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Children show us how to learn, and The Lab recognizes the power of co-learning with them. We therefore offer parents the opportunity to learn and play side-by-side with children in our daily programs, as well as in a monthly series of discussions and lectures, after school classes, Saturday workshops, and a weekly Parent Gathering to discuss the journey, challenges and joys or parenting.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 15
5 – 7:30 pm
(Contact for Location)

Gloria Williamson, RD
“Let’s Cook Together: The Seafood Edition”

Are you planning to increase your home cooked meals in 2017? Do you enjoy seafood but always prepare it the same way or avoid cooking it altogether?

Come cook with Gloria Williamson, RD, family nutritionist and personal chef. This intimate class for up to 8 people will be a cozy prep, cook and dine evening for adults and young chefs age 12 and up.

Cost of $75/person includes: nutrition discussion, sustainable buying tips, and seafood prep of 5 quick and easy dishes you can prepare at home. We will enjoy our dishes with wine and other beverages. Includes: halibut with veg in paper, shellfish, oyster shucking, broiled salmon, whole bass, and a tasty smoked trout spread. I will create sides to go along with it. Start your year off with healthy cooking!

Reserve your spot through The LAB today.
Payment will be taken online up to 24 prior.

Thursday, January 19
6:30 – 8 pm
@ The Lab

Ani Khatchadourian, PsyD
“Practical Techniques for Supporting Your Special Needs Child”

As a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs, take this special opportunity to learn practical ways to address your child’s behavioral issues, teach them ways to improve organization and study skills, increase the quality of your attachment relationship, and brush up on ways to make sure you take care of yourself too.

Ani Khatchadourian, PsyD is a clinical neuropsychologist licensed in the state of California (PSY 28265). Dr. Khatchadourian specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, language issues), medical conditions and treatments affecting the central nervous system (e.g., neural tumors, epilepsy, stroke, genetic disorders, late effects of cancer treatments,), traumatic brain injury/sports concussions, emotional and behavioral issues, and other conditions that may impact cognitive, academic, or social functioning. Her evaluations are focused on determining strengths and weaknesses for educational and treatment planning.

In addition to her work in neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Khatchadourian has a secondary specialization in cognitive training in executive functions, or “executive skills coaching.” Dr. Khatchadourian works with school aged, high school, and college-level students with executive functioning difficulties to help teach them skills related to organization, time management, planning, prioritizing, focusing, and study strategies to optimize their learning. Dr Khatchadourian combines her training and experiences in behavior management and cognitive rehabilitation, along with her knowledge of client-specific neurocognitive profiles, to provide individualized interventions that are generalizable to the student’s home, school, and interpersonal life.

Past Events

Natalie Blair-Henderson
“Finding Your Path: Homeschooling Methods and Choices”

Overwhelmed by the choices?! Not sure what Homeschooling approach is best suited to your kiddos? Join Lab Parent Natalie Blair-Henderson for a Discussion on how she selected her methods and why she Homeschooling the way she does? Natalie will summarize several Homeschooling methods and styles and go deeper into the Project-Based method that her family centers her daughter’s schooling around.



Darby Saxbe – Ph.D
“Stress In The Family”

We all know that stress is bad — but what IS stress, how does it function chemically in the brain, and physically in our bodies? How does stress affect the family dynamic? And what do parents need to know to manage their own stress, and support children in managing theirs?

USC psychology professor Darby Saxbe introduces current research on the science of stress, and leads a discussion on how to keep your own family’s stress at bay.

ruth_galapicRuth Beaglehole
“Connecting with Growing Children while Honoring their Independence”

Ruth Beaglehole addresses the question of separation as it pertains to an on-going process that parents re-visit many times and in many forms through their child’s life and their own life as a parent. As children enter elementary and middle school age, their need for independence may assert itself more strongly. As parents, we may struggle with our desire for them to grow into self assured and autonomous individuals and our need to maintain our connection to them. Ruth will help to develop tools to achieve this balance at a time that can be a challenge for both child and parent.


Katherine Abbey
“Sensory Processing and How It Affects Your Child’s Behavior. . . and Your Own!”

Occupational therapist Katherine Abbey talks about sensory processing and how it affects your child’s (and your own!) behavior. She will touch on how your child’s body and brain process sensory information, and some examples of different ways your child may be experiencing the world. She will discuss tools and activities that parents can use to support their child’s sensory processing, as well as tools they can use themselves. After all, your regulation plays a key role in your child’s well being. She will also provide recommendations for local resources to support your child’s sensory processing needs.

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