We've partnered with the gorton community center to offer a 4-part virtual parenting series

Want to Be My Friend? Promoting Problem Solving and Successful Social Interactions

February 17, 2021

7 pm

Everyone wants a friend and sometimes it’s up to parents and teachers to help guide and foster successful friendships for children.

Focusing on children ages 3-6 years, Esther Weisz (OT) and Erika Larson (DT) will review the developmental stages of social skills, provide strategies on how to best bring children together in play, as well as how to model empathy in relationships.

 

They will also share their best ideas for hosting play dates that allow all children to participate and enjoy themselves!  

Walking on Eggshells: Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

March 10, 2021

7 pm

Feel like you are walking on eggshells around your child? Doing everything in your power not to upset your little one? 

 

Mindy Aharoni (OT) and Erika Larson (DT) will discuss the underlying factors of children’s behavior through a developmental lens.

They will highlight how a child’s biology, environment and relationships impact behavior. Most importantly, they will offer a comprehensive perspective that values behavior as a form of communication, along with strategies to promote progress.

Identifying the Red Flags: A Holistic Approach to Speech and Sensory Motor Development 

April 14, 2021

7 pm

Ever wonder if your child needs Speech Therapy? Occupational Therapy? Learn about the red flags that could indicate whether your child might need extra support in these areas.

Esther Weisz (OT) will provide a comprehensive look at sensory, gross and fine motor development. Alison Kleiman (SLP) will discuss various speech and language milestones.

 

Both therapists will also discuss what these therapies look like in practice and how therapy can help children make developmental progress.

A Passion for Play: Developing and Fostering a Sensory of Play in Your Child and Yourself 

May 12, 2021

7 pm

In a world of “screen time,” how much “play time” does your child need?

 

Erika Larson will explore the purpose of play, walk parents through the developmental stages of play skills, offer parenting strategies to foster and improve a child’s play skills, and also give parents new ideas on how best to play with their child.