Parent Education and Support Workshops

Workshops are held at our office at 4922 Columbia Road, Cedarburg.

If there is a topic that you would like addressed, please email us.

Summer Playgroups

All times are 9:30-10:30 am

  • Tuesday, June 11 – Willowbrooke Park, Cedarburg
  • Thursday, June 27 – OFS playroom
  • Tuesday, July 9 – Possibility Playground, Port Washington
  • Thursday, July 25 – OFS playroom
  • Tuesday, August 6 – All My Friends Playground, Grafton
  • Thursday, August 22 – OFS playroom

For parents/caregivers and children birth to 5 years old (older siblings are welcome to join us at the parks). Free – but please call to reserve your spot. In case of inclement weather on park days, playgroup will move to the OFS playroom.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 146 to register or email Maribeth

Transitioning into Summer:

Creating Balance between Structure and Independence

Thursday, May 23, 6:00-7:30 pm
Transitions are a part of life and can be very difficult for some children. Families often find similar and sometimes different challenges with the transition to summer schedules. Learning to navigate such transitions will help you mentally prepare yourself and also give your child a basic understanding of evidence-based strategies to embrace change that will help prepare them for bigger transitions down the line. We will offer strategies to structure time during the summer months to decrease the feeling of uncontrolled chaos. Facilitated by Jenny Strom, Director and Therapist at North Shore Center, LLC. Free limited childcare is available.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 150 to register or email Ruba

OFS BOOKCLUB – mornings

Thursdays, May 16 & May 30, 9:30-11:00 am at USS Liberty Memorial Public Library in Grafton

We will be reading and discussing THE EXPLOSIVE CHILD by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
On May 16 we will discuss the book. On May 30, Dr. Melissa Nelson & Jenny Strom will talk about how to incorporate the strategies presented in the book into your life and answer questions. Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 150 to register or email Ruba

OFS BOOKCLUB – evenings

Tuesdays, September 17 – October 1, 6:00-7:30 pm

We will be reading and discussing RAISING KIDS WITH BIG BAFFLING BEHAVIORS by Robyn Gobbel.
We’ll meet to discuss the book and talk about how to incorporate the strategies presented in the book into your life. There will be time for questions and a chance to share with other parents. Facilitated by Lisa Didier, OFS Family Steps Coordinator. Light refreshments will be provided. Free limited childcare is available.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 150 to register or email Ruba

NEW

OFS Mindful Mondays

Mondays, September 23 – October 14, 10:00-10:45 am
This is for parents/caregivers to participate WITH their 1-4 year old child. Mindful Mondays will get you and your little feeling zen together. We’ll start with a Word of the Day and read an adorable book focusing on topics like mindfulness, emotions, and building life skills. Then we will bring the social-emotional lesson to life – adults and children will be guided through a short and engaging mindfulness activity followed by a 15-minute light, beginner yoga practice.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 150 to register or email Ruba

Anxiety Management and Self-Regulation

Thursday, September 26, 6:00-7:30 pm
As a parent or caregiver, how do we support someone who is struggling with anxiety? What’s the difference between ‘normal’ situational anxiety and something more? Join Dr. David Eichenhofer, Ph.D. of Eichenhofer Psychological Services, in learning about anxiety in children. We’ll discuss how to recognize symptoms and how your child may be affected in their day-to-day life. Dr. Eichenhofer will discuss various types of anxiety as well as strategies for both parent and child to ease challenging situations. Free limited childcare is available.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 150 to register or email Ruba

Rainbows

Mondays, October 21 – January 20 (NO SESSION on December 23 or 30), 6:30-7:30 pm

Rainbows is a program for children and adolescents (K-12) who are dealing with major family changes such as divorce or death. The 12-week program seeks to provide a “rainbow” after the storm in a child’s life. Its goals are to help participants understand and express their feelings, to build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct their energy toward a healthy acceptance of the changes that have taken place. A concurrent group is offered for parents. Facilitated by Laura Smith, Rainbows Coordinator at Ozaukee Family Services. Free limited childcare is available for younger siblings.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 151 to register or email Laura Smith

The Cost of Caring: Pushing Against Compassion Fatigue

Thursday, October 24, 6:00-7:30 pm
When caring for a child or parent with complex needs, there is an inevitable cost. We feel immense empathy for those we love when we see them struggling, often resulting in our own stress and burn out. This presentation aims to identify strategies to reduce compassion fatigue, increasing our ability to continue to care for the ones we love. Facilitated by Dr. Melissa Nelson, Licensed Counselor at North Shore Center, LLC. Free limited childcare is available.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 150 to register or email Ruba

The Incredible Years

Date and Time TBD
This is an evidence-based parenting program designed to help promote the social, emotional, and academic success of kids ages 2-10. Parents learn how to prevent, reduce, and treat emotional challenges in children through a positive and nurturing approach. The course introduces developmentally appropriate and consistent responses to increase children’s self-esteem, reduce conflict in the home, and promote a strong and healthy family. Facilitated by OFS staff. Free limited childcare is available.

Please call (262) 376-7774 ext. 126 to register or email Anne

Interested in Attending?

Please call 262-376-7774 or email to register or for more information.

Thanks to the generous support of Ozaukee Family Services Donors and United Way of Northern Ozaukee, we offer all of our classes FREE OF CHARGE!

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