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Connecting for Kids expands programming to Solon

Dec 18, 2017 12:13PM
Connecting for Kids, a local nonprofit that provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, will be expanding to the east side in 2018 offering its popular Music Therapy & MoreSM at the Solon Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library located at 34125 Portz Pkwy,

This expansion is made possible through the generous support of the Callahan Foundation and a partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library.

“More than 9,000 participants have attended one of our programs since Connecting for Kids began six years ago,” said Sarah Rintamaki, executive director. “Up until now, we’ve offered programming only on the west side at libraries in Elyria, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights and Westlake. We are thrilled to now be able to reach out to families in the Solon area.”

Music Therapy & More is a hands-on family training program for children, ages 0-6 years, who are struggling in an area of development. It is designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child's motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. The program is led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. (MTEC).  This program is offered free of charge. Because of limited space, all families must register.

Please visit www.connectingforkids.org/music to see upcoming dates and to register. The first program in Solon will be offered on Friday, January 5 at 10:30 am and then offered on a monthly basis throughout the school year.

In addition to programs, Connecting for Kids provides resources for a number of concerns including anxiety, attention issues, developmental delays, epilepsy, and sensory issues. The organization also helps families whose children are having difficulty making friends, struggling academically or facing a major life change such as parents divorcing.

 Besides its hands-on training programs such as Music Therapy & More, Connecting for Kids offers presentations by pediatric professionals, support groups and a Parent Match Program to connect those facing similar struggles. The organization has numerous resources available through its website, online Service Provider Directory and Meet and Greet and currently serves more than 1,750 families in the greater Cleveland area.

About Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.

For more information about Connecting for Kids, visit: www.connectingforkids.org, email: [email protected] or call: 440-250-5563.