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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities to hold talk on improving social skills

Published 4:25 pm, Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a Westport nonprofit, will host a free program on improving social skills for children struggling with executive function issues on Wednesday, May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Speakers will include Chris Abildgaard, a school psychologist, licensed professional counselor and director of the Social Learning Center of Benhaven in Wallingford; Tim Heitzman, a pediatric neuropsychologist; and Ann McCarthy, education advocate of the Southfield Center for Development in Darien.

They will discuss how parents can talk with their child's school about his or her social challenges, and how these deficits impact the child's academic and functional performance. They will also talk about how social skills can be taught at school.

Furthermore, they will provide tools to approach the school to include social cognition and executive function instruction in an individualized education program and offer ideas on how to measure progress.

Email Programs@SmartKidswithLD.org to register.