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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

Click the location name for address, map link and additional information.


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)


    • 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
    • 4
    Register

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

    Childcare registration is full for this program. 

    Each child must be registered separately.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    Register

    Does your child struggle with impulsive behaviors? Does he or she act without thinking? Do impulsivity and hyperactivity negatively impact your child’s relationships and academics? Join Dr. Kimberly Burkhart of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to learn five behavior management strategies you can use to modify your child’s behaviors at home. She will also teach you strategies that your child can use to manage his or her own behaviors. In addition, Dr. Burkhart will identify five classroom strategies that you can request to help minimize the impact of ADHD on academic performance. There will be time at the end of the program for questions so families can ask about their specific situations.

    This program is co-sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC).

    Need child care? Click here to register.

    For more information, visit Speaker Series.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.

    • 08 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N.
    • 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.
    • 08 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. N.,
    Register

    Gary Tonks, CEO, of The Arc of Ohio, will be on hand to discuss changes at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Director Jeff Davis of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities may also join the discussion. Registrants will be updated of guest panel closer to the program date.

    Join us to learn more about:

    • Home and Community-Based Services Waivers
    • Fix the List and what to expect during your assessment
    • Navigating the waiver funding approval process
    • Additional funding sources
    • And other questions you might have!

    Our guests will answer questions regarding services and supports for our children (of all ages). The meeting will include opportunities to discuss pre-submitted questions (submitted upon registration for the program).

    Co-sponsored by Lorain County Family Forum, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Family 2 Family and The Arc of Ohio.

    Need childcare? Register your child here.

    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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