All the Difference, Inc.

All the Difference, Inc.

All the Difference, Inc.
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Speaking Out for Children's Happiness

Social emotional developmental levels are critically important and cannot be pushed aside.
Nov. 12, 2019, Psychology Today - The research is clear. Academic training in kindergarten has no long-term benefit. In fact, it may cause long-term harm. It does not reduce the education gap between the rich and the poor, which is the usual reason offered for such training. It slightly increases academic test-scores in first grade, but by third grade the benefit is lost and, according to some of the best studies, by fourth grade those subjected to academic kindergartens are doing worse—academically as well as socially and emotionally—than those who were in play-based kindergartens (for some of the evidence, see here).

The views of kindergarten teachers are also clear (see here). I have spoken at many early education conferences over the past several years, and at each one I heard from teachers about unhappy little children who are being deprived of play and forced to do increasing amounts of “seat work.” I also hear regularly from kindergarten teachers who are resigning or taking early retirement because they see that the policies they are forced to enforce are harming children. We are losing our best teachers because they are the ones who are most likely to see what is happening and least likely to tolerate it.

So why do we continue on this trend of depriving little children of play and joyful group activities, from which they learn so much, and subjecting them ever more to meaningless, shallow “academic work,” from which they learn so little? The answer, as far as I can tell, is that the politicians who make education policy and many of the administrators who enforce it know little about children or learning, and don’t pay attention to the two groups of people who do: those who conduct research on child development, and the teachers who see directly how the policies affect children.

Read the full article HERE.
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About Us

All The Difference, Inc., pediatric services center for developmental difference, is a non-profit corporation concerned with the impact of sensory integrative processing on people’s lives. We see how these differences impact upon an individuals’ learning, living, and interacting in their daily lives.

We are an outpatient clinic which focuses on sensory integration treatment through occupational therapy services in conjunction with parent support, and parent training for additional home based therapies.

We provide education, identification, evaluation, treatment, research, and possible prevention of sensory integration difficulties to halt what could become debilitating social or health conditions. Our therapeutic services are performed in the method of Developmental Individual Relationship-Based model (abbreviated to DIR and known less formally as “floortime”) originally conceived by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D.

The children we serve, who have developmental difference, may also have been identified as children with “developmental delays”, multi-sensory processing difficulties, high level learning disability or difficulties, children with sensory integration dysfunctions, as well as children with spectrum disorders, ADD and ADHD. All mentioned will benefit from our services. We target these families as well as local pediatrician groups, educational systems, and professionals that work with these children and their families to make a difference.
"THIS WEEK Lindsey can climb up the ladder on the swing set and independently go down the slide. It is an important day for us, as just last week she would NEVER have done this." -H.N., Berwyn, PA