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Speaker Series

Join us for presentations on various childhood topics by local, pediatric professionals. All presentations are designed for families with a child (birth to age 12) who is struggling (with or without a formal diagnosis). Time is given to allow families to ask questions.

These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required (choose from dates/times below).

Free child care (provided by CFK) is available, but children must be registered separately. We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please contact us at info@connectingforkids.org

Translation is also available.

Quick Info

Location:
Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, and Westlake (see Locations, below)
Child Care: Free with Child Registration


Did you know?

Podcasts and presentations from previous speakers are available on our website. View the full list here.

Locations

Lakewood

Address: Harrison Elementary School, 2080 Quail St., Lakewood (map)

The Speaker Series in Lakewood is presented in partnership with the Lakewood City School District and supported by a grant from Community West Foundation.

North Ridgeville

Address: North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library System, 35700 Bainbridge Rd., North Ridgeville (map)

The Speaker Series in North Ridgeville is presented in partnership with the Lorain Public Library System.

Westlake

Address: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge, Rd., Westlake (map)

The Speaker Series in Westlake is presented in partnership with the Westlake Porter Public Library.

    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Dover Room
    • 17
    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Free child care is provided by CFK staff and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    Please note: Each child must be registered separately.

    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Porter Room

    How can you tell if your child is having difficulty reading? What are some things you can do at home to teach your child how to read? What do you do if you suspect a disability? Tammie Sebastian, Information Specialist/Trainer, at the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, will teach participants the basic foundational steps needed to learn to read. Rhyme, rhythm, pictures, phonemic awareness will be discussed and applied with a hands-on approach. Story telling techniques will be demonstrated. How to recognize if a child is having difficulty reading and what some of the warning signs of a possible disability will also be discussed. Content geared toward preschool and elementary school families.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.
    • 18 Mar 2017
    • 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 15600 Bagley Rd.
    • 9
    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Free child care is provided by CFK staff and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    Please note: Each child must be registered separately.

    • 18 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 15600 Bagley Rd.

    Do your child’s meltdowns seem to last longer than normal? Are you concerned with how frequently they occur? Does the slightest thing send him or her into a downward spiral? Join Christine A. Chambers, MEd, OTR/L, of Abilities First, LLC, as she discusses ways to decrease the frequency and intensity of meltdowns in toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how to prepare your child and the environment to avoid meltdown triggers. Chambers will also teach you how to help your child recognize the signs that he or she is becoming overwhelmed and initiate age-appropriate, self-calming activities.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.
    • 21 Mar 2017
    • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave., Lakewood
    • 11
    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis to Lakewood residents only. Every child must be registered separately.
    • 21 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave., Lakewood

    Does your child worry excessively about grades or social situations? In class, does your child put unreasonable expectations on himself or herself? Are you looking for strategies to help reduce your child’s anxiety? Join Liesl L. Glover, Ph.D., of Kenneth A. De Luca, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc., for this interactive presentation.  She will discuss causes of anxiety and give specific ideas about how families can help their elementary-aged children. Dr. Glover will provide strategies to both reduce and handle worries in the home and school environment. During the presentation, there will also be time for questions.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.


    • 23 Mar 2017
    • 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
    • West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N.
    • 6
    This registration is for free, supervised children's activities provided during the program. Availability is on a first come, first served basis.

    Please note: Each child must be registered separately.

    • 23 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N.,

    Does your child love to spin around in circles and crash his body into things? Does she yell when she hears loud noises or sees bright lights? Does he become nervous in crowded environments? Join Denise Attie, COTA/L, of Mercy Rehabilitation Services, as she helps families recognize whether their child has sensory issues. She will provide examples of sensory-specific behaviors and discuss ways to detect the early signs of a sensory disorder. She will also provide information about resources and therapies that can improve outcomes for your toddler or preschooler. 

    A light dinner will be served.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

Upcoming events

Call or email:

Phone: 1-440-250-5563
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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