May / June 2017 | Volume 1 | Issue 5
DICP Digest 
A monthly newsletter for clients and colleagues of Development is CHILD'S PLAY!
 
It seems like just yesterday we had one foot in a wet winter and the other in a warm spring. And now we're days away from summer! 
 
Thank you to everyone who filled out their summer scheduling forms and got them in to us. The therapists gathered at a staff meeting in May armed with post-it notes with your children's names on them and we attacked a giant paper calendar to start the scheduling process. Many emails, portal messages, and phone calls later, we got our summer schedule close to what it will be for the next 8-9 weeks. Before you know it, we'll be handing out the fall scheduling forms, so please look for those in a few weeks. When you fill them out, we ask that you give us all of your available windows of time so we can squeeze everyone in who would like to be seen. While we like to try and keep our schedules consistent, we know that the school year will bring longer days and an increase in after-school activities. Even if you really really really want your same day and time, please fill out the form with all of your child's availability just in case we need to make changes to accommodate another family. We do our best to make everyone happy. 
 
If you are planning to take vacations this summer, please let your therapist know as soon as you get your trip planned so she can get those dates on the calendar.
 
Mother's Day has past and Father's Day is fast approaching. We at Development is Child's Play want to celebrate every loving and nurturing caregiver that comes through our doors. Whether you are a mother, father, step-parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, friend, babysitter, nanny, or grandparent, we thank you for sharing your children with us and for the care you give them every day. It's a tough job and you all do it so well!
 
Warmly,
The therapists and staff at Development is CHILD'S PLAY!
 
Saturday, May 13: Sensory Gym
10:00-11:00 am; $30 
Weekly 60-minute parent/child sensorimotor activities with a therapist present to answer questions. Sign up with your therapist or in the office to participate! Sensory gym runs only if we have enough clients signed up.
Friday, May 19th: Free Vision Screen
Optometrists from Family Vision Care came to DICP to perform FREE 20-30 minute vision screenings for interested and appropriate DICP clients ages 5 to 17. It was a successful day and our families quickly received summaries of the findings. If you missed this and are interested in a future date, please call or visit the office to let them know.
 
Friday, May 19: Parent's night out
6:30 - 9:00pm
Those who entered and who were selected by random drawing to participate in parent's night out have been notified. If you were not chosen this time, please watch for another date in the future and enter again! 
 
Saturday, May 20: Sensory Gym
10:00-11:00 am; $30
 
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day
Memorial day is considered an optional day. If you cancel your session that day with at least 24-hours notice, it will not be counted toward your allowed cancellation. Please talk with your therapist about your plans for Memorial Day.
 
Saturday, June 3: Sensory Gym
10:00-11:00 am; $30

 
Friday, June 9: Last day of Current schedule
If you do not yet know your summer time, check with your therapist this week.
 
Saturday, June 10: Sensory Gym
9:00 - 10:00 am; $30
**Please note the time change this week, Sensory gym will be held one hour earlier today only**
 
Monday, June 12: Summer Schedule Begins!
Our summer schedule starts today, so please check with your therapist to confirm your new time. 
 
Saturday, June 17: Sensory Gym
10:00 - 11:00am; $30
 
Saturday June 24: Sensory Gym
10:00 - 11:00am; $30
Meet Hana Ju!

Development is Child's Play scored big when Hana decided to come work with us! We love Hana, and we know her DICP families do too. Hana immediately clicked into place at DICP, and she has been sharing her wisdom (OT and otherwise) with us since then. If one of us has a question or needs something, Hana knows someone who can help. She makes connections wherever she goes, and we're lucky she connected with us! 

Hana received her undergraduate degree from UCLA with a BS in Psychology. She received her MA in Occupational Therapy from USC. Hana has been a practicing OT for almost 14 years, and has been at DICP for six years! Hana has worked in many settings and along the way has been trained in Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening System, SOS approach to feeding, DIR/Floortime, and the Beckman oral-motor protocol. 
 
Hana was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her family left South Korea when she was two and moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. Hana moved San Jose when she was 3 1/2 years-old and grew up in Cupertino. In 7th grade, she moved back to Seoul with her entire family and attended an international school through her Sophomore year of high school. She moved back to the Bay Area as a Junior and graduated the following year from Saratoga High School. Since then, Hana has lived in LA, New York City, and is now back in the Bay Area. Hana is newly engaged to her fiance, Ryan and is in full wedding-planning mode. Hana has a niece and two nephews who live in San Diego, and she spends as much time talking, face-timing, and visiting them as possible!
 
Hana says:"I always wanted to be in a 'helping' profession, and I always knew I wanted to work with kids, so when I first heard about OT my Junior year of college, I knew right away that's what I wanted to do! I love that as an OT not only can I directly work with a child and help them be more independent, successful and happy, but I can also work with and get to know the parents and other family members and help to enrich their lives as well. For over 8 years of my OT career I worked in non-public schools for children with moderate to severe autism in the bay area and New York City. And although I am so grateful for the experiences I got in those settings, professionals I learned from, and children I worked with, there is something very special about the ladies and culture of DICP that I have never had in a work setting before. It is very rare that you enjoy working with each and every person and everyone is there to help, support and sacrifice for one another....so I feel extremely blessed to call DICP my work home."
 
Parent's Night Out at Development is Child's Play!!
 
Friday May 19th  6:30 - 9:00pm
 
Families who were selected by random drawing for parent's night out have been notified. Please watch for future dates and times.
 
 
Every year DICP offers a free event such as Parent's Night Out as a thank you to our families. This year we held it on Friday, May 19th from 6:30 - 9:00pm. With the help of the therapists, aides, volunteers, office staff, and owners, the event was a success! We hosted DICP clients and their siblings for a night of wild and crazy fun with no picture schedules, handwriting practice, or warm-up exercises in sight. A good time was had by all, and thank you to our DICP parents for trusting us with your children while you went out and enjoyed some time alone. 
Summer = Change
 
When we think of summer we think of camp, fun trips, lazy days, and no schedules to follow. For some kids, this means the end of a stressful and pressured academic year filled with the challenges of writing, reading, difficult group projects, and assignments. For others, however, summer means big changes, the absence of a familiar routine, lack of structure, and confusion. This can be particularly true for kids with autism spectrum disorder and those who have sensory and motor challenges that make change difficult. Sometimes it feels like it takes the whole year to finally adapt to a new teacher and routine and then summer comes along and changes everything! We have compiled a list of links to websites with great advice for how to help your child adjust to the changes that come when the weather warms up and school lets out. We also think these ideas are great for any kind of transition or schedule change.
If you have anything you do to help your child with change or transition, please share it with us.
 
Tips for Making the Adjustment to Summer
 
Autism and Dealing with Change
 
Making the Change from School to Summer
 
10 Tips for Success
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