Dr. Robert Brooks

posted Mar 8, 2019, 1:01 PM by Sarah Roehrich   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 1:08 PM ]

This free lecture and book signing are designed for parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who cares for, or works with, children in grades K-12.  

Dr. Brooks is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of self-esteem, motivation, resilience, and family relations. He is also a clinical psychologist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. In his presentation, “Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents,” Dr. Brooks will describe how children and adolescents can learn to deal with stress and develop resiliency. He will also outline specific strategies that parents and adults can use to nurture responsibility, hope, kindness, and resilience in children and adolescents.

* Certificates of attendance? Please email with your request, name, and email address

 ** Book: Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient By Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein, $10 per copy (12 copies for sale with cash or check) 

Melissa Orkin: Effective Solutions for Motivating Struggling Students

posted Oct 20, 2018, 9:14 AM by Sarah Roehrich   [ updated Oct 20, 2018, 9:18 AM ]

Engaging struggling students can be a challenging and frustrating endeavor for parents and teachers alike. Join us, to hear Dr. Melissa Orkin present practical, research-based strategies that foster engagement, persistence and intrinsic motivation among elementary, middle and high school students.

Certificates of Attendance will be available.  If you would like one, please submit your request HERE

Presenter: Melissa Orkin, Ph.D. is a Developmental Psychologist who specializes in learning disabilities and achievement motivation. Dr. Orkin has broad experience in directing specialized literacy programs at Tufts and Northeastern University; working as a reading teacher in the classroom, and managing assessments in clinical settings. Dr. Orkin instructs on learning disabilities at Tufts University and has also lectured on reading disabilities at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She contributes to publications on a variety of educational topics including literacy development and executive function skills. Dr. Orkin regularly provides professional development workshops and consults with public and private schools on best practices for students with learning disabilities. Currently, Dr. Orkin is an educational consultant with Crafting Minds,

Lynn Lyons

posted Mar 7, 2018, 10:08 AM by Sarah Roehrich   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 10:38 AM ]

Lynn Lyons
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 
Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle

Tuesday, March 27, 2018  at 7:00 pm

Galvin Middle School Auditorium
525 Main St, Wakefield, MA

Please join us as Lynn Lyons, LICSW, presents, "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle."

Lynn is a globally recognized speaker, trainer, and author, who will provide us with insights and practical strategies to address anxiety with kids and adults at home and at school.    

Lynn is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, NH. In private practice for 28 years, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. Learn more about Lynn at

- This event is free. 
- Ms. Lyon’s encourages parents to bring their anxious children (age 13 +) to this presentation. 
- Her books/DVDs will be available for purchase. 
- Have a question or want more information, email
- Limited parking available in lot; on-street parking available

Certificates of Attendance will be available.  If you would like one, please submit your request HERE

Tanya Snyder from William James College’s Interface Mental Health Referral Service will be kicking off this talk and be available to answer questions following this event.

Growing A Grownup

posted Apr 3, 2017, 9:06 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 6:23 AM by Sarah Roehrich ]

Vicki Hoefle
Parenting Event & Book Signing 
with Vicki Hoefle

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)

Savings Bank Theater
Wakefield High School
60 Farm Street, Wakefield, MA

Register online

In this upbeat, informational presentation, parents will be pleasantly surprised by the reasons to “zip-it” and will find comfort and confidence in their ability to parent their children, all while preparing them for the world outside their home. Vicki provides insight as to why all the over parenting, nagging, hovering, and helicopter parenting is not working out for you or your child and identifies five of the biggest parenting obstacles and how you can “clear away the clutter” and create clarity that will guide your family for years.

We know parents play a huge role in the dynamics of the family and you will learn how to:
  • Invest in the relationship with your children in ways that foster independence and self-reliance.
  • Support the development of self-discipline, self-control and discernment without punishment or rewards.
  • Remain emotionally available for your kids as they are faced with more difficult daily challenges increasing their sense of competency and influencing their self-image in healthy ways.
  • Provide the opportunity for your children to make informed decisions, so they are able to keep themselves healthy and safe along their journey to independence.
  • Keep your eye on the long-term responsibility of parenting and support the development of competencies that guide children as they mature.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all magic solution that will lead you into bliss but there is a one-sized-feels-awesome for-all outcome: a happy, stable family with children who can think for themselves and parents who can turn the lights out at the end of the day and say, I feel good about where we’re headed.

Cost: $5 at the door
Online Registration is encouraged
For Questions or Certificates of Attendance email:

Books Available for Sale!

Duct Tape Parenting $19.95
The Straight Talk on Parenting $16.95

About Vicki
Vicki Hoefle, author of Duct Tape Parenting and The Straight Talk on Parenting, leads parent education programs nationwide. Her informative and highly engaging presentation style keeps her in demand as a speaker, facilitator and educator.

4th Annual Wakefield Parent University

posted Feb 28, 2017, 3:24 PM by Sarah Roehrich

Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Benefit from the knowledge and advice of community experts through a variety of FREE workshops, focusing on your child’s educational experience and well-being. 

FREE Childcare provided by Wakefield Academy. Kid Camp will be a morning of fun activities for children ages 4-13. Children will be grouped by age and cycle through activities led by the staff at: Kids’ Test Kitchen, Pedro’s Judo Center, SportsZone, Kidcasso, and Wakefield Recreation.

Parents must register children for Kid Camp when registering for Parent University. Kid Camp registration closes March 3rd. 

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

posted Oct 28, 2016, 10:37 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 11:39 PM ]

Join us for a special screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age on November 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Galvin Middle School, Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Directly following the short documentary we will have a panel discussion on strategies, tips, and current trends in Wakefield. Panelists will include GMS Principal CoIantuoni, a School Psychologist, Galvin's School Resource Officer, a parent, a middle school student, and a high school student. To help our panelists address parents' needs, we would like to hear from you before the event. Please take a moment and fill out this brief survey.

Sponsored by the Wakefield SE Parent Advisory Council, Wakefield Parent Partnership, Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (Wake-Up), Galvin Middle School PTO, Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham & Wakefield, and the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library 

Will My Kid Grow Out of It?

posted Oct 20, 2015, 9:02 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Oct 24, 2015, 3:06 AM ]

Bonny Forrest
Bonny Forrest, J.D., Ph.D. 
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. 
The Savings Bank Theater 
Wakefield Memorial High School 
60 Farm Street 

Child expert, Dr. Bonny Forrest is coming to Wakefield! Author of, Will My Kid Grow Out of It? Dr. Forrest will share her expertise in helping parents determine whether their child’s behavior is typical for the age or, possibly, a sign of some-thing more serious they should look into. Using lay terms and concrete examples her book aids adults in establishing if their child may have a commonly diagnosed issue such as ADHD, depression, a learning disability, and others; where to go to get help; how to get support from schools and the medical community; and what questions to ask along the way.

Refreshments, raffles, book sales & book signing!
General admission : $5
Admission with Certificate of Attendance: $10
Book: $15
Wakefield teachers free with school ID!

About Dr. Forrest: A leader in the field of child development, Dr. Bonny Forrest has been an advocate for children for over twenty years. As a practicing attorney and a child psychologist, with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she has vast experience in working with children in a variety of settings. She has been a researcher and clinician in academic and medical settings such as the Yale Child Study Center, has directed clinics serving low-income populations, and has conducted a private practice focusing on the assessment of cognitive and other developmental issues in children. For much of her career, she has worked with parents, clinicians, and schools to advocate for children, especially those with special needs. Dr. Forrest leads Project SKIP: Screening Kids for Intervention and Prevention, which is screening children for social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental issues.


The Language of Babies - Book Signing

posted Sep 9, 2015, 7:59 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 10:27 AM ]

Dr. Kevin Nugent
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Savings Bank Theater
Wakefield High School, 60 Farm St.
Wakefield Parent Partnership, Canterbury Children's Center, and North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network are pleased to host Dr. Kevin Nugent, an international expert on infant-parent communication, to present on "The Language of Babies." Dr. Nugent is a child psychologist and the director of the Brazelton Institute at Children's Hospital Boston. He is also co-author of the book Your Baby is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby with photographer Abelardo Morell. 

Dr. Nugent will discuss the history of how research involving babies has developed and changed over the last 50 years. He will talk about the importance of using tools, such as the Neonatal Behavioral Observation Scale, to help professionals and caretakers better understand babies' strengths and needs, facilitate communication, and promote bonding between babies and caretakers. He will also discuss strategies that can help caretakers and parents cue into babies' temperaments, levels of alertness, and nonverbal cues, which in turn can help strengthen the bonds between babies and caretakers.

Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcomed.

Wakefield Parent University

posted Feb 25, 2015, 9:26 PM by Andy Bray

Saturday, March 21st, 2015, 8:30am-12:00pm, Galvin Middle School (525 Main St.)

Carrie Stack
Featuring keynote speaker Carrie Stack, M. Ed., “The Power of Positive: Parents, children, & learning”. Parents/Caregivers of Wakefield students in Pre-school through High School are invited to attend this important learning opportunity. Participate in two workshops on topics including: How to raise & support your reader, Understanding BYOD and Google Apps, Common Core Standards K-5 & 6-12, Anxiety & Depression, Social Media/ Cyber Safety, Helping with Homework, Substance Abuse Prevention, College Financial Planning & more! Free Childcare*, Refreshments, Door Prizes, & Community Resources. Register by March 13th to be eleigible for free childcare. Register online!

Sponsored by Wakefield Public Schools, Wakefield Parent Partnership, and Wake-Up Coalition

Sexting, Selfies, and Snapchat: What Parents Need to Know About Teens Online

posted Oct 27, 2014, 9:41 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 9:58 PM ]

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Galvin Middle School 

Sophie Godley
Boston University Professor Sophie Godley will give an overview of the most popular social networks being used today, including Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. 
- Discussion on the dangers lurking in cyberspace 
- Tips for parents to guide their children through confusing and potentially dangerous situations
- Q & A with student leaders

This event is FREE thanks to: Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition, Wakefield Parent Partnership, Galvin PTO, Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, & Wakefield Public Schools.

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), Galvin Middle School Cafe (Use Community Entrance), Refreshments will be served

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