1. On Monday, March 23, 2015, Dr. Alan Wachtel presented his lecture on ADHD and mood disorders.

    Dr. Wachtel discussed strategies, medication options and treatments for children who struggle with mood and attention. He will cover school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize a child’s ability to learn. In addition, he will address the benefits and risks of various treatments and decisions when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child's life.

    Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book. He is a board certified psychiatrist and is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates and a Distinguished Life Fellow APA.

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  2. On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Safety Mom, Alison Jacobson was our featured speaker.

    Do you feel like your letting everyone down? Are you trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of what your life should be like? As caregivers, our days are filled with “must do’s” and very little free time. All too often, we allow the media, society and even our friends and family to influence how we should live our lives, leaving us feeling guilty and inadequate when we simply don’t have the time or energy to do so. Join motivational speaker and caregiver Alison Jacobson for insights on how to regain confidence, joy and live life on your terms!

    Alison Jacobson is the mom of four children, step-mom to another four and care giver for a father with Alzheimer’s, a husband with Multiple Sclerosis and a son with intellectual disabilities. Alison also understands personal tragedy. In 1997 she lost her first son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    Her ability to reach people in a down-to-earth, uplifting and engaging manner while providing important information has made Alison a popular guest on many national television shows including The Today Show, Neal Cavuto, Fox & Friends and CNN as The Safety Mom.

    This event was co-sponsored by Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County.

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  3. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014:

    Tweens are living in a social media world, using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and Minecraft. As a parent do you feel that you are losing control over your child's world? Do you know all the functions and risks of these apps and games? Explore the latest social apps and games with Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library's own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

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  4. On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness hosted a panel for caregivers of middle and high school aged children. The panel was hosted by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

    Panelists: Lisa Bunce, MS, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Owner, Back-to-Basics Nutrition Consulting, Redding; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Phyllis L. Weihs, MS, NCC, NCDF, Psychotherapist Fairfield University; and Eileen Whalen, School Psychologist, Darien High School.

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  5. On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness hosted a panel for caregivers of elementary school aged children. The panel was hosted by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

    Panelists: Lavi Ben-Zvi, Coordinator for Student and Family Social Services, Darien Elementary Schools; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, the Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Luke Forshaw, Principal of Ox Ridge Elementary School, Darien; Dr. Jamie Roach Murray, pediatrician, Stamford Pediatric Associates.

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