2nd Monday Parent Chat


Next chat: Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

How Children Develop SelfEsteem, and What You Can Do to Help


2nd Monday Parent Chat is a series of open discussions about the challenges of parenting school-age children. Attendance is free and open to the public. It’s hosted by Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in partnership with Shaker Heights Schools.

Each chat is built around a theme, and moderated by a Hanna Perkins child development specialist. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging. Parents participate with ideas and solutions as well as questions. Attendees are surveyed about additional interests for future discussions.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., 2nd Monday of each month, August-April
Where: Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH (Directions)
Free and open to public. No reservations required; just show up.
Who: Parents of children, 4-12; plus professionals in education and child development.
Dates:

  • August 14, 2017 – Preparing children for a fast start to the school year
  • September 11, 2017 – Your child and the internet; keeping access safe and healthy
  • October 9, 2017 – What parents can do to prevent bullying
  • November 13, 2017 – How Children Develop Self-Esteem
  • December 11, 2017 – Helping children learn to practice empathy and kindness
  • January 8, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • March 12, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
Next up:

HowChildrenDevelopSelfEsteem, andWhatYouCanDotoHelp

10-11:30 am
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
With Judith L. Pitlick, MA, LPCC

Self-esteem is the foundation of success and happiness. It enables self-advocacy, which in turn supports healthy relationships, the ability to get along well in school and work, and an enjoyment in the mastery of new skills and ideas.

This discussion will offer insight about:

  • Where self-esteem comes from
  • The important role of respect
  • What parents can do to support its development
  • Related issues and concerns

Future topics will be determined based on parent feedback, and may include:

  • Transitions
  • Making good choices
  • Developing kindness and empathy
  • Fostering a lifelong love of learning

For event reminders, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Hanna Perkins School open house: Wed., Nov. 8

Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2017-18.

One-on-one tours will be offered throughout, and a group Q&A/Discussion will take place at 5 p.m.

Visitors will discover what makes Hanna Perkins unique – from the mindful approach to child development, to the important role of parents in the learning process, to the way meals and outdoor fun are integrated into the curriculum.

Hanna Perkins focuses on helping young children understand and manage the feelings that arise in everyday interactions – a foundational skill for success in school and life.

Our EPIC (Exploring Potentials in Children) Classroom, for children with Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnoses, will also be open. It applies the same social-emotional focus in an environment modified specifically for the learning needs of children who are likely to join a mainstream classroom in the future.

Hanna Perkins classes feature a 6:1 student teacher ratio, and a unique team-based approach involving the parent, teacher and a Family Helper to provide an experience that sets each child on his or her best path for future success. The program  integrates best practices in early childhood education with an internationally-recognized relationship-based model that has been researched, developed, practiced and fine-tuned for more than 65 years.

The school offers an effective environment for a wide range for students, including:

  • Those whose parents value a proactive emphasis on social-emotional development;
  • Children who would benefit from extra personal attention;
  • Children who are struggling with specific emotional or behavioral issues.

It is not a therapeutic school in the narrow sense that many people understand, but is particularly attractive to families with a child or children who need help making sense of the world around them, and support in managing their response to it.

Claass Blocks &windowsHanna Perkins School is located in a beautifully restored historic school building in a neighborhood setting in Shaker Heights. It offers two playgrounds; an indoor gym; and healthful meals prepared onsite daily, with an emphasis on organic and locally grown food.

For information about the open house, contact School Director Barbara Streeter.

We’re located at 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH. Click here for directions.

For more information why Hanna Perkins School may be right for your child, see these resources elsewhere on our website:

Second Monday Parent Chat

Next chat: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

What parents can do to prevent bullying

Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

2nd Monday Parent Chat is a series of open discussions about the challenges of parenting school-age children. Attendance is free and open to the public. It’s hosted by Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in partnership with Shaker Heights Schools.

Each chat is built around a theme, and moderated by a Hanna Perkins child development specialist. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging. Parents participate with ideas and solutions as well as questions. Attendees are surveyed about additional interests for future discussions.

When: 6:30-8:pm, 2nd Monday of each month, August-April
Where: Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH (Directions)
Free and open to public. No reservations required; just show up.
Who: Parents of children, 4-12; plus professionals in education and child development.
Dates:

  • August 14, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 11, 2017
  • January 8, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • March 12, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
Next up:

What parents can do to prevent bullying

Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

6:30-8 pm
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
With Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW

Bullying prevention efforts typically focus on the middle- and high-school years. But the origins of bullying can be recognized at a much younger age – when children first go to school and must learn to advocate for themselves in a social setting.

This discussion will offer insight about the causes of bullying, and provide tools to help children advocate for themselves while developing empathy for others. It’s based on Hanna Perkins’ own “My Mad Feelings” bullying-prevention curriculum, which is used in the preschool program of Shaker Heights Schools.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • How bullying begins
  • The connection between self-advocacy, self-esteem and empathy
  • Key concepts for children to master their feelings
  • Ideas and exercises parents can use to help children through this process

CEUs for social workers and therapists are available through the Ohio CSWMFTContact us for cost and details.

Click here for a printable flyer about this program

Future topics will be determined based on parent feedback, and may include:

  • Transitions
  • Making good choices
  • Developing kindness and empathy
  • Fostering a lifelong love of learning

For event reminders, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

2nd Monday Parent Chat


Next chat: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

What parents can do to prevent bullying

Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

2nd Monday Parent Chat is a series of open discussions about the challenges of parenting school-age children. Attendance is free and open to the public. It’s hosted by Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in partnership with Shaker Heights Schools.

Each chat is built around a theme, and moderated by a Hanna Perkins child development specialist. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging. Parents participate with ideas and solutions as well as questions. Attendees are surveyed about additional interests for future discussions.

When: 6:30-8:pm, 2nd Monday of each month, August-April
Where: Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH (Directions)
Free and open to public. No reservations required; just show up.
Who: Parents of children, 4-12; plus professionals in education and child development.
Dates:

  • August 14, 2017: Helping your children off to a good start in the school year
  • September 11, 2017: Your child and the internet: Keeping access safe and healthy
  • October 9, 2017: What parents can do to prevent bullying
  • November 13, 2017: How children develop self esteem, and what you can do to help
  • December 11, 2017: Empathy and kindness: Why they matter and where they’ve gone
  • January 8, 2018: TBD
  • February 12, 2018: TBD
  • March 12, 2018: TBD
  • April 9, 2018: TBD
Next up:

What parents can do to prevent bullying

Helping children decode their feelings to build empathy, kindness and inner strength

6:30-8 pm
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
With Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW

Bullying prevention efforts typically focus on the middle- and high-school years. But the origins of bullying can be recognized at a much younger age – when children first go to school and must learn to advocate for themselves in a social setting.

This discussion will offer insight about the causes of bullying, and provide tools to help children advocate for themselves while developing empathy for others. It’s based on Hanna Perkins’ own “My Mad Feelings” bullying-prevention curriculum, which is used in the preschool program of Shaker Heights Schools.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • How bullying begins
  • The connection between self-advocacy, self-esteem and empathy
  • Key concepts for children to master their feelings
  • Ideas and exercises parents can use to help children through this process

CEUs for social workers and therapists are available through the Ohio CSWMFT. Contact us for cost and details.

Click here for a printable flyer about this program

Future topics will be determined based on parent feedback, and may include:

  • Transitions
  • Making good choices
  • Developing kindness and empathy
  • Fostering a lifelong love of learning

For event reminders, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Free discussion about controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”

Hanna Perkins will host a free forum about the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, which tells the story of a teenager who kills herself.

The show’s frank presentation of themes including depression, suicide, bullying and sexual assault has created concerns about its impact on vulnerable teens. This concern has come up numerous times in our own discussions with parents, adolescents and mental health professionals.

In light of this, Hanna Perkins is offering a free forum discussion for parents and professionals.

Details

7 p.m.
Monday, May 22
at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development
19910 Malvern Road
Shaker Hts, OH 44122
(click for directions)

Free and open to the public

Hanna Perkins therapists Kimberly Bell, Victoria Todd and Kenna Mycek, will serve as panelists to discuss the show’s main themes, answer questions about its content, and address how to talk with children about their thoughts and experiences.

This event is appropriate for parents, social workers, educators and others who work with children and adolescents. It is free and open to the public.

About the panel

  • Kimberly Bell, Ph.D., is a psychologist and child psycholanalyst. She is clinical director of the Hadden Clinic at Hanna Perkins.
  • Victoria Todd, LISW-S, is a child and adolescent psychoanalyst, and author of Hanna Perkins’ “My Mad Feelings” anti-bullying curriculum for young children.
  • Kenna Mycek. LISW, is a psychologist and child psychoanalyst.

Hanna Perkins School open house: Tue., April 25

Version 2Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2017-18. It’s the last open house for families planning to enroll a child in preschool or kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.

One-on-one tours will be offered throughout, and a group Q&A/Discussion will take place at 5 p.m.

Visitors will discover what makes Hanna Perkins unique – from the mindful approach to child development, to the important role of parents in the learning process, to the way meals and outdoor fun are integrated into the curriculum.

Hanna Perkins focuses on helping young children understand and manage the feelings that arise in everyday interactions – a foundational skill for success in school and life.

Our EPIC (Exploring Potentials in Children) Classroom, for children with Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnoses, will also be open. It applies the same social-emotional focus in an environment modified specifically for the learning needs of children who are likely to join a mainstream classroom in the future.

Hanna Perkins classes feature a 6:1 student teacher ratio, and a unique team-based approach involving the parent, teacher and a Family Helper to provide an 65th logoexperience that sets each child on his or her best path for future success. The program  integrates best practices in early childhood education with an internationally-recognized relationship-based model that has been researched, developed, practiced and fine-tuned for more than 65 years.

The school offers an effective environment for a wide range for students, including:

  • Those whose parents value a proactive emphasis on social-emotional development;
  • Children who would benefit from extra personal attention;
  • Children who are struggling with specific emotional or behavioral issues.

It is not a therapeutic school in the narrow sense that many people understand, but is particularly attractive to families with a child or children who need help making sense of the world around them, and support in managing the their response to it.

Claass Blocks &windowsHanna Perkins School is located in a beautifully restored historic school building in a neighborhood setting in Shaker Heights. It offers two playgrounds; an indoor gym; and healthful meals prepared onsite daily, with an emphasis on organic and locally grown food.

For information about the open house, contact School Director Barbara Streeter.

We’re located at 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH. Click here for directions.

For more information why Hanna Perkins School may be right for your child, see these resources elsewhere on our website:

2017 Spring Conference

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Taking Care of Yourself and Others

A one-day conference for Early Learning professionals, social workers and mental health professionals, and parents
April 29, 2017

Gain insight into the minds of young children and learn new strategies for working with them.

This affordable one-day conference is for anyone who works with children and families on a day-to-day basis.

Social work CEUs (3 credits) are provided for Social Workers and Counselors. Ohio Approved hours (3 hours) are provided for Early Learning Professionals.

Parents interested in a better understanding of a young child’s social-emotional development will find this conference helpful and practical with the addition of a dedicated “parent track.” Through generous support of The Huron Foundation, parents attend for free and transportation is available to/from the Stokes/Windermere Rapid Station. (Registration is still required for free admission.)

Keynote address:

Caring for the Caregiver: Practical Tools, Quick Tips and Tricks of the Mind-Body Trade
Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW, BCD

Naparstek

Naparstek

Naparstek is a clinical social worker, guided imagery pioneer, author and teacher, who maintained a psychotherapy practice for over 30 years.  In 1991, she founded Health Journeys, a leading producer and distributor of audio materials that deliver direct healing and wellness experiences at the screen and on listening devices. She also serves on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine Physician Fellows Program.

Her guided imagery has been found effective in over 20 clinical trials, and is in use at Johns Hopkins, Mayo, UHHS Cleveland, Dana Farber, the NIH, Duke University, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF Medical Center, the U.S. Army and the Veterans Administration.

Staying Well with Guided Imagery is a widely used primer on guided imagery and healing. Her most recent book on imagery and post-traumatic stress, Invisible Heroes, won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and has been called “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”.


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When:

8 am to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Where:

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development
19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Cost:

$45 through April 14   |   $50 after April 14   |   $55 at the door
Free for parents (no CEUs)

  • Registration fee includes cost of professional CEUs / Ohio Approved Hours.
  • Free registration is offered to parents only, through a grant from The Huron Foundation, and applies only to “Parent Track” sessions.  
  • Parents should not plan to bring children to this conference.  

Program Schedule

Morning

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
  • 9 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Karen Baer, CEO
  • 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address – Belleruth Naparstek, BCD
  • 10:15 a.m. – Break – Chair Massage and Yoga Self-Care Centers
  • 10:30 a.m.-Noon – Concurrent Sessions

Parent track
My Mad Feelings: Early guidance to prevent bullying
Presenter: Victoria Todd, LISW-S, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst

Educator track 
Parents as Partners: The high value of family engagement

Participants will learn the benefits to children, families and the school of working with parents as active educational partners, and discuss methods to foster this partnership. 

Presenter: Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW
1.5 Ohio Approved Hours

Mental Health Professional track 

Encouraging Healthy Attachment in the Face of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Participants will explore the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression, anxiety and psychosis. Also, working with mothers and their infants to develop healthy attachment, and helping mothers engage in the self-care needed to move through perinatal symptoms and enjoy their role as a new mom.

Presenters: Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.; and Anita Eddie, MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S
1.5 Clock Hours, CSWMFTB

Afternoon

  • Noon–1: 30 p.m. – Working Lunch (meal is included): Healthy Eating on a Budget
    Presenter: Susan Meisel, MS RD LD CDE
    Chair Massage and Yoga Self-Care Centers
  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions:    

Parent track
Panel Discussion: Parents Have the Best Intentions: The great impact of respect when relating to young children
Moderator: Victoria Todd. Panelists: Ruth Hall, Carol Paull, Judy Pitlick

Educator track 
Helping Children Express Their Mad Feelings: Early childhood intervention to prevent bullying

This session will identify the tools children need to express anger and other strong feelings in age-appropriate ways, and explore techniques to support their development. Participants will also learn to identify atypical social-emotional behaviors in preschool children, and how to assess and find resources for families.

Presenters: Kenna Mycek, MSW; and Rique Sollisch
1.5 Ohio Approved Hours

Mental Health Professional track 

Helping Yourself While Helping Others Process Trauma

Participants will explore the symptoms patients present that are related to trauma. Focus includes managing the most difficult issues faced by therapists such as boundary violations, counter transference and maintaining neutrality.  Methods for managing these issues will be explored and discussed in depth.

Presenters: Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.; and Anita Eddie, MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S
1.5 Clock Hours, CSWMFTB


CEU and Fee Information

  • Participants must attend the entire day to receive CEUs. Educators will receive 3 Ohio Approved Hours; licensed social workers and counselors will receive 3 social work CEUs through CSWMFTB.
  • Free registration is offered to support parent education through a grant from The Huron Foundation and is restricted to parents attending “Parent Track” concurrent sessions.
  • Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

More information: Pam Millar, Community Engagement
pmillar@hannaperkins.org    |    216-991-4472

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Support Generously Provided by The Huron Foundation

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Save the Date: April 9, 2016

 

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We’re pleased to announce our semi-annual “Spotlight On Our Stars” benefit will honor Susan Y. Meisel, 2016 winner of the Hadden Award and immediate past president of the Hanna Perkins board. Please save the date and plan to join us for the celebration on April 9, 2015.

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Free Replay: Early intervention to prevent bullying

Mrs. Wilson's class 003Our live webcast, It’s Never Too Early: Intervention For Tomorrow’s Bullies Today, provided insights on:

  • Why  bullying occurs;
  • How ordinary behaviors in preschool-age children can evolve over time into bullying;
  • How to identify these behaviors and provide gentle, effective intervention.

It also discussed a unique early-learning curriculum to help children learn to express emotions in ways that build self-esteem without being hurtful to others.

You can view the recorded webcast anytime as often as you want. It’s free with registration. To begin viewing, click the webcast window. A registration form will appear shortly after the webcast begins to play.

The webcast was hosted by Hanna Perkins with support from GlobalCast MD. It was held on May 14, 2015.

 

Free holiday concert

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Please join us for a free holiday concert from 3:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Hanna Perkins’ own Furman Hall.

Music will be provided by the Music Settlement Suzuki Strings. It’s family friendly, convenient and sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Hope to see you there.

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