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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

Parenting Kids with Special Needs? Here’s a Great Columbus Resource

I’m a huge fan of parents supporting parents and I know that most especially when it comes to parenting kids with special needs it’s vital to connect with other families who can help you find resources; navigate your options; and support your whole family in your journey. The Early Childhood Resource Network+ operates in North Columbus and offers an equipment lending library, support groups and information. Next month there’s a Back to School event, which would be a great time to get to know this wonderful resource. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Amanda Biel at 614-543-9000 x215 or abiel@ymcacolumbus.org.

Special Needs Family Support Group

Brought to you by ECRN+

Join us for an informal monthly gathering held in an environment for families to foster connections and networking opportunities with other families of children with special needs. We offer a place to help families of exceptional children meet their unique challenges through advocacy and peer support. Typically our meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at ECRN+ office located at 6555 Busch Blvd, Suite 112, Columbus, Ohio. Occasionally we will come together on other dates or at different venues. Please call to confirm next month’s details or check facebook.com/ecrnplus for the latest updates!


Parents, family members and guardians of children with special needs. Both YMCA Members and Non-Members are welcome!

Thursday, September 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

(Note: Meeting held on the third Thursday this month due to back to school season)

JASONS DELI – 1122 Gemini Place, Columbus, OH 43240

(Located directly across from Rave Motion Pictures, Polaris Mall)

Parent’s night out! The kids are back in school! You did it and it’s time for YOU to take a breather! Join us this month for some relaxation & emotional support in the company of other families who truly understand the unique struggles and celebrations of raising a child with special needs.

First order of single soft drinks, coffee or tea will be provided.

Further yummy food purchases are at your expense.

Not hungry? No problem! Fellowship & Friendship – Always free!

No formal childcare is available but children are always welcome.

Amanda Biel, ECRN+ Family Support Specialist

Phone: 614-543-9000 x215

Email: abiel@ymcacolumbus.org

Facebook: facebook.com/ecrnplus

Free Car Seats and Car Seat Checks at Neighborhood Health Fair

car seat checksOn Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Westside Health Center, 2300 West Broad, Columbus, OH from 11am to 3pm the Westside Health Center in partnership with the City of Columbus, the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, and Columbus Public Health will be giving car seats to low income residents and offering car seat checks to anyone who needs them.

Health Fair events include:

  • Free Car Seats & Installation
  • Free Health Screenings
  • Health & Wellness Giveaways
  • Games with OSU Mobile Tour &
  • Expedition Fit Kids
  • Health and Wellness Resources
  • Music and Prizes
  • Healthy Nutritious Snacks

You must be registered and attend one of the class times listed to receive your car seat: 11:30am -12:30pm or 1:30pm-2:30pm Call the Westside Neighborhood Health Center for more information (614) 645-2300.

The celebration continues all that week with the following events:

August 11– Monday- Columbus Neighborhood Health, Center Tour

August 12– Tuesday- Westside Health Center, Free Car Seat Installation and Health Fair

August 13– Wednesday- East Central Health Center, National Homeless Awareness Day

August 14– Thursday-Northeast Health Center, Patient Appreciation Day

August 15– Friday- All Health Center sites, National Health Center week

August 16– Saturday- John Maloney Health & Wellness Center: Healthy BBQ Community Celebration 12p-4p



Traumatic Birth services in Columbus

traumatic birthI’ve been talking to some of the wonderful practitioners who serve women who have been through a traumatic birth and hearing lots of people talking about the possible need for a group to serve this specific population. I’ve also heard that there are some other therapists interested in creating that group but I haven’t heard much about where that’s going.

There are already two wonderful resources for women exploring specific challenges of birth experiences, POEM: Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement (for women who are struggling with postpartum depression) and ICAN (for women who have had a cesarean birth) and I think perhaps a traumatic birth might be redundant but I don’t know. I wanted to talk to people in the know and also find out more about the doctors, midwives and therapists who have expertise and a commitment to working with women who have a traumatic birth history. I have a small list of people whose contact information I can confidently share with my clients but I am always happy to add to that list. This includes other therapists because, as I’ve said, good therapy comes down to a good match between client and counselor. If I’m not the right person for a potential client, I want to help her find that right person.

To that end, I’ve set up a meeting and put it on Facebook. (It’s also on the Event Calendar.) On March 13th I’m hosting a casual networking meeting at the Old Worthington Library at 7:30pm. I’m encouraging those interested practitioners to bring their business cards/brochures so that we can all see what’s already out there and discuss what the needs might be (if there are needs not being met).

If you are someone who works with women and is interested in sharing information, learning about who’s out there doing the work or in giving feedback about the needs of this community, please come on by. You can RSVP on the Facebook page but it’s not necessary. If you have questions, please contact me.

Kids are constantly changing


Your tractable kid turns mouthy. You’re outgoing child turns shy. The child who wasn’t afraid of anything is now telling you that she needs a nightlight, a teddy, and someone to sit with her until she falls asleep. You’re left wondering what the heck is going on and how to handle it.

Sometimes children start behaving differently because of a new developmental stage. How can you know if that’s the case?

First of all, look around at your child’s peers. Most 9-year old boys get very silly, even the serious ones. Pratfalls, weird noises and general ridiculousness become the order of the day. If you see every other third grader acting goofy then you can feel pretty confident that your kid has just hit the goofy stage. This too shall pass.

Next talk to other parents whose kids are the same age or older. You might find that bedtime dread is a common issue for previously hearty 5-year olds and then it’ll be easier to accommodate her fears with a handy flashlight and some extra lullabies.

You can also look at a general child development book, talk to your child’s teacher or give a therapist a call. They can help you get perspective and encourage you to get greater help if the personality change sounds like something more than typical kids trying on new ways to be.

Sometimes it’s easier to live with that goofy stage or the longer bedtimes if you know that these stages are part of the long journey towards growing up. And certainly it’s easier to come up with coping plans (whether it means turning a blind eye or setting down limits) when you understand what’s driving the behavior.

Do you need more help understanding what personality changes may be atypical?


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