Upcoming Parent Education Events
Dear Parents and Community Agencies
There are so many quality parent education programs taking place in our communities this Fall! This is an attempt to gather the information into one place. When registration or fees are required please note the contact information since most of these are not First Connections programs.

September 2016
Anaphylaxis: Severe Allergic Reactions and What You Can Do About Them 
Monday, September 19, 6:45 p.m. FREE - No registration required.
Speaker: Allergist John Saryan, MD, Chair of the Dept of Allergy and Immunology at Lahey Hospital
Held at Children's Hospital/Beth Israel Medical Care Center, 482 Bedford St., Lexington

Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis: What You Need to Know Now 
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. FREE - No registration required.
Speaker: Allergist Curt Moody, M.D.
Held at Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Bowles Conf. Center Rm 1), 2014 Washington St. (Rte 16), Newton
Information for both programs: Asthma & Allergy Foundation of New England - 781-444-7778
www.asthmaandallergies.org  www.facebook.com/AAFANewEngland  

The Science of Sleep
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - No registration required
Speaker: Kirsty Kerin, Ph.D., scientist in the field of sleep medicine, fatigue management and circadian rhythm biology.
Held at Acton-Boxborough Regional H.S. Auditorium, 36 Charter Road, Acton

Managing ADHD to Increase Focus and Productivity
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m. FREE - No registration required
Speaker:  Brendan Mahan, M.Ed, MS, ADHD/Executive Function Consultant and veteran educator
Held at Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford Center

Autism Insurance: What Parents Need to Know
Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE - Register at LurieCenter@partners.org
Speaker: Amy Weinstock, Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center
Held at The Lurie Center, 1 Maguire Rd., Lexington

Exercise & Outdoors: A Key to Helping Our Kids Build Emotional Resilience and Optimizing their Learning Capacity
Thursday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE - Registration required:
  http://www.discoverymuseums.org/speaker-series  Limited spaces available. Refreshments served.
Speaker:  John J. Ratey, M.D., Assoc. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of "Go Wild" and "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain"
Held at Oak Meadow School, 2 Old Pickard Lane, Littleton.

Managing Your Kid's Behavioral Health
Saturday, September 24, 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  FREE - Preregistration required: 866-644-7792
Speaker:  Mass. General Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry Academy Clinicians
Held at Mass. General Starr Center Auditorium, 185 Cambridge St., 2nd Floor, Boston
Red Line Charles/Mass General Station transportation is highly encouraged. Complimentary coffee, tea and lunch will be served during which "Lunch Table Talks" with expert faculty will take place. Check-in begins at 9:00. www.mghpatientfamily.org This program is exclusively for patients, family and friends.
We've Got Issues: Children & Parents in the Age of Medication
Thursday, September 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. FREE - registration required: dbuono@perkinschool.org
Speaker:  Judith Warner, author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" and "We've Got Issues", will discuss her change of thinking about family mental health and is looking forward to a question and answer session after the presentation.
Held at Janeway Auditorium at the Perkins School, 971 Main St., Lancaster

Keeping Kids Safe: Presented in Simplified Chinese
Saturday, September 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m. FREE - registration required by Sept. 26 lmatthews@jri.org
Speakers: Kaiyan Jew and Anne Zhang thru Childrens Trust, Boston
Held at Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton. Appropriate for parents of children age 0-10. Topics include family safety rules, selecting a babysitter, concerning behavior in other adults, resources.
Ways to Help Your Family Be Healthier and More Resilient
Wednesdays, September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE
Speaker:  Partricia Marquis, LICSW
Held in Concord. Registration required:  Email cpt@concordps.org and type "Resilient Families" in the subject line. Include the ages of your children, your complete address and your phone #.
Information: www.centerforparentsandteachers.org or 978-202-1143
October 2016
Postpartum Depression Documentary "Dark Side of the Full Moon"
Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.  $20 donation to local perinatal health organization. No registration.
Speaker:  Lauren Brown, Psy.D. will also lead a discussion over cocktails at Woods Hill Table in W. Concord
Film will be screened at Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St., W. Concord

Early Childhood and Technology
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - Registration not required
Speaker:  Janell Burley Hofmann, author of "iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up"
Held at R.J. Grey Jr. High School Auditorium, 16 Charter Road, Acton, 978-264-4700

Parent Support Group Topic:  ADD/ADHD

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE - Registration not required

Speaker:  Dianne Walsh, LICSW, CBT Therapist, and Sue Hanly, R.N., School Nurse

Held at Millennium School, Large Old Purpose Room, 23 Depot Street, Westford

Information: 978-692-5509, 45 min. presentation, 45 min. discussion. Open to all.


Helping Children Control their Emotions
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - Register at admin@concordmontessorischool.org
Speaker: Susan Lerner, LICSW, specialist in attachment, parenting and trauma
Held at Concord Montessori School, 29 Domino Dr., Suite 2, Concord. Info: 978-369-5900.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Monday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
A special sceening: www.screenagersmovie.com 
Held at Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord
$5.00 tickets available at: www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Working with Schools Around Adoption
Wednesday, October 26, 7-9:00 p.m. FREE for ACONE members, $25 non-members
Speaker:  Carol Mitchell, LICSW, school social worker and former adoption worker
Held at Adoption Community of New England office, 36 Knox Trail, Suite 206, Acton
Information & ACONE member registration: ngoldman@rfkchildren.org
Non-member registration: http://www.rfkchildren.org/acone/events
Choosing a Preschool or Child Care that is the Right Fit for Your Family
Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - Registration required: lmatthews@jri.org
Speaker:  Ellie Springer, M.Ed. Early Childhood
Held at Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street, Littleton
Information: 978-429-8284 or www.firstconnections.org

November 2016
What Exactly is Play, and Why is it Such a Powerful Vehicle for Learning?
Wednesday evening, November 2 - registration required  
Speaker:  Peter Gray, Ph.D., Research Professor at Boston College and author of "Free to Learn:  Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life."  Location to be determined - www.discoverymuseums.org/speaker-series
The Well-Balanced Student, for parents of children in pre-K thru grade 4
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE - no registration required
Speaker:  Denise Pope, Ph.D., author of "Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students"
Held at Acton-Boxborough Regional H.S., 36 Charter Rd, Acton

Exposure and Response Prevention for Children & Teens with OCD
Thursday, November 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by support group 7:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE 
Speaker: Jennifer Lish, Ph.D., Worcester Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Held at U.Mass. Medical School, Lazare Auditorium (S1-607), 55 North Lake Ave., Worcester
www.ocdmassachusetts.org, carla@ocd-therapy.net, 781-775-1127 
December 2016

Kindergarten Readiness Overview

Thursday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE - registration required by Nov. 23: lmatthews@jri.org

Speaker:  Mary Beilman, MA, ECSE, former kindergarten teacher, current Director of First Connection

Held at:  Bedford Children's Center, 402 Concord Road, Bedford

Information: 978-429-8284, www.firstconnections.org Appropriate for families who have children who will be entering kindergarten in 2017. Includes ASQ assessments, social & emotional skills. Pizza provided!


Advances in Treatment for Youth with OCD: Fine Tuning ERP
Thursday, December 8, 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by support group 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE, no reg. 
Speaker: Lissa Coyne, Ph.D. McLean Hospital 
Held at U. Mass Medical School, Lazare Auditorium (S1-607), 55 Lake ave. North, Worcester
www.ocdmassachusetts.org, carla@ocd-therapy.net, 781-775-1127 
Parent Support Group Topic:  Anxiety and Depression
Tuesday, December 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m. FREE - no registration required
Speakers: Dianne Walsh, LICSW, CBT Therapist, and Sue Hanley, R.N., School nurse
Held at Millennium School, Large Old Purpose Room, 23 Depot Street, Westford
Information: 978-692-5509. 45 min. presentation, 45 min. discussion. Open to all.

  Future Listings
If your agency or school has parent education programming you would like to share with the families in our catchment area (Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Hanscom AFB, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury and Westford) please feel free to send it to me and I will include it on our quarterly newsletters sent out in August, December, March and June. Thank you! Linda Jensen, lmatthews@jri.org , fax 978-429-8690