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Cassidy O’Brien Featured on National Geographic

2021-01-07T15:31:54+00:00

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

Kim Brownell’s Heartwarming Message

2020-12-12T22:37:43+00:00

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

2020-12-07T00:16:14+00:00

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

2020-12-06T23:58:47+00:00

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

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

My Top 10 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!

2014-01-11T10:33:43+00:00

By popular demand, here are my 10 top school recommendations for children struggling with focus and attention in class! Remember, no one strategy will be effective for every child. Take this list to school with you to discuss with your child's teacher which strategies would fit your child the best!! 1. Preferred Seating. Try placing [...]

My Top 10 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!2014-01-11T10:33:43+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