Resources for Families

Local Referral Sources + Preschool 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 (TF-CBT, PCIT, highly experienced in working with complex trauma, 
  • Kristy Cavalli, LMSW, RPT-S – Child & Family Psychological Services (Play Therapy and Family Counseling)
  • The Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center 
  • Kelene Rogers, LPC, ADS, IMH-E (II) – Intentional Growth, LLC  (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)
  • Karen Oberhill, LPC, NCC, GCDF – Child & Family Psychological Services (focuses on middle and high school ages, LGBTQ+, anxiety and depression, and career counseling
  • Julie Waldron, LLP, LPC – Child & Family Psychological Services (specializes in anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, TF-CBT for kids and teens)
  • Stephanie Hyer, LPC – Bluewater Counseling Services (an elementary school counselor, with focus on kids ages 7-18 with anxiety
  • Brieanna Daugherty, LPC, NCC, IMH II, MA – Daugherty Counseling, LLC (specializes in early childhood mental health, attachment and bonding, play therapy modalities, anxiety, and depression; also specializes in infertility, pregnancy and pregnancy loss, and postpartum issues)
  • Paula Shelner, LMSW, RPT – Connected Counseling, LLC (Registered Play Therapist and trained in EMDR, specializes in working with children ages 4-12 for play therapy, but also works with teens using creative arts interventions)  

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
  • Adventure Learning Centers: 269-3323-3600 
  • PLIP (Preschool Language Intervention Program at WMU): 269-387-7145
  • Kazoo School - Early Childhood Education Programs: 269-345-3239 

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: