Don’t Miss this Exclusive Opportunity!

Erikson Institute’s renowned experts in child development will bring you closer to topics of interest in early childhood during a Saturday morning Open House on June 3.

The exclusive event, offered in partnership with the Neighborhood Parents Network, will feature presentations and hands-on demonstration sessions that will highlight contemporary topics of interest from infancy through early childhood and draw from Erikson’s deep and unique expertise.

The half-day event will be held at Erikson Institute, 451 N. LaSalle Street, Attendees will have the opportunity to attend three sessions, offered between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

To register, please send a note to openhouse@erikson.edu.

As part of the event, we will be offering two hands-on demonstrations of how to introduce math concepts into the reading of children’s books. If you’d like to reserve a place for you and your children for these sessions, please note this information in your RSVP email.
Please note: Child care will be available to a limited number of guests, with priority given to those parents who would like to participate with their children in one of the two math demonstrations. To reserve a spot, please note your request as you register for the event at openhouse@erikson.edu.

Schedule for Saturday, June 3

9-9:30 a.m.

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9:30-10:30 a.m.

Where’s the Math in Names? A Demonstration Workshop

Preschoolers can learn math using their names! After enjoying the children’s classic Tikki Tikki Tembo, children and their parents will be invited to investigate different ways to sort, compare, and measure their names. Parents will leave with a handout of other books that could be played with in a similar way.

  • Best suited for parents with children age 3-5; siblings welcome.
  • This session will be taped for Erikson educational purposes.
  • Child care will be available after this session so that participating parents can attend other workshops.
  • Please remember to register for this workshop when you register for the event at openhouse@erikson.edu.
The Good Enough Parent

Images of “perfect” families constantly popping up in our social media feeds can make us feel like sub-par parents. How do you know if you’re doing a good enough job? This workshop will help you understand some of the influences that shape who we are as parents and provide an opportunity to consider and appreciate why each of us loves and cares for our children in our own unique ways. Presentation by Colette Davison, PhD, Erikson faculty.

Wondering or Worried: What Parents Can Do

Not all children grow and develop in the same way or at the same time. This workshop will offer helpful guidance on the initial research you can do on your own, introduce you to paths to consider if you have concerns, and helpful advice on how you can be the best advocate for your child so he/she receives the needed support and services. Presentation by Pamela Epley, PhD, Erikson faculty.

10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Mindful Strategies that Families can Use

Stress can intrude into daily life for parents and children, and it can derail healthy development during a child’s early years. This workshop explores how mindfulness can be a powerful tool in coping – for parents, children, and families. Presentation by Amanda Moreno, PhD, Erikson faculty and principal investigator of Erikson’s Mindfulness in the Schools research project.

The Developing Mind of the Young Child

How do early social and emotional experiences and relationships impact your child’s development? What do we know? This workshop will help you understand what science can tell us about a child’s earliest experiences and offer parents helpful insights into the developing child. Presentation by Nucha Isarowong, PhD, LCSW, Erikson faculty.

The Power of Pretend Play in Early Childhood: How Young Children Learn the ABCs of Reading and Friendship

Is it time to play or to learn? When it comes to pretend play, the two go hand in hand. This workshop explores the remarkable changes in young children’s thinking with the birth of imagination, and how play at home and in preschool paves the way for long-term development—socially, emotionally and academically. Presentation by Gillian D. McNamee, PhD, Director of Erikson’s Teacher Education.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where’s the Math with Monkeys? Demonstration Workshop

From Five Little Monkeys to Caps for Sale, classic picture books provide opportunities to monkey around with math! Children and parents will act out these stories to explore numbers, patterns, and even graphs. Families will leave with a handout giving a snapshot of related Big Ideas and a list of other books that could be played with in a similar way.

  • Best suited for parents with children age 2.5-5; siblings welcome.
  • This session will be taped for Erikson educational purposes.
  • Child care will be available before this session so that participating parents can attend other workshops.
  • Please remember to register for this workshop when you register for the event at openhouse@erikson.edu.
A Little Empathy Can Go A Long Way

Children often communicate emotional challenges and other difficulties they may be experiencing through their behavior. This workshop focuses on ways that parents can help a child manage and cope with the feelings underlying behavior struggles so that the child can respond to limits and rules. Presentation by Margret Nickels, PhD, Director of Erikson’s Center for Children and Families.

Oh Baby! Why is having a baby so much harder than we thought it would be?

Why are new parents often so stressed and not finding the comfort they hoped with their partner? How can a crying baby lead to stress? Why doesn’t your newborn sleep like the books said he/she would? This workshop will explore the relationship between crying and sleeping and offer helpful insights on how to cope and how to avoid feelings that you have done something wrong. Presentation by Linda Horwitz, Developmental Specialist, Erikson’s Fussy Baby Network