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Teach Me to PlaySM



  Age group 3-6 Teach Me to Play
Location Westlake Porter Public Library
Sibling care? Registration required
Registration Required*
Cost Free

Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. This program is designed for children who need help with communication and social skills. It is led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Please note that new sessions are listed approximately one month before the actual class date. You will only see the next month's program availability when the current month's program is over.

*Registration required. If this is your first time attending this program, please contact Laurie Demchak at lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org. In order to accommodate as many families as possible, we ask that you only attend one session per month. Due to the popularity of this program, registrations fill quickly. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a particular session, please contact Laurie Demchak. Families on the waiting list are given first priority for next month's registration.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Westlake Porter Public Library and generously supported by a grant from Nordson Corporation Foundation.


Upcoming events

    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Library - Dover Room
    • 1

    This program is designed for children (ages 3-6 years) who need help with communication and social skills. Children under the age of 3 may not attend.  Free child care is available for siblings (registration required).

    Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. This program is led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. For more information, visit: www.connectingforkids.org/handsontraining

    A minimum of 5 families must be registered per session in order for that session to be offered.  Sessions will be cancelled by 10:00 am the day before if the minimum is not met.  Please contact lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-864-2372 with any questions.

    Important Notes:

    • Registration is required.
    • You may only attend one session per month.
    • If this is your first time registering for this program, please contact Laurie Demchak before registering. Please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call 440-864-2372.
    • If the session you want is full (registration is closed), please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call 440-864-2372 to be placed on the waiting list. Families on the waiting list are given first priority for next month's registration.
    • Parent/caregiver must stay in the room with their child during the entire session.
    • Please refrain from using cell phones during the session.
    • No outside food/beverages can be brought into the session due to allergies.

    Cancellation/No Show Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend a session as planned. However, we do ask that you please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-864-2372 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend. We often have families on the waiting list that are able to attend last minute and we also need to report attendance to the organizations that provide funding for these programs. Therefore, it is helpful to have cancellation information. After three no shows a family will not be permitted to preregister and therefore will not be guaranteed a spot in the program. Thank you for your understanding.

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.

    • 18 Sep 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Westlake Porter Library - Dover Room
    • 5

    This program is designed for children (ages 3-6 years) who need help with communication and social skills. Children under the age of 3 may not attend.  Free child care is available for siblings (registration required).

    Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. This program is led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. For more information, visit: www.connectingforkids.org/handsontraining

    A minimum of 5 families must be registered per session in order for that session to be offered.  Sessions will be cancelled by 10:00 am the day before if the minimum is not met.  Please contact lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-864-2372 with any questions.

    Important Notes:

    • Registration is required.
    • You may only attend one session per month.
    • If this is your first time registering for this program, please contact Laurie Demchak before registering. Please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call 440-864-2372.
    • If the session you want is full (registration is closed), please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call 440-864-2372 to be placed on a waiting list. Families on the waiting list are given first priority for next month's registration.
    • Parent/caregiver must stay in the room with their child during the entire session.
    • Please refrain from using cell phones during the session.
    • No outside food/beverages can be brought into the session due to allergies.

    Cancellation/No Show Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend a session as planned. However, we do ask that you please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-864-2372 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend. We often have families on the waiting list that are able to attend last minute and we also need to report attendance to the organizations that provide funding for these programs. Therefore, it is helpful to have cancellation information. After three no shows a family will not be permitted to preregister and therefore will not be guaranteed a spot in the program. Thank you for your understanding.

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


    • 18 Sep 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Library - Dover Room
    • 4

    This program is designed for children (ages 3-6 years) who need help with communication and social skills. Children under the age of 3 may not attend.  Free child care is available for siblings (registration required).

    Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. This program is led by an Early Intervention Specialist in Behavior from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. For more information, visit: www.connectingforkids.org/handsontraining

    A minimum of 5 families must be registered per session in order for that session to be offered.  Sessions will be cancelled by 10:00 am the day before if the minimum is not met.  Please contact lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-864-2372 with any questions.

    Important Notes:

    • Registration is required.
    • You may only attend one session per month.
    • If this is your first time registering for this program, please contact Laurie Demchak before registering. Please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call 440-864-2372.
    • If the session you want is full (registration is closed), please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call 440-864-2372 to be placed on a waiting list. Families on the waiting list are given first priority for next month's registration.
    • Parent/caregiver must stay in the room with their child during the entire session.
    • Please refrain from using cell phones during the session.
    • No outside food/beverages can be brought into the session due to allergies.

    Cancellation/No Show Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend a session as planned. However, we do ask that you please email lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-864-2372 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend. We often have families on the waiting list that are able to attend last minute and we also need to report attendance to the organizations that provide funding for these programs. Therefore, it is helpful to have cancellation information. After three no shows a family will not be permitted to preregister and therefore will not be guaranteed a spot in the program. Thank you for your understanding.

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.

1-440-250-5563 P.O. Box 45372, Westlake, OH 44145 
info@connectingforkids.org

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