Parent Classes: Approximately once per month, a developmental psychologist team will hold a parenting session in our office, focused on a specific topic like toddler or sibling issues. These are small informal groups, scheduled in the evening from 7 to 8:30, so that both parents may attend if desired. There is a nominal charge to be paid to the psychologists. They are very helpful and have been well received by people who have attended.
Lacation Consultation: We are strong supporters of breast feeding the newborn infant. We do not hold an extreme position on this, but we do everything possible to help a family wanting to breast feed. Ellen (Binky) Petok is a certified lactation consultant, who runs the Pump Connection and the lactation program at the Medical Center of Tarzana. She sees patients in our office all day on Mondays and Fridays. One of the doctors from the office (your doctor if the schedule allows) will join in the visit to check the baby and make sure we are involved in issues relating to your newborn’s nutrition. Our front office makes the appointments and does the billing for you. If we are on your insurance plan, you should be covered for this lactation consultation service. Before your first visit, please download, print and fill out our Lactation Intake Form. Please bring this with you. Thank you.
Nutritionist: Nutrition is a significant component of health. As you may know, obesity is epidemic. Many children make very poor food decisions and unfortunately, anorexia is too common. Beth Saltz is a registered dietician with a Masters Degree in Public Health. She educates and helps patients with nutritional problems in our office by appointment. One of the doctors from the office (your doctor if the schedule allows) will join in the visit to ensure good communication regarding your child’s nutrition. Our front office makes the appointments and does the billing for you. If we are on your insurance plan, you should be covered for this nutrition consultation service. Before your first visit, please download, print and fill out a 3 day food record. Please bring this with you. Thank you.
Mommy & Me: Bringing a newborn home from the hospital is a very exciting time. There is nothing like the love and joy of caring for your new baby, but sometimes issues arise requiring additional support. Dr. Amy Levine Clayton conducts groups in our office for moms and their infants from three to six months old to go over many topics such as post-partum depression, exhaustion, schedules, going back to work and maintaining your spousal relationship. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a member of NASW and Postpartum Support International. She has run a Mommy & Me group at the Pump Connection in Woodland Hills for the past seven years. She also has a private practice in Encino where she treats adults and adolescents in individual, couples and family therapy. Her areas of focus include: Perinatal Mood Disorders including the Baby Blues and postpartum depression, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and dependence, and issues of loss and grief.
The Mommy & Me group will run for eight consecutive weeks. It is an informational group with a supportive atmosphere for mothers to make lifelong friends as you share your experience of parenthood.
Please call the front desk at (818) 789- 0941 to make your reservation, or phone Dr. Clayton at (818) 209-6700 or go to her website at www.dramyclayton.com for more details.
Speech and Language: Toni Francisco, MA CCC-SLP and founder of Little Buggy Speech and Language Therapy, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience in treating a wide variety of individuals ranging from pre-school children to the elderly. Toni graduated from The College of Saint Rose, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. She then went on to teach a preschool special day class for a school district while concurrently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) from California State University, Northridge. Upon completion of the ECSE degree, Toni realized she missed working on the specific speech and language needs of children and adults, which lead her to California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders. Toni has worked in the public schools private practice, hospital, and skilled nursing facility settings. All of these settings have allowed her to build and grow as a speech-language pathologist. Having worked as a special day class teacher gives Toni an advantage when working with children with special needs.
Toni’s level of patience and knowledge of developmental milestones, as well as her techniques to facilitate language in a fun, natural, play-based approach, sets Toni apart from the rest. Although Toni’s main focus is early intervention (toddlers), she has extensive hands-on experience successfully treating individuals (children through adults) with autism, cerebral palsy, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, auditory processing disorders, language delays and disorders, apraxia, global development delays, emotional disturbance, aphasia, dysphagia, dysfluent speech, and cognitive impairments secondary to stroke, dementia, tumors and other brain injuries. Toni holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the State of California license to practice speech pathology. Please speak with our office staff to set up an appointment or visit my website at www.littlebuggyspeech.com.