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WHAT DO ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE TO DO WITH EASTERSEALS?

Easterseals Southwest Florida has partnered with doTERRA to offer you natural solutions that benefit your life. Every time you purchase products using the Easterseals’ doTERRA link, your purchase helps support our organization. In short, you benefit from a winning partnership that supports the many incredible Easterseals Southwest Florida programs in our local community!  

Easterseals has a long history of innovation and collaboration to create a solid financial base for multiple programs for the population we serve. With nonprofits exploring new ways to create a solid philanthropic base of financial support during these exceptional times, we have continued to partner with high quality companies and projects that will support our vision for many generations to come. We have appreciated the support of Dr. Brenda Yanofsky, psychologist, acupuncture physician, and essential oil educator over the last few years.

WHO IS DR. BRENDA YANOFSKY?

Dr. Brenda has degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Tufts University, Boston University, and the East West College of Natural Medicine. Her passion for natural health solutions for all ages, especially in the area of stress management and caregiver support, connects with our desire to provide support to our community. Dr. Brenda has offered her expertise as a gift and will be available for free consultations and education on the use of essential oil solutions. Personally, Dr. Brenda has integrated essential oils into her daily personal health protocol for over forty years as well as shared this information with her patients. Dr. Brenda is also a certified instructor and for the Aromatouch Technique Massage which integrates the oils with healing touch and healing for the immune system, stress, homeostasis, and inflammation.

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

An essential oil is a natural product extracted from a plant. According to doTERRA, “Essential oils are the essence of a plant, a gift from the earth, distilled and prepared for you to bring the power of nature into your home.” Essential Oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. These oils can be used individually as single oils, or in combination blends. Essential oils are used in three methods:  aromatic, topical or internal. Just a few drops of oil in your daily health routine may be life changing, beneficial, simple, and safe.

Learn more about the nature of essential oils in this video:

WHY doTERRA© ESSENTIAL OILS?

DoTERRA essential oils are powerful, Certified Pure Tests Grade (CPTG) oils with science and authentication behind the brand. Only the purest and most potent oils meet doTERRA’s high standards and each oil has a product information sheet detailing the chemistry and usage of each product.

DoTERRA has over 130 oils sourced from all over the world with quality and sustainability as the cornerstone guiding principle. Each bottle has a convenient and informative chemistry sheet which may be accessed at sourcetoyou.com. Remember to always use essential oils safely. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes or inside the ear canals. If you discover a sensitivity to a specific oil, you may need to dilute the oil with FCC, fractionated coconut oil, also sold by doTERRA. 

HOW DO I PURCHASE?

You can purchase doTERRA products at regular retail pricing, or you can choose to receive wholesale pricing by creating a wholesale membership. Being a wholesale member allows you to benefit from wholesale prices for the entire year. It’s easy to become a wholesale member! Enjoy even greater savings by purchasing one of doTERRA’s enrollment kits, such as the Simple Solutions Kit (saving you $39), or the Healthy Habits Kit (saving you $75), or the Healthy Start Kit (saving you $25) just to name a few.

Shop sets like the "Simple Solutions Kit," "Healthy Habits Kit," or the "Healthy Start Kit" to save between $25 - $75!

A SIMPLE FIRST STEP

The Introductory Essential Oils Kit is perfect for beginners and they also make fabulous gifts! This kit contains a 5mL bottle of doTERRA’s CPTG Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. This kit comes in a beautiful box that includes suggested uses for the oils.

LEMON oil is great for making lemonade, iced tea, or hot tea. Add a drop of lemon oil, half a teaspoon of local honey, and hot water to create a basic morning health habit combo. Lemon also cleans granite counters, removes bubblegum from the bottom of your shoes, and clears the kitchen air by diffusing in your essential oil diffuser. Lemon neutralizes odors in your car (place a drop on a Kleenex), cleanses inside of your dishwasher or your sponges, cleans your fingernails, cleanses your toothbrush, and can combine with olive oil to create a great furniture polish. Give it a try!

LAVENDER oil may be applied to the bottom of your feet for relaxation, anxiety, or to improve sleep. Lavender and peppermint are great to calm bug bites and are soothing in your bathtub at night. For emotional upsets, placing a drop of lavender on your wrists, ears, and chest can help soothe the soul. Lavender, peppermint, and roman chamomile are great combined for sunburn relief. Lavender is soothing for diaper rash and is calming to infants and children. Lavender is also helpful applied to your lips under your chap stick and is always a winner for a stress relieving hand massage.

PEPPERMINT oil is uplifting for mood, great for fatigue, and supports digestive upsets. The peppermint beadles, which are invigorating bursts of peppermint in a convenient dissolving beadlet, are great for nausea and fatigue as well as headaches. A drop of peppermint oil on your stomach, in a glass of water, or on the bottom of your feet is helpful for balance, flu, or just relaxation. A combo of peppermint and lemon oil makes a very refreshing mouthwash. Diffusing peppermint oil assists with the opening of your airways and supports healthy sinuses. Combining peppermint with lavender oil helps sore muscles and tired joints. Try adding peppermint oil to a foot bath or in hot or cold water for a refreshing drink. Inhale peppermint as a stimulant during long car rides or put it on a child’s shirt for alertness while studying. You can even add it to your shampoo and conditioner to stimulate your scalp and hair. The combination of peppermint with lavender and lemon is perfect for allergies and pollen. These oils are also offered in a softgel format, called TRIEASE.

The doTERRA Introductory Kit contains Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils.

COORDINATING NOTECARD SET

Our adult artists have created a beautiful set of notecards that coordinate with doTERRA’s Introductory Kit. Beautifully painted watercolor images of a lavender sprig, a peppermint sprig, and a lemon branch make up this simple, yet elegant set. Each set comes with 3 cards and envelopes. Your purchase of these notecards helps generate much-needed income for these artists. Flip the cards around to see the artists who painted the images and learn more about the doTERRA partnership. Purchase a notecard set together with an Introductory Kit and receive a surprise free gift from an Easterseals artist.  Contact us to order a notecard set for yourself, with or without essential oils!

DON’T MISS OUR MONTHLY GIVEAWAY!

We want everyone to enjoy the benefits of doTERRA essential oils, so we’re initiating a monthly giveaway. Each month, Easterseals Southwest Florida will be giving away doTERRA products through a social media contest. To participate, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and watch for our giveaway posts. Simply share or repost our giveaway graphics and include #EastersealsLovesDoterra in your post to be entered to win. Each month’s contest will run until the end of the month and we will announce the winner on the first day of the following month. Monthly giveaways will coordinate with the monthly blog so that the winner will know more about the oils they’re winning and how to get the most use out of them. The March giveaway will be a set of Easterseals notecards (mentioned above) and an Introductory Kit. Good luck!

A NOTE FROM DR. BRENDA YANOFSKY

There are endless wonderful ways to enhance your natural daily living with essential oils.  DoTERRA means “GIFT OF THE EARTH” in Latin and I enjoy the blessing of these oils every day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have regarding essential oils. With over 40+ years of experience working with essential oils, it would be my pleasure to answer your questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brenda

Health Harmony & Healing

doctorbrenda@me.com

(941) 955-1220

Dr. Brenda Yanofsky of Harmony Health and Healing, LLC

More To Explore

Easterseals Summer Camp 2022

2022 Summer Camps Available, June 6-July 22

Easterseals Academy will host summer camps for children with disabilities from June 6 through July 22. Easterseals believes that it is essential for students with autism to continue their curriculum

Hippotherapy

Easterseals Southwest Florida is proud offer therapy and horseback riding services at InStride Ranch, a beautiful 62-acre therapy facility in Nokomis, Florida to deliver Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech Therapy. Additionally, InStride also offers Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Learning Programs. Our horseback riding program offers the ability for riders ages 7 and up to learn Classical Horsemanship and Classical Dressage.

To learn more about hippotherapy with Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Mental Health

Through partnerships with Samaritan Counseling Services, Telement Therapy and The Florida Center, the Easterseals Southwest Florida mental health program provides services to many of the clients we serve throughout the agency.

  • Samaritan Counseling provides counseling to identified students in our K-12 academy. Services include direct weekly counseling, classroom observations and consultation, and support to parents and families. Students are referred by families or staff members.
  • Telement Therapy is available for caregiver coaching sessions with clients and families and wellness checks to Easterseals’ staff members. All sessions are confidential.
  • The Florida Center provides a full-time staff counselor on staff in the Lily Preschool to provide ongoing support to the children and families that are in need due to trauma, emotional support to children and classroom support.
  • Easterseals Southwest Florida provides counseling services to veterans and first responders who need support.


To learn more about the mental health services at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

 

Case Management

Our case management office consists of two case managers who represent the agency as a whole. They are the first point of contact for the programs listed below. One of the case managers is bilingual, so we can help the Hispanic community navigate the process of getting support for their families.

  • The Diagnostic Clinic – Manage the assessment process and schedules for the psychologists.
  • Clinical Therapy – Assist in obtaining needed information for clients and managing the clinical waitlist.
  • Lily Preschool – Connect new families for enrollment as well as other services as needed, such as clinical, diagnostics and play project.
  • Easterseals Academy – Intake for prospective families, assisting with enrollment and scholarship applications, and other services as needed.
  • Adult Enrichment- Assist families with APD applications, diagnostic needs, and making connections with outside resources.
  • Digital Navigation – Help families obtain internet access, computers and training at a discounted price
  • Unite Us and Whole Child Network – Utilize these resources to assist families in finding services in our community.
  • Community Outreach -Connect with various agencies within the community to provide families with the support they need. Needs may include food, clothing, electric and utilities, housing and educational advocacy.


For more information on Case Management at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637 x 418 and x 430.

 

Play Project

This program supports all parents in developing a joyous, mutually beneficial relationship with their children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a way that will help each child reach his/her full potential.

  • Children, including children with autism, learn best through play in the natural environment of the home
  • Classes take place in the home 90% of the time, but can also be done in a classroom setting through TEACH Play
  • Students are engaged in a playful way to promote his/her development


To learn more information about the Play Project at Happiness House, call 941.355.7637.

Respite

Our respite programs create temporary relief for families or caregivers by providing a safe environment where kids have time to be kids and parents/caregivers have time to be independent adults.

This family strengthening program provides a lifeline to parents of medically fragile and/or special needs children. Each family has access to up to 16 hours of care for ALL their children – and even the pets!

In addition to in-home care, we also provide a bi-monthly “Kids Night Out” and “Adults Night Out” event, where families can get some much-needed rest while their children enjoy themed, educational activities right here at Easterseals Southwest Florida. We provide this monthly event with the help of our many treasured community partners.

Our services for families include:

In-Home Respite

Center-Based Respite

To learn more about respite at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy helps people participate in their desired occupations with the therapeutic use of everyday activities, based on the client’s personal interests and needs. Following an initial evaluation, our occupational therapy practitioners can promote independence in areas such as self-care, work, school and play.

Occupational Therapy is used to:

  • Improve sensory processing
  • Develop play skills and leisure interests
  • Improve muscle strength and range of motion
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Increase independence through adaptive devices

Services may be provided on-site at Happiness House, in an outpatient clinic, at a child development center or adult day program, as well as at home, at school and in a variety of other care settings.

To learn more or to begin occupational therapy services, call 941.355.7637.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services focus on preserving, developing, and restoring physical function that may have been lost due to injury, disease, aging, or congenital abnormality. Based on an initial assessment, our licensed physical therapists incorporate therapeutic exercise and physical agents to encourage independence at work, home, school, and in the community by:

  • Encouraging motor development
  • Improving functional mobility or the ability to move (including bed mobility/transfers and walking)
  • Increasing range of motion (flexibility) and strength
  • Promoting tissue (wound) healing
  • Decreasing pain and swelling
  • Incorporating safety, prevention, and education
  • Promoting fitness and health

Services may be provided on-site at Happiness House, in an outpatient clinic, at a child development center or adult day program, as well as at home, at school, and in a variety of other care settings. State and federal laws determine referral requirements and funding opportunities.

To learn more or to begin your physical therapy process at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. SLPs work with people of all ages, from babies to adults, and treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. These include problems with:

Speech Sounds—How we say sounds and put sounds together into words. 

Language—How well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults this problem may be called aphasia.

Literacy—People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling and writing.

Social Communication—How well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.

Voice—How our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.

Fluency—Also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, use “um” or “uh,” or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.

Feeding and Swallowing—How well we suck, chew and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss and other health problems. This is also called dysphagia.

To learn more about speech therapy at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

 

Behavioral Therapy

Our behavior therapy team collaborates with caregivers, teachers and parents to make learning fun and engaging, while also promoting growth and positive development. Interventions are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and are aimed at increasing the individual’s language, learning, and independence. We also help them overcome challenging behaviors by teaching alternatives and increasing flexibility, which leads to better results and happier people!

Goals often seen in plans include: 

  • Increasing requests for things the person wants  
  • Sharing with peers/playing appropriately with peers 
  • Toilet training 
  • Decreasing challenging behaviors  
  • And so much more that are based on the person’s needs! 

To learn more about behavioral therapies at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that encourages the brain to develop healthier patterns of activity. As a part of their initiative, the Brain Wave Center provides neurofeedback training to the students who attend Lily Preschool. The majority of the children who are positively impacted by neurofeedback meet the criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The primary goal of partnering with The Brain Wave Center is to help as many children with disabilities as possible using neurofeedback. The Brain Wave Center is also developing a research project to further prove the effectiveness of neurofeedback with children, as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

To learn more about neurofeedback at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Transportation

We provide daily transportation for students of Easterseals Academy and those who participate in our Adult Enrichment program. We also help with transportation to field trips, employment programs, community-based instruction, job training, volunteer services, and recreational activities.

To learn more about transportation services with Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Employment

Easterseals Southwest Florida Employment Services is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. In conjunction with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, we provide career exploration, job coaching, and supported employment services to high school students attending Easterseals Academy, adults attending Life Skills Development, and community members with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

To learn more about employment services at Happiness House, call 941.355.7637.

Operation1Stride  

The goal of Operation1Stride is to provide a safe environment for all participants to learn basic horsemanship skills and to promote a general well-being. The program incorporates a classroom and controlled, direct interactions with horses to develop and broaden participants’ horsemanship skills and knowledge.

Participants will experience a variety of emotional benefits:

  • Reduced stress levels
  • An increase in confidence
  • Enhanced relationship skills
  • Improved ability to trust others
  • Restoration and revitalization of their physical and emotional being


Program curriculum covers equine behavior, observation skills, grooming, handling and leading horses.

To learn more about Operation1Stride, call 941.355.7637.

 

Equine-Assisted Learning

Studies have shown that interacting with horses can positively affect a participant’s:  

  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills 
  • Creative thinking and critical thinking skills 
  • Communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Self-awareness and empathy 
  • Ability to cope with emotions and cope with stress 
  • Feeling of empowerment 
  • Ability to develop healthy connections with others

Individual and group sessions are available.
 
 
To learn more about equine-assisted learning with Easterseals, call 941.355.7637.

Victory Garden 

The Victory Garden is an organically operated garden of raised vegetable beds, pollinator beds, and various fruit trees. The goal of the garden is to provide a peaceful natural environment while promoting self-reliance, sustainability skills development and social connections that foster overall healing and wellness. This is a place where people of all ages and skill levels can learn to grow and care for plants.

As an instructional garden, Easterseals Victory Garden is a place to learn new skills like how to amend the soil and add nutrients to the beds, how to plant seedlings and direct sowing beds, plant spacing, watering and companion planting. It also focuses on keeping the garden going, addressing pruning, fertilizing, pest management, staggered planting/seeding and harvesting.

Along with learning new skills, the Victory Garden provides a range of health benefits:

Along with learning new skills, the Victory Garden provides a range of health benefits:

  • Builds self-esteem and confidence
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves mood, diet and cardiovascular health
  • Increases hand-eye coordination and mental acuity


To learn more about the Victory Garden at Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

 

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is an immersive and interactive training therapy modality that Easterseals clients use to improve work skills, social and communication skills, hand-eye coordination and on task behavior. Other uses include calming and refocusing environments that when utilized, help our clients to reduce anxiety and focus on their other therapies and training.  

Virtual Reality is available to our Adult Enrichment Program participants and Easterseals Upper Academy students. The technology is used as a tool to help our neurodiverse clients safely experience new environments and practice new skills that will then allow them to enter a job or new experience with much less anxiety and much better prepared to succeed.  

To learn more about virtual reality with Easterseals Southwest Florida, call 941.355.7637.

Lily Preschool

The Lily School for Child Development is a licensed, inclusive early childhood and education program recognized for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. The Lily School utilizes the Creative Curriculum as the foundation of a developmentally appropriate, interactive learning environment that promotes the success of each child by:

  • Building healthy and positive self-concepts
  • Providing opportunities to think, reason, question, and experiment
  • Stimulating individual imagination, creativity, and sense of discovery
  • Promoting language development encouraging sound health
  • Safety, and nutritional habits
  • Respecting cultural diversity

 

To learn more call 941.355.7637

Easterseals Academy

Easterseals Academy provides exceptional services for students with disabilities and their families across a lifetime by empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest.

Easterseals Academy specializes in serving Manatee and Sarasota County students, through age 22, who are challenged by developmental, physical, learning and mild behavioral disabilities, as well as autism.

Your child’s education experience will be enriched with art, music, performing arts, Spanish, yoga, organic agriculture, nutrition and movement. Our students’ wellbeing is balanced with PT-OT-speech-equine therapies including behavioral and neurofeedback as well as family support. More than special, your child is exceptional and our individualized education plans help to ensure that their progress shines brightly.

To learn more call 941.355.7637

Equine-Assisted Services

Equine-Assisted Services are therapy sessions guided by a Licensed Mental Health Therapist that is certified as PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Participants will initially meet with the therapist for an individual evaluation to develop personalized goals for treatment. The number of sessions will be determined by individual needs. 

Individual and group sessions are available.

To learn more about equine-assisted services with Easterseals, call 941.355.7637.

Autism (ASD) Support Services

The Diagnostic Clinic at Easterseals Southwest Florida provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations (CDE) to clients aged two through adulthood. We have two licensed clinical psychologists on staff who are qualified to diagnose autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and any disorder listed in the DSM-5. These evaluations equip parents, teachers, and caregivers with the necessary tools to address the varied needs of the clients we serve.

  • Insurance companies require a CDE to approve needed behavioral therapy services
  • Clients receive appropriate recommendations for school and other needed services
  • Doctors utilize the CDE report to provide needed medical intervention
  • Other social services can be made available with a proper diagnosis
  • A sliding fee scale is available to qualifying clients

To learn more about our ASD services, call 941.355.7637.