LSR7 PAT January 2022 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Visits in 2022: PLEASE READ

Reducing visit cancelations: With winter weather at our doorstep and illnesses more and more frequent, we know keeping your scheduled visit can be tricky. Our parent educators worked remotely for an entire year and learned A LOT. We know meeting in person is ideal for many, but keeping our visits scheduled (in-person, virtual, or phone) helps our program continue to thrive and allows us to continue to support your family consistently. This year we are asking parents and parent educators to work on reducing cancelations by switching to virtual or phone instead of rescheduling if:

  • you or someone in your home is experiencing minor symptoms of illness
  • school is canceled due to weather
  • you or someone in your home is quarantined due to exposure

COVID/Illness screening: Due to the nature of our job and being in several homes on a daily basis, we will continue to monitor ourselves for COVID and other illness symptoms, as well as send a COVID screening prior to visiting your home. If you or anyone in your household is feeling ill or currently has or in the past 24 hours has/had the following symptoms, we ask that you switch from in-person to a virtual or a phone visit.

  • Does anyone in your household currently have a temperature in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit?

  • Have you or anyone in your household had any two or more of the following symptoms in the last 14 days:

    • sore throat, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, fever at or greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit?

  • Have you or anyone in your household experienced one of the following symptoms:

    • Cough, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Has anyone in your household had a direct exposure to a positive COVID case in the last 14 days?

Masks: You have the OPTION of wearing a mask during your visit. If you would like your Parent Educator to wear a mask, please discuss this with them prior to your visit. If they prefer not to wear a mask, you have the option of switching to a virtual visit or a phone visit.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please contact Tracy Halphin at 816-986-2471 or

Daily Actions for Happiness

January is a long, cold month! Check out this calendar with small daily activities to improve your mood. Hopefully some of these ideas bring some happiness to you!
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Stuck Inside?

Try some of these easy indoor ideas!
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Thrive in Five

The Early Connections Website has a series of parent training videos called the "Thrive in Five" with Dr. Dave Schramm from the University of Missouri. This video series ranges on topics from toilet training to helping children overcome fear. You can find all of his videos by clicking the following link:

Upcoming Group Connections

Pros and Cons of Screen Time

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 7-8pm

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Join Parent Educator Melissa Dew and Drs. Gershon and Salitros from Community Choice Pediatrics to discuss the benefits and risks of screen time in a tech savvy world! Use the link below for more information. Sign-up is required, limited capacity.

The Sensory Puzzle in Young Children

Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

This presentation brought to you by Jocelyn Gilbert, Occupational Therapist and Erin Artis, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant will facilitate a conversation around understanding Sensory Processing and provide tools you can utilize at home! This event is virtual and will be accessible using the Google Meet Link found here:

Conscious Discipline: The Power of Choice

Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 6:30-7:30pm

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

In the next segment exploring social-emotional skills using Conscious Discipline, learn more about keeping your composure, following through, and the power choice can have on behavior and connection. This event does require a sign-up and spots are VERY LIMITED. If interested, use this link to learn more and access the sign-up genius link (required).

Countdown to Kindergarten

Thursday, Feb. 10th, 6:30-7:30pm

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Have a kindergartner starting school in the Fall? Join Parent Educators Susan Conard and Melissa Dew for session one of a three-part series on Kindergarten readiness. In session one, the focus will be on district registration and ways to support your child's social-emotional skills. We will also share important district dates. This is an in-person event with limited capacity. Follow the link below for additional information and the sign-up link to reserve your spot.

We All Need Some Sleep!

Thursday, Feb. 17th, 8-9pm

This is an online event.

Join Parent Educator Kristin Forbes for a virtual event all about sleep! Learn about sleep needs, how to build a sleep routine, transitioning to a "big kid" bed, and safe sleep practices! Follow the link below for more information, as well as the Google Meet link for the night of the event.