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Dr. Pontillo on ABC 10 News


Catching kids up on socialization skills   It's been a year since schools shut down and kids lost their main source of interaction with other children. ABC 10News Reporter Jared Aarons takes an In Depth look at how that has affected their social skills and what doctors say parents should do to make up for [...]

Dr. Pontillo on ABC 10 News2021-03-12T00:03:15+00:00

Dr. Pontillo Featured on PBS SoCal


'I Want It Now!': How to Talk to Kids About Being Patient for COVID-19 Vaccines   Kids may be itching to get back to their pre-pandemic lives, but we're not out of the woods just yet.   How do parents and caregivers explain that getting all of us vaccinated will take time? Two experts share [...]

Dr. Pontillo Featured on PBS SoCal2021-03-12T00:00:10+00:00

Cassidy O’Brien Featured on National Geographic


How to talk to your kids about the chaos at the Capitol The events at the U.S. Capitol caused fear and confusion. Here's how to help children make sense of it all. As the news of a mob of violent protesters storming the U.S. Capitol played out on Wednesday—on top of what’s already been a [...]

Cassidy O’Brien Featured on National Geographic2021-01-07T15:31:54+00:00

Meet Dr. Chanel Kealoha!


As we begin this new year, I am excited to announce that we have yet another great addition to our growing team, Dr. Chanel Kealoha! Dr. Kealoha is a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of children and families. I am thrilled to have Dr. Kealoha join our team [...]

Meet Dr. Chanel Kealoha!2021-01-03T16:27:27+00:00

Meet Cassidy O’Brien!


The great news continues for all of us here at San Diego Kids First as we've added yet another fantastic team member, Cassidy O’Brien! I am so excited to have Cassidy join us as she contributes an important speciality that furthers our area of expertise! Cassidy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who comes to [...]

Meet Cassidy O’Brien!2020-12-15T21:06:10+00:00

Kim Brownell’s Heartwarming Message


A heartwarming message from our of our therapists, Kim Brownell. I wanted to share with everyone a recent post by one of our therapists, Kim Brownell. Kim is our former Broadway star who has played many lead roles on the infamous stage. Her time on Broadway has led to her career as a Therapist... Kim [...]

Kim Brownell’s Heartwarming Message2020-12-12T22:37:43+00:00

Dr. Pontillo Featured on PBS SoCal


Ask the Expert: How Do I Manage My Kids’ Holiday Expectations this Year? How can grown-ups explain to kids how different this holiday season will be? We asked two child psychologists for their tips. The major takeaway? Be honest and fair to yourself. At-Home Learning is an early childhood education resource (for ages 2-8) providing [...]

Dr. Pontillo Featured on PBS SoCal2020-12-07T00:16:14+00:00

New Office Space


San Diego Kids First has a new, expanded satellite location!     We are still located in the charming Hacienda building in Carmel Valley in Suite 111, but we have added a lovely new suite #304. We could not be more excited for this new chapter for our team. Expanding to the newer, bigger and [...]

New Office Space2020-12-06T23:58:47+00:00

Dr. Olague & Angie McCormick


Our family of clinicians continues to grow with the newest addition of Dr. Jesse Olague! Along with Dr. Olague, we now have ourselves a full-time office manager, Angie McCormick, whom I bet you have already communicated with by now! She is wonderful at helping with client requests and managing the schedules of our wonderful group. [...]

Dr. Olague & Angie McCormick2020-12-06T23:56:22+00:00

Does your child look lost on the playground? Does he or she have difficulty playing with other children? How occupational therapy can help.


(Many thanks to my colleague Andrea De Marino, MHS, OTR/L for this article. For more about Andrea or occupational therapy visit her website at      - Dr. Deb) Some children have a difficult time interpreting sensory information from their environments, whether it be from the sense of touch (tactile input), movement (vestibular input), [...]

Does your child look lost on the playground? Does he or she have difficulty playing with other children? How occupational therapy can help.2013-07-11T10:35:39+00:00
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