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Deciding to Have Another Child Feels Much More Complicated

Deciding to Have Another Child Feels Much More Complicated A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective by Howard Termo, EIS In Parent Support Groups and on PEAS home visits, parents share that having a child in developmental services has affected their lives in many ways, including how they approach building their family.  They’d considered having 2, maybe 3 children, but now they are not so sure.  Though many parents are quick to clarify that they cannot see life without their cherished child, they also admit they are managing much more than they ever would have expected.  Naturally as families resume [...]

Deciding to Have Another Child Feels Much More Complicated 2017-07-21T09:23:43+00:00

Important Clarification for All ELI Supporters and Donors

We have had several inquires about an event happening at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds April 23 & 24, 2016. This event, called the "Wine Country Comic Con" is NOT connected to ELI. The confusion seems to be stemming from some of their literature in which they state they are raising money to build an early learning center for children with autism, sometimes referred to by the organizers as an Early Learning Institute. They do have a GoFundMe page as well, using the same phrases. We have been in contact with the organizers, who are working to remove our name and [...]

Important Clarification for All ELI Supporters and Donors 2017-07-21T09:23:44+00:00

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

By: Howard Termo, EIS Parents of children with developmental needs tell of experiences that are sometimes hard to bear. Some of their stories seem shocking; others are poignant or sad, while others are uplifting and instructive. Though parents express varying reactions to their experiences, many report they feel at least a little better after sharing them out loud. If you can share it, you can bear it, says Dr. Dan Siegel, author of Parenting From The Inside Out. PEAS believes this to be true. Here are two stories that in the telling opened doors to building resilience. In a parent [...]

Sharing, Bearing, and Building Resilience. A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective 2017-07-21T09:23:45+00:00

The Mightiness of Girls

     Blue snow cone juice melting down her chin, she stepped up to lead the group. “Let’s talk,” said 7 year old Tatum. She and her younger sister, Kenna, were camped on lounge chairs at the pool with my two boys. The crew had been swimming for a couple hours and were ready for a few minutes of quiet snow cone slurping. After this lull, Tatum initiated a conversation. My boys looked perplexed. Maybe it was the chlorine and sunshine, but the concept of talking for the sake of talking was foreign. Patrick and James are rarely ever quiet in [...]

The Mightiness of Girls 2017-07-21T09:23:46+00:00

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

By Howard Termo PEAS Parent Support Most parents don’t anticipate needing developmental help for their child and so are not prepared for its impact on their lives emotionally and logistically. Fortunately it is not too long before services are in place, schedules are worked out, and families settle into a rhythm. It helps that a direction for their child’s progress is mapped out in such plans as their Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP). But what about a parent’s plans? As parents begin adjusting to their unexpected turn of events, they may begin to feel they [...]

An Unexpected Turn And a New Plan – A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective 2017-07-21T09:23:47+00:00

Finding The “Right” Time For Parent Support

A PEAS Specialized Parent Support Perspective by Howard Termo, EIS, Parent Support Specialist On PEAS visits and in parent support groups, families with young children in developmental services continue to share their experiences of daily life. Some families must go it alone if support from extended family or others is not available. For families fortunate enough to have help close by such as for babysitting, they use their support judiciously so as not to “wear it out”. When emotional support or advice is offered from different quarters, it is often appreciated but not always a fit. A number of parents [...]

Finding The “Right” Time For Parent Support 2017-07-21T09:23:47+00:00

Tackling the Terrible Two’s Part II

Tackling the Terrible Two’s: Strategies to nurture and guide 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 [...]

Tackling the Terrible Two’s Part II 2017-07-21T09:23:47+00:00

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 [...]

Terrible Two’s 2017-07-21T09:23:47+00:00

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 [...]

From Withdrawn to Wild, Part II 2017-07-21T09:23:48+00:00

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. [...]

From Withdrawn to Wild 2017-07-21T09:23:48+00:00
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