Create healthy screen time habits

In the age of Cocomelon, Paw Patrol, and the ever popular Baby Shark, avoiding the use of screen time in parenting has become near impossible. Covid-19 has led to an increase in screen usage as children are spending more time at home due to school and daycare closures. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not going anywhere and […]

Navigating Motherhood and Work

There is no question that becoming a parent induces a complete lifestyle shift. Even after spending months preparing for baby’s arrival and impending changes, I personally did not feel prepared for the return to work and motherhood balance. New mothers are expected to navigate the hormonal changes, finding childcare, figuring out new schedules, and exhaustion […]

Future Golf Pro is Thriving

At 6-months-old Jack, who was born 8 weeks early due to preeclampsia complications, was developmentally behind. After a referral from his doctor, the family got connected to Rainbows. For the next 2 ½ years, Jack received home or tele therapy visits with Diane Porter, Occupational Therapy Assistant. Diane saw Jack onscreen with his mom, Christina […]

From Frustration to Joy

When their 4-year-old daughter struggled, Amanda and Colby got help that led to a happier environment for the whole family. Four-year-old Laurel was often frustrated. She struggled with coping in a positive manner by hitting others and throwing things. She lacked self-confidence and frequently said “I can’t do it!”. She was often sad. Laurel’s child […]

Modeling respect and empathy

We often spend time making sure that we work with children on being socially appropriate, but we do not always spend time making sure that they are culturally competent. It is important that teachers assess, re-evaluate, and implement cultural competent practices into their personal lives and in the classrooms where they teach. Without introspection and […]

Understanding the Difference Between Fantasy and Reality

October marks the beginning of Fall. It is a wonderful time of learning and fun in early childhood. We have the opportunity to experience new temperatures, falling leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, hot cider and of course, Halloween. Children and adults alike enjoy Halloween. The yearly ritual of looking for costumes, dressing up, trips […]

Helping Your Child Manage Angry Feelings

Being a parent is often a rewarding experience, however it also comes with challenges. One of the struggles parents of toddlers often experience is dealing with their child’s big emotions, especially anger. When a young child becomes angry, they often engage in negative behaviors such as hitting, screaming, or throwing things. Although we want to […]

Free Developmental Screenings for children birth to five years old

Connecting Point is a project of the Sedgwick County Early Childhood Coordinating Council, which strives to improve the quality of early childhood services and reflect the diversity of the community. Screen for Success is provided by Wichita Public Schools and Rainbows United, Inc.- Connecting Point, and connects children and families to community resources. The screening […]

Preventing and Calming a Melt Down

Melt downs are something that every child experiences at least once and awhile.  Melt downs occur when a child is overcharged and overwhelmed. Children are typically not able to stop a tantrum or a meltdown until they are worn out. However, we as adults can do so much to help a child in the middle […]

Mental Health Specialist Kara Koepplin

A Day in the Life of Kara Koepplin, LMSW, a TOP Mental Health Specialist My name is Kara Koepplin and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I started working at Rainbows in January of 2019. My role at Rainbows is a Mental Health Specialist working at a community childcare center, TOP Early Learning […]