Connecting for Kids educates and supports families with questions or concerns about their child.
Developmental Milestones - How To Know If Your Child Is Behind and What To Do About It
Did you know recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 4 young children can be at risk for developmental, behavioral or social delays? Are you concerned that your child's development may be behind? Join Morgan O'Leary, an outreach specialist from Help Me Grow at Bright Beginnings, as she provides information about developmental milestones for those birth through 3 years. She will also give parents and caregivers ideas of how to work with a child to help reach these milestones.
Assessing and Reacting to Problems
Problems come in all different shapes and sizes and can range from a small “glitch” to a huge catastrophe! As social thinkers, it is not only important to rate our problems but also to match our reaction to them in a socially appropriate way. Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, of Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC., will teach you skills to assist your child in determining how big or little a problem is and then know what strategies will work to help deal with that problem. This program is for parents and caregivers of children ages 7-12.
Stop Accommodating and Start Addressing Your Child’s Anxiety
Does your child struggle with anxiety? Have you found yourself accommodating anxious behavior? Maybe you are not inviting friends over if your child has social anxiety or repeatedly answering the calls of a child with separation anxiety. In some cases, this can only perpetuate the symptoms of anxiety. Join Beth Mishkind Roth, MSSA, LISW-S of Cleveland Integrative Counseling, to learn how altering your response can help de-escalate your child’s behavior and help them gain confidence in their ability to cope. Beth will introduce SPACE (Supportive Parenting Through Anxious Childhood Emotions), a program which parents and caregivers learn that by changing their own behavior, they can avoid much of the escalation that stems from trying to force their child to act differently.
How to Communicate Effectively with the School
What are some ways you can improve communication with your child’s school? How can you more effectively ask for support? Join Karla Fitch, MTSC, of Connecting for Kids as she teaches families how to create and use a communications binder. Karla will walk attendees through the documents a family should have readily available and discuss the importance of each. She will also demonstrate ways to use the binder throughout the year to communicate your child’s needs.
Manejo de Crisis en los Niños
Ven y escucha a Citlali Conley, COTA/L, de Abilities First, LLC, quien nos compartirá maneras para disminuir la frecuencia y la intensidad de las crisis en niños pequeños y preescolares. Aprende ideas para saber cómo preparar a tu hijo(a) y el medio ambiente para evitar las rabietas o crisis. Conley también te enseñará cómo ayudar a tu hijo(a) para que él o ella misma pueda reconocer las señales cuando se está abrumando, e iniciar actividades de auto-calma apropiadas para su edad.
Helping Your Anxious Child Prepare for School
The COVID-19 pandemic has created anxiety in many of our children. Whether it's masks, social distancing or disrupted routines, the uncertainty of school this fall is only adding to this stress. What can you do? How can you help your anxious child prepare for the upcoming school year? Join Cate Brandon, PsyD, from Kenneth A. De Luca, PhD. & Associates, Inc. as she offers techniques to help families deal with anxiety, which can look very different in each child. Whether you are dealing with sleepless nights, defiance, meltdowns, attention issues or other behaviors, she will provide resources to ease the back-to-school transition.