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January 20, 2010 > Parenting with purpose

Parenting with purpose

By Alyson Whitaker

Anyone with a child under age five knows the challenges that arise while navigating the adventures of parenthood. Tantrums in the aisle of a grocery store can tax even the most patient parent. As children are learning language, concerns may arise over speech development or delays. In a society that leans toward over-scheduling, parents may feel pressure to involve their young children in too many activities, play groups, and social experiences, and then feel concern when their child does not act appropriately.

First-time parents often want to know what is normal or expected and what is not. For parents with more than one child, questions may arise regarding differences in development; there is a tendency to compare siblings. Answers and solutions to these challenges and concerns can sometimes be hard to find.

The Center for Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy (CSLOT) will present a series of free workshops to the public addressing these concerns.

Beginning in January, a monthly 'Parenting with Purpose' workshop will be held at the Fremont Main Library. Experts in various fields of early childhood development and education will be on hand to present each topic and discuss challenges and solutions for parents.

The workshop series is aimed at parents of children ages five and under - whether developing normally or presenting signs of delayed development. Research has shown that early intervention greatly increases the chances that a child with developmental delays will have success later in life.

Each one-hour workshop will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation period, followed by a brief Question & Answer session. Workshop leaders will be available to offer suggestions on resources for additional assistance. Free childcare will be available on-site and the workshops are free of charge.

It can be tricky navigating through the early years of childhood. While parents may still have to deal with the tantrums, speech concerns, and other challenges, the hope is that these workshops will give them the resources they need to deal with them in an effective manner.

Schedule of topics for the four-part series:

Wednesday, January 27-Speech and Language Milestones for Young Children, presented by Jennifer M. Adams, MA, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, February 24-Dealing with Challenging Behavior, presented by Pouneh Azadi, BA, ECE Educator

Wednesday, March 24-Play Therapy, presented by Dora Thalwitz, MS, OTR/L

Wednesday, April 28-The Role of Age-Appropriate Social Skills in Early Childhood Years, presented by Pouneh Azadi, BA, ECE Educator

Parenting with Purpose Workshops
Wednesdays: Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24 and Apr 28
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room A
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
Pouneh Azadi: (510) 794-5155 ext. 114 or

Workshops and childcare are free of charge.

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