Parent Mentor

Parent Mentor

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Welcome Parents and Educators!  I'm Shari DeCarlo, the Parent Mentor for Mayfield City Schools.  As Parent Mentor, I guide and assist families through the special education process. I also provide information and resources to parents and school personnel. Home and school work together as a team to meet the needs of your unique learner, and my role is to strengthen your child's team through partnership and collaboration. Meeting your child's needs is the goal of the team. Let's make it happen.
I'm the proud mother of two daughters who both have special needs.  My older daughter is a graduate of Mayfield High School, and my youngest is in the 7th grade. I've spent years as an active volunteer for special needs advocacy. I believe deeply in strengthening the community for the families of our exceptional children.   
HOW TO CONTACT ME
 

GETTING STARTED

Helpful Websites

These Websites are not administered by Mayfield City Schools.  Please use your own best judgement when visiting websites. 
 
 
 
YELLOW PAGES FOR KIDS
A yellow pages style website with links and contacts for providers, resources, and programs in Ohio
YellowPagesForKids 
 
 
EARLY LITERACY
Get Ready To Read is an online resource full of helpful tools for early readers, kindergarten transition, and suggestions for parents.
 
PBS Children's Programming is an excellent online resource for early literacy games, activities, and parent support.
 
MOST DIFFERENCES, FROM BiPolar to Tourette's
Child Mind Institute has information about most differences, including trauma, military family issues, selective mutism, and many more that you will find few other places
 
CHILDHOOD TRAUMA 
 SAMSHA’s National Center on Trauma-Informed Care & Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint website contains information and resources about Trauma-Informed Approaches and Trauma-Specific Interventions.
 
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service’s website on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) contains information on Ohio’s TIC initiative, including upcoming events.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on the ACEs study includes details about the study, publications, data/statistics, questionnaires, and links to additional resources.
 
ADD/ADHD

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
ADAPTIVE RECREATION

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

LEARNING DISABILITES
BULLYING
CHILDHOOD ANXIETY
SENSORY NEEDS?
  • Check out FREE Sensory Storytime/Playtime offered at local Cuyahoga County Public Libraries. Designed for children with different needs. Families of school-age children with...
    • Autism
    • Down syndrome
    • Sensory-processing disorder
    • Speech/language delays
    • Cognitive impairments
    • AD/HD
  • http://cuyahogalibrary.net/stdBackPage.aspx?id=15918

Preschool Families (Free Resources)

FAMILY CONNECTIONS
  • http://www.familyconnections1.org/ 
  • IEP assistance
  • Preschool Play Group (Play and Learn, Most Fridays 1-3 PM, Shaker Heights Library
  • Monthly Parent Support Groups
  • Education Workshops
  • Pizza and Play; Music and Movement; Story Times
EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH
  • http://investinchildren.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/social-emotional-development.aspx
  • Or contact Rose Frech at [email protected] Call (216) 881-4291
***New research shows that Positive Parenting style has big impact on kids with disabilities.
  • In households where positive parenting is applied, the symptoms and severity of the child’s disability are more likely to decrease over time,” ( Journal of Research in Developmental Disabilities, Nov 2012). 
  • Find the entire article in the Disability Scoop, an online newsletter about disabilities, at http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/11/16/parenting-style-big-impact/16842/
For age-specific Positive Parenting Tips, try:

How Can You Find Assistance to Pay for Therapy/Camp/Medical bills/Activities/Assistive Technology?

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Click here for my list of available grants, scholarships and aid.  
I am constantly updating this list, so check back occasionally.
 
Your local county Board of Developmental Disabilities:
Cuyahoga (216) 736-2673
Lake (440) 918-5145
 
Early Literacy at Mayfield Preschool  
Parent Mentors of Ohio support the Deptartment of Education's focus on early literacy.  In partnership with Mayfield Preschool, we welcome guest readers once a month to read to the preschoolers.  Thank you to our February Guest Readers, the Highland Heights Police Department.  
March's guest reader will be Mayfield Village Mayor Brenda Bodnar!
 
 
 
Safety Skills with the Mayfield Heights Police Department
Thank you to the Mayfield Heights Police Department. We had a wonderfully successful evening of practicing approaching a uniformed officer to ask for help, making 911 calls, giving our phone numbers, and PIZZA! If you missed this event but are interested, contact [email protected] for an upcoming date!
 

CLASSES, ACTIVITIES AND MORE

 These programs are not administered by, or affiliated with, Mayfield City Schools. 
 
Beyond Words Center www.beyondwordscenter.org 
Music Therapy and Adaptive Music Lessons.  Classes available in your home, or Beachwood, Fairlawn or North Royalton 
 
The KIDnections Group is led by a team of three professionals well-versed in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with related diagnoses,working with children in individual and group settings ranging in age from 3-23 years. Classes focus on practical skills, such as packing lunch or basic kitchen skills
 
Milestones Autism Resources, http://milestones.org/
 Milestones Autism Resources helps individuals with autism reach their unique potential.  Focused on educating and coaching for family members and professionals in evidence-based practical strategies. Conferences, workshops, professional development, referral calls and online resources connect the autism community with vital information, and each other.
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