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 - http://mamaot.com/ 


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: https://www.spdstar.org/ 


Trauma:


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


http://www.attach.org/


Caregiver Resources: https://www.ot-innovations.com/links/


Work by Bruce Perry and Bessel van der Kolk


Behavior:


"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:


https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/


Art Therapy:


American Art Therapy Association: https://arttherapy.org/


Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB): http://www.atcb.org/


Art Therapy for ADHD: https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/art-therapy-adhd/


Mental Health Benefits of Art: https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/art-therapy-adhd/


Art Therapy for Trauma: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/arts-and-health/201310/creative-art-therapy-brain-wise-approaches-violence


Art Therapy for Depression and Anxiety: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/urban-survival/201803/mindfulness-art-therapy-can-reduce-depression-and-anxiety


Speech Therapy:


Typical Speech and Language Development: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/


Information and Worksheets: http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/


Information and Resources for Apraxia: https://www.apraxia-kids.org/


Local Referral Recommendations

Autism Testing 

Trauma Assessment

  • CTAC (Children's Trauma Assessment Center)

Neuropsychological Testing

  • Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology in Grand Rapids, MI 

Psychological Services 

  • Jeff LaPonsie, LMSW - Kalamazoo Child and Family Counseling
  • Kristy Cavalli, LMSW, RPT-S (Play Therapy and Family Counseling)
  • Jomie Goerge, LMSW, RPT - Serenity Farms (Equine and Play Therapy)
  • The Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center
  • Kelene Rogers, LPC, ADS, IMH-E (II) (Child and Family Counseling)
  • 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 

  • Dr. Marie Fox, Kalamazoo Valley Eyecare

Child Birth Education & Doula Services

Pediatric Chiropractic Care

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

Handouts for families