10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Parenting Matters workshops are led by child development and behavior professionals who offer expert advice on raising kids today.
Kenneth Barish, PhD, keynote speaker and author of Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Children’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems.
C. Sloan Alday, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Discuss how stress affects parents and caregivers, and why it’s important to care for themselves as well as their children. Practice strategies for managing stress.
Ellen M. Hoy, MEd, Gateway Healthcare
Explore how mass media, the Internet, the use of Facebook and texting have added to increased levels of anxiety—especially in teens—and have fostered isolative behaviors in our youth.
Todd Levine, MD, Women & Infants Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Parents, caregivers and teachers will learn about evaluating behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders.
Marilyn Sykulski, MSW, Bradley Hospital
We are exposed to tragic events that can rattle our sense of safety and impact our children. Learn ways to respond to our kids and help them cope in these challenging times.
Jane Cancilliere, MS, MEd, OTR/L, COMS c/NDT
Lindsay Daniels, MOT OTR/L MS, OTR/L
Discuss the functional impact of sensory processing difficulties on a child’s food repertoire and introduce strategies to enhance one’s variety of foods and mealtime skills.
Rochelle Fritz, PhD
Katherine Lingras, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Discuss different types of bullying behavior, how to identify them, and what parents, teachers and professionals can do to help those who bully, are bullied or who witness bullying.
Johanna Corcoran, founder, Familytopia (www.myfamilytopia.com)
Ever wondered what your child is thinking but have trouble getting them to open up? Discover fun, simple and effective techniques to help parents create a space where children feel it’s safe to share their struggles, hopes and dreams with the people who matter most—you!
Jennifer Jencks, PhD, LICSW, Bradley Hospital
Discover the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders in childhood and treatment guidelines for parents and teachers.
Marge Paccione-Dyslewski, PhD
Walter Heisler, BS, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Discuss behaviors of early childhood and elementary-age children that are challenging for care providers, and examine the “why’s” and “how’s” of addressing them.
Karen A. Holler, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Reading disabilities are the most common form of learning disorders in childhood. Discover the usual steps to learn reading skills, ways reading can go off track, and methods to address reading disorders early and effectively.
Susan Curria, BS, Bradley Hospital
Introductory workshop uncovers the mystery of how and why chronic stress impacts our overall health and well-being for both children and their parents. Discover mind/body awareness and practice the relaxation/stress reduction skills of yoga. Breath awareness, progressive muscle relaxation, object awareness and guided imagery will be utilized in a calming and therapeutic environment.
Jennifer Wolff, PhD, Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Gain insight into the reasons behind your teens' emotions and the ways you can help.
Julie Braciszewski, PhD, Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; and RICBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching.
Discover ways to help kids battle fears and worries to become more confident and self-assured.
Emily Garthee, Rhode Island Parent Information Network
What you and your child need to know for a successful transition to kindergarten.