Connecting for Kids: Childhood Anxiety Disorders & Improving Family Functioning

Connecting for Kids Logo_RGBConnecting for Kids programs are free and open to the public. 

When is the Worry Too Much?

Friday, October 7, 11:30 a.m., Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room

Co-sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Greater Cleveland)

Does your child worry excessively about grades, social situations or sports performances? In class, does your child have an intense fear of being called on by the teacher? Are panic attacks commonplace in your home? Dr. Molly McVoy, of University Hospitals Department of Psychiatry, will help attendees recognize the symptoms of childhood anxiety disorders. Although many children experience fears and worries, Dr. McVoy will address the difference between normal childhood behaviors versus anxiety that is interfering with your child’s daily life. She will also discuss the treatment options and resources available for various anxiety disorders.

Survival Strategies: How to Improve Family Functioning

Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room

Is your child’s lack of flexibility affecting the whole family? Does every transition turn into a tantrum? Do you ever wonder if you are in charge or if your child is? Sarah Saunders, MA, LPC, of Meghan Barlow and Associates, will provide practical tips to keep your sanity and improve family functioning. She will offer fun and helpful ways to make dinnertime something you look forward to again and will share step-by-step strategies to improve nighttime routines. Saunders will also discuss ways to manage your child’s transitions more effectively.

The Connecting for Kids Speaker Series in Westlake is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. Registration is required for all programs.

Free child care is available, but adults and children must register separately. Register online:, via email: or call: 440-250-5563

About Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.

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