., is entitled “Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs” and will address the realities of parenting a child with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs, the impact on the family unit, strategies for responding effectively to different behaviors and how to effectively support a child’s ability to cope.

Featured presenters are:

  • Senta V. Greene, founder and CEO of Full Circle, a professional consulting agency. She is a national speaker in the areas of early child care and education, special education and child life. Greene also teaches courses in child and adolescent development, special education and human development at California State University and Pacific Oaks College.
  • Stephanie Hopkinson, lead consultant for Full Circle and a child life specialist, trainer and lecturer. She is a senior adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, where she teaches courses on bicultural identity development as well as communication and the life cycle. Hopkinson also is involved in the California Family Partnership Initiative.

The workshops are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit, where information about future workshops also is available.

The workshops are part of a series of lectures to help parents and professionals build stronger relationships with their children. The series is made possible by a $56,557 grant from Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids campaign.