All Connecting for Kids’ programs are free and open to the public.
Fine Motor & Sensory Consult (Each consult will last 10-15 minutes)
Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Storytime Room
Does your child hate tags in clothing or seem overly bothered by “itchy” clothes? Does your child have difficulty with holding a pencil, fork or spoon? Does your child struggle with zippers, snaps, buttons or tying shoes? Does your child spin, jump and crash his or her body into things? Are you concerned about your child’s handwriting? If so, come to our Fine Motor & Sensory Consult where you and your child will spend five to ten minutes with a Pediatric Occupational Therapist from Abilities First, LLC. This free consult is open to children ages 2-12. Your child will be encouraged to engage in a few simple activities while you fill out a quick checklist, and you will learn some fun, simple strategies to help him or her at home.
How Visual Skills Impact Learning and Attention
Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm • Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Porter Room
What red flags should you look for to indicate your child may have a delay in vision skill development? Could your child’s classroom performance be helped by improved visual skills? Vision is more than just seeing 20/20. This program will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD, from The Vision Development Team, and Dr. Leah Steele, OD, from Madison Eye Care. Dr. Andrich will discuss development of vision skills from birth to grade school. He will also discuss how functional vision deficits can often be misdiagnosed as ADHD and dyslexia. Dr. Steele will discuss visual skills needed in the classroom as well as symptoms that can occur when there are problems with these visual skills. She will also discuss treatment options to help resolve these problems when they are detected.
This program is co-sponsored with the Westlake Porter Public Library. Free child care is provided, but space is limited. To register for the program and child care, please visit www.connectingforkids.org/register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-250-5563.
About Connecting for Kids
Connecting for Kids offers education and support to families with questions or concerns about their child. A formal diagnosis, such as an autism spectrum disorder or ADHD, is not required to receive information or participate in Connecting for Kids’ programs. Resources are available for a number of concerns, including but not limited to, anxiety, attention, food allergies, sensory, and speech-language. Families can attend innovative, free programming and learn how to improve their child’s behavior, social skills and more. The organization also offers support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources to empower parents to enable their child to reach his or her full potential. If your child is struggling, you’re not alone. Connecting for Kids can help.