Helping The Whole Child

Helping The Whole Child is a series of workshops designed to explain how Dr. Greenspan’s work can benefit all children, Greenspan Social-Emotional™.

Dr. Greenspan believed strongly that whatever your goals for a child are they have to be addressed holistically. This means understanding how all the “pieces” fit together, how they affect one another, and understanding that we must always work on the integrating component of child development, THE EMOTIONS.  

Whether we are working on behavior, communication, feeding, sensory/motor development, or social skills all children need to connect their learning to positive relationships and emotionally meaningful experiences, not just outcomes.  

Helping The Whole Child is a NEW lecture series that will look at each of these areas. 

Lecture 1: How to improve Self-Control and Behavior by Strengthening Communication and Emotional Health will explore,

  • Dr. Greenspan’s theory about understanding behavior and identifying it causes
  • How our current understanding of neuroplasticity supports his theory
  • How to improve behavior from the ground up, leading to lasting behavioral changes and emotional self-awareness
  • How to improve communication, thinking, and emotional range while addressing the causes of behaviors

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Lecture 2: FOODTIME

My child only eats a limited variety of foods, how can FOODTIME help expand his/her diet?

  • FOODTIME takes a closer look into the various reasons children have difficulties with eating looking at the sensory, oral motor and emotional components.
  • Therapists then create an individualized treatment plan targeting the specific needs of your child that focuses on helping them choose to increase their repertoire of food to make mealtime a more positive experience.

How do I know the right time to begin feeding therapy?   Is your child is experiencing any of the following?

  • family mealtimes feel like battles
  • eats fewer than 20 different foods
  • poor weight gain
  • traumatic incidents with food such as choking, gagging, and/or vomiting.


  • Increase positive feelings with mealtime routines and with food
  • Increase intake and repertoire of food (total number and diversity of foods)
  • Improve oral motor skills necessary for eating age-appropriate foods
  • Decrease sensory aversions to certain textures and tastes to food
  • Decrease behaviors that interfere with eating

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