Parent Mentor
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 sdecarlo@mayfieldschools.org
Phone: 440-554-1750
On Twitter (event info, useful resources)
On Facebook (event info, useful resources)
Mentor Monthly Calendar (frequently updated calendar of local/district events)
 
View the books available in the Parent Mentor Library here
https://www.librarything.com/catalog/MayfieldMentor
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)

HELPFUL LINKS TO GET YOU STARTED 
  

 
Whose IDEA is This?
 
 
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 sdecarlo@mayfieldschools.org for an upcoming date!
 
Summer and Beyond Catalog
This yearly catalog is provided by the Educational Service Center, and lists hundreds of year around activities, including camps, therapies, sports, lessons, classes and more. You can print out the guide, or view it online, here: Summer and Beyond
How Can You Find Assistance to Pay for Therapy/Camp/Medical bills/Activities/Assistive Technology?
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. 
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
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.
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
***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:
Parent Mentor Brochures
Flyers & Downloads

Save the Date! Summer and Beyond Fair 2017
Education, recreation & independence year round: Exploring camps, activities & more
The Friendship Kit
A guide to promoting friendships for kids with social differences
Early Literacy Skills
A look at the skills kids need for early literacy and reading success
Special Education Basic Guide for Parents
A primer on Special Ed topics
Strategies for ADHD Disorganization
Use these organization tips to help your ADHDer succeed in school.
Achievement Centers For Children
Seeking Theraputic Horsemanship Volunteers
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