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Fidgety Fairy Tales Provides Venue to Talk about Children’s Mental Health

OCTOBER 10, 2018 -- A recent event at Shakopee High School left an impactful message for the families in attendance. Fidgety Fairy Tales, a children’s musical theater performance, highlighted and brought awareness to children’s mental health. The message took center stage on September 18.

 

The characters in the performance gave insight into the strengths and struggles of several behaviors in children including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dishonesty and meltdowns. Music and animation aided in telling the story of the intense emotions and situations that tend to accommodate these behaviors.

 

A question and answer session that followed, with children and adults, helped each side understand one another. “Fidgety Fairy Tales provided reassurance for families that although someone can be impacted by mental health needs, it does not define them,” said Kristi Ward, Principal of Central Family Center and Equity Supervisor.  “There are so many ways to work with children and/or individuals who have these needs and create opportunities for them to feel successful and a positive part of their community, school and family.”

 

The event was hosted by the CAP Agency, Parents Helping Parents and Shakopee Public Schools, thanks to grants provided by Allina and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.