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The Importance of the “Mommy Meltdown” Basket to Self Regulation

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015

When you start at a 9 it doesn’t take much to get to a 10. — Rose Montie, special education teacher

We defined self regulation and dysregulation in my last post.  I want to talk about coregulation today.  Psychologist Alan Fogel describes coregulation as the “continuous unfolding of individual action that is susceptible to being continuously modified by the continuously changing actions of the partner.”  “Don’t rile up your brothers and sister!” was heard more than a few times in my childhood home.  Teachers observe this dynamic in their classrooms every day and develop management strategies to minimize its distraction from learning.

However, can we take a moment now to consider that in our hurried, pressured lives perhaps we don’t always recognize that our adult behavior has an equal or maybe greater effect on our children’s behavior than either that of their siblings or peers?  If so, shouldn’t we spend some time becoming aware of our own dysregulation triggers; developing coping strategies; and, thus improving our ability to self regulate?  I think so!


Sesame Street Life Sensory Friendly Performance at the Fox Theater

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 No Comments

The Children’s Center Presents Anti-Bullying and Conflict Resolution Dialogue

Posted on: January 10th, 2014

App Review: Birdhouse for Autism

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 No Comments

Birdhouse for Autism is a free web and mobile based autism management app.  It is designed by Ben Chutz, parent of a child on the autism spectrum, to help you organize the important information related to your child’s care. Birdhouse enables you to keep track of medications and supplements, therapies and therapists, and easily track your child’s behaviors and daily activities.  Birdhouse’s most important use, though, is to find patterns  in your child’s everyday life and to track correlations so that you can see what’s helping and what needs to be changed.

This app is very user-friendly and intuitive.  Posting to it is as easy as clicking the green “Post A New Activity” button; selecting an activity type; and, entering your information.

I especially like being able to take my iPad to a doctor or therapy appointment and easily sharing the information collected.  Using actual data rather than relying solely on memory, we identify probable causes and effects and make adjustments as needed.

A+  Strongly recommend  Click here to download.

5 Ways to be an A+ Grandparent to your Special Needs Grandchild

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

Expecting a child is a family affair.  Parents, grandparents and siblings excitedly anticipate the new baby’s arrival all the while subconsciously projecting their respective inner visions of the perfect family addition onto a tiny, unsuspecting infant.  Ten fingers, ten toes, Dad’s ears, Grandma’s nose.  A science and math whiz?  A little league all star?  President??


May 8th Advocacy Day – We Went, We Met, We Advocated

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 No Comments

Bright and early on May 8th sixty of us representing The Children’s Center boarded the bus headed to Lansing.  Upon arrival, we divided into teams according to the issue for which we were advocating.  Our Blue Team, led by George Winn, TCC COO and Deborah Mathews, TCC CEO,  shared with legislators the importance of supporting the Governor’s recommendation to expand early childhood education funding by 2% on the state level to partially off set the decrease of over 5% in funding on the federal level.

TCC Advocates Arriving at the Capitol Building

The day was busy and intense as we met with Senator Pavlov’s, Representative Lund’s, Representative Roger’s, and Representative Franz’s respective staffs as well as Senator Coleman Young II.  We were received warmly by all and left each office with a great sense of having made a difference!

TCC Advocates in the Rotunda

Some of TCC’s advocates brought their children to see advocacy and government first hand.  Planting the seeds of advocacy in the next generation – yes, You Can Do It!

Young Advocates in front of the Governor’s Office

We also participated in the Walk a Mile in My Shoes Rally on the Capitol lawn.  The rally’s purpose was to celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness Month; educate legislators about mental health issues; strive to end the stigma of mental illness; promote parity between mental health and physical health insurance coverage; and, promote mental health wellness.

On the Capitol Lawn for the Rally

At the end of the day, sixty tired but satisfied TCC advocates boarded the bus for home already planning for next time.

The Children’s Center Presents…

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 No Comments

The Children’s Center presents

Advocacy Day
May 8, 2013

Child & Family Issues, Children’s Mental Health, Foster Care Awareness

Help erase stigma and give voice to the issues facing children & families living with mental illness; emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders; trauma, and within the foster care system.

Child & Family Advocates will meet with State legislators in Lansing to engage in advocacy related dialogue and raise awareness about the issues

  •        HealthCare Reform & Behavioral Health Parity
  •         Medicaid Expansion
  •         Expanding Funding for Early Childhood Education
  •         Mental Health Services and K-12 Partnerships
  •         Funding Equity for Foster Care Services

Who Should Attend?  Child & Family Advocates, Foster Care Families, Social Workers, Children’s Mental Health Consumers, Community Partners, Schools and Educators.

Advocacy Day Sample Itinerary:

7:15 AM
Departure (Detroit)
11:45 AM
Lunch & 
Keynote Speaker

9:00 AM
Legislative Meetings & Committee Hearings

1:30 PM
House Session
 10:00 AM
Senate Session & Committee Hearings

2:30 PM
Legislative Meetings
11:00 AM
Legislative Meetings & Committee Hearings
3:15 PM
Departure (Lansing)

Registration:  Click here to RSVP by April 22, 2013.
Send questions to Clarence Gayles: Cgayles@childrensctr.net or 313.969.5696.

The Children’s Center’s Guiding Principles
  • Behavioral health is an important part of a child’s total physical health diagnosis.
  • Behavioral health treatment should be treated equally within the law.
  • All children reserve the right to be treated fairly; to have all of their health care, educational, recreational, and basic personal needs met; and, to have the ability to shape their own futures.

Vision & Literacy Resources for Down Syndrome

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 No Comments
Warner would like to welcome Joan Brennan to our club house.  Joan is a mom, educator, entrepreneur, inventor, and special needs advocate.  Brennan Innovators, LLC, her company, focuses on reading and learning tools for special needs individuals.  She created Reading Focus Cards (US Patent 7,565,759) to help struggling readers, especially those children and adults challenged with AD/HD, dyslexia, autism, low vision, stroke recovery, traumatic brain injuries, and other reading issues.

Today, Joan shares advice and resources for our friends in the Down syndrome community.  read more…

Six Reasons Special Needs Kids Gotta Have Art

Posted on: February 11th, 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words.  To a non-verbal, special needs child, the benefits of pictures and art go far beyond words:  

Art provides special needs kids the chance to creatively communicate thoughts and feelings when they don’t have the words to express them.  For example, Valentine’s Day is a great time for special needs children and their families to use art for loving self expression.


Helping Young Children Cope With Violent Tragedies: Newtown

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 No Comments


I’d like to welcome Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD and founder of Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids to Warner’s Club House.  Wendy specializes in helping children and families cope with the little and not so little issues in their lives – anger, divorce, grief and loss, moving, etc.  Today, she shares her recommendations for parents to best help young children understand the recent violence in Newtown, Connecticut.  Thank you, Wendy!

Tragedy Unfolds

Newtown, Connecticut.  A sleepy little town less than one hour away from where I was born.  I watched in horror, with the rest of the world, as the tragedy in this small town unfolded.  The trauma surrounding these events is a heavy burden to bear for the town of Newtown, and it will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark.  Traumatologists, counselors, clergy and other supports will converge upon Newtown, to assist in helping its people begin to cope and pick up the pieces.  It will be a long road to healing. On behalf of Kidlutions, I offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers.   Read more.