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Speaker Series

Connecting for Kids Speaker Series

Join us for presentations on various childhood topics by local, pediatric professionals. All presentations are designed for families with a child (birth-12 years) who is struggling (with or without a formal diagnosis).

These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Translation is also available.

Quick Info

Locations:
Elyria, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, Solon and Westlake
Child Care: Free with Child Registration


Important Notes:

  • Free, supervised children's activities are available with separate child registration. We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please call 440-570-5908 or email info@connectingforkids.org.

Did you know?

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

Connecting for Kids Program Locations

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Address: West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N. (map)

The Speaker Series in Elyria is supported by a grant from The Nordson Corporation Foundation.



Address: Lakewood Public Library, Main Library, 15425 Detroit Ave. (map)

The Speaker Series in Lakewood is supported by a grant from Community West Foundation.



Address: Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 16699 Bagley Rd. (map)

The Speaker Series in Middleburg Heights is made possible through the generous support of the Callahan Foundation.



Address: Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Parkway (map)

The Speaker Series in Solon is made possible through the generous support of the Callahan Foundation.



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

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


    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Parma-Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 2121 Snow Rd.
    Register
    Did you know that the World Health Organization recently announced gaming addiction as a real diagnosis which should be recognized? Were you aware that games are specifically designed to be addictive? Join Dr. Jay Berk, of Jay Berk, PhD & Associates and author of "A Parent's Quick Guide to Electronic Addiction," for a lively and informative discussion about the new emerging crisis of electronic and gaming addiction. Dr. Berk will identify the signs of electronic addiction and how to manage behaviors associated with it, such as rage, refusal to give up electronics, loss of friends, social isolation and inappropriate activities on electronics.


    Need child care? Click here to register.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Parma-Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 2121 Snow Rd.
    • 15
    Register

    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Child care (provided by CFK) is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Each child must be registered separately.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    Register
    Would you like to apply for a grant to help fund your child’s therapies, camps or equipment needs but aren’t sure where to begin? How do you find which grants you may qualify for? Would you like someone to walk you through the application process? Join Julie K. Robie, Esq. of Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF) as she takes participants step-by-step through the process of applying for CFMF Accessibility Grants and CFMF Education, Therapy, and Services Grants. Also, Amy Clawson of Ohio Family 2 Family will present how to create your child’s medical summary and how to write a vision statement to supplement your grant applications and other uses. Families are encouraged to bring a laptop or other device to begin their application.


    This program is co-sponsored by Community Fund Management Foundation and Ohio Family 2 Family

    Need child care? Click here to register.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    • 12
    Register

    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Child care (provided by CFK) is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Each child must be registered separately.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Pkwy.
    Register
    Are you concerned because your child is not potty trained? Are you frustrated and could use some potty training tips from professionals? Are you wondering whether your child's inability to be trained could indicate a physical or emotional issue? Join Courtney Evenchik, MA, NCSP, and Nikki Jaras, MS, BCBA, COBA, of A+ Solutions, to discuss how and when to potty train. Attendees will break into two groups to talk about the issues most relevant to their situation: 1) Toddlers/Preschoolers who are resisting attempts to potty train; 2) Elementary-aged children who are not yet potty trained.


    Need child care? Click here to register.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 34125 Portz Pkwy.
    • 15
    Register

    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Child care (provided by CFK) is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Each child must be registered separately.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    Register
    What is the best way to equip your child to stay in control of his or her emotions and behaviors through the ups and downs of daily life? Are you interested in finding ways to coach your child rather than having to referee an outburst? Join Meghan Barlow, PhD, of Meghan Barlow and Associates, and Christine Chambers, OTR/L, MEd, of Abilities First, LLC, as they provide practical tips that families can implement immediately to help children successfully navigate through their daily activities. Learn ‘pregame’ sensory strategies and activities for waking up and getting ready, handling unexpected situations, staying calm at social gatherings, completing work, and learning to play and have fun in a variety of environments. This program is for typically developing children as well as children with developmental delays.


    Need child care? Click here to register.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    • 15
    Register

    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Child care (provided by CFK) is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Each child must be registered separately.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Elyria Public Library System - West River Branch, 1194 West River Rd. N., Elyria, OH
    Register
    Are you dealing with temper tantrums and aggressive behavior? Does your child have difficulty sleeping or complain of nightmares? Is he or she frequently worried or afraid? Join Tierney Payne, LPCC, of The Nord Center, as she models how families can use play therapy to help a child work through meltdowns, behavior problems, sleeplessness, anxiety and other issues. Not only can play therapy help improve these concerns, it can also strengthen the relationship between a parent and child. This interactive session will include examples for both preschool and elementary-aged children.


    Co-sponsored by Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten.


    Need childcare? Click here to register.  


    For more information, visit Speaker Series.
    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Elyria Public Library System - West River Branch, 1194 West River Rd. N., Elyria, OH
    • 15
    Register

    This registration is for CHILD CARE ONLY. Child care (provided by CFK) is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Each child must be registered separately.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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