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Early Intervention

Deciding to Have Another Child Feels Much More Complicated

Important Clarification for All ELI Supporters and Donors

Sharing, Bearing, and Building Resilience. A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective

The Mightiness of Girls

An Unexpected Turn And a New Plan – A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective

Finding The “Right” Time For Parent Support

Tackling the Terrible Two’s Part II

Spotlight on Development

By Kathleen Kelley, MA

Persistence, determination, doggedness, strength of purpose, and resoluteness: what a great list of character traits.  In order to succeed in school, sport, or any endeavor, you need to stick with it. If we could bottle the determination of a two year old and dole it out throughout our lives, we could accomplish anything. They are adventurous and dogged as they move through their worlds, which is where the problems arise with their families and caregivers.

The redirection techniques that worked so well when they were toddlers are still effective at times, but you need to up […]

Terrible Two’s

Spotlight on Development

By Kathleen Kelley, MA

Terrible Two’s

   Gracie smiled and chatted with her teacher, Anna. She looked cozy sitting in her caregiver’s lap. Anna smiled down at her and responded to her semi intelligible words. The happy twosome was left in peace for a couple minutes in the midst of a busy 2 year old classroom. Suddenly, Fred approached, blanket in one hand, book in the other, he wanted the teacher to read him a story. Gracie’s smile disappeared, her body tensed. The teacher attempted to make room in her lap for Fred, intending to read the story to both […]

From Withdrawn to Wild, Part II

Spotlight on Development

By Kathleen Kelley, MA and April Davis, MS OTR/L

 

From Withdrawn to Wild II:

Practical strategies to support your child’s sensory system

     The sensory system is very complex, involving many different components. Last month’s article gave some examples of how it might look when your child (or you) are struggling with sensory processing. Some of these areas are more familiar: tactile processing (how we take in and respond to information we feel), auditory processing (how we take in and respond to information we hear), visual processing (how we take in and respond to information we see), oral-sensory processing (how we […]

From Withdrawn to Wild

How your child’s sensory system influences their behavior-Part One 

By Kathleen Kelley, MA and April Davis, MS OTR/L

While the sting rays glided beneath us, my son started to whine. Their effortless path through the water was bewitching to his older brother, but not enough to calm 5 year old James. We had been at the California Academy of Sciences for about an hour and he was starting his warning signals. The whine became a tug, then a demand. Our family fun day was in trouble. During previous variations on this behavioral theme, I had often felt frustrated and irritated. Responding from […]

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