Connecting for Kids provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. It serves all families, including children with and without formal diagnoses. Each month, it offers in-person or virtual educational programs and other resources. Here are just a few happening in January.
Sensory Creations: Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough
Pick up supplies and instructions for favorite all-inclusive, sensory activities. Registration opens two weeks before pickup. All ages. Pickup begins Monday, January 17, at Avon Lake Public Library.
Behavior Chat A: Tools for Taming Big Emotions
Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Do you wish you had a kit filled with proactive “tools” you could use to get ahead of meltdowns before they start? Learn how to use the tools in a Behavior Toolkit to help your child control behavior and manage emotions. Each attendee will receive a free Behavior Toolkit. This program is designed for children with or without developmental concerns. At each session, Ochanya McRoberts-Wells, MEd, will discuss the theme of the month and answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. Tuesday, January 25, 7 p.m. Virtual.
Designed for children with disabilities and their families, this music program is conducted by a Board-Certified Music Therapist from MTEC, the Music Therapy Enrichment Center. Caregivers will be given musical tools to use with their children outside of class. Saturday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. (Hybrid, in-person and virtual options available), North Ridgeville Branch of Lorain Public Library System.
Music Therapy & More
This program is designed for families and their children, ages 0-6 years, who are struggling in an area of development. Join for a hands-on program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s academic, motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. This program is led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Check for different dates. times, locations and virtual sessions. connectingforkids.org/music
Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. This storytime is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7 years, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend but must register separately. For library times, locations and info, visit connectingforkids.org/library