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Virtually Gorton: Parenting Series – Want To Be My Friend? Wednesday, February 17

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Virtually Gorton: Parenting Series – Want To Be My Friend?

  • Date: February 17, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Price: $15

Want to be my friend? Promoting Problem Solving and Successful Social Interactions 

Gorton has partnered with Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network to offer a 4 workshop virtual parenting series!

Everyone wants a friend and sometimes it’s up to parents and teachers to help guide and foster successful friendships for children.

Focusing on children ages 3-6 years, Esther Weisz (OT) and Erika Larson (DT) will review the developmental stages of social skills, provide strategies on how to best bring children together in play, as well as how to model empathy in relationships. They will also share their best ideas for hosting play dates that allow all children to participate and enjoy themselves! 

AuthorEsther Weisz, M.S., OTR/L and Erika Larson, M.Ed., DT – Clinical Directors – Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network 


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Esther Weisz, M.S., OTR/L Owner, Clinical Director – Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network

Esther is a certified and licensed occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience. She received her Master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a certified early intervention evaluator and provider for the state of Illinois. Esther has worked with infants through school aged children in a variety of settings including hospital inpatient and outpatient, the Illinois Early Intervention System, schools and private clinics.  The formation of Kick Start is the realization of a dream to provide the highest quality, innovative treatment to children, and continued education and training for therapists. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

Erika Larson, M.Ed., DT, Owner, Clinical Director – Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network

Erika Larson, holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theatre Studies and is a Developmental Therapist . She has an advanced certificate in DIR/Floortime, is a Certified PLAY Project Consultant In Training. She is also the co-founder of the National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum. Erika has been working with families for the past 20 years and is often asked to consult with parents around the topics of development, education and best parenting practices. She specializes in helping children on the autism spectrum, those with ADHD, developmental delays and general anxiety and depression. Also a mom of two precocious boys, Erika is a true “problem solver” and adores helping parents find solutions so that “every day can be a good day.”  Originally trained as an actor, Erika has taken her passion for performing and transformed it into a passion for play.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, eating at well-reviewed restaurants, tending to her garden and chickens in Highland Park, IL and killing it at karaoke.

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