Outreach & Workshops

Churchill Center & School’s Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Program is essential in strengthening our mission of fostering greater understanding and support for all people with learning disabilities by training other educators, supporting families, and enlightening the community.

Since the inception of our Community Outreach Program in 1990, more than 37,500 educators, parents, students, and other supporters have been given the opportunity to experience and broaden their understanding of learning disabilities.

We offer Teacher Workshops, Parent Workshops, Student Workshops, Community Service Events, and a Speaker Series. Each one of these programs offers our community a variety of services to recognize learning disabilities and to then equip the participants with strategies and knowledge to offer further assistance.

Reviews from Outreach Program Attendees:

  • “What a great role model Churchill Center & School is for our community.”
    – Educational Program Director
  • “Please accept my gratitude for your willingness to come and speak with our staff. There’s a lot of exciting things happening with study skills — a daily “organizational tip of the day,” teachers actively teaching study skills, and many more ideas brewing.”
    – Middle School Director
  • “You had a positive impact on me when you presented at our school, and I am still using your references.”
    – High School Principal
  • “Faculty members found the topics to be pertinent and directed to their needs and concerns.”
    – Learning Consultant
  • “The speakers were fascinating and I am avidly reading their book, Overcoming Dyslexia. I am very impressed with the knowledge base of the teachers at Churchill as well as their dedication and professionalism!”
    – St. Louis Area Psychologist
  • “Both presenters were terrific and all in attendance left with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to begin a new school year.”
    – Elementary Principal

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Speaker Erin Walsh – “It’s Complicated: Students, Social Media & Mental Health” (Parent/Caregiver Session)

Erin Walsh Speaking Photo

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Churchill Center & School

Erin Walsh, with Mind Positive Parenting, will focus on how technology impacts mental health and academic performance.

Social networking, smart phones and video games are game changers for youth and families. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to take advantage of incredible new digital opportunities, but worry about the impact of too much screen time on our children's health, social skills and school performance.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and wellness. Erin will help parents understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and share practical strategies for nurturing these at home.

Erin will explore a range of questions including:

• Does social media use cause anxiety and depression?
• What should I be on the lookout for as more and more of my child's life goes online?
• Is video game addiction real?
• How can I help my child develop positive media habits?

Contact Director of Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. Fee:

Erin Walsh, is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. Dave Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition to writing articles and blogs for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen." She has consulted with schools, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children and youth.

Churchill's proven methods and well-trained faculty change the lives of children who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities.