I live and work in Goa in India, running a multidisciplinary child development and family guidance centre called Sethu, for children with developmental, behavioral, educational and emotional difficulties. What I love best about your website and newsletter is that they are filled with practical, realistic and backed-by-experience advice. I can apply your suggestions in resource poor environments. The families I work with often do not have the finances or access to professional services. However with your guidance, they feel empowered to do the best they can. We need more resources like Edu Designs that offer professional help without commercial interests in mind. Thank you for all you do!
Ruth Elliot Hilsdon, founder of EDU DESIGNS is a unique and genuinely heart-centered person. I have known her for years and watched her raise her 7 children into socially aware and contributing adults.
As Director of EDU DESIGNS she continues to 'walk her talk' by selflessly sharing her knowledge, experience and expertise within the education system, giving children a creative foundation that enriches and balances their lives, today and in the future, and by extension, ours as well.
Ruth went way beyond my expectations when I ordered her printable art teaching book online and then emailed to find out how to access it when I couldn't find the link. She emailed me personally and asked what kind of work I did (I work with adults with developmental disabilities) and what types of resources I was looking for. She then sent me (totally free and unasked for) a number of resources she thought might be useful. Ruth is definitely not in this to make money and passionately believes in her work. I wish I was in a better position to support her organization financially.
Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017
Thank you so much! Your help means so much, and continues to bless others. I appreciate you! Ruth
Excellent work with our kiddos! The world needs more people and organizations like this!
Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016
Thank you SO much! :)
I deal with lots of children of different age ranges and abilities.
Their range , scope and stories help to illustrate what we try
to teach our kids anyway, but the medium of animation and music
is a much better way of getting those messages across.
Ruths company Edu Designs really helps to get those messages
across and I want to thank them for helping me to help them.
Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016
Wow. What a nice thing to say. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring!
I turn to Ruth often in my work with behaviorally challenged children and their families. I love the positive approach and simple charts. Thank you.
Thank you very much for doing everything you do to help the children! I know it makes a difference. Please contact me personally at: email@example.com to receive a download of my Art Book for children.
As a master life coach and parenting mentor I love to refer my Super Moms Coaching tribe to EDU DESIGNS! It's so important for parents to spell out clearly what they expect from their children and REWARD them for their obedience. EDU DESIGNS have engaging chore charts ready made with built-in incentives. Excellent resource for parents!
Thanks so MUCH for referring other moms to our resources! I appreciate you! Blessings, Ruth
I am a Cognitive Therapist and work with children and teens having ODD, CD, AD/HD coupled with emotional problems. The behavior charts Ruth offers work marvelously in maintaining the objectives and reaching the goals of children.
Thank you Ruth for all your work.
Thank you so much Safa! I appreciate all you are doing for kids, and so glad my behavior charts are helping! Best, Ruth
This past Sunday (9/12/2014) the New York Times ran "The Way to Beat Poverty" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. As I read, I was reminded of Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon's work with young parents and their children through EduDesigns, and her emphasis on encouragement, communication, and especially physical affection.
Kristof and WuDunn write: "A series of studies have found similar patterns in humans. Scientists can measure cortisol in an infant’s saliva, and babies turn out to be easily stressed. Anything from loud noises to hunger to a soiled diaper floods the child’s brain with cortisol. But when Mom or Dad hugs the child, the stress and cortisol almost disappear...Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, founder of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University...argues that the constant bath of cortisol in a high-stress infancy prepares the child for a high-risk environment. The cortisol affects brain structures so that those individuals are on a fight-or-flight hair trigger throughout life, an adaptation that might have been useful in prehistory. But in today’s world, the result is schoolchildren who are so alert to danger that they cannot concentrate. They are also so suspicious of others that they are prone to pre-emptive aggression." SOURCE:
In an economic environment in which support programs for at-risk mothers are being cut back rather than expanded, Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon steps in with simple, nurturing and profoundly empowering help.
These young people and their babies are our future. Thanks to EduDesigns, that future is a little brighter for all of us.
The article is profound. Good to know I'm on the right track! Thank you, CGBlick. Here's the link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-the-way-to-beat-poverty.html
PS - Thank you, CGBlick - for also referencing my blog on the importance of HUGS! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/hugs/
Hi I am wanting a copy of your book so I can try to implement some techniques for a child with autism that I care for in a classroom setting.
In classroom teaching AND in the home, developing depth of character is imperative. A child who knows him/herself and what positive things s/he is capable of insures success in all realms.