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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)  

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

Additional Resources: The Anxiety Concern Topic Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category for strategies to cope with anxiety.

Attention Issues

Presentation Description

Attention Issues and ADHD: What You Need to Know with Carol Leslie, PsychBC (2017)  

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
Executive Function 101: Why It is Important and How You Can Help Your Child with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)   Save
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 and Associates (2014)

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

Additional Resources: The Attention Issues Concern Topic Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the sensory issues category and the education issues category.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presentation Description

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 Chris Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2015)  

Impulsivity in The School-Aged Child with Don Caserta, Meghan Barlow and Associates (2014)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the education issues category to help children with autism spectrum disorders.

Behavior

Presentation Description

Understanding Your Child's Challenging Behaviors with Katie Greenleaf, Meghan Barlow and Associates (2017)  

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

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

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

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016, 2017)  

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)
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Potty Training the Challenging Child with Holly Winterstein and Jessie Ambrose, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (2015, 2017)
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Strategies to Deal with Challenging Behaviors in Elementary-Aged Children with Sandra Curran and Pam Spinner, Support 4 Teachers and Families (2015)  

It's NOT All About The Diagnosis with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow and 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)

Preventing and Managing Explosive Episodes in Your Preschooler with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow and Associates (2014)
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Why Doesn't My Kid LISTEN to Me? (And How to Make it Better) with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow and Associates (2014)

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

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the sensory issues category for behavior strategies specifically related to sensory issues.

Education Issues

Presentation Description

All About Reading with Tammie Sebastian, The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (2017)

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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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Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the attention issues category and the specific learning disabilities category for strategies to help children with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Epilepsy

Presentation Description

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)

Additional Resources: The Epilepsy Concern Topic Page provides top four organizations, books and websites, as identified by local experts in the field. Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the education issues category to help children with epilepsy.

Family Issues

Presentation Description

Is It Really Bullying? with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow and Associates (2017, 2012)  

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

Fighting with your Elementary-Aged Child over Screen Time? Strategies and Resources with Don Caserta, Meghan Barlow and 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)
Sibling Issues When One Child Gets More Attention Due To Unique Needs with Lisa Ruman, The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake (2012)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the special needs parenting category for family topics specifically related to parenting a child with a disability.

Fine Motor Issues

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Presentation Description

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

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the specific learning disabilities category and the sensory issues category to help children with fine motor issues.

Food Allergies

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Presentation Description

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

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)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the education issues category to help children with intellectual disabilities.

Nutrition

Presentation Description

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

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

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the sensory issues category for feeding issues related to sensory processing the the food allergies category for nutrition issues related to food allergies.

Sensory Issues

Presentation Description

Managing Meltdowns with Christine A. Chambers, Abilities First (2016, 2017)  

Introducing Sensory: A Reason for Behavior Problems? with Denise Attie, Mercy Rehabilitation Services (2016, 2017)  

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)

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

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the nutrition category for feeding issues related to sensory processing and the behavior category for strategies to deal with challenging behaviors resulting from sensory overload.

Social Skills Issues

Presentation Description

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 and Associates (2012)  Save

Special Needs Parenting

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Presentation Description

Understanding the ABLE Act with Kathryn Bryan, Skylight Financial Group (2017)

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)

It's NOT All About The Diagnosis with Meghan Barlow, Meghan Barlow & Associates (2015)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the family issues category for more general family and parenting topics.

Specific Learning Disability

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Presentation Description

All About Reading with Tammie Sebastian, The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (2017)

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)  

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the attention issues category and the education issues category.

Speech or Language Impairment

Presentation Description

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

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category for strategies to deal with challenging behavior resulting from communication issues.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Presentation Description

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)

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the education issues category to help children with traumatic brain injuries.

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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Presentation Description

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

Additional Resources: Families may also benefit from listening to podcasts in the behavior category, the sensory issues category, the social skills category, the special needs parenting category and the education issues category to help children with visual impairment.

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