Virtually Gorton: Parenting Series – Walking On Eggshells
Walking on Eggshells: Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors
Gorton has partnered with Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network to offer a 4 workshop virtual parenting series!
Feel like you are walking on eggshells around your child? Doing everything in your power not to upset your little one? Mindy Aharoni (OT) and Erika Larson (DT) will discuss the underlying factors of children’s behavior through a developmental lens.
They will highlight how a child’s biology, environment and relationships impact behavior. Most importantly, they will offer a comprehensive perspective that values behavior as a form of communication, along with strategies to promote progress.
Author: Mindy Aharoni, M.S., OTR/L and Erika Larson, M.Ed., DT – Clinical Directors – Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network
Mindy Aharoni, M.S. OTR/L, Owner, Clinical Director – Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network
Mindy is a certified and licensed occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience. She received her post professional Master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a certified early intervention provider and evaluator for the state of Illinois. Mindy has worked with infants through young adults in a variety of settings including hospital based outpatient programs, schools, the Illinois Early Intervention System and private clinical settings. Mindy’s commitment to providing the most effective treatment for children inspired her to form Kick Start. A mom to three children and 1 grandchild, she currently lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Erika Larson, M.Ed., DT, Owner, Clinical Director – Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network
Erika Larson, holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theatre Studies and is a Developmental Therapist . She has an advanced certificate in DIR/Floortime, is a Certified PLAY Project Consultant In Training. She is also the co-founder of the National Pediatric Developmental Differences Forum. Erika has been working with families for the past 20 years and is often asked to consult with parents around the topics of development, education and best parenting practices. She specializes in helping children on the autism spectrum, those with ADHD, developmental delays and general anxiety and depression. Also a mom of two precocious boys, Erika is a true “problem solver” and adores helping parents find solutions so that “every day can be a good day.” Originally trained as an actor, Erika has taken her passion for performing and transformed it into a passion for play. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, eating at well-reviewed restaurants, tending to her garden and chickens in Highland Park, IL and killing it at karaoke.
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