Child behavior the topic of several October events at Porter Library

Connecting for Kids is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting parents and families of children with developmental issues such as behavior issues, anxiety, attention/focus issues and difficulty making friends and negotiating bullies. This month, Connecting for Kids speaker series introduces the topic, “Sibling Issues When One Child Gets More Family Attention Due to Unique Needs,” presented by Lisa Ruman from the Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:30pm.

Often when there is a child who needs the bulk of parental attention, other siblings may create behavior issues of their own in order to feed their need for attention. Alternatively, a parent can feel guilty that their time is not being equally divided between their offspring. Ms. Ruman will address these issues and more. Childcare is available but space is limited so please RSVP for a spot.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1-2:30 p.m., Joyce Kubik, ADD/ADHD coach with Bridge to Success, will present "Homework Hassles: Helping your child with attention issues," providing strategies and answering your questions for dealing with your child and a meltdown-free homework session. Please note that your child does not have to be diagnosed as ADD/ADHD to benefit from the advice. Again, childcare is available but space is limited.

Parents Discussion Groups for this month include the topics of handling holiday stresses and homework struggles. On Oct. 12 at 11:30 a.m., Kate Boylan, Behavior Intervention Institute of Ohio's outreach director, will discuss preparing your child for and better managing the holiday season in "Decreasing Holiday Stress (Including Halloween)." You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Children are invited to join a facilitated playgroup during the discussion, however, space is limited and reservations are required.

Other monthly outreach activities the group sponsors are "Music Therapy and More with MTEC" on Friday, Oct. 5, at 11:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers sing and play and work with instruments for a fun and cooperative learning experience. On Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m., the group brings you "Teach Me To Play." This is a hands-on workshop designed to teach parents how to facilitate playdates and positively discipline. Led by Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities child intervention specialists, your child will learn how to share, take turns and other essential social skills.

All events listed are held at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. For more information or to reserve a spot for your child at any event visit www.connectingforkids.org or email sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.02.2012