with Sara Martin of Speech with Sara, LLC. Speech-sound development is one of the foundations to reading acquisition. As a result, children with speech-sound disorders are at a much higher risk for having/developing problems with reading skills. Sound development happens over a longer period of time beginning when babies are cooing and babbling then continuing into preschool years. Children who are delayed in their sound development and/or their ability to be well understood by others are more likely to encounter struggles during literacy acquisition.
with Amy E. Graham, Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology; Dual Title, Infant Mental Health. Amy is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University. She is also a Research Fellow at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, where she develops and examines the efficacy of mobile (electronic) health interventions for the prevention of substance-exposed pregnancies.
The presenter will discuss the common thinking “traps” that contribute to adolescent anxiety and depression, and will share many tips and techniques parents can use to help their teen identify, get out of, (and even prevent falling into) the traps.
with April Ceno, LMSW, Program Manager of Autism Services at Training and Treatment Innovations, Inc.
Although 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder there are still myths and misconceptions about what Autism really is. The presenter will examine those myths and misconceptions, define Autism and talk about the impacts on the individual, family and community.
with Barbara Roden, owner and Director of Client Relations at Senior Helpers, serving the Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores, Farmington Hills, Auburn Hills, Lansing and Grand Rapids communities. Barbara is also a board member on the Alzheimer’s Association of the Greater Michigan Chapter.
with Tommy Adams, Head of School, The Grosse Pointe Academy. Tommy was appointed the Head of School at The Grosse Pointe Academy in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, July 1, 2016. Prior to this appointment, he has had 22 years of experience working in independent schools. Tommy was Assistant Head of School for Enrollment for 8 years at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and Director of Admission for 8 years at The Gunnery in Washington, CT. Tommy is the founder and director of The Erdmann Institute for Enrollment Leadership. He has been a regular presenter at national events, such as TABS, SSATB, and IECA. Additionally, he has served on multiple independent school related committees including the ASSIST School Retention Task Force and the TABS Convention Planning Committee. A graduate of Avon Old Farms (CT), Tommy received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College (VA) as well as a master’s of science in Education with a focus on Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
with Bart Bronk, Head of University Liggett School. Previous positions at Liggett include Provost and COO and Associate Head of School and Dean of Faculty. Before arriving to Liggett in 2013, Bronk was the Director of Admissions at the Church Farm School in Exton, PA and previously served as the Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations at The Franklin Institute, Pennsylvania’s most visited museum. Bronk holds a B.A. (English) and M.S. Ed. (independent school leadership) from the University of Pennsylvania. His graduate research was on the development, perception, and expression of empathy in the school setting, a topic on which he regularly speaks to groups of educators locally, regionally, and nationally.
Podcast by Pamela Flom, Family Center Board of Directors President