Subject: DICP October Newsletter

    October 2018 | Volume 2 | Issue 14
DICP Digest 
A monthly newsletter for clients and colleagues of Development is CHILD'S PLAY!
Happy Halloween!

The wonderful DICP Aides and volunteers have decorated the clinic for Halloween and it's spookier than ever!

We have the cargo net spider web up this week and next which is always a favorite activity. We love it because of the motor planning, postural control, core strength, balance, bimanual hand use, and visual scanning skills it requires. We also appreciate the pretend play and social skills involved. The kids love it because they can pretend it's a giant spider web and they get to rescue pumpkins and spiders!

DICP is hosting a back-door trick-or-treat event on Monday 10/29, Tuesday 10/30, and Wednesday 10/31. Come to the office door at DICP from 2-5pm (the kids are helping us make Halloween decorations for the door), knock, and trick-or-treat for fun Halloween treats (non-food treats, that is). It will give your kids a chance to practice trick-or-treating in a safe and familiar environment. We'll also have some Halloween crafts for the kids to do while they're here. Please feel free to bring friends and siblings as well! 

In this month's newsletter we introduce you to our new speech therapist, Lydia. Please enjoy reading all about her sweet family and her road to becoming a speech and language pathologist. We love having her as a part of our team! 

The DICP Facebook and Instagram pages are up and running, so if you do not already like our pages, please find and follow us! We post tips, pictures of fun things happening at DICP, community events, and more!

Instagram: @developmentischildsplay

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Warmest Thanks,
The therapists and staff at Development is CHILD'S PLAY!

Sensory Gym is scheduled for every Saturday at 10:30 am. Sign up and reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween! We are open and encourage kids to come to their regularly-scheduled sessions in costume!

Wednesday, November 7: Diwali! We are open for our regularly-scheduled appointments.

Monday, November 12: Veteran's Day. We are open for our regularly-scheduled appointments.

Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving. We are closed for Thanksgiving. Please talk with the office or your therapist to reschedule.

Friday, November 23: Day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday!). This is an optional day, so please let your therapist or the office manager know what your plans are. If you confirm your session on an optional day, our regular cancelation policies apply.

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 Lydia Coolidge

Lydia is the newest addition to the DICP family, and our very first Speech and Language Therapist! We are so excited to have her working with us. Right now she's working on Wednesday mornings, but we're hoping she will want to do more soon! 

Lydia started with us this summer as an integral part of our Kindergarten Readiness group. It was fantastic having speech and OT working closely together. 

Lydia received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis with a BS in Psychology and a BS in Spanish. Therapists Karen and Kerry are excited to have another UC Davis Aggie in the family! When Lydia heard about Speech and Language Pathology as a career, she switched focus and attended San Francisco State University to earn her MS in Communicative Disorders.  

Lydia has been a practicing SLP for seven years, and has been at Development is Child's Play since June of this year. Her special areas of interest or certifications include Early Intervention, Orofacial myofunctional disorders, Articulation and Phonology, and Fluency (stuttering).  

Both Lydia's family (on her dad's side) and her husband's family have been in California since the gold rush. Lydia was born and raised in the East Bay and moved to Sunnyvale after meeting her husband, Kevin. He has been practicing dentistry in Sunnyvale with his dad in their family practice for 12 years. She has a first grader named Colin who is a self-proclaimed scientist. She also has a nearly four year-old named Kelsey who is fiercely independent and creative.

Lydia loves to cook and share meals with others. She loves reading cookbooks and pulls her kids into the kitchen every chance she gets. Lydia included some great cooking and snack activities in our summer group. She also loves being active and in the outdoors (hiking, camping, playing baseball in the park with her kiddos). Her happy places are in the redwoods or on the beach.

Lydia Says:
"I love that my job allows my to be playful and have fun. I love the challenge of getting to figure out what makes each child light up, become engaged in therapy and create lasting learning because they are having fun. It is exhilarating getting to be a part of a child's first words or watching a child become empowered by learning to communicate their wants, needs and thoughts. I have been deeply humbled by the experience of parenting especially journeying with my son as we learned about sensory processing and how his sensory sensitivities affect so many aspects of how he interacts with the world. Thanks to his amazing therapist at DICP (she's talking about you, Kerry), he is better equipped to cope with things that are overwhelming and uncomfortable to him and he has learned to seek out what his body needs. This experience has strengthened my commitments for working with families to create interventions and strategies that fit their lives, their needs and their strengths. It has also strengthened my commitment to interdisciplinary treatment which is why I am so so excited to be working at Development is Child's Play because I know the partnership between OT and Speech will benefit my clients tremendously."

Development is Child's Play in the Community!

DICP had a table at the Parents Helping Parents / Special Needs Professionals of the Bay Area (PHP/SNP) Resource Fair on Saturday, October 20th. Owner Sena and Therapist Karen were there to represent DICP. We saw some familiar faces and connected with new families and local professionals. We heard from families who used to bring their child to DICP, and those who still do! We met a clinical psychologist (who also happens to be the mom of a child with sensory needs) who RAVED about the Therapressure Brushing Protocol we use. We met lawyers, dentists, advocates, teachers, and other therapists who were all there to provide information about local services to Bay Area families. We had Halloween crafts for the kids, information about the Teal Pumpkin Project (see below), and were there to answer people’s questions about OT and DICP! Check our newsletters, information in the waiting room, or our Facebook and Instagram pages for info on future community activities!

Have You Heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project?

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters

2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available. Printing and displaying a picture of a teal pumpkin would also work!

3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map

4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family

Find more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project here:

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