Parent Education in November 2011
• The Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education, an advocacy group for the appropriate education of the gifted and talented of Massachusetts, meets the first Monday of every other month during the school year at the Sage School, 171 Mechanic St., Foxborough. Meetings are held from 6-8pm; a complimentary dinner is served at 5:30pm. RSVP to Susan Dulong at email@example.com.
• The new Child Enrichment & You department at the Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston, offers interactive daytime programs for children and their caregivers, such as cooking, music and gym classes, and a guest speaker series designed to engage parents and caregivers about important child-rearing topics. Fees for the various programs vary. Visit bcae.org for a complete schedule and for registration information.
• La Leche League. Monthly meetings, second Wednesday of each month at Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Road, Salem. www.llleus.org/web/BeverlyMa.html.
Cooperation Counts parenting seminar on discipline for young children, Nov. 3. J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main St., Westford. With author and therapist Jean Hamburg, LICSW. 7-8:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Register at 978-287-0221, firstconnections.org.
Pediatric Brain Injury Conference, Nov. 3. 8am-4pm. Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlboro. Teachers, parents and coaches are welcome at this conference which will cover new regulations for schools regarding concussions including training, documentation, return-to-play, and academic requirements as well as tools and strategies that can be used by parents in the home to minimize the impact of brain injury on a child’s learning. Member, $85; Non-Member, $115; Student, $50. To register, visit www.biama.org or call 508-475-0032.
Adoption Month Conference, Nov. 12, 500 Salisbury St., Assumption College, Worcester. This conference will cover topics such as transracial adoption, developing and maintaining positive relationships with birth families, child development, brain function, the effects of trauma on children, and post-placement issues and support. A panel of adoptive teens with their adoptive parents will also share their experiences. Registration required. 508-872-2230; adoptioncommunityofne.org.
Handling the Holidays: A workshop for parents who are separated or divorced, Nov. 12. With Marjorie Cahn, LICSW, EdD. 1:00-3:00 p.m., First Connections, Community Agencies Building., Emerson Hospital, Concord. Free, with childcare provided if requested in advance. RSVP to 978-287-0221. www.firstconnections.org.
National Adoption Month Presentation, Nov. 17. First Connections, 111 ORNAC, Suite 1009, Concord. Meg Kearney, author of The Secret of Me, will speak with parents about what is was like to grow up adopted, reasons why adopted children want to know about their biological background, and how the love and loyalty to adoptive parents is not affected by an adopted child's curiosity about his/her heritage. FREE. RSVP appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.