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 team's goal. 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 6th grade.  
I have spent years as an active volunteer for special needs advocacy.  I believe deeply
in inclusion, and in community for the families of our exceptional children.   
How to Contact Me
Shari DeCarlo
Phone: 440-554-1750
On Twitter (event info, useful resources)
On Facebook (event info, useful resources)
Mentor Monthly Calendar (local/district events)
View the books available in the Parent Mentor Library here
When to Contact Me
  • For questions about the special education process
  • For help with planning or changing your child’s IEP or 504 (I attend meetings, too!)
  • If you need help getting services for your child
  • If you need a willing, compassionate ear
  • For suggestions for future programming
  • To join my database (for email notices about future events)

    Click here to view the monthly newsletter:

Whose IDEA is This?
The 2017 Summer and Beyond Catalog is Here!
Click below for an all-encompassing catalog of supports, resources, summer camps, and activities for your special needs child! 
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 for an upcoming date!

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

Helpful Websites

These Websites are not administered by Mayfield City Schools.  Please use your own best judgement when visiting websites. 
A yellow pages style website with links and contacts for providers, resources, and programs in Ohio
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
 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.


  • 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


 These programs are not administered by, or affiliated with, Mayfield City Schools. 
Beyond Words Center 
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,
 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.

Preschool Families (Free Resources)

  • 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
***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
For age-specific Positive Parenting Tips, try:

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