As the oldest of 5 girls, I WAS the high needs child. My sensory seeking and hyperactivity drove my parents and teachers bonkers! It wasn’t until I started working with young children that I realized my quirky personality was a gift. You see, I am fluent in two languages – – adult and child. I use this fluency to translate, educate and advocate for kids like me. I am passionate about motivating and inspiring caregivers to do it differently. I help parents and professionals learn to attune to and respond to their preschooler’s underlying needs – rather than focus on symptoms of misbehavior.
For the last decade I have worked with high needs preschoolers in general and special education settings. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, I have been professionally trained in the following treatment modalities:
- Theraplay (Level 1, Level 2, Group & Sunshine Circles)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Attachment, Regulation & Competency (ARC)
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Sensory Processing Differences
- Child-Centered Play Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Applied Behavior Theory
- Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
I use my extensive knowledge base and energetic personality to help parents, teachers, and social workers recognize the problem, narrow down their focus, define their goals, and figure out their next steps, all while sharing applicable resources to help them get the job done effectively.
Angela Labrie Blackwell is an Occupational Therapist with a doctorate in Therapeutic Science (2015) from the University of Kansas.
Angela’s clinical experience spans more than twenty years, which includes early intervention settings, school-based settings, pediatric hospitals, and community pediatric settings.
As a graduate professor and published researcher, her work provides pivotal insights into providing inclusive services to support the sensory and behavioral needs of young children.
After 18 years as an officer in the Army Reserve/National Guard and a corporate career as an executive assistant and conference planner, Julie McEathron found herself working as an early childhood classroom teacher. While Julie’s journey from troops to toddlers was unexpected, she discovered she has a knack for behavioral management.
In 2016, her efforts resulted in being named the Kansas City Kansas Elementary Teacher of the Year and a 2017 Regional Semi-Finalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year. Julie McEathron has 12 years of experience as an early childhood professional and holds a master’s degree in Special Education/Early Childhood Unified Education from the University of Kansas.
Kathleen Lemon is a speech-language pathologist with her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Truman State University in communication disorders. She is nationally accredited through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed to practice in both Kansas and Missouri. Kathleen has 6 years of experience working in the public schools serving a diverse population of children ranging from early childhood to elementary age. She is passionate about early intervention and education and strives to teach the skills necessary to be strong and independent communicators.