News Release

Monday, March 19, 2012

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, (757) 668-7554

Free CHKD public parenting classes and seminars sponsored by Kohl's Cares in April

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

April 14, Happiest Baby on the Block. Free. 10 a.m. – noon. CHKD Health Center at Oakbrooke, 3rd floor conference room, 500 Discovery Dr., Chesapeake. 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. This is a Kohl's Cares Family Forum event.

April 25, Putting Autism in Perspective (Parent Program). Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Princess Anne High School auditorium, 4400 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Teaching, raising or relating to a child with autism requires us to take the perspective of a person whose thinking architecture, sensory perceptions and communication pathways may be very different from ours. Award-winning author Ellen Notbohm, mother of two sons on the spectrum, will offer parents guideposts for facing their child’s autism with a healthy and productive outlook, and share a child’s-eye look at the primary characteristics of autism embodied in her book, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew. This program is presented by Kohl's Cares Family Forum. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

April 26, Parent View, Child View: Putting Autism in Perspective (Professional Program). Free. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Virginia Beach Central Library, Auditorium, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach. Learn from Ellen Notbohm how to gain a parent's perspective on the multi-disciplinary network of therapeutic, educational and social services parents must identify, locate and manage on behalf of their child with autism; and learn how clinicians and educators can provide perspective and emotional support to parents of children with autism. In addition, Ellen will identify common environmental, language and social-emotional challenges/characteristics of autism in children and how adults can modify their own behavior and environment to better communicate with and teach children with autism. This program is presented by Kohl's Cares Family Forum. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.