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Upcoming Developmental Screenings for Kids 0 to 5

bottlebaby-insideWay back when, back when Hector was a pup and I had a lot less gray hair I used to schedule screenings like this at the YWCA in Portland. Now I’m sharing this with you but you gotta get on it — the screenings happen this Wednesday. If you can’t make it then give the ECRN+ a call and find out when they might be happening in the future.

Child Developmental Screenings – Mind and Body

Wednesday, January 28th 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Grove City YMCA – 3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, OH 43123

What is a developmental screening?

A developmental screening is a snap shot look at a child’s development to determine if a child is reaching appropriate milestones. Your child’s social-emotional development (mental health) is an essential part of their overall growth. Mental health in childhood simply means reaching developmental and emotional milestones and learning healthy social and coping skills. Children with good social-emotional skills function well at home, in school and in their communities. In addition to their social-emotional screening, your child’s speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, vision, and hearing will also be checked.

Thanks to the generous support of The Columbus Foundation, the Early Childhood Resource Network+ will be providing FREE screenings to all children ages 1 month through 5 years. Screening appointments are not necessary but encouraged.


Katie Lombardi or Margie Dalton—Developmental Consultants 614-543-9000 ext. 218 or klombardi@ymcacolumbus.org

6555 Busch Blvd, Suite 112, Columbus OH 43229 614.543.9000 ymcacolumbus.org/ecrn

The class is going swimmingly

mama-insideMy husband is participating this time, which is a first. He’s never done that before because the time wasn’t convenient but he was helping me set up and tear down and decided it’d be easier just to stick around and take the class. The class is male-heavy this time around, which is unusual* but great. There’s been a lot of engagement and it’s fun to see what people find new and exciting. Different people find different things illuminating and I always learn something by witnessing people tune in to a new idea.

I really really really love to teach this class!!

I’ve had some calls from people hoping to come to the second session of Parenting for Attunement but there is so much that happens in the first class that I think people will lose too much if they only get half. If you are interested in learning when I’ll be offering it again — either September or October depending on some other things going on — please sign up for the email list by filling the form there to the side or by commenting below and checking the box that says “Click here to get the monthly Building Family Counseling Newsletter.” I think I’m going to stick with the four hour class in two weeks for now. I know it’s hard to get a babysitter for that long but it’s also hard to get a babysitter for six weeks. I’m also going to start working on launching an online version hopefully in the fall although, given how busy I am, maybe I ought to say in 2015 but I’m really rooting for fall.

Oh my gosh, I’m really not ready to think that 2015 is close enough to start planning but there you go; it is.

* I’ve only ever taught one other class that had more men and that was one mandated for abusive husbands who had to take a class in order to get unsupervised visitation with their children. I was nearly eight months pregnant and already tired of traveling all the way across town at night during the winter to teach it (we lived in Portland then and I went by bus) and these guys were so hostile. It’s the only time the class hasn’t gone well. 

Still time to register

Parenting ClassesI’ve been working on revamping my hand-outs and adding a Powerpoint (well, Keynote — same diff as we used to say in the 80s!) for the visual learners. I keep getting asked about offering the class online but haven’t really figured out how to do this. I’m asking some of my colleagues who do webinars about the tech part but I’d also need to figure out how to turn a fairly long class (it’s usually 2-hours across 6 weeks but this time I’m trying 4 hours on 2 days) into something palatable online. Maybe stick with the six week format and hope people are willing to come to their computers that many times? Me, I’m not crazy about webinars so it’s hard for me to figure what others might like. If you have some thoughts, let me know.

Meanwhile if you’re in Central Ohio, come on by this Saturday or sign up for the newsletter (there in the sidebar) and get alerted when I teach the class in the fall (probably in October).

Central Ohio Car Seat Check-ups

The Columbus Health Department has released their car seat check-up list. Just drive your car there, let them make sure your car seat is properly installed, the right seat for your child and help you make sure the straps, etc. fit correctly. Peace of mind! Because dang, those car seats are confusing.




April 29,2014 (Tuesday) 10 am to 1 pm

Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave Columbus, OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

May 16,2014 (Friday) 10 am to 1pm

Worthington Community Center

345 W Wilson Bridge Rd Worthington, OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

May17,2014(Saturday) 11am to 2 pm

Sunny 95 Park

4395 Carriage Hill Lane Upper Arlington OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

May 22, 2014 (Thursday) 10 am to 1 pm

Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave Columbus OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

May 28,2014(Wednesday)

10 am to 1 pm

Urgent Care

4300 Clime Rd Columbus, OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

May 30,2014(Friday) 10 am to 1 pm

60N State St Westerville oH

Call (614) 645-7748
To Schedule an Appointment

June 3,2014 (Tuesday) 10 am to 1 pm

Columbus Public Health

240 Parsons Ave Columbus OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

June 13,2014 (Friday) 10 am to 1 pm

AAA- close to Polaris Mall
8350 Sancus Blvd Columbus OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

June 21,2014(Saturday) 10 am to 1 pm


1693 Stringtown rd Grove city OH

Call (614) 645-7748

To Schedule an Appointment

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Jackson Twp. Fire

3650 Hoover Rd Grove City 43123

Call (614) 875-5588

To Schedule an Appointment

1st Friday and 3rd Saturdays

Norwich Twp. Fire

5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026

Call (614) 876-7694

To Schedule an Appointment

3rd Saturdays

Grandview Fire

1016 Grandview Avenue, Grandview, OH

Call (614)340-5199

To Schedule an Appointment

Now registering for Parenting for Attunement, a class that helps you become the parent that your child needs and that you are meant to be. Learn more by clicking here.

Sharing around this week

fallpumpkin-insideHere are some things that caught my eye and that I shared on my Twitter or Google Plus or on my Building Family Counseling Facebook page this week:

  • Catie, my co-facilitator for the All Adoption group has decided to create a casual, peer support Central Ohio Adoptee only group! If you or anyone you know might be interested in meeting up monthly, please join the Facebook page to get more info. This is SO SO NEEDED and I’m really thrilled she’s doing it!
  • I loved these pictures from the Humans of New York book review over at Brain Pickings. I don’t think I’d be happy living someplace so crowded but I sure do like knowing that it’s there to visit.
  • My friend Janine’s father died last week and she shared this post of her memories of being a little girl and spending time with him. Janine is a terrific, terrific writer and ought to be in your feed readers.
  • Spilt Milk wrote about having her children nearly removed from her care when she was struggling with a crisis in her mental health. Mentally ill mothers can be good mothers, too.

Finally, please click the last link for a quick pick-me up!


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