Connecting for Kids March Parent Discussion Groups

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All events are free and open to the public.

Free childcare is available, but you must RSVP.

Parenting Anxious Children

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
Liesl Glover, M.S., from Ken DeLuca, Ph.D. & Associates, will discuss what anxiety in children is and what it’s not.  She will also talk about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety in your child and debunk some common myths about anxiety.  Glover will teach parents strategies to encourage healthy, child-appropriate coping skills
Connecting for Kids is partnering with NAMI Greater Cleveland (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the Westlake Porter Public Library to co-sponsor this event. Childcare is provided but space is limited. To reserve a spot for your child, visit or email

Communication Temptations:  How to Get your Kid to TALK!
Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
Ellen Spear, M.A., CCC-SLP, from Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC., will lead an interactive discussion about how to tempt children to use their words.  This will include strategies to improve communication with your preschooler.  The objective is to increase parent knowledge of simple and straightforward language-enriching activities they can do at home with their child.
Connecting for Kids and the Westlake Porter Public Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Childcare is provided but space is limited. To reserve a spot for your child, visit or email

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Rocky River Civic Center

More than 60 west side pediatric professionals will be represented at the Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet with Therapists, Programs and Camps.  The free event which is open to the public will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

No more scouring the Internet for options, calling to get more information and then driving all over town to meet the staff.   Connecting for Kids has done all the work for you.  The Meet and Greet offers one-stop shopping for parents to find the right fit in therapists, after-school programs and summer camps.  Visit with the staff, discuss services, explore program options and find out how your child’s development can be further enhanced.

The event is designed especially for parents of children with special needs and developmental delays that need to look beyond the traditional sport and day camp programs.  The Meet and Greet is sponsored by The Attention Center and Kenneth A. DeLuca, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc.

Here is a sampling of those who will be represented at the Meet and Greet:

Abilities First
The Attention Center
Behavioral Health Services of Greater Cleveland
Behavioral Intervention Institute of Ohio (BIIO)
Busy Hands, Bright Minds
Bridge to Success: Coaching for Attention Deficit Disorder
Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake
Christine Jurik, M.A., BCBA
Daily Behavioral Health
Early Intervention Consulting, LLC
Jennifer Sheridan,MA CCC-SLP
Karen Tomoff, LPCC-S, LICDC
Ken DeLuca, Ph.D. Associates
Kristen Bergmann, CSW, LISW
Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC
Dr. Meghan Barlow, PhD, LLC
MMH Educational Group, LLC
Sarah Miller Speech and Language
Speech Spot
STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism
Westside Speech & Language Therapy, LLC
The Arc of Greater Cleveland
Building Behaviors
Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Outreach
Cuyahoga County Library
Discovery and Wellness Center for Children
Game ON
The Gathering Place
HELP Foundation, Inc.
Help Me Grow
Friendship in Teams (West)
K-9 Coaches
The KIDnections Group
Matthew’s Lending Library
Michael Carter
Milestones Autism Organization
MTEC Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc.
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Interpreting Agency
Middleburg Early Education Center
PEP Positive Education Program
Pony Tale Farms
Tupos Therapy
Valley Riding, Inc.
Westlake Porter Public Library
Westlake Special Olympics
The Whole Kid
Youth Challenge Sports
Achievement Centers for Children Camps including: Champ Camp West/ Cheerful Day Camp/ Sensational Program
The Beck Center for the Arts
Camp B.L.A.S.T.
Camp Can DO
Camp Happiness
Camp !magine
Education Alternatives
Intensive Intervention Program
Lakeshore Day Camp
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
Summer Day Camp at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
A Place for F.U.N. Summer Autism Camp
Rose-Mary Center Summer Camp

Connecting for Kids
Connecting for Kids is a nonprofit, networking organization that connects parents to resources in the community and supports parents as they help their child grow and develop.  Whether a child has a formal diagnosis or if parents are just questioning if their child’s development is typical compared to same-aged peers, the group serves families concerned about physical, emotional, social/language, adaptive or cognitive development.

For more details on Connecting for Kids or its events, visit or contact Sarah Rintamaki 440-250-5563 or  Connecting for Kids: “For families with questions and concerns about childhood development.”


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