Affect Autism has posted a new video blog showing how to use Floortime in everyday moments, such as riding in the car, and has specifically referenced many of the strategies from our book, Floortime Strategies for Promoting Development in Children and Teens !!
Dr. Andrea Davis Interviewed on ABC-7 Eyewitness News
Healthy Living segment with Denise Dador
Talk to kids about earthquake fears
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When disasters strike -- like earthquakes or brush fires -- children can be especially affected. They may not understand what's going on, and may be fearful about their safety. One expert has advice for parents.
After a jolting event like Tuesday's, you can expect some kids to return to their normal activities fairly quickly, but for others it could take time.
The world may seem like a scary and unpredictable place. Children turn to adults for comfort and information and one expert who's dealt with natural disasters tells us exactly what we need to say.
He's playing now, but when the earthquake hit, 4-year-old Anthony Lee didn't know what to think.
Child psychologist Andrea Davis helped families with disaster recovery after Hurricane Hugo hit the Virgin Islands. She says kids take their cues from parents.
"Everybody wants to help a child feel better so we want to make their feelings go away sometimes, and that actually backfires," said child psychologist Andrea Davis, Ph.D. "So instead, we want to do the opposite. We want to say, 'Yes, you're scared. It's scary.' And then the fear recedes."
Initially a child may look like they've recovered, but experts say the effects may linger. Look for the signs: For months after a quake a child may have trouble falling asleep. They may even have nightmares.
"If they're waking up with nightmares, more communication, more chances to talk about and process what they're feeling, what their worries are," said Dr. Davis.
Dr. Andrea Davis Interviewed on ABC-7 Eyewitness News
Healthy Living with Denise Dador
"Expert Weighs in on Taped Girl Fight"
October 17, 2008
400 Attend Family Fun Day at Griffith Park!
Music, games, activities, beautiful weather, good food and terrific speakers were all part of the day at the
DIR®/Floortime Coalition of California’s Family Fun Day at Griffith Park on Sunday, April 10th. More than
400 people attended the event to celebrate children with disabilities and learn more about DIR®/Floortime
programs for children and their families.
Ron Ostrow, a well-known actor, was MC and spoke about his own personal experience of using DIR/Floortime
with his son. Among the other speakers were Erik Linthorst, a local Southern California filmmaker and
Floortime dad. He described his journey with his son, Graham, which is captured in the award-winning
documentary film, “Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story”. Jim Lantry, a national advocate for the rights of the
developmentally disabled, informed the crowd about legislative progress for parent choice., Autism Speaks
representive and Floortime parent, Pam Eisenberg, also shared her story on the way DIR/Floortime brought her
daughter around. Actors for Autism performed songs from their upcoming musical show.
Dr. Diane Cullinane, chairperson of the DIR®/Floortime Coalition of California and Executive Director of
Pasadena Child Development Associates, kicked off the event and explained the purpose of the day by saying,
“This is a fun day for children to enjoy with their families, and for parents, a day to learn about resources for
their children. The DIR®/Floortime Coalition of California is a group of parents and professionals from
throughout California who have come together to promote parent choice in the treatment options for their
Resources were available for parents, including books and training materials from the Interdisciplinary Council
of Developmental and Learning Disabilities, booths staffed by area autism treatment experts, and a professional
panel question and answer session which engaged parents in a discussion about treatment choices for their
children. Many non-competitive games and activities were available including a water balloon group parachute
toss, noodle badminton, bounce house marathon, and a Home Depot planting project in which company
volunteers assisted each child, proudly wearing a Home Depot orange mini-apron, in planting their own
individual flowers in a pot to take home.
Dr. Andrea Davis, event organizer, commented, “It was exciting to see what we had created together, especially
to enjoy the atmosphere of inclusion of kids and teens with special needs in an event that offered something fun
for everyone. We will definitely hold this event again next year!”
Special thanks are in order to Arrest My Sister, Dave Taylor Music, Outback Catering, Henry’s Market, Trader
Joe’s, Fresh and Easy Market, Home Depot, Actors for Autism, Demand Media, Steel Deck,
IndulgeYourself.com, CircleStretch.com, Rustic Canyon Restaurant, ICDL, and the many family members,
therapists, students, and friends who volunteerd to help make this inaugural event a big success. For more
INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN PARENTING EXPERT OFFERS LOW-COST SEMINAR FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
San Gabriel Valley groups sponsor seminar in Pasadena on Saturday, March 12
PASADENA—Whether it’s celebrities like Helena Bonham Carter or high school teachers like Dana Farrar, students who use Noël Janis-Norton’s methods with their own children can’t stop singing her praises for helping them have a calmer, easier, happier parenting experience.
So, when Janis-Norton, a learning and behavior specialist with 40 years of experience whose London-based center has helped parents on both sides of the Atlantic, comes to California, parents line up for her entertaining and enlightening seminars and private consultations.
On Saturday, March 12, from 12:30 to 5 pm, Janis-Norton will present How to Bring Out the Best in Children and Teens with Special Needs at All Saints Church (in the Forum), 132 N. Euclid, Pasadena. The seminar will be offered at a special, low-cost, rate of $15 per person, $20 per couple, thanks to joint sponsorship from All Saints Church, Greenhouse Therapy Center, Center for Developing Kids, GymnastiKids, and Hollar Pediatric Speech and Language Services.
The Special Needs seminar is designed to give parents concrete strategies to support their children and teens with special needs, including autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit, social communication, anxiety issues, and language problems. While the seminar is geared towards children with identified special needs, families whose children are having learning or behavior problems at home or school would benefit from using Janis-Norton’s strategies.
“There are many special needs diagnoses, but almost all of them involve some form of learning difficulty,” Janis-Norton said. “Of course parents know that learning difficulties affect not just schooling, but every aspect of a child’s life, their behavior, social skills, attention span, and ultimately their self-esteem. Sadly, even mild learning difficulties can lead to big problems.”
While there are many resources available today for children with special needs, what is often lacking are enough specific strategies that support parents on a daily basis, many educators say.
“Parents may get excellent recommendations from mental health professionals, but frequently don’t know how to get their special needs child to cooperate enough to follow those recommendations,” Janis-Norton said. “My goal is to give them specific and effective tools to help their child learn better habits, and to help the parents feel calmer and more confident on this parenting journey.”
Clinical Psychologist Andrea Davis, PhD., who works with families of autistic children in her Pasadena practice, describes Janis-Norton’s approach as blending some of the best aspects of developmental psychology with positive behavioral strategies.
“When parents use Noël’s techniques, they see their children developing better habits,” Davis said. “Then a sort of conversion happens in which the parents of children with special needs see that they can have higher expectations for their children, and that becomes self-fulfilling.”
South Pasadena resident Dana Farrar, who swears by Janis-Norton’s methods for helping her raise her two daughters, has also seen the positive results of the methods in her work as a special education teacher in Downtown Los Angeles.
“I really feel that the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting methods would be an invaluable help for families dealing with autism,” Farrar said. “Noel really knows how to recommend specific strategies that promote communication and independence—and that show results almost immediately.”
Robyn Wisinski, a Glendale teacher who lives in Simi Valley and attended one of Janis-Norton’s seminars, has seen the techniques work with her son, who has high-functioning autism. “With no prompting from me, my son stopped himself from doing something he wasn’t supposed to do,” Wisinski said. “Now, whenever behavior starts to become a problem, I know that if I just pick one of Noël’s strategies and do it, things always improve.”
Seats are limited and pre-registration is required at www.calmerparenting.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-897-2451.
About CEHP (Calmer, Easier, Happier, Parenting)
Developed by noted educator Noël Janis-Norton, CEHP is a toolkit of practical and effective strategies that parents can use to transform family life and to help their children and teenagers become not only cooperative, but also confident, motivated, self-reliant and considerate. Janis-Norton is an educator with 40 years experience as a special needs teacher, teacher trainer, head teacher, and parenting educator, and has presented parent and teacher education programs for PUSD, SPUSD, LAUSD schools, and various private schools. For more information, visit www.calmerparenting.com.
Family Fun Day for Children with Special Needs
Adults and kids who like fun, music, and supporting children with special needs should mark their calendars and plan to attend the Family Fun Day, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Griffith Park’s Shane’s Inspiration Universally Accessible Playground, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles. Ample free parking adjacent to the event will be available at Griffith Park Carousel Lot 3 (below Lot 2). Sponsored by DIR®/Floortime Coalition of California (www.dirfloortimecoc.com
), the event will help raise funds and awareness about developmental treatment of children with autism and other special needs.
The event will feature the pop band “Arrest My Sister”, children’s musician Dave Taylor, comedy, children’s activities, child “sponsorships”, kids’ gardenting demonstration by Home Depot, a bounce house “marathon”, a t-shirt “auction”, food for sale, and short, inspiring speeches by actors, filmmakers, parent speakers, authors, and an effective special needs lobbyist. Children can have a great time and parents can learn more about state and local advocacy for treatment for their children. Professionals are also invited to learn more about DIR®/Floortime intervention programs for children with special needs. To donate or volunteer, go to http://www.dirfloortimecoc.com
or contact Andrea Davis, Ph.D. at (626) 795-7910 or adavis@GreenhouseTherapyCenter. To attend this free event, check out the invite at http://floortimefamilyfunday.eventbrite.com
, mark your calendar, bring your relatives and friends, and join us on April 10th
From a parent attending the seminar:
"Thank you so very much for arranging this seminar. Please please make sure to thank the sponsors, their contribution made it possible for us to hear Noel's tools for success. We could have never afforded the usual seminar fee without their help. It has changed our lives by saving our lives. We finally feel like we're not alone.
Love and peace,