Subject: DICP January Newsletter

    January 2019 | Volume 3 | Issue 17
DICP Digest 
A monthly newsletter for clients and colleagues of Development is CHILD'S PLAY!

Happy New Year to our friends, families, and colleagues! 

Wow! How did that happen? It’s 2019 already? It may be cliche to say, “I cannot believe another year has gone by so quickly,” but truly, We cannot believe it! The end of 2018 signaled the completion of our second year since taking over the business and we could not be more grateful to work with each of you as we strive to improve and empower the lives of our children, families, and each other. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on what happened in 2018 at DICP and also take a glimpse into what’s in store for 2019. 

2018 Review
The start of a new year is a good time to look back and take note of what happened during the past year that had a significant impact on our clients and staff. During 2018 DICP...
  • Added 3 more therapists to our growing family - two part-time occupational therapists and one part-time speech and language pathologist.
  • That’s right, we began offering speech therapy at DICP. Please visit NhuMai in the office to get more information on current speech therapy availability.
  • Completed phase 2 of remodeling the clinic - we added new flooring in the waiting room and in room 3, and redesigned room 3 to feel warmer and more inviting.
  • Filled a part-time Marketing Manager position so that we can continue to reach out to the community. 
  • Hosted our second annual Family Appreciation Week. We really do appreciate our families and want them to know how much we care for and enjoy working with them. 
  • Moved from our portal to a new electronic medical records system (EMR) (and then to yet another new EMR - thanks for your patience!)
  • Added two Speech/OT School Readiness Sessions to our summer program to assist children ages 3-5 years who need extra help to prepare for the social-emotional and sensory-motor demands of their early education experiences.
  • Began our educational outreach talks to pediatricians and pre-schools in the area to educate our community about sensory processing disorder.
  • Expanded health and retirement benefits for our staff.
2019 Resolutions
A new year is also a time to resolve to make some changes or add something new to improve the lives of our clients and staff members. During 2019 we resolve to….
  • Expand our ability to offer therapy on Saturdays for families who need weekend hours.
  • Add a dietitian to our staff to work with families of children with feeding difficulties and ensure we are focusing on the nutritional needs of the children we see. 
  • Expand our speech therapy hours in order to help more children receive speech therapy.
  • Add new programs to our summer sessions based on client interest (e.g. School Readiness group for 3-5 year olds, Fine Motor group for 6-8 year olds, Feeding group).
As we run into former clients and parents in grocery stores, toy stores, gymnastics classes, and other community settings we delight in the stories of successes big and small. Year after year we stay in this profession, and at Development is Child’s Play!, because we know that the impact we are making in our community not only enriches the lives of our clients and their families but also extends into every setting in which we all engage. Small ripples in the pond really do make waves of change in the lake.

We love and appreciate all of you,
Sahana and Sena
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Sensory Gym is scheduled for every Saturday at 10:30 am. Sign up and reserve your spot today!

Thursday, February 14: Valentine's Day. 
DICP is open and we look forward to seeing you!

Monday, February 18: President's Day
DICP is Open, please confirm your schedule with your therapist

Winter break / ski week:
Please tell your therapist if you are taking time off from OT during your school’s winter break/ski week. Alternatively, some families choose this time to do a make-up for a missed session earlier in the year. 

Therapist Vacations

If your therapist is out of the office, we still want to see you! 

We know that children make the most significant therapeutic gains
 if they attend therapy regularly and consistently. 
We also know that each therapist has their own point of view, and it can be valuable to to occasionally have someone with a different perspective work with your child. If your therapist is sick or going on vacation, we will do our best to make it up or find another therapist who can see your child at or near their scheduled time. We encourage our families to take advantage of these make ups.

Meet Kalena Giessler!
We would be lost without the help of our phenomenal DICP Aides! They know everything, can do everything, can FIND anything, and are always available to help out. Having such wonderful Aides at DICP allows the therapists to focus on their clients and families as much as they do. We are happy to introduce one of our Aides, Kalena Giessler. 

Kalena received undergraduate degrees in both Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Archaeology at the University of Southern California. After graduating, Kalena worked as an archaeologist at Stanford and then transitioned into the field of advertising technology where she worked as an analyst for four years. She started as a volunteer at DICP in May of 2018 and became an Aide in July of 2018, and we're so happy she decided to accept our offer! Kalena has not yet decided which area of OT she'd like to focus on, but loves that there is so much diversity within the field of OT. She has always known that she wanted to work in a profession in which she could help others, but struggled for some time to figure out how to do so. Her recent work experiences in the field of Ad Tech helped her realize what she enjoys (and does not enjoy) in a professional setting. OT checks off all of the boxes that she has been looking for in a profession, and she is both excited and nervous to be starting on a new career path.

Kalena grew up in Menlo Park and went to Castilleja School for middle and high school. After USC she moved back to the Bay Area (she missed it), and lives in Mountain View with her fiancee Pedro and their three-and-a-half year-old Siberian Husky, Koda. She and Pedro are getting married in April 2019! They have it on their bucket list to visit all of the US National Parks and have made some good headway in recent years. Kalena also loves hiking/backpacking, boxing, yoga, cooking, puzzles, reading, and eating (she's definitely one of us)!

Kalena says: 
"I have loved being a part of the DICP family for the past 8 months! Working at DICP has given me the opportunity to get a glimpse into the life of a pediatric OT. I have enjoyed getting to know our wonderful DICP families through office interactions and phone calls. I am grateful to have such a passionate and knowledgeable group of OTs to learn from every day!"

We celebrated our second annual Family Appreciation Week from January 21st - January 26th. We had snacks, swag, and every DICP family was entered into a raffle to win some great prizes and gift baskets including restaurant gift cards, movie tickets, and a Color Street Manicure! We will be randomly selecting the winners soon! We capped off the week with a "date day" during which a few lucky families (also drawn at random) were selected to drop off their DICP kid (and siblings) to play with DICP therapists, staff, and volunteers while parents were free to do whatever they pleased. What a treat for everyone involved! 
Watch this space for pictures and more info about our Family Appreciation Week!
Tell US What YOU Want to See at DICP!
Help Us Plan Our Summer Schedule!

It's January, but we are already starting to think about Summertime! Last year we introduced two sessions of our Kindergarten Readiness group, and it was a success! We would like to continue adding new programs that will be of value to our current DICP families. We'd love to hear from you about what you would like DICP to offer. Handwriting groups? Exercise groups? Mommy and me groups? Social groups? Gross and fine motor groups? Groups for younger kids? Older kids? Stop by the office, fill out a suggestion card in the waiting room, email, or call to let us know so we can start planning!

Many parents struggle with how to talk to their children about sensory processing disorder. It can be a tricky topic to navigate, especially because kids don't always like to admit that there is something different about the way they experience the world! 

Mommy Evolution created This List of books about Sensory Processing Disorder. We may have a few of these in our waiting room, but if not, we'll try to add to our collection soon. 
Questions, comments, feedback?

We have really enjoyed creating the DICP digest for our families, friends, and colleagues. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for us we would love to hear from you! Feedback about content, layout, and ideas for future issues would be appreciated. We want to give you information that you find valuable, appropriate, fun, interesting, funny, and pertinent. Please send us a message on the portal, call or stop by the office, or send a message to
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