National Physical Therapy Month #choosePT

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

October is National Physical Therapy Month and we are celebrating with the APTA #choosePT

Pediatric physical therapy is not just rehabilitation of injuries or therapy for “little adults”. While it certainly includes rehabilitation from sports injuries, post-surgery, broken bones and other conditions, it more commonly addresses “habilitation” rather than “re-habilitation”. That is, we are working with children to develop gross motor skills for the first time, rather than regain skills after a loss.  This “habilitation” often occurs when there is a gross motor delay related to late crawling and late walking.  At times, a delay is present in conjunction with a medical diagnosis, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disorder and spina bifida, to name just a few.

STAFF:

MIDTOWN OFFICE

Gail Fennimore PT, PCS, C/NDT

Jill Pfund DPT

Amy Sturkey LPT, C/NDT

PINEVILLE OFFICE

Katie Eggleston DPT

Erin Krueger DPT, ATRIC

Jessica Turchin MPT, ATRIC

SPECIALTY SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Adaptive Equipment Assessment & Management
  • Aquatic Therapy at Harris YMCA
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • Karate Groups
  • Kinesiotaping® & Strapping
  • Learning To Ride A Bike
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment™ (NDT)
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Serial Casting
  • Sports Rehab & Training
  • Total Motion Release® (TMR)

Learn more about our physical therapists on our website and our blog.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, Physical Therapy, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Jill Pfund, Katie Eggleston

Jessica DeLing to speak on executive functioning at The Fletcher School

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 by Child & Family Development

We are pleased to announce that Jessica DeLing M.Ed., Educational Specialist at Child and Family Development, will be speaking at The Fletcher School-Rankin Institute about executive functioning skills. This is an encore presentation from her popular 2015 offering.

Mind, Body, Backpack: A Multisensory Approach to Executive Functioning
Date: November 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description: This workshop will focus on the following topics: Mind: Sustaining Attention, Self Advocacy, Flexibility; Body: Task Initiation, Goal Directed Persistence, Self Regulation; Backpack: Organization, Planning and Prioritizing, Time Management.
Location: Rankin Room at The Fletcher School
Contact/Register: Laura Hutchison, 704-365-4658, Ext. 1155, lhutchison@thefletcherschool.org; Registration is required. Cost: $10.  Visit their website to register here.
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Topics: Jessica DeLing, seminars

Psychology Group for ID & DD preteens/teens: Healthy Bodies and Relationships

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Objective  The Healthy Bodies and Relationships group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the Child and Family Development psychology team.  This group is designed to be an introductory course that explores a range of topics including:

  • anatomy
  • hygiene
  • body safety
  • social skills

Ideal participants are those who have an existing diagnosis of an intellectual disability or a developmental disability (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disease) with lower cognitive ability and a developmental age of at least 8 years old. Participants must be able to:

  • attend to verbally-based instruction
  • engage in group discussions
  • share about his/her own experiences

Dr. Kies introduces topics and guides participants through hands-on activities. Resources and materials are shared with parents to continue practice and teaching between sessions and in the future.

Schedule  Our current group is:

  • For males and females, ages 11-18
  • On Thursdays, 5:15-6pm
  • At the Pineville office

As interest exists, groups may be expanded to include people of other ages and skill levels.

Cost  Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.

Contact  For more information, call our office (704-541-9080) or the lead psychologist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. (704-372-9652) 

Click HERE for an information page. 

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Topics: Psychology, Ashley Costner Kies

Megan Bevington, occupational therapist, celebrates 4 years at C&FD

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Megan Bevington 

Megan Bevington MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist at the Midtown office. She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

Megan enjoys work with children with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, developmental delays, handwriting delays, feeding difficulties and other genetic/ chromosomal anomalies, with particular emphasis on neurological and physical disabilities. She is one of our Saebo® trained occupational therapists. 

A colleague shares:  

Megan B is a great OT and co-worker! She has a wonderful personality and I truly enjoy working with her.

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Topics: Megan Bevington, Occupational Therapy

Good handwriting and broken crayons, ideas from an educator (and a mom)

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Mo Froneberger MAT, educational specialist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, recently read a great article from Frog Jump Gazette, a publication from Handwriting Without Tears®, about how to support handwriting skills in the classroom. The author shared some great suggestions for early elementary school aged students including: 

  • Provide crayons and pencils that are short or broken. This helps students grasp the pencil appropriately with their fingers.

Mo recalls that the occupational therapists here have a saying: “little hands need little utensils” and realizes that this includes writing tools! 

Read more about how an educator can help here.

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Topics: Mary Froneberger, Education

Speech & Language Milestones: 19-24 month olds

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 by Child & Family Development

What speech and language skills should my 19-24 month old have?*names objects

  • uses two word combinations (noun + verb)
  • uses simple prepositions "on" "in" "under"
  • family understand approximately 75% of what child says verbally
  • vocabulary understanding and expression grows to 150-300 words
  • uses some pronouns "I", "me", "my"
  • points to body parts
  • follows simple commands
  • identifies common objects and their use
  • has poor volume control

Connect with a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

The Child and Family Development website contains a more detailed developmental chart and checklists from the CDC here.  

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Topics: Speech Therapy

Helping Charlotte children cope

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

In light of recent and ongoing events in Charlotte, here is a repost of "Helping Children Cope" prepared by a child psychologist:

How do you explain the unexplainable? While there are never simple answers to complex questions, here are a few suggestions that may guide your responses to your young children as they ask some very difficult questions.

Our priority at this time must be to make our children feel as safe and secure as possible and to help them to manage their distress. It is important to talk to your children about their feelings. The depth of the conversation will be dependent on your child's age or developmental level and their unique personalities. It is important that they feel comfortable talking about their feelings and fears.  Encourage them to express their ideas and thoughts and validate their feelings, even if there are no answers (e.g., You feel sad for the families affected; You feel scared; Senseless violence is hard for everyone to understand).  Encourage your children to put their feelings into words by talking about them or writing them down. If your child is inclined, encourage them to express their feelings through art. Try to keep your answers to their questions developmentally appropriate. As a general guideline, keep it brief and simple and be sure to include reassurances of their safety.

In our 24 hour news culture, it is hard to keep kids shielded from the news, but try to limit exposure to media to the best of your ability. Turn off the TV, do not leave the scary headlines of the newspaper for all to see, monitor computer usage. These healthy limits may benefit not only the children in the household, but the adults, as well.

We have all heard flight attendants tell us that in the event of an emergency, put on our oxygen masks first.  In a similar vein, it will be important for parents to take care of their own emotional health and well being in light of the recent tragedy. Children are seeking a sense of safety and parents can serve as models for how to cope under times of stress and adversity and be resilient. Be sure to regulate your own emotions and behavior in front of your children. Try to maintain your regular schedules and family routines, as they will provide a sense of comfort and consistency for your child. Keep home a peaceful place and enjoy precious family time. 

If your child seems to be emotionally overwhelmed, consider consulting with a professional who may be able to help you and your child to develop coping resources and self soothing strategies to manage anxiety and emotional distress.

Here are some helpful and reputable resources:

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Topics: Psychology

Speech & Language Milestones: 12-18 month olds

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

What speech and language skills should my 12-18 month old have?

  • uses simple gestures
  • grows vocabulary to 5-20 words (mostly nouns) 
  • begins to understand how to communicate and its importance
  • follows simple directions with visual cues
  • will babble sounds using intonation of an adults voice

Connect with a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

The Child and Family Development website contains a more detailed developmental chart and checklists from the CDC here.  

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Topics: Speech Therapy

Speech & Language Milestones: 9-12 month olds

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 by Child & Family Development

What speech and language skills should my 9-12 month old have?

  • reacts to others moods and changes in voice
  • tolerates short times without caregiver
  • shows off to get additional attention
  • may say first word

Connect with a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

The Child and Family Development website contains a more detailed developmental chart and checklists from the CDC here.  

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Topics: Speech Therapy

Don't Take Our Word For It! one of the best physical therapists around

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Gail Fennimore, PT PCS C/NDT is one of the most experienced and tenured physical therapists at Child and Family Development. 

A recent client survey provided this praise: "Gail Fennimore is so much better than my son's prior PTs.  Gail is very knowledgeable and personable and is really addressing his needs well.”

Read more about Gail's approach to pediatric therapy here.     

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Gail Fennimore, Testimonials

Speech & Language Milestones: 6-9 month olds

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 by Child & Family Development

What speech and language skills should my 6-9 month old have?

  • Responds to "come here"
  • Begins to show separation anxiety/fear when away from parents
  • Prefers specific people
  • Strings vowels together when babbling 

Connect with a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

The Child and Family Development website contains a more detailed developmental chart and checklists from the CDC here.  

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Topics: Speech Therapy

Social Skills & Coping for girls with anxiety: WOW Group

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Winning Over Your Worries (the WOW group) is designed to be an inspiring way for girls to get support and insight from others who also live with anxiety.

The WOW group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the Child and Family Development psychology team.

Dr. Kies leads discussions, introduces positive coping skills and coaches participants on how to apply the skills in social situations. Girls learn about negative thinking patterns and how they impact mood. Instead of accepting those anxious thoughts as true, girls learn to identify and challenge those thoughts.

Group activities and discussions encourage everyone to generate more realistic versions of situations and help everyone develop coping skills to manage anxiety. Sessions also include group discussions, relaxation training, guided imagery, and mindfulness activities. Resources about anxiety and these new skills are shared with parents.

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child/adolescent feel understood and less alone. Each girl participates in group discussions and has the opportunity to share her experiences and get feedback from others. With the support of the group, she is encouraged to face her fears and win over her worries!

SCHEDULE Our current group is:

  • For girls, ages 9-12
  • On Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm
  • At the Midtown office

COST

Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.

CONTACT

For more information about the WOW group, please contact our office or the lead therapist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. AT 704-372-9652 ext. 137

Additional groups may be offered for other ages and other difficulties. Please contact our Midtown or Pineville office to share your interest.

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: Psychology, Ashley Costner Kies

Speech & Language Milestones: 3-6 month olds

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

What speech and language skills should my 3-6 month old have?

  • Smiles unexpectedly with other people
  • Smiles when playing by themselves
  • Smiles when sees faces of people they know
  • Stops crying when you speak to them
  • Shows different responses to different people
  • Copies sounds
  • Responds to name

Connect with a pediatric speech therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

The Child and Family Development website contains a more detailed developmental chart and checklists from the CDC here.  

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Topics: Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy: September Around-The-House with Melissa Petcu

Friday, Sep 16, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, emphasizes that pediatric occupational therapy is all about "the job of living". Families can capitalize of events and activities already happening around the house to facilitate development and improve skills. In September, she shares:

"I am so excited for the change of season. This time of year I think that everyone is ready for a cool off. However, with the cool weather comes the falling leaves.  I even have a few trees in my yard that are already dropping leaves. Looks like the Petcus will be blowing and raking leaves every weekend for the next 3-4 months. For us, yard work is a family affair!"

While the adults have a goal of curb appeal, I know the kids are getting great sensory input and strengthening the core and upper body.  The raking, squatting, bending, twisting, lifting, pushing and pulling are all great ways to get in heavy work.  

Try some of these fun activities while taking care of business!

  • Race to make the most or the biggest leaf pile(s)
  • Add some great vestibular and proprioceptive input by jumping into a large pile of leaves
  • Keep score when throwing acorns or pine cones into a trash can
  • Collect some favorite leaves for arts and crafts such as leaf rubbings

 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Occupational Therapist

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Topics: Melissa Petcu, Occupational Therapy

Reading comprehension: easy tips for book time at home 

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 by Child & Family Development

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Topics: Education, Amy Hanna

Occupational Therapy & Developmental Milestones (Pre-K and Kindergartners)

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Occupational Therapy & Developmental Milestones (Pre-K and Kindergartners)

Visual/Fine Motor Skills:
  • Grasps crayons and pencils maturely
  • Cuts square with slight deviations
  • Begins to copy diagonal lines
  • Draws a person with 6-10 body parts
  • Completes 7-12 piece puzzles
  • Colors within the lines with minimal deviations
Self-Help Skills:
  • Eats independently
  • May want to help set table and serve themselves
  • Toilets independently
  • Dresses self with little or no help
  • Brushes teeth
  • Washes hands without help

Suggested Toys/Activities:

  • stencils
  • arts and crafts materials
  • cutting and pasting
  • dress-up clothes
  • finger paints

Connect with a pediatric occupational therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Occupational Therapist

Read more about OT here

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Neuropsychologist, Gretchen Hunter, celebrates 5 years at C&FD

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 by Child & Family Development


Gretchen Hunter, Ph.D., marks 5 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a psychologist with an expertise in neuropsychology and the Clinical Supervisor of the Psychology and Education teams.   

Dr. Hunter oversees and leads many of the social skills groups we offer to children and teens with ADHD, anxiety and other diagnoses.  

One of her colleagues shares: 

Dr. Hunter is very knowledgeable about child development and neuropsychological functioning. She is able to convey this information to every family that she works with to help them best support their child’s needs. The social skills groups she facilitates are engaging, educational, and lots of fun! She is a great team leader.

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, Psychology

Occupational Therapy & Developmental Milestones (Preschoolers)

Monday, Sep 12, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Occupational Therapy & Developmental Milestones (Preschoolers)

Visual/Fine Motor Skills:

  • Begins to manipulate wind-up toys
  • Cuts a long straight line within 1/2" of the line
  • Begins to draw a cross and square
  • Enjoys tracing simple lines and designs
  • Begins to cut circles
  • Names all basic body parts

Self Help Skills:

  • Uses fork for solids and spoon for liquids
  • Pours from a pitcher
  • Drinks through a straw
  • Removes clothes completely
  • Puts on socks and shoes
  • Can lace 2/3 holes of shoe (laces usually don't cross)
  • Washes and dries hands with only a little help

Suggested Toys/Activities:

  • crayons
  • paper
  • scissors
  • blocks
  • simple puzzles
  • pouring and scooping activities
  • lacing cards
  • pegs
  • wind up toys

Connect with a pediatric occupational therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Occupational Therapist

Read more about OT here

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy & Developmental Milestones (18-24 months old)

Friday, Sep 9, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Occupational Therapy & Developmental Milestones (18-24 months old)

Visual/Fine Motor Skills:

  • Enjoys sensory play such as water play, playdoh, sand, etc.
  • Imitates what adults do such as reading the paper
  • Can place circle and square in puzzle
  • Can pull pop beads apart and put together
  • Snips clumsily with scissors
  • Turns 2-3 pages of book one at a time
  • Begins to imitate line with crayon
 
Self-Help Skills:
  • Fills spoon and brings to mouth
  • Drinks from cup with little spilling
  • May begin to indicate need to toilet and to use toilet when taken at regular times
  • Takes shoes on and off
  • May help pull pants down

Suggested Toys/Activities:

  • pop beads (large)
  • sandbox play
  • water and pouring toys
  • shape sorter
  • 1-3 piece form puzzle
  • dolls
  • books
  • plastic jar with screw lid
  • crayons
  • paper
  • playdoh

Connect with a pediatric occupational therapist at Child and Family Development to learn more about development. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Occupational Therapist

Read more about OT here

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Sheryleen Gamble, Client Accounts Coordinator, celebrates 2 years at C&FD

Thursday, Sep 8, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Sheryleen Gamble 

Sheryleen Gamble is a Client Accounts Coordinator and is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

Primarily, she assists and educates families about accessing benefits and managing claims. Sheryleen is experienced in many administrative areas of the practice so her contributions and leadership are widespread. In  addition, she is well known for her knowledge and persistence. 

All that being said, she is camera shy so we can only see her busy desktop.  

A colleague shares:  

Sheryleen is friendly and helpful! She always makes sure to stop in and say hello and ask how my day is going.

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