News Release

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, 668-7554

Free Kohl's-sponsored public classes and seminars in October

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The following free public program will be offered by CHKD and Kohl’s Cares Family Forum in October.

October 8, Happiest Baby on the Block. FREE. 10 a.m.-noon. CHKD Health & Surgery Center at Princess Anne, 2021 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach. This two-hour class for expectant and new parents will help Mom and Dad navigate the first months of Baby's life while learning how to soothe even the fussiest infant in minutes and help Baby sleep longer. Parents will learn about the calming reflex, the cuddle cure and the "5 Ss." All participants will receive "The Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD by Dr. Harvey Karp and a soothing sounds CD. Space is limited and registration is required. Call Sam Fabian at 668-7402 to register. Presented by Kohl's Cares Family Forum.

October 17, Street Smart: A Program for Teen Drivers. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Oscar Smith High School, Auditorium, 1994 Tiger Drive, Chesapeake. Students will learn first-hand the real-life drama experienced by state-certified paramedics as they work to save the lives of individuals who've made poor choices when it comes to texting, drinking, driving, and not wearing seat belts. Learn what happens at a trauma scene, what it feels like to try to save a life, and what it's like to be a victim. This is an interactive program designed to teach good decision-making when it comes to driving and is recommended for students 14 and older. Presented by Kohl's Cares Family Forum. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

October 20, Couples Raising Children with Disabilities and Health Challenges: How to make it work in your family. Free. 7-9 p.m. CHKD Brickhouse Auditorium, 2nd floor, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk. Many parents worry that even strong couple relationships can buckle and some may break under the intense demands of raising children with special needs. Learn from Dr. Laura Marshak and Fran Prezant about practical, supportive solutions to common parenting issues, including communication breakdown, conflicting parenting styles, coping and problem-solving strategies, lack of intimacy, differing expectations of a child, and issues arising in a second marriage or blended family. Presented by Kohl's Cares Family Forum (Parent Program). Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

October 21, Supporting Couples Who Have Children with Disabilities and Health Challenges (for professionals). Free. 9-11 a.m. CHKD Brickhouse Auditorium, 2nd floor, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk. Couples raising children with disabilities and health challenges face many emotional and practical issues. Some succumb to stressors and others find ways to thrive. In this presentation Dr. Laura Marshak and Fran Prezant focus on key strategies couples use to strengthen their relationships in the midst of intensified parenting demands. By understanding relevant issues and strategies, professionals in education, health care and social services can better support such couples in useful and practical ways. The presenters will include ideas from the hundreds of parents who have shared thier thoughts, solutions and feelings for their book, Married with Special Needs Children (a couples guide to keeping connected). Presented by Kohl's Cares Family Forum (Professional Program). Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.