Deborah regularly presents to parents, child care providers, educators, and mental health care professionals based on the relational and development approach of Gordon Neufeld.

The aim of all presentations is to help adults make sense of kids, especially when dealing with emotional, behavioural and/or learning issues. From common parenting topics to complex mental health issues, the goal is to understand a child or adolescent from the inside out.

Presentations focus on getting to the root of the issues as well as strategies for making headway with adults in the lead.  They are based on developmental science and integrate research as well as best practice from attachment science, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cultural tradition.

To book a presentation please send a request through the contact page.

For a list of Deborah’s speaking engagements please see Events


For a complete list of presentations and descriptions please see Presentation PDF. 

  • Popular topics include:
  • Relationship matters
  • Anxiety
  • Teachability and learning
  • Technology, the digital world and kids
  • Resiliency and resourcefulness
  • Emotional development and well-being
  • Self esteem
  • Setting kids up for learning success
  • Who’s in charge – why adults need to lead
  • Frustration and aggression
  • Resistance and opposition
  • Play!
  • Discipline
  • Caring kids and empathy
  • Adolescence
  • Nourish – food and relationship
  • Gut feelings – the body/heart connection
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