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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 (PSY 11415) 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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Anxiety disorders in children: What can research teach us?

Psych in the city 2007, Dr. Arlene Young: Developmental Psychology

Source: Simon Frasher University

Running Time: 00:30:28

Keeping Kids Healthy: Clinical Depression in Children

CLINICAL DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN: If your teenager seems depressed or irritable, you may wonder, if it is just a phase he's going through? Or if your teen is moody and rebellious, you may think that's what makes her a teenager, right? Well, not always. For more than three million teens in this country, they are signs of clinical depression - a mental illness that can lead some teens to purposely injure themselves or even worse, take their own lives. Depression is an illness that requires treatment with medication or therapy. But how can parents tell the difference? Join host Dr. Winnie King as we journey through this very difficult and prevalent problem. You'll hear from two experts about how to recognize the warning signs of teen depression. And you'll also hear from two courageous young women who share the stories of their battles with depression. Guests: Alec Miller, PsyD - Chief, Child & Adolescent Psychology and Director, Adolescent Depression & Suicide Program, Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY; Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Miriam Kaufman, BScN, MD, FRCP - The Hospital for Sick Children Staff Physician, Division of Adolescent Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto; Author of Easy For You To Say: Q & A's for Teens Living With Chronic Illness or Disability, All Shapes and Sizes: Promoting Fitness and Self-Esteem In Your Overweight Child, Mothering Teens: Understanding the Adolescent Years and Overcoming Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents Amanda Pellicier - Teenager who suffered from depression, attempted suicide and also would intentionally injure herself. Vanessa Perez - Teenager dealing with depression. Part Two: CLOWN THERAPY: When a child is seriously sick, the whole family is sick - and modern medicine now views laughter as a powerful part of the child and the family's treatment. Hear how some doctors are clowning around using laughter and play to help seriously ill children and their families get better; meet the clowns who reach out to these children, and the patients whose lives are touched by this unique form of therapy

Source: Winnie King MD

Running Time: 00:26:45

Depression In Children and Adolescents

Depression In Children and Adolescents Nancy C. Winters, M.D. 1. Identify the difference between depression in adults and depression in children and adolescents 2. Identify the risk factors for youth suicide 3. Identify treatment protocols for depressed youth 4. Identify medications used to treat children and adolescents with depressive symptoms.

Source: Nancy Winters MD

Running Time: 00:59:13

Mental Health Matters - Children

Two guests who are leaders of organizations providing mental health care to children ages 0-5 are interviewed. They tell stories illustrating the importance of early intervention for behavioral problems in young children. Taped March 19, 2008

Source: Barbara F. Meyers

Running Time: 00:28:20

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