People, old and young, grow when they have the proper nourishment and soil -- attuned relationships! Here are thoughts on how to attune to those around you and to yourself. At Greenhouse Therapy Center, our aim is nourishing you as a person, a professional, or a parent to water those around you so they grow into self-discovery and co-creativity!
Monday, October 1, 2012
Greenhouse Summer Newsletter
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Seeds...for growing people. Greenhouse Therapy Center Newsletter- Summer 2012
Summer is a great time to get out in the sunshine and create a fun experience for your child. Whether you’re in your back yard or at the Zoo remember, you can do Floortime anywhere and at anytime.
While in the backyard, try incorporating your child’s favorite (or most challenging) sensory experiences into the play by including water, paint, or music. *
If you’re going on an outing (especially to a new place) prepare for success by talking about what the experience could be like and imagining/planning together.
*see Floortime Strategies curriculum page B.6
Want to do something fun and therapeutic for your kids? The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun is a great resource for activities that address a variety of sensory needs. Carol Stock Kranowitz is an Occupational Therapist who details fun and family-friendly activities that can be used in or out of Floortime sessions.
Seeds...for growing people
Thoughts from Dr. Andrea Davis, Director and Founder of Greenhouse Therapy Center
Congratulations! You are reading the very first Greenhouse newsletter, so you are making yourself a part of a new season of happenings at Greenhouse. We are breathless from all the growth and change happening around our place, but we are deeply satisfied to hear of all the growth and change happening around YOUR place, meaning growth in you and in your children! What do staff talk about when we meet up in the halls or kitchen office or on the sidewalk? Your childrens' growth! Often we will stop calling folks back/typing email replies/writing session notes to savor together a moment from a Floortime playgroup where the kids astounded us with a major step forward in relationality or self-reflective ability. This is what excites us, this is what makes the long hours and the heavy workload all feel manageable. Now we are facing big uncertainties in how Regional Center funding will go with the new autism insurance bill in effect. We want to face these uncertainties in a DIR-inspired way: with flexibility, creativity, and togetherness! In that spirit, we will gather at Greenhouse on Wednesday night, August 29th (RSVP below) to hear from a local special needs attorney to help us navigate the new law together. AND we want to celebrate the new release of research supporting what we already have known for so long (Floortime changes brains, changes families) at the October 20th DIR Conference. In addition to hearing from the keynote speaker about his research study at York University, we'll have a parent panel, young adult panel, professional presentations, book signings, lunch, you name it, its not-to-be-missed. Regional Center has vendored the conference, so some parents may get authorization to get funding to cover the registration! See details below and register to grab the early bird discount before 9/1. Families and staff at Greenhouse, we appreciate you and want to keep learning and growing together always.
August 29th, 2012- 7pm
Greenhouse is hosting an informational night to help parents navigate funding for services. Special needs lawyer (and father of a child with autism), Joseph Lee will be speaking. This is an essential opportunity for all Greenhouse families!Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626.765.1747 to RSVP.
Don't Miss Local DIR Conference
October 20th, 2012 The 2nd Annual Southern California DIR conference in Burbank is a great opportunity for parents and professionals to gather together and connect while learning more about the latest developments in the world of DIR/Floortime. Click here for more information.