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Connecting for Kids educates and supports families with questions or concerns about their child.

Connecting for Kids educates and supports families with questions or concerns about their child.
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Connecting for Kids educates and supports families with questions or concerns about their child.






Changes to Ohio Waivers

Gary Tonks, CEO, of The Arc of Ohio, discusses changes at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, including: - 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 Co-sponsored by Lorain County Family Forum, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Family 2 Family and The Arc of Ohio.


Strategies for Managing Hyperactivity/Impulsivity in Children with ADHD

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...


How Play Therapy Helps Anxiety and Behavior

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...


Sensory Strategies to Build Every Child's Self Control and Competence

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....


Potty Training the Challenging Child

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 Nikki Jaras, MS, BCBA, COBA, of A+ Solutions, to discuss how and when to potty train. This podcast is geared toward families with an preschooler who has a developmental delay.


Potty Training for Typically Developing Children

Join Courtney Evenchik, MA, NCSP of A+ Solutions for an overview of potty training basics. This presentation is intended for typically developing children aged 2 years to 3 years of age.


How to Apply for Grants for Children with Special Needs

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...


Electronic Addiction: The New Epidemic

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...


Supporting the Social Development of Gifted Kids

Does your gifted child have trouble connecting with peers? Does your child have trouble working or playing with peers? Is he or she emotionally sensitive and more easily hurt by what peers say and do? Join Dr. Meghan Barlow of Meghan Barlow and Associates as she explores the factors that interfere with the social relationships of gifted kids. She discusses such topics as trouble connecting with peers, cognitive rigidity (a child’s difficulty in changing his or her thinking) and uneven...


Solutions for Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders

Whether you’re worried about a child who won’t eat vegetables or a child diagnosed with a feeding disorder, this solutions-based discussion by Stefanie Peck, MA, CCC-SLP, and Brenda Richards, OTR/L, of The Center for LifeSkills will give you tips you can put to use during your next meal at home.


Positive Play with Preschoolers

Does your child have challenges playing nicely with others? Are sharing, communicating, and expressing emotions difficult tasks? Does your child tend to play by him or herself and not interact with other children? Join Rec2Connect as they discuss common challenges with preschoolers (both typically-developing children and those with special needs). They will provide simple strategies to encourage children to develop their social skills and stop behaviors such as hitting, being a sore loser...


Solutions to Anger and Defiance

Is your child prone to aggression and frequent outbursts? Does he or she have a tendency to argue and ignore requests? Are you looking for evidence-based answers for these disruptive behaviors? This program, for families of elementary-aged children, will explore the reasons behind your child’s anger and defiance and discuss ways to create a calmer home through Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model (CPS). Join Dr. Nora McNamara and Dr. Solomon Zaraa of University...


Setting Appropriate Limits for your Child

Does your child’s behavior test your patience? How can you set appropriate limits based on your child’s stage of development? Are you concerned about your child’s lying or inability to maintain friendships? Is your home always a battleground between siblings? Join Rebecca Boyle, PhD, of Albert Einstein Academy, as she provides practical strategies for handling behaviors such as whining and talking back as well as ways you can set limits to decrease these behaviors. In addition, they will...


Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children

Does emotional intensity go hand-in-hand with giftedness? Meghan Barlow, PhD, of Meghan Barlow and Associates, will discuss why gifted children may have more extreme emotional reactions, explosions, and anxieties. Dr. Barlow will provide a perspective to help families understand how their child's intensities can be framed as strengths and she will also provide tips on how families can prevent power struggles and support their child in learning to manage their emotions.


Building Social, Emotional and Behavioral Skills by using Language

In this talk, Aletta Sinoff shares real-life examples of strategies families can use to avoid or respond to emotional outbursts in individuals with disabilities. Throughout the talk, Sinoff identifies reasons why some children may be more likely to experience emotional outbursts, such as reduced executive function skills, language development delays and lagging skills.


Sleep Solutions

Learn how medications and underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, ADHD, and depression can affect a child's ability to fall or stay asleep. John Hertzer, MD, Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, will discuss what parents and caregivers can do to encourage higher quality sleep. He will also talk about when a family should seek medical intervention for sleep and what type of professional to see. Lastly, Dr. Hertzer will...


Modify Your Child's Behavior Using Proven Kazdin Method

Are you dealing with talking back, temper tantrums, school behavior problems, trouble following directions, stealing or lying? Kazdin’s Parent Management Training is a set of interventions developed by Dr. Alan Kazdin, Director of the Yale Parenting Center, that teach and coach families how to modify a child’s problem behavior. At this presentation featuring Cynthia Petrucci, LSW, and Lora Zoller, LPCC, of Applewood Centers Inc., you will learn Kazdin strategies that use positive...


Is It Really Bullying?

Meghan Barlow, PhD., of Meghan Barlow and Associates, will help parents understand bullying, acts that may look like bullying but are not, and common types of peer conflict. Parents will be taught strategies for how they can help support their children as well as how to empower their children to handle conflicts at school.


Understanding Your Child's Challenging Behaviors

Why can’t your child just behave? The lens you use to view your child’s behavior has vast implications for your reaction and the way you help your child. If you’re frustrated because you’ve tried everything you can think of to prevent those dramatic meltdowns and it seems like nothing at all sets off those screaming, crying, dreadful tantrums, then this talk is for you. Join Katie Greenleaf, MA, LPCC, of Meghan Barlow and Associates, for a talk that will completely change the way you view...


Attention Issues and ADHD: What You Need to Know

Whether you are questioning if your child has ADHD or if you already have a diagnosis and are in need of new strategies, Carol A. Leslie, OT/L, ACHT, CWC, of PsychBC, Inc., will discuss what you need to know when dealing with attention issues. She will answer questions such as: How do I know if my child truly has ADHD or is just an active kid? Why is it important to get a diagnosis and isn't that just labeling my child? What can I do to help my child focus more and be less impulsive besides...