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Previous Speakers and Podcasts

Part of our mission is to educate families on different topics in parenting and childhood concerns. We invite experts in the field to speak at our Discussion Groups and welcome questions from families afterward. Whenever possible, we also record these discussions and publish them as podcasts for families who are unable to attend.

This page houses a complete collection of our previous presentations and podcasts, grouped by concern. Use the links within this page to help find the topics you need. Icons next to the presentation descriptions indicate whether there are presentation slides (), handouts/other resources () or a podcast () available.

Please note that not all of our concern areas currently have presentations associated with them. As we build this library, we hope to be able to add topics that will continue to address the areas of concerns expressed by our community. If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please contact us at info@connectingforkids.org or call 1-440-250-5563.

Upcoming Discussion Groups

Concern Areas

Anxiety

Presentation Description

When is the Worry Too Much? with Dr. Molly McVoy, University Hospitals Department of Psychiatry (2016)  

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016)  

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What Is Typical Behavior for an Elementary School-Aged Child? with Natale Badillo, Kenneth A. De Luca, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc. (2015)

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Parenting Anxious Children with Liesl Glover, Kenneth A. DeLuca, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc. (2014)
Understanding Anxiety in Children with Dawn Hill and Terri McNeely, The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake (2014)
Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Attention Issues

Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

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How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention with Dr. Alex Andrich, The Vision Development Team and Dr. Leah Steele, Madison Eye Care (2016)

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Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)   Save

Does Your Child Have Sensory Issues? with Denise Attie, Mercy Rehabilitation Services (2016)  

Homework Hassles and Solutions with Joyce Kubik, Bridge to Success Skills Training, LLC (2015)
Taking the Battle Out of Homework with Terri McNeely, The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake (2015)
Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)
Impulsivity in The School-Aged Child with Don Caserta, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2014)

Does Your Child Meltdown, Withdraw or Stop Paying Attention? Could it be Sensory Issues? with Paula Michaud, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2014)

An Overview of ADHD with Don Caserta, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presentation Description

The Wonderful World of Waivers with Gary Tonks, The Arc of Ohio (2016)

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

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Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Does Your Child Have Sensory Issues? with Denise Attie, Mercy Rehabilitation Services (2016)  

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016)  

Social Skills for Preschoolers with Aletta Sinoff, Daily Behavioral Health (2015)

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

How to Help Your Child Make Friends with Tracy Biller, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC (2015)
Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Chris Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Does Your Child Meltdown, Withdraw or Stop Paying Attention? Could it be Sensory Issues? with Paula Michaud, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2014)

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Simple Strategies to Make Your Day Go Smoother with Sandra Curran, Support 4 Teachers & Families (2014)

How to Help Your Socially Awkward Pre-Teen Make Friends with Jamie Hughes, The KIDnections Group (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Behavior Issues

Presentation Description

Dealing with Preschool Behavior in Public with Christine Jurik, Behavior Consulting Services LLC (2017)

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Survival Strategies: How to Improve Family Functioning with Sarah Saunders, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2016)

Behavior Management 101 with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2016)

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016)  

Does Your Child Have Sensory Issues? with Denise Attie, Mercy Rehabilitation Services (2016)  

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Childhood Disruptive Behaviors with Dr. Nora McNamara, University Hospitals Case Medical Center (2015)  
What Is Typical Behavior for an Elementary School-Aged Child? with Natale Badillo, Kenneth A. De Luca, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc. (2015)
Potty Training the Challenging Child with Holly Winterstein, Jessie Ambrose and Ginny Felice, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2015)

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  
How to Stay in Control When Your Child is Out of Control with Marla M. Hignett, MMH Education Group, LLC (2014)

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Simple Strategies to Make Your Day Go Smoother with Sandra Curran, Support 4 Teachers & Families (2014)  


Does Your Child Meltdown, Withdraw or Stop Paying Attention? Could it be Sensory Issues? with Paula Michaud, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2014)

Preventing and Managing Explosive Episodes in Your Preschooler with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2014)
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Impulsivity in The School-Aged Child with Don Caserta, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2014)
Why Doesn't My Kid LISTEN to Me? (And How to Make it Better) with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Developmental Delay

Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

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Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016)  

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Epilepsy

Presentation Description

The Wonderful World of Waivers with Gary Tonks, The Arc of Ohio (2016)

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Family Issues

Presentation Description

Dealing with Preschool Behavior in Public with Christine Jurik, Behavior Consulting Services LLC (2017)

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Survival Strategies: How to Improve Family Functioning with Sarah Saunders, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2016)

Fighting with your Elementary-Aged Child over Screen Time? Strategies and Resources with Don Caserta, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2015)   

It's NOT All About The Diagnosis with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2015)
How to Stay in Control When Your Child is Out of Control with Marla M. Hignett, MMH Education Group, LLC (2014)
Simple Strategies to Make Your Day Go Smoother with Sandra Curran, Support 4 Teachers & Families (2014)
Helping Kids Understand, Prevent and Manage Bullying with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2012)  
Sibling Issues When One Child Gets More Attention Due To Unique Needs with Lisa Ruman, The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake (2012)

Fine Motor Issues

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Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

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Stepping Stones for Successful Writing with Christine A Chambers, Abilities First (2015)    Save

Food Allergies

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Living with Food Allergies: What You Need to Know with Brian Schroer, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital (2016)

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Intellectual Disability

Presentation Description

The Wonderful World of Waivers with Gary Tonks, The Arc of Ohio (2016)

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016)  

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Learning Issues

Presentation Description

Taking the Battle Out of Homework with Terri McNeely, The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake (2015)

Homework Hassles and Solutions with Joyce Kubik, Bridge to Success Skills Training, LLC (2015)
Homework Strategies with Allison Frazier and Gina Edgehouse, Julie Billiart School (2015)
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Nutrition

Presentation Description

No Body is Perfect with Kelly Bhatnagar, The Emily Program (2017)

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

Solutions for Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders with Dr. Alice McIntyre and Mary Lou Kennedy, Cleveland Clinic (2015)
Feeding and Diet Changes with Marge Robison (part 1) and Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (part 2) (2012)

Sensory Issues

Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016)  

Does Your Child Have Sensory Issues? with Denise Attie, Mercy Rehabilitation Services (2016)  

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Does Your Child Meltdown, Withdraw or Stop Paying Attention? Could it be Sensory Issues? with Paula Michaud, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Making "Sense" of Your Child's Learning Style with Paula Michaud, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2012)  

Feeding and Diet Changes with Marge Robison (part 1) and Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (part 2) (2012)

Social Skills Issues

Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

How to Help Your Child Make Friends with Tracy Biller, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC (2015)

Social Skills for Preschoolers with Aletta Sinoff, Daily Behavioral Health (2015)

How to Help Your Socially Awkward Pre-Teen Make Friends with Jamie Hughes, The KIDnections Group (2014)
Helping Kids Understand, Prevent and Manage Bullying with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2012)  

Specific Learning Disability

Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention with Dr. Alex Andrich, The Vision Development Team and Dr. Leah Steele, Madison Eye Care (2016)

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Taking the Battle Out of Homework with Terri McNeely, The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake (2015)

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Speech or Language Impairment

Presentation Description

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Communication Temptations with Ellen Spear, Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC (2014)   

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Traumatic Brain Injury

Presentation Description

The Wonderful World of Waivers with Gary Tonks, The Arc of Ohio (2016)

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Jennifer Negrey, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Danielle Petrizoelle, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation and Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2016)  

Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

Practical Ideas to Help Your Child to Organize and Focus with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2014)

Behavior Basics with Christie Kimbler, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2013)

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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Presentation Description

The Wonderful World of Waivers with Gary Tonks, The Arc of Ohio (2016)

How to Get the Most Out of Your Child's Therapy with Sara Solet, Speech Spot (2016)

How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention with Dr. Alex Andrich, The Vision Development Team and Dr. Leah Steele, Madison Eye Care (2016)

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