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...A Little Help Figuring It Out

These sessions for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children are packed with real-life strategies and tips to help you and your children not just cope, but thrive.

Money Smart: Raising Finance-Wise Kids

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor; L-Lab)

Presenter: Stacey MacPhetres, M.A.; Director, College Finance, College Coach

This seminar will share best practices on teaching your children about earning money, saving, budgeting, taxes, investments, and credit. Parents will be empowered to incorporate these financial concepts into their children’s everyday lives. A financial educator will provide you with:

  • Suggestions on allowances and other ways children can earn money
  • Strategies for teaching children how to budget to achieve short- and long-term saving and spending goals
  • Tips for introducing children to the principles of taxation, investing, and using credit wisely
  • Concrete, age-appropriate exercises to do with children that promote good finance behavior

Career Meet Baby: How to Prepare for Success as a Working Parent

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Donielle Buie, M.Ed.; Founder and CEO, WifeMotherLeader

Whether you are a new or expectant parent, you already know that balancing work and family can be a challenge. This seminar will provide practical steps and proven advice to help you successfully return to work after the birth or adoption of a child. Topics include:

  • Key areas to focus on before parental leave and best practices for when you return to work
  • Speaking with your manager or supervisor about your upcoming leave and post-leave work arrangements to maximize your success at home and at work
  • Resources for child care and other supports to decrease the stress of returning to work
  • Maintaining a strong connection with your partner in the early stages of parenting

Turning 3: Life After Early Intervention (Webinar)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Deborah Scannell, MSW, LCSW

Turning three is a milestone for every child. But if your child has been receiving Early Intervention services, both of you are about to experience some changes. Early Intervention is covered under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law. In this webinar, learn about the transition to Part B services, provided under the auspices of the local school district. 

Education Survival Kit for Parents (Webinar)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, Torchlight

Discover the range of services provided by schools to help all children have a successful experience. Through this webinar, you will gain an understanding of common terminology – RTI, IEP, 504 – and learn more about Torchlight.

Positive Behavior Strategies for Children with ASD (Webinar)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: DeAnna Glass, M.Ed., BCBA

Does your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder engage in challenging behaviors that you don’t know how to address? Do you often wonder what your child is trying to communicate through behavior or how you can meet his or her needs in a more desirable way? 

Join this webinar to learn how to replace problem behaviors with more appropriate ones so that you can both feel successful and enjoy your family time!

Supporting Strong Social Skills (Webinar)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Gena Rotas, MSW, M.Ed., LICSW

Worried about your child's social skills and (nonexistent/overactive/fraught) social life? Sign up for this webinar to learn more about how to help your child understand and respond to verbal and nonverbal communication. Whether your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Anxiety, ADHD, or is simply shy, awkward, or missing the mark in social situations, there's a lot you can do to help. 

All About IEPs (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, Torchlight

Under federal law, eligible children with disabilities have a right to special education and related services to meet their unique needs. This webinar will help you understand both the process for developing and creating your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and your role in ensuring your child’s success in school. 

Planning for Your Child's Financial Needs (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Rich Hardwood, CLU®, CAP

Like many parents of children with disabilities, are you wondering what will happen when you’re gone? Have you been delaying all decision making about your child’s long-term needs because it just seems too complex? This webinar will introduce you to key financial planning considerations, special needs trusts, and protection of government benefits. 

Parenting in the Digital Age (Webinar)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Discover how digital technology and social media support and challenge parents today. In this webinar, participants will: 

  • Receive an overview of digital media, including how children and young people are using it
  • Review current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for children (0 - 2, 2 - teens)
  • Learn practical tips for talking to young children and adolescents about their use and your limits of technology and social media
  • Create a strategy for monitoring and setting expectations and boundaries for every member of the family's online and social media use

Choosing Quality Child Care

These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each session addresses your different infant and toddler child care options, what child care costs, how to find and evaluate your child care choices, planning your parental leave, and the transition to parenting.

Choosing Quality Child Care sessions, which are open to the entire MIT community, are held monthly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000.