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 Complicated2017-07-21T09:23:43+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 Perspective2017-07-21T09:23:45+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 Perspective2017-07-21T09:23:47+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 II2017-07-21T09:23:47+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 Wild2017-07-21T09:23:48+00:00

When Should He Be Talking?

How developmental screening can support your child’s learning. By:Kathleen Kelley, MA Did you know there are free speech and language services for toddlers and preschoolers who qualify in Sonoma County? Did you know there are physical therapists who work with babies, occupational therapists who work with toddlers, parent educators who can come to your home if your little darling is more intense than what is covered in your parenting instruction book – Oh, yeah, we don’t receive an instruction book with our children. Parenting is the most important job on the planet and while there is a library full of [...]

When Should He Be Talking?2017-07-21T09:23:48+00:00

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