Connecting for Kids Hosts Meet and Greet

Professionals will be available to discuss options for children who are struggling.

More than 60 local, pediatric professionals and organizations will participate in the 5th Annual Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet featuring therapists, programs and camps.  This free event will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

The Meet and Greet is designed for families to learn about local resources, therapies, after-school programs and summer camps for their child who is struggling (with or without a formal diagnosis).  Participants can visit with representatives from various organizations to discuss services and explore program options. Desserts donated by Buca di Beppo® and coffee donated by Starbucks Coffee Company will be available.

At the event, Connecting for Kids will hand out 20 free Wandering Safety Kits to help caregivers protect children from the dangers of wandering. Research suggests that more than half of all children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and many more children with other diagnoses (including Down syndrome, anxiety, ADHD and intellectual disabilities) engage in wandering behaviors. This Safety Kit includes: GE door/window alarms, write-on ID bracelet, four laminated stop sign visuals and a S.T.O.P. (Supervise - Teach - Organize - Protect) wandering quick guide. These kits are provided in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library with funding provided courtesy of Friends of Porter Public Library.

For more information and to register, visit www.connectingforkids.org/meetandgreet.  For questions about the event, please contact Laurie Demchak at lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-250-5563.

Lorilynn Wolf

Lorilynn Wolf is Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:02 PM, 04.06.2016