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About Michele Tryon, CCLS

About Michele  Tryon, CCLS Michele Tryon, CHKD community outreach coordinator and parent educator has worked with children and families for 30 years, providing services in the hospital, home, school and community setting. Michele is a Certified Child Life Specialist, a Certified Positive Discipline™ parent educator, a nationally recognized trainer/consultant for Nurturing Parenting Programs™ and co-author of The Nurturing Program for Parents and Their Children with Special Needs and Health Challenges©.
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    A small group of three female friends huddle in closely together as they pose for a portrait. Posted By: Michele Tryon, CCLS
    Thursday, May 9, 2024

    Focused on Hope, Inspired by Youth

    Read a recap of an event that focused on recognizing the important messages being spread by our youth, and the impactful actions they take on their own behalf. Read full post>>

    A mother having a serious talk with her daughter Posted By: Michele Tryon, CCLS
    Monday, April 15, 2024

    Talking to Kids about Violence

    It is our responsibility as parents and educators to help our children and students feel a sense of safety and security and to provide some reassurance as they explore their own fears or concerns. These tips may help guide the conversation. Read full post>>

    Pinwheels for Prevention child abuse awareness month. Posted By: Michele Tryon, CCLS
    Monday, April 1, 2024

    Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect: Foster HOPE

    Look for the pinwheel gardens at CHKD sites this April as they highlight the prevention of child abuse and neglect and foster a sense of HOPE for all children and families. Then, join us to celebrate Virginia’s statewide resilience initiative and learn about an evidence-based framework for promoting HOPE Read full post>>

    Mom and child at park taking a selfie. Posted By: Michele Tryon, CCLS
    Tuesday, January 9, 2024

    Parenting in the Digital World - Technoference

    With the prevalence of cellphones and other digital distractions at our fingertips, research has shown that “technoference” can negatively affect the quality of time we spend with others, including our children. What is technoference and how can we avoid it? Read full post>>

    Multi-Generation Family Celebrating Christmas At Home With Grandfather Serving Turkey Posted By: Michele Tryon, CCLS
    Monday, November 27, 2023

    Gratitude and Grief During the Holidays

    Talking about what we miss from holidays past doesn't ruin the holiday spirit. It teaches us and our children to have gratitude and to grieve well. Read full post>>

    Close up of mother holding daughters hands to offer comfort her. Posted By: Michele Tryon, CCLS
    Wednesday, October 18, 2023

    Global Events – Talking to Children and Teens

    Media reports, headlines, and conversations can be confusing and frightening for children. These tips may help guide the conversation when considering how to respond to a child’s questions and concerns related to distressing global events. Read full post>>