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New Services!

2021-04-05T20:03:46+00:00

Great News! We've added to our list of services! We now offer four different levels of assessments!    I am so grateful to have such an amazing group of clinicians here at San Diego Kids First. Your child will be in great hands with our spectacular professionals! All assessments will be conducted by either Dr. [...]

New Services!2021-04-05T20:03:46+00:00

San Diego Behavior Solutions Offers: Personalized Visual Learning Tools!

2021-04-05T19:59:40+00:00

Our behavior specialist/ interventionist, Charlie has been practicing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)), the Zones of Regulation, Pivotal Response Therapy, and other behavioral and social skill interventions for 7 years! He has extensive experience in providing 1:1 in-home behavioral support and is proficient in current evidence-based practices and scientifically validated methodologies to help children of ALL ages (2 through teens) [...]

San Diego Behavior Solutions Offers: Personalized Visual Learning Tools!2021-04-05T19:59:40+00:00

Introducing San Diego Behavior Solutions!!

2021-04-05T19:47:12+00:00

I have some very exciting news to share with you all! Anna Williams and I have just launched our new business, San Diego Behavior Solutions! Check out our website here  Anna has been a clinician at San Diego First for quite some time now. Together, we noticed a gap in the mental health field and [...]

Introducing San Diego Behavior Solutions!!2021-04-05T19:47:12+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.

2013-07-11T10:35:39+00:00

(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 www.sensorysolutionsinc.com      - 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

Dr. Pontillo Featured on ParentSavers National Podcast: Potty Training: Naptime and Nighttime: Tips for Parents!

2013-07-18T13:06:33+00:00

Last month I had the great pleasure of being invited to be a featured expert on Parent Savers national podcast on nighttime potty training (Scroll down to the bottom of the post if you'd like to listen!) . Along with two parents of young children and the host, we discussed what to expect, various tips/strategies, [...]

Dr. Pontillo Featured on ParentSavers National Podcast: Potty Training: Naptime and Nighttime: Tips for Parents!2013-07-18T13:06:33+00:00

Summertime Quick Tips to Improve your Child’s Handwriting!

2013-07-31T08:35:43+00:00

(Many thanks to my friend and exceptionally talented and knowledgeable colleague Danielle Shulman for this article!! For information about Danielle,  or to read more of her tips on improving handwriting skills visit her website at www.writesteps.com                   - Dr. Deb) It’s summer time! The kids are at camp, [...]

Summertime Quick Tips to Improve your Child’s Handwriting!2013-07-31T08:35:43+00:00

6 Quick Strategies to Promote your Child’s Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

2014-03-17T21:51:38+00:00

(This is an excerpt from a talk I was asked to give to the parents at San Diego French American School March 19, 2014. The parents voted on which topics I would discuss in my presentation- and this was right at the top of their list!) We all want our children to have a strong [...]

6 Quick Strategies to Promote your Child’s Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence2014-03-17T21:51:38+00:00

Potty Training, Constipation, and Anxiety

2014-05-06T09:10:59+00:00

Hello Dr Deb, I have been trying to toilet train my almost 3 year old daughter for 4.5 months. We gave it a break after no progress with doing a poo on the toilet. She seems anxious and can't let go even if she is desperate and has already started going. We are on our [...]

Potty Training, Constipation, and Anxiety2014-05-06T09:10:59+00:00

What to Expect when raising a child with Asperger’s/Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder

2014-05-16T09:13:34+00:00

Question: I would love more information on raising a child with Aspergers. Thank you!   Answer: I appreciate this question and while it is very general (and I could write books on the topic!) I thought I would start by giving families a little bit of a ‘what to expect’ when raising a child with [...]

What to Expect when raising a child with Asperger’s/Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder2014-05-16T09:13:34+00:00

How to Help an Older Child with Nighttime Bedwetting

2014-05-23T11:07:34+00:00

Hi Dr Deb, I have been counseling the parents of an 8y/o girl. Her mother describes her issue with bedwetting as follows. " She was in pull/ups at night until she was 6.She is a really heavy sleeper. She started wetting the bed in September right when she started 3rd grade and 2 weeks after [...]

How to Help an Older Child with Nighttime Bedwetting2014-05-23T11:07:34+00:00
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