The Road Ahead: The First Twelve Months Child Development Class

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During their first year, babies grow and change every single day!  The Road Ahead:  The First Twelve Months Child Development Class aims to help you understand how your child is growing, developing and learning during that first year so that you can make informed parenting decisions and choose parenting strategies or approaches that are right for both you and your baby.  This is also a great class for adoptive parents or anyone who will be involved in your baby’s life.  No time for intense reading of books?  Then this 2 hour class is perfect and will give you confidence for The Road Ahead during the first 12 months.  Come with questions because Dr. Ellie Wheeler loves discussion!

About the classes

Each class is very informal in nature and is designed for a maximum of 6 couples. These classes are not intended as psychological therapy, but rather they are providing information on general issues, self-help strategies and sign posting for where people can get psychological support if needed.

Saturday 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM



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Topics covered will include:

  • Stages of cognitive and emotional development
  • Developmental milestones and understanding them in a broader context
  • Sleep development, stages and issues
  • The role of attachment including soothing and self soothing

Dr. Ellie Wheeler

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Ellie received her Masters in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews in 2002 and went on to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2009.  Prior to completing her doctorate, she worked as a nanny for a number of years specializing in work with children with special needs.  After graduating, she worked as a psychologist in the UK working with young people suffering from eating disorders and their families.  Ellie teaches several classes at Special Addition – Out of the Blue:  Emotional Self Care for Parents; The Road Ahead: Child Development, and Baby Sleep Solutions Classes.  In addition to her class instruction, Ellie enjoys time with her husband, her three active children, as well as a new baby,  and trips back to the UK for business and her UK family!

In addition to her broad educational background, Ellie has hands-on personal experience with her four young children.  She has been there!