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Central Coast Family December 2013
Animals Alive! @ SLO Library
Wise Investing
Safe Baby Swaddling
Historic SLO Shopping
Joyful Travel with Kids
Family Events & Resources
Alternative Education
Central Coast Family December 2013
Animals Alive! @ SLO Library
Wise Investing
Safe Baby Swaddling
Historic SLO Shopping
Joyful Travel with Kids
Family Events & Resources
Alternative Education

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Central Coast 
December 2013
 Central Coas
Getting Out
 2Library Voice
6Fun & Games
 8Health & Safety
10Local History
 17Family Events
 18Local Resources
 20Alt Education
 Animals Alive! / Wise Investing / Baby Swaddling / Historic Shopping / Family Travel
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Central Coast Family December 2013 www.centralcoastfamily.com Page 2
 Central Coast 
PO Box 6424, Los Osos, CA 93412
Phone: (805) 528-0440 Fax: (805) 439-0798
Our goal is to connect Central Coast families with the resources they need to thrive!
Central Coast Family
 is published monthly with a readership over 40,000. Find FREE copies throughout San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County.
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Submission deadline: 15th of each month prior to publication
Information contained in advertisements and other submissions is accepted in good faith. Publication does not imply endorsement by Central Coast Family.
Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reect views of the publisher. We reserve the right to reject or edit all submissions for any reason.
Material published herein may not be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission. © Vogel 2008
Every issue is printed with soy ink on 100% recycled paper. Please recycle again!
David Vogel
Patrice Vogel
Claire Vogel
Eric Woodards
Kristen Barnhart, Jennifer Best, Guy Crabb, Stephanie Foster, Molly Peoples, CS Perryess,
Walter Reil,
Steven Smith, David Vogel
Out of the Blue
Cover Photo:
Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade
 Kevin L. Cole Photography
December can be a month of wonderfully fun family times, and a time when many go on vacation and travel to visit relatives or friends. Although primarily a time for rest and relaxation, this can also be a stressful season for our children. It can be doubly hard for children with behavioral
problems and diculties with
self-regulation. The holiday season can include a heightened level of stress for these children, with changes in routine and additional sensory stimulation at home and in public. This article will explore some tactics to make the month a smooth one, focusing on tips for travel and helping you to remain grounded. Preparation is key! Children need to know what is happening, and do better when they have consistent routines. School vacations and free time may be fun, but may also be stressful because of the change in routines.
Sometimes children benet from
looking at pictures of family members you visit infrequently. They also appreciate having a general schedule ahead of time. Children with developmental concerns need to be prepared to make a trip as comfortable as possible for them, as well as for the other people traveling. Initial preparation can be individualized for your children. It is often helpful to provide a trip countdown chart for a visual guide; such as a calendar or countdown rings. It is possible to create a book with pictures of family members to let your child know what they can expect. In general, anything that eases
their anxiety will be benecial. In
addition, it may be helpful to dry-run the trip, or review the process on a map before the actual date. For many children, these steps may need to be carried out a couple of times, regardless of
whether or not this is their rst
time traveling.At any time of year, airports can be chaotic and over stimulating. During the holiday travel season, crowds, noise, and confusion increase. If possible, plan air travel on less popular days. Remember that delays are often inevitable, and can make travel
more dicult for children. Arrive
with plenty of time, decreasing the need to hurry throughout the airport. In addition, make sure your children dress comfortably and travel with necessities. Remember to bring toys and books to feed their sensory systems and to keep them calm and regulated. Once you make
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by Stephanie M. Foster, PhD, OTR/L
Getting Out
Central Coast Family December 2013 www.centralcoastfamily.com Page
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Happy Holidays To All!
these initial preparations, you are ready to start the trip.Keeping your children regulated prior to boarding a plane and while up in the air is very important. Make sure they have had a proper meal. In case there is a delay, make sure you have snacks and games on hand. It is easy to stash gum, hard candy, and small toys in a side pocket of your bag. Typically, I do not recommend the use of electronic toys for children. However, using an iPad, MP3 player, or hand-held game system may help keep your children entertained and provide a refuge from chaotic surroundings. Have them use headphones to block out the background noise. Never use ear-buds as they can cause permanent damage to delicate eardrums. Your children might also enjoy
small hand dgets to play with. Some choices of hand dgets
include any small squeeze or tactile ball, a small Play-doh set or Silly Putty, or a plastic baggie
lled with beans, dried pasta, or
corn kernels. Using weighted
items can be benecial and easy
to take along, such as weighted lap pads, vests, or neck pads. Devising travel games like ‘airport bingo’ (asking children to
nd dierent people or objects
or go on letter hunts), will help keep everyone happy. Many travel size toys are available, including coloring books, magnetic drawing boards, or Etch-a-Sketch, that tuck neatly in a carry-on bag.Keeping yourself regulated throughout the holidays will help as well. Children easily read your level of excitement and anxiety. If you take care of yourself, exercise, and maintain some semblance of your home routine, your children will notice. They will see you as a positive role model.
One thing that will denitely help
is keeping a consistent bedtime. Pediatricians recommend no
more than one-hour dierence
between regular bedtimes and special vacation bedtimes. Keeping yourself grounded is critical during times of high stress and excitment. Be sure to enjoy the present, and not get too caught up in plans for the future. While it is important to plan ahead, it is also important to appreciate your current activity. Don’t miss out on opportunities for family bonding because there is too much to do for “tomorrow.” Enjoy every moment with your family and friends, and relax as much as possible. Give yourself time now to prepare your family, pack your backs (keeping them under the weight limit), and get ready for a “joyful” holiday trip for everyone.
Stephanie Foster has been an Occupational Therapist for 23 years and specialized in working with children with self-regulation
diculties for the past 19 years. Her eld of
expertise spans from pre-natal & perinatal psychology to sensory integration therapy.
Dr. Stephanie owns Kid’s Work Pediatric
Occupational Therapy in Orcutt. Share your insights and comments with her at
Stephanie@kidswork.biz or 264-1553.

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