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Holly Correa has been an educator for over 20 years. She has a M.A. in Educational Leadership, a California Administrative Services credential, in addition to a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Her experience teaching students with spectrum challenges such as Asperger’s and Autism, combined with her experience facilitating the IEP process, make her an excellent child advocate. On a personal note, Holly is the mother of a child with high functioning autism and has advocated on his behalf throughout his life. She understands first-hand the impact having a special needs child places on the family, and is passionate about finding just the right combination of support so that everyone thrives.

Please call Holly for your Southern California Advocacy needs. 805 512-2034

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We have just completed our Advocacy School training classes and the Free School is now open to the public. The nine units cover the entire process from Eligibility to Litigation. The curriculum is perfect for attorneys, psychologists, parents of special needs children and others. Please visit our Online School .

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If you need to find an advocate for your child, try searching the COPAA database of members who represent special needs children.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

I am an attorney at law and licensed psychologist in California.

I have had over thirty five years of experience with disabled adults and children.

I have created this site to help provide useful news and information for parents, educators and advocates. I am retired from professional practice, however if you need further information you may contact Pause4KIDS my affiliated non-profit organization here.

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It is important that parents have opportunities to enhance their knowlege about their children and the services that are available for them. Here are a few links to orgainizations that provide training.

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Infant and Child Development

This video discusses typical milestones in early child development. It is strongly based in Piaget. Piaget described four stages of cognitive development and relates them to a person's ability to understand and assimilate new information

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Running Time: 00:27:35

Keeping Kids Healthy: Recognizing Borderline Personality Disorder in Children

Could your child’s explosiveness and impulsive behavior be a sign of “borderline personality disorder?” Are you often confronted with intense rages, hostility, oversensitivity and overreaction, or self-injurious behavior like cutting, burning, or substance abuse? Are your daughter’s relationships unstable – do friends turn from “soul mates” to worst enemies in the space of hours? Does your son often misperceive things, inaccurately interpreting conversations around him in the worst possible light? If any of this sounds familiar, you need to watch this show. Because these are some of the signs of a little-understood and under-diagnosed condition called “borderline personality disorder” – a condition that used to be acknowledged only in adults, but that the mental health community is now beginning to recognize, and treat, in children too. And the treatment can make a major difference – not only in your child’s ability to handle the world around her, but in your ability to get along with your child! Join our host Dr. Winnie King as she learns from two experienced families and a skilled psychologist how to recognize this condition, and find out where to go to get the help you need for yourself and your child.

Source: Winnie King MD

Running Time: 00:26:13

Parenting Your Strong-Willed Preschooler

Dr. Verduin covers how and why parents should give positive attention for the "good" behaviors their children are already exhibiting. He also discusses how and when positive attention should be withdrawn temporarily, through a technique known as active ignoring. He emphasizes how this pattern of responding to misbehavior not only improves child behavior but also strengthens the parent-child relationship.Dr. Verduin believes parents must also be skilled at making expectations clear, setting appropriate limits, and following through with fair, consistent consequences when necessary. He discusses the importance of setting up children for success by giving good directions (e.g., directions that take the child's developmental level into account). He also reinforces the importance of giving fair consequences in an even, controlled manner so as not to provide stimulating, negative attention for misbehavior.

Source: NYU Child Study Center

Running Time: 00:22:36

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