|Author Talk & Creative Writing workshops||Jenny's journey to becoming an author, and about her books. Writing activities can be included. |
Jenny can run creative writing workshops on a variety of topics related to her books:
1) Positive mental health (skateboarding (exercise), breathing, affirmations, visualisation as a pineapple, journaling) - based on Ride High Pineapple
2) Create your own dragon - based on Brockwell the Brave
|To be or not to be a 'Wonder'. Life with a facial difference||If your class has read the book 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio, then this is the perfect talk for your students.|
Jenny speaks about Auggie and how his life compares to her own childhood experience growing up with a craniofacial syndrome. She briefly talks about her two children who also have her syndrome and some of their experiences. Facial differences are explained, and Jenny shares significant stories from her childhood. The other characters from Wonder are also discussed.
Jenny relates her life to the students who feel different, and gives them strategies to cope and rise to become the greatest version of themselves they can be. If time permits Jenny also gives strategies for what to do when a student meets someone who is different.
This talk is suitable for primary or secondary, and is curriculum related.
Included with this presentation is a copy of Jenny's YA novel, Ride High Pineapple.
***Jenny also does a general facial difference talk where she speaks about being different and society's negative labels. Jenny offers strategies for how to be happy with your uniqueness, so you can rise above bullying and prejudices to find inner strength, focus and determination for inner growth and success.
|'Oh she's so amazing!' The quest for an ordinary inclusive life for a child with a disability||Jenny's journey with her 12-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Her initial reaction to the news, the early years and fears, then the purposeful vision and decisions made to help her daughter achieve an ordinary life. Jenny gives practical tips and strategies for parents and grandparents who have a child with special needs. |
|Be Weirdly Wonderful! Mindsets
to embrace your difference
|Jenny's life has been riddled with struggles- growing up with a facial
difference, constant bullying at school, a domestic violence marriage,
being suicidal, bouts of depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder,
children with disabilities and high medical needs, trying to be a
supermum... Over time she have learnt particular strategies and
mindsets which have helped her to cope. In this presentation Jenny gives
five strategies to help the student or adult embrace their difference
and be the best version of themselves they can be. |
| || Christian Talks|
|Who are you? Society's versus God's labels ||
From the moment we are born society pins labels on us - the first one
is normally girl or boy. Over time more labels are added - some
positive, others negative. What we believe and how we internalise these
labels affects our self-esteem and our self-direction. The effects of
social media and Hollywood on labels and our perceptions of beauty don't
help. This is a discussion of the world's labels that we have pinned on us, versus the labels that God from the bible for us. This talk includes an activity where we destroy society's labels and let God begin to heal us. This talk is great for a Ladies Night function. |
|My Testimony||Hear about Jenny's Christian journey and her proof that God never promised us an easy life. Her lesson she learnt through her life of struggles is that no matter what happens to us, God never leaves us, and is looking after us, even if we cannot see it at the time. And over time God will use our experiences to help other people and fulfil our destiny; and ultimately to bring glory to Him. |