Resources for Families

Recommended Reading

General Child Development: 

"Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents" by Vimala McClure

"Balanced and Barefoot" by Angela Hanscom

"Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv

Mama OT Blog - 

Sensory Processing Disorder:

"The Out-of-Sync Child" by Carol Stock Kranowitz 

"Sensational Kids"  by Doris A. Fuller and Lucy Jane Miller 

"Raising a Sensory Smart Child" by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske 

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder: 


"The Connected Child" by David R. Cross, Karyn B. Purvis, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

Caregiver Resources:

Work by Bruce Perry and Bessel van der Kolk


"The Whole-Brain Child" by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson 

"How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Speech Therapy:

Typical Speech and Language Development:

Information and Worksheets:

Information and Resources for Apraxia:

Local Referral Recommendations

Autism Testing 

Trauma Assessment

  • CTAC (Children's Trauma Assessment Center)

Neuropsychological Testing

  • Shana Rush, PhD, CCC-SLP - Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology in Grand Rapids, MI 
  • Helene Pilnick, PhD - Neuropsychology Associates in Kalamazoo, MI 

Psychological Services 

  • Jeff LaPonsie, LMSW - Kalamazoo Child and Family Counseling
  • Kristy Cavalli, LMSW, RPT-S - Play Therapy Zone (Play Therapy and Family Counseling)
  • The Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center
  • Kelene Rogers, LPC, ADS, IMH-E (II) - Chosen, PLLC (Child and Family Counseling, specializes in trauma and severe behaviors)
  • Maureen Corts, LMSW – Ready for the World, LLC (Child and Family Counseling – uses Love and Logic® philosophy)
  • Shelly Woertink, LMCSW - Pediatric Counseling Center, LLC (specializes in medical and complex trauma)

Pediatric Eye Care/Vision Therapy 

  • Marie Fox, OD - Kalamazoo Valley Eyecare
  • Dan L Fortenbacher, OD, FCOVD - Wow Vision Therapy 

Child Birth Education & Doula Services

Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Pediatric Dietician

Pediatric Dentistry 

  • Dr. Libby Thorpe - Centreville Family Dentistry (specializes in address tongue tie through revision and myofunctional therapy)

Local Preschools

  • Nature's Way Preschool: 269-381-1574
  • St. Michael's Christ for Kids: 269-327-4889
  • The Learning Village - Fairfax: 269-382-3887
  • The Learning Village - Lake Street: 269-341-6070
  • Discovery Center: 269-341-0007
  • BreeSchool - Bree Bird: 269-615-3363
  • Bread and Roses: 269-383-9956
  • PLIP (Preschool Language Intervention Program at WMU): 269-387-7145
  • Kazoo School - Early Childhood Education Programs: 269-345-3239