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Educator, Marie Pacini, celebrates 2 years at Child and Family Development

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Marie Pacini, MAT NBCT marks 2 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a educational specialist at the Pineville office.  

 

She shares: C&FD is a wonderful place to not only work, but to LEARN! Having worked here for two years, I have learned so many things from all of the amazing colleagues I get to work with on a daily basis. There is constant collaboration between all disciplines and I feel fortunate enough to work alongside each of them.

The learning doesn’t stop there though… I have also learned from the children I get to work with. Because every child is unique, it requires me to think and plan for each child’s individual needs, no matter if I work with them only once or I get to see them on a weekly basis.

The saying that a person learns something new everyday is definitely a truth at C&FD! 

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

Read more about Marie's Orton-Gillingham training here.  

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Topics: Marie Pacini, Education

C&FD and DSAGC: "Getting To Work" social skills class in Charlotte

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Do you know someone with Down Syndrome, 16 years old or older, who wants to work or volunteer in their community?

This fall, Child and Family Development is pleased to partner with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (DSAGC) to offer the "Getting To Work".  Visit their Teen & Adult Programming page here

The "Getting To Work" class focus is on building job skills, social skills and professional relationships.  

The class is led by 2 experienced therapists from Child and Family Development, both of whom have experience in teaching social skills and life skills.

They will teach adult communication skills and provide a structured and engaging way to learn and practice these practical interactions with others. This class is suitable for any individual aged 16+ with Down syndrome. Those who are working, want to be working or want to seek volunteer opportunities in the community are encouraged to register.

Topics include: 
• Relationships: differentiating personal and professional associations
• Communication: introductions, handshakes and social awareness
• Community: identifying opportunities, making inquiries and interview skills (asking questions, answering questions, and interview etiquette)

Parents and caregivers will attend the last part of each session and be involved in weekly assignments.

Dates: Mondays in October: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (dates are tentative at this time)

Time: 6:15–7:45 pm

Location: Child & Family Development- Midtown office, 4012 Park Rd, Suite 200,  Charlotte, NC 28209

Cost: $200

Contact: DSAGC for more information and to get registered by 9/4/15

Stephanie Cook, scook@dsa-gc.org; 704-916-9312
Register online: http://dsagc.wildapricot.org/event-1882042/Registration

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Amy Gossett Elder

Psychological services at Child & Family Development

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The Child and Family Development team of 6 psychologists is accepting referrals for:

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
  • Psycho-Educational (ADHD, IQ, Learning Disabilities)
  • Social-Emotional Behavioral Adjustment
  • School Readiness 
  • College Accommodations
  • Young Adult Developmental Disability

PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY

Our two offices are conveniently located in:
  • Midtown (across from Park Road Shopping Center)
  • Pineville (near CMC-Pineville)

There is no waiting list for services.  Generally, we are scheduling appointments within 1-4 weeks of the initial call.

We will file to most insurance plans on an in-network or out-of-network basis.  

Contact our office to get started: 704-541-9080 

Learn more about our psychological services here.  

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Topics: Psychology

Social Skills Group for Girls

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 by Child & Family Development

This summer, two psychologists at Child and Family Development are offering a Social Skills group for girls, ages 7-12 years old.

There are available spots for the following group:  

GIRL'S GROUP: August 3-6

Objectives

The Social Skills Group is designed to be an enjoyable way for children to get support and insight from their peers, with the facilitation from a child psychologist. The psychologist leads discussions and introduces positive strategies for interacting with others. 

 

Activities and topics will include:

  • confidence building
  • conversational skills
  • coping strategies
  • mindfulness
  • peer review
  • role play
  • social situation practice response
  • turn taking 

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child feel and be more connected to others.  Each person participates in group discussions and will have the opportunity to share experiences and get feedback from others.

Prior to the first group session, a psychologist will complete a brief screen to ensure that participation is beneficial, largely based on conversational skills.  

Click here for a printable flyer. 

Scheduling

Groups are scheduled on Monday-Thursday for 1-hour sessions from 1:00-2:00 PM. 

Cost 

A family may pay privately or use insurance. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply.  Prior authorization applies, as applicable by funding source.  Group services are $60/session.          

Contact  

Call the Midtown office at 704-332-4834 to connect with a psychologist: 

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD, LPA

ext. 136

aliss@childandfamilydevelopment.com

Devon Redmond, PhD

ext. 126

dredmond@childandfamilydevelopment.com 

 

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Devon Redmond, Psychology

Educational Specialist, Mo Froneberger, celebrates 9 years at Child and Family Development

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Mary "Mo" Froneberger, MAT  marks 9 years at Child and Family Development this month!

She is an Educational specialist at the Pineville office.  

After all of these years, Mo still loves her colleagues at Child and Family Development.  She says everyone is kind, professional, knowledgeable and so fun to work with!

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

Read about Mo's tutoring and testing services here.   

 

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Topics: Mary Froneberger, Education

August Social Skills group for preschoolers- Social Butterflies™

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 by Child & Family Development

 

Our August 2015 Social Butterflies Club™ social skills group is filling up but there are spots for a few more preschool aged kids.  The theme and dates are:    

BACK TO SCHOOL: August 10-13

Objectives

The Club helps kids learn how to interact with peers while having fun with sensory and speech activities combined.   The kids in the group have a variety of diagnoses, such as expressive and/or receptive language problems, sensory processing difficulties, and fine motor deficits.  The goal is to teach the kids how to communicate with peers in a positive way.

Scheduling

Each child is screened before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age.  Sessions are co-led by 1 Speech Therapist (Michelle Pentz) and 1 Occupational Therapist (Courtney Stanley) at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.  

The Club meets for four 1-hour sessions, Monday-Thursday. Kids can enroll and benefit from consecutive groups. 

Cost

The cost is $200.00.  Payment is due at the time of registration. 

Contact

Michelle Pentz

mpentz@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704-541-9080

Social Butterflies Club™ was founded in 2004 by Rhonda Osisek M.S., CCC-SLP in Virginia.  It is widely used across the country. Visit www.socialbutterfliesclub.com for more details. 

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Topics: Michelle Pentz, Courtney Stanley

OT is excited to support Special Olympics 2015 World Games

Friday, Jul 24, 2015 by Child & Family Development

 

Kati Berlin MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, is excited about the Special Olympics 2015 World Games that begin on July 25.

She is inspired by how the Games spotlight individuals on a national stage and change society's perceptions about people with disabilities.

Four athletes from North Carolina will represent our state. 

 

Randy Rogers(golf)

Katie Degnan(tennis)

Allison Douglas(equestrian)

Starr Kluttz(aquatics)

 

Learn all of the details on the Special Olympics NC website: http://sonc.net/ 

They will join 6,500 athletes from 177 nations as they compete in 25 Olympic-type sports at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games July 25-Aug. 2 in Los Angeles. With an anticipated 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, allowing all to reveal the champion within. View the ESPN broadcast schedule for World Games. Photos from the North Carolina send-off dinner are now available.

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Topics: Kati Berlin, Occupational Therapy

Don't Take Our Word For It: "outstanding" occupational therapist, Marion Wilm

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Parent surveys help to let us know how we are doing:   

“We have been very pleased with the whole process and the progress our son has made in a short time.  Marion Wilm is outstanding!”

Read more testimonials about occupational therapy and other Child and Family Development services on our blog.  

Our 9 occupational therapists are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care. Clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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Topics: Marion Wilm, Occupational Therapy, Testimonials

Summer fine motor fun with Megan Bevington, occupational therapist

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Megan Bevington, MS OTR/L, an occupational therapist at Child and Family Development, contributed to the Fun in the Sun board in the Midtown lobby with a list of everyday and inexpensive tasks and activities that promote fine motor development and skills, including: 

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1. Wash the car, wringing the sponges, squeezing the hose trigger and drying off with towels

2.  Water the plants with trigger spray bottles and hose controls 

3.  Play in the dirt and sand (the wetter the better), shoveling, digging and planting 

4.  Rake grass and leaves with a small rake 

5.  Pull weeds or cut them with scissors 

6.  Push and pull objects like a wagon or basket around the yard 

7.  Draw on the sidewalk with chalk

8.  Push seashells into the sand with thumb and index finger to make them disappear 

9.  Cut outdoor materials with scissors such as sticks, leaves, pine straw, then turn it into a work of art on card stock or cardboard

10.  Push golf tees into the lawn using pincer fingers

11.  Squirt water toys onto plants and grass 

12.  Cut resistive materials, such as paper plates, straws, sandpaper and bubble wrap, with scissors

13.  Paint using Q-tips, small sponge cubes or mini marshmallows  

14.  Create objects, like robots and funny shapes, by connecting toothpicks with marshmallows  

15.  Make homemade play dough, goo or slime, helping with pouring, mixing and stirring   

16.  Play finger tug of war with popsicle sticks, using pincer fingers and maintaining an open thumb web space between thumb and index finger that forms an O when holding a pencil

17.  Glue small beans, seeds, pieces of grass/flowers onto card stock to make a design

18.  Use party-favor size water paint sets to make a fun picture

19.  Pick up small stones and pebbles outside using resistive tongs, tweezers or a clothes pin

20.  Use eye droppers to drip different colored water onto paper

21.  Stack, sort and put coins into a container or balance them on a pencil lying on a table

22.  Help in the garage by screwing together nuts and bolts, with supervision of course

23.  Spin a top on the sidewalk or patio 

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Topics: Megan Bevington, Occupational Therapy

Social Skills Groups with C&FD psychologists

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 by Child & Family Development

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This summer, two psychologists at Child and Family Development are offering Social Skills groups for kids, ages 7-12 years old.

There are available spots for the following groups:  

BOYS GROUP: July 27-30

GIRLS GROUP: August 3-6

Objectives

The Social Skills Group is designed to be an enjoyable way for children to get support and insight from their peers, with the facilitation from a child psychologist. The psychologist leads discussions and introduces positive strategies for interacting with others. 

Activities and topics will include:

  • confidence building
  • conversational skills
  • coping strategies
  • mindfulness
  • peer review
  • role play
  • social situation practice response
  • turn taking 

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child feel and be more connected to others.  Each person participates in group discussions and will have the opportunity to share experiences and get feedback from others.

Prior to the first group session, a psychologist will complete a brief screen to ensure that participation is beneficial, largely based on conversational skills.  

Click here for a printable flyer. 

Scheduling

Groups are scheduled on Monday-Thursday for 1-hour sessions from 1:00-2:00 PM. 

Cost 

A family may pay privately or use insurance. Regular deductibles and co-pays apply.  Prior authorization applies, as applicable by funding source.  Group services are $60/session.          

Contact  

Call the Midtown office at 704-332-4834 to connect with a psychologist: 

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD, LPA

ext. 136

aliss@childandfamilydevelopment.com

Devon Redmond, PhD

ext. 126

dredmond@childandfamilydevelopment.com 

 

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Devon Redmond, Psychology

Speech therapist, Allison Parker celebrates 1 year at Child and Family Development

Monday, Jul 20, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Allison Parker, MA CCC-SLP marks 1 year at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  

TEAMparkerJUL15 During this first year in Charlotte, Allison has most enjoyed the diverse people she has worked with here- from fellow pediatric therapists to the kids and teens with a variety of diagnoses.  She says she has learned a lot from everyone. We are so glad she is here! 

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

Read more about some of her work with kids with autism here.  

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Topics: Allison Parker, Speech Therapy

Psychologist, Aleksandra Liss, celebrates 1 year at Child and Family Development

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD marks 1 year at Child and Family Development this month!

She is a psychologist at the Midtown office.  

Dr. Liss has accomplished a lot during her first year here, including a Behavior Basics parent seminar, collaboration with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte and the John Crosland School, and-most of all- developing therapy groups for children and teens with anxiety and attention difficulties. 

Looking ahead, she is eager to expand 2 groups:  

  • Winning Over Worries (WOW) group for teenaged girls
  • Social Skills group for 7-12 year olds  

Happy C&FD Anniversary! 

Read more about some of Dr. Liss' group therapy here.  

 

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Psychology

Looking for pediatric therapy services near Uptown Charlotte?

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Looking for pediatric therapy services near Uptown Charlotte? 

Our Midtown office is less than 4 miles from Uptown and easily accessible along Park Road, across the street from Park Road Shopping Center. 

All 5 of our core services, as well as many specialty services, are available in our 7000 square foot office at 4012 Park Road, including:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Education testing and tutoring
  • Psychological testing and therapy
  • Psychiatry at The Family Clinic 

The Contact Us tab on our website will link you to directions and Mapquest.

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Topics: Office Locations

Summer speech and language fun with Amy Elder, speech therapist

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Amy Elder, MA CCC-SLP, a speech therapist at Child and Family Development, contributed to the Fun in the Sun board in the Midtown lobby with a list of everyday activities that are easily transformed into expressive and receptive language development, including: 

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1. Make a packing list for vacation, by describing and guessing the needed items. For example, "you need something to keep from getting a sunburn, it's white and it goes all over your body".

2.  Go swimming and then have 10 things they saw at the pool. Do the same thing after a visit to the zoo, the mall and everywhere! 

3.  Go to the movies! Then describe the movie to someone who did not see it.  Drawing can help to remember the details.  

4.  Name words that are associated with the 4th of July.  Who can come up with the most or take turns. 

5.  Plan a meal and make a shopping list of ingredients. 

6.  Cook together. Name the utensils, the actions and read and follow directions of the recipe. 

7.  Play "I Spy" at the beach or anywhere. Name 5 things that start with a certain letter (i.e. beach, ball, blanket)

8.  Play scavenger hunt. Walk through the house and find as many things as you can that start with a certain letter.  Taking pictures of the items to talk about them later is a bonus! 

9.  Have a picnic. Make a list of the things that are needed then pack it up. 

10.  Have a chat. Reminisce about a favorite experience or memory. 

11.  Play alphabet games, such as "I'm going on a trip and I need to pack...", such as "apples", "bathing suit" and "crayons".  Make it harder by remembering what other people said. 

12.  Be a weather man! Go outside, then describe the weather to other family members. 

13.  Plan an obstacle course, inside or out. Set it up and then decide the order of steps, using first, next and last.  

14.  Order from the menu for practice using clear speech, good sounds and interactions with others.  

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Topics: Amy Gossett Elder, Speech Therapy

Physical therapist, Leslie Cordero celebrates 6 years at Child and Family Development

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Leslie Cordero, DPT marks 6 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a physical therapist at the Midtown office.  

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She is having a baby very soon so will be away from the office for maternity leave. Leslie says she will most miss hearing the heartwarming and funny stories from the kids and teens who visit her for physical therapy sessions.  

Of course, we think she will be pretty happy listening to her little one cooing away too! 

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

Read about some summertime activities that she recommends that are fun and therapeutic here.  

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Leslie Cordero

Social Skills Groups- Social Butterflies™: August spots are open!

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 by Child & Family Development

 

There are available spots in the August Social Butterflies Club™ social skills groups.  Theme and dates are:    

BACK TO SCHOOL: August 10-13

Objectives

The Club helps kids learn how to interact with peers while having fun with sensory and speech activities combined.   The kids in the group have a variety of diagnoses, such as expressive and/or receptive language problems, sensory processing difficulties, and fine motor deficits.  The goal is to teach the kids how to communicate with peers in a positive way.

Scheduling

Each child is screened before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age.  Sessions are co-led by 1 Speech Therapist (Michelle Pentz) and 1 Occupational Therapist (Courtney Stanley) at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.  

The Club meets for four 1-hour sessions, Monday-Thursday. Kids can enroll and benefit from consecutive groups. 

Cost

The cost is $200.00.  Payment is due at the time of registration. 

Contact

Michelle Pentz

mpentz@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704-541-9080

Social Butterflies Club™ was founded in 2004 by Rhonda Osisek M.S., CCC-SLP in Virginia.  It is widely used across the country. Visit www.socialbutterfliesclub.com for more details. 

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Topics: Michelle Pentz, Courtney Stanley

Child and Family Development welcomes occupational therapist, Kim Toomer

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Kim Toomer, MOT OTR/L, occupational therapist, joins the Child and Family Development team this month.  She is working at the Midtown office primarily at this time. 

Kim relocated to Charlotte from Connecticut recently, where she was working in a multidisciplinary pediatric therapy organization like this one.  She is settling into Child & Family Development and the South quite nicely so far, y'all.  

Welcome Kim!   

Read more about our occupational therapy services here

 

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Topics: Occupational Therapy, Kim Toomer

Don't Take Our Word For It: nationwide success for a speech therapist

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Even when families move away, we enjoy knowing how kids are progressing.  This nice note recently arrived for Michelle Pentz, MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office:    

"Since the move, the strategies you suggested are working.  She has really improved! She is using more unique words every day and really becoming quite talkative. She has had a great advancement in her speech and we are looking forward to beginning speech therapy to help her even further.

I have shared the assessment that you completed and the therapists here have been very complimentary at how detailed and thorough the report is."    

Read more testimonials about speech therapy and other Child and Family Development services on our blog.  

Our 8 speech therapists are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care. Clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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Topics: Michelle Pentz, Speech Therapy, Testimonials

Psychologist, Aleks Liss shares unique parenting tool

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Aleksandra Liss, Psy.D. is a psychologist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development,

She spotted a great piece by Michelle Huggins on Charlotte Parent, highlighting a Charlotte-based organization called Q4KIDZ.  It provides unique conversation starters to enrollees on a daily basis that aim to spark discussion between parents and children.    

Dr. Liss endorses this approach and suggests some of the benefits for parents may be:

  • Increasing communication can strengthen the parent-child relationship making it more likely that the your child will talk to you about other topics and situations  
  • Talking about a neutral topics can help diffuse tension that is created when discussing behavioral problems or other issues between the parent and child
  • Getting to know your child better and  telling them you appreciate their interesting and unique point-of-view provides your child with positive attention, making them less likely to seek out negative attention.
Vist the Q4KIDZ website to enroll!                              Q4KIDZ
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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Psychology

Summertime fun with a ball, from Leslie Cordero, physical therapist

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Leslie Cordero, DPT, a physical therapist at Child and Family Development, contributed to the Fun in the Sun board in the Midtown lobby.  She found a resource from Your Therapy Source that provides 15 ball activities that can be good exercise and therapeutic, including: 

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1. Play catch with a balloon.

2.  Bat a balloon up and down in the air as many times as you can without it touching the ground.

3.  Toss a scarf or handkerchief in the air and catch it. 

4.  Play catch with gradually smaller balls (from playground to tennis sized).

5.  Toss and catch a ball while standing inside a hula hoop. 

6.  Walk forward and toss a balloon, scarf or ball in the air. 

7.  Toss a balloon, scarf or ball in the air, clap your hands and then catch the ball.

8.  Bounce a ball on the floor and catch it. 

9.  Bounce a ball on the floor, clap your hands and then catch it. 

10.  Toss a ball at the wall, let the ball bounce and then catch it.

11.  Hold a beach ball overhead with two hands to stretch your shoulders and back.  Hold for 10 seconds. 

12.  Put a laundry basket by your feet.  Lay down on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Pick up a ball with your feet and put it inside the basket. Repeat. 

13.  Hold a ball with two hands at your belly button. Pass the ball around your waist without letting it drop to the ground. 

14.  Hold a beach ball with two hands, elbows straight at shoulder height.  Perform 10 squats. 

15.  Create a small obstacle course using lawn chairs and kick a ball (beach or soccer sized) around the obstacles.  

Have a ball! 

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Leslie Cordero