What People are Saying...
“Kathy and FocusedKids has been a true asset to myself as a teacher and the children in my classroom! The calming and mindfulness training she offers is tailored to be accessible to very young children but is a benefit to all people of all ages. In our world that is constantly changing and so fast paced, it is refreshing to be reminded, and to teach very young children skills they can practice for a lifetime."
- Maureen Love, M.Ed., Desert Sun Academy, Developmental Preschool Teacher
“I am so grateful for the lessons on self-regulation and calming strategies that Kathy has given my preschool students. She has helped me to incorporate the strategies using puppets and many hands on visuals into my daily teaching. The materials and lessons she has shared will be something I continue to use throughout my teaching career! You are one in a million Kathy!"
- Jill McGovern-Loveall, M.Ed, Desert Sun Academy, Developmental Preschool Teacher
“Ms. Kathy has an amazing way of connecting with students and they have loved the mindfulness tools and practices that we have started using in our classroom as a result of her trainings! She has shared wonderful and practical ideas with us about how to reach children of all ages and ability levels.”
- Hayley Harris, M.Ed, Desert Sun Academy, Developmental Preschool Teacher
“We really love Focused Kids. It has really made a positive difference in our classes. We have some high-energy children and it has really calmed down our class. Our children have learned to self-sooth by breathing when they have big feelings, they are able control their bodies, and they have learned all the parts of the brain and what they do. It has helped all of us in the classroom.”
- Brandi & Miriam – Desert Willow Elementary School-ECS, Preschool Team
“I have found FocusedKids to be very, very worthwhile! I think every school should implement this program. It is an opportunity to learn skills, which will enrich and improve students and their family’s lives. The wonder of Kathy and her magical puppet Monkey had a child with developmental delays completely engaged in the lesson. He was waving to Kathy, her puppet Monkey and attempting to talk. This was a first for our little guy. As a special education teacher, I was brought to tears.”
- Heather Bicknell M.S.Ed, Desert Sun Academy, Developmental Preschool Teacher
“Kathy Hegberg is a wonderful Mindfulness teacher both for students and teachers. She inspires me every time I see her to practice my mindful skills and continue to teach my students.”
- Kathy Grandprey, Horseshoe Trails Elementary School-ECS, Preschool Teacher
“My preschool students have been learning about how they are in charge of three important areas of their brains - Wise Owl for learning, Ms. Elephante for remembering, and Guard Dog for keeping us safe as well as acting out when we are tired or overstimulated. After learning about the jobs that these brain parts do, one of my students came to me one day and said: “My Guard Dog is feeling a little crazy and my Ms. Elephante is making me remember that I can calm down if I use the glitter jar and take deep breaths. Can I please use the glitter jar and take deep breaths to help him calm down?”
- Kelli Siegel, Desert Sun Academy-ECS, Preschool Teacher
"The children love when Ms. Hegberg comes to visit our room. Most recently, she introduced "brain button" to them. After a few days, the children on their own would tell other children who were being too silly "BRAIN BUTTON!" and the other child would stop and focus! I love when the children take over and recognize that a friend might need some help to become calm again. The children are getting the tools to help themselves and others to regulate emotions and behaviors."
- Kelly Hendrie, Lone Mountain Elementary School-ECS, Preschool Teacher