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Speaker Series

Connecting for Kids Speaker Series

Join us for presentations on various childhood topics by local, pediatric professionals. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately.

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/para español 440-907-9130 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)



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



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



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



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


    • 27 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Are there ways to stop your child from toggling between games and classwork when they are distance learning? Should you limit screen time when it’s your child’s only way to connect with friends? Jay Berk, PhD, psychologist, author, and international speaker of Jay Berk, PhD and Associates, will discuss the most common concerns elementary-aged families have raised about electronics during this pandemic. This program includes a live Q&A with Dr. Berk where he will field questions from families on their specific situations.

    Join the community of families with an elementary-aged child who struggles with attention and anxiety. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. This program is for adults only and a portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    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.

    Register and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. All participants will be given supplies to put together your own communications binder! During the event you will learn how to obtain your free binder kit.

    This program is co-sponsored by the Parent Mentors of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County and is supported by a grant from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River - Sunrise and Noon Clubs, Rotary Club of North Ridgeville, Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village, and West Shore Rotary.

    This program is for adults only. This program will not be recorded.

    *One kit per household while supplies last*

    Due to grant funding, this program is open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 01 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register
    Does your child often say things that are either inappropriate or hurtful to someone’s feelings? Deciding what is OK to say or not say in a social situation can be tricky. Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, of Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC, will teach parents and caregivers ways to help their child understand how words and actions can affect others. Learn about “brain filters” and other tips to guide your child ages 7-12 in knowing what is socially appropriate. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from the Knights of Columbus at St. Ladislas. This program is for adults only and a portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 03 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Do you wish your children had a close bond? Is it difficult for your typically developing child to interact with your child who struggles? Join local pediatrician, Dr. Alaka Chandurkar, and licensed clinical psychologist, Heather Dukes-Murray, Ph.D., of Meghan Barlow & Associates, to learn five ways you can work with your typical child to build a relationship with a sibling who struggles. The presenters will open the program to Q&A and offer strategies to help with the specific struggles families are experiencing. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. This program is for adults only and a portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 09 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Do you wish you had a kit filled with “tools” you could use to stop meltdowns before they start? Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Join us each month to learn how to use one of the tools in our Tantrum Tamer Toolbox to help your child aged 18 months – 6 years control behavior and manage emotions. This program is designed for children with or without identified development concerns.

    Join Ochanya Wells, M.Ed., Director of Quality Assurance and Community Engagement at STEPS Educational Group, as she leads you through another tool in the Tantrum Tamer Toolbox - the ABC Checklist to manage behavior at home as well as to help find other ways to respond to your child. She will also answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. This program offers a safe space to connect with our professional and other families and the educational portion will be recorded.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. Register and attend the program to receive instructions on how to pick up your Tantrum Tamer Toolkit in its entirety at a designated library if you haven't already. If you have a Toolkit already, register and attend the program to receive the February tool via email.

    *One free kit per household*

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 10 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Has this pandemic increased the anxiety level of your child? Is mask wearing, social distancing and all of the new restrictions creating stress? Or has your child always been anxious and you are eager to learn some new strategies to help? Tierney Payne, LPCC, manager of Africancentric Services at The Nord Center, will talk about practical things families can do to help a child who struggles with anxiety. Learn how creating structure, providing coping skills and developing an action plan to overcome fear can lead to a calmer and happier child. Join the community of families with an elementary-aged child who struggles with attention and anxiety. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. This program is for adults only and the educational portion will be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, this program is for residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 17 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Would you like to apply for funds to help with your child’s expenses but aren’t sure where to begin? How do you even determine which funding sources you are qualified to receive? Join Karla Fitch, MTSC, of Connecting for Kids as she takes participants through the Connecting for Kids "How to Find Funds for Therapy" guide which offers a step-by-step approach to the process. Karla will be joined by CFK Family Resource Specialists (FRS) who will help families identify different funding sources they may qualify for to cover therapies, camps, equipment and other resources. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is for adults only and will not be recorded. This program is supported by a grant from Community West Foundation.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    ¿Te gustaría tener un kit, listo para usar, lleno de herramientas que puedes usar para ayudar con los problemas de comportamiento? Únete con Abi Mendez, M.A. CCC-SLP patóloga del habla y lenguaje bilingüe de MetroHealth, para aprender a usar horarios visuales, tablas visuales de primero…luego, letreros y otros materiales para ayudar a tu hijo(a) en edades desde los 18 meses a los 6 años, a controlar su comportamiento. Además, aprenderás como ayudar a tu hijo(a) a adquirir habilidades para regular y manejar las emociones. Abi también responderá tus preguntas sobre una variedad de temas durante el programa o puedes enviar tus preguntas al momento de registrarte. Este programa ofrece un espacio seguro para conectar tanto con la profesional como con otras familias y sólo se grabará la parte educativa.

    Si te registras e inicias la sesión en Zoom recibirás un “Kit de Primeros Auxilios” para el comportamiento gratuito completo con los materiales discutidos durante el programa. Regístrate en el enlace a continuación y recibirás información por correo electrónico sobre cómo unirte al programa mediante la aplicación gratuita de Zoom o llamando a un número de teléfono gratuito.

    Este programa se presenta en asociación con Nordson Corporation Foundation.

    *Un kit gratis por hogar*

    Debido a los patrocinios, este programa es solo para los residentes del área metropolitana de Cleveland.

    Para más información visite https://connectingforkids.org/registrate


Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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