Since 1980, C&FD has been working closely with children and families, pediatricians, specialists, schools and others in the community. Our experienced therapists assist families with a wide variety of concerns and questions. Expertise and training enables us to help many people in extraordinary ways, from newborns to college age.
Looking for therapy for children, adolescents and young adults in the South Park area of Charlotte?
Child and Family Development has two offices close by:
- The Midtown office is in Charlotte, located near the Park/Woodlawn intersection, next to Park Road Shopping Center. It is less than 3 miles from South Park Mall.
- The Pineville office (formely South Charlotte) is in Pineville, located next to Carolinas Medical Center. It is about 5 miles from South Park Mall.
Both of our offices are about 7000 square feet of space and includes private therapy rooms as well as a large open gym. We have comfortable and warm space and necessary equipment including computer based programs, a trampoline, swings and much, much more.
Our multidisciplinary clinic has been helping children and families since 1980. The team of experienced therapists can assess and treat a wide range of childhood concerns, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities or special needs. Multidisciplinary services include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Educational testing and tutoring
- Psychological assessment and support
We participate in many insurance plans.
The Contact Us tab on our website will link you to our address and a map.
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In March, a number of Charlotte area libraries will be hosting free, one hour college planning workshops to learn more about admissions, financial aid, and creating a year-by-year timeline. These workshops are being put on by Access College America. Every workshop includes a Q&A and the entire family is welcome to participate.
Congratulations to Katie Kennedy, DPT and Kati Berlin, MS OTR/L, who recently completed a course on practical and effective strategies for integrating sensory and motor learning. Through this professional development course, these clinicians focused on strengthening their skills in the following areas.
Many parents and families may be wondering how to talk to their children about horrific events that sometimes happen in our world. Hearing about the recent tragic event in Florida may have left your child with a number of questions or feelings of anxiety. Although many families try to shield their children from media coverage, children of any age can hear about events from peers or others in the community. If you need to have a conversation with your child about such an event, consider the following tips to help guide your discussion.
Topics: C&FD Psychological Services
You won't want to miss this webinar! Our friends at A Special Needs Plan are offering a live webinar to help you understand what government benefits are avaliable to you and your child with special needs. This will be a discussion of the types of benefits avaliable, as well as, how to qualify for them.
"My child is two and she is not talking yet."
Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are defined as “the things we normally do including feeding ourselves, bathing, grooming, dressing, work, homemaking, and leisure. Dressing tasks are part of the ‘Basic Activities of Daily Living’ within the self-care functional skills category.
The news of a snow day is one of the best surprises! More than one day off is beyond exciting! By the 3rd day off, cabin fever is likely settling in. Click the link to check out some fun, cheap and engaging snow day activities!
Ice and snow accumulation continue to be a concern in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. For the safety of our clients and staff, Child & Family Development will be opening at 10:00am on Friday, January 19th. We look forward to seeing you!
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We are aware of the potential for inclement weather in and around the Charlotte area this evening. In the event that our office closes due to poor weather conditions, we will post our closing on WCNC and WBT. Our phone lines will also be updated with a closing message. Stay warm out there!
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The holidays are a time for giving. Chances are your child has been doing quite a bit of receiving as well. Taking the time to write thank you notes is a great way to help kids show their appreciation for the gifts they have received this holiday season. However, not all children are quick to grab a pencil and get started. Here are some tips for helping your "reluctant writer" compose a note of thanks.
PAIN IN CHILDREN AND TEENS
Pain in children and teens is complex and may be difficult to diagnose. In kids, the nervous and musculoskeletal systems are still developing. A child’s perception of pain is different from an adult. Children may be unable to differentiate or describe types of pain (I.e. sharp, dull and intense). Some types of pain are straightforward (i.e. post-injury) and other types require more analysis and research (i.e. pain from migraines, pain following a virus, pain after surgery, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Pain in children and teens is broadly referred to as Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain (AMP). Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is another name for AMP. AMP can impact physical activity, mood, school performance, sleep and many other areas. It is chronic pain.
WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?
The simple description is pain that lasts longer than 3 months and interferes with a person’s ability to participate in activities of daily living.
WHAT IS CRPS/AMP?
Either is a condition of severe localized pain. It is difficult to diagnose and is usually diagnosed by ruling out other possible conditions or diseases. Its prevalence is probably under identified in children and adolescents. It occurs in girls more often than boys. It involves the lower extremities more often than upper extremities. It can move from one extremity to another.
INDICATORS OF AMP/CRPS:
- A known cause or event that starts the pain cycle, but not always in children
- Severe pain with light touch or skin, pain response which is disproportionate to injury or continuous pain
- Changes to the area affected such as swelling, blood flow, hair growth or skin color
- No other clear cause of pain or inability to move
- No obvious nerve damage
EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT
Elusive pain disorders can be very upsetting for families. Traditional medical care may fail when there is no designated reason for the pain, customary techniques are not beneficial or medications cannot or should not be sustained over a period of time.
A multidisciplinary approach is often recommended, including:
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- psychological intervention
- Physician-prescribed mild medications
Treatment strategies include:
- child and caregiver education
- relearning normal use of the affected body part
- strengthening of the affected body part
- coping skills to manage emotional components such as relaxation and mindfulness
- mobilizing community resources
- restoration of function
- pain relief
- reduced school absenteeism
- social inclusion, not isolation
- improved self awareness
HAVE A CONCERN?
Child and Family Development physical therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists can help your child get back to his/her healthy, happy self. You will be amazed at the ability to retrain the brain and body! Click below to learn more about each of these services:
Click here for a printable page about pain.
Parents are faced with managing a child's seemingly inexplicable behaviors that are greatly impacting the way they function within their family unit, at school, and in the community. Some behaviors are environmental and may be influenced by parenting or discipline. Other times behavior may be emotional and related to anxiety or depression. Behavior can also be related to a diagnosis such an ADHD or a learning disability. However, these are not always the explanation of for behavior problems in children. These behaviors may occur due to Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Child and Family Development is pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Feeding Evaluations & Clinic Services
This specialty clinic offers both multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment services for children, ages 4-16 years old, with feeding disorders and/or extreme picky eating. This service is appropriate for children or adolescents who have been formally diagnosed with Avoidance/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID).
This clinic occurs at our Pineville office with an expert diagnostic team including:
• psychologists and counselors
• occupational therapists
• speech therapists
Feeding problems are characterized by:
• A restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 items
• Resistance to adding new foods
• Refusal of categories of food textures, temperatures or appearance
• Long feeding/ meal times (more than 30 minutes)
• Frequent gagging or vomiting
• Taking a few bites and then refusing more food
The Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach™ (SOS) model will work to expand children’s food repertoire, improve oral motor skills, and develop socially acceptable feeding behaviors. It is designed to help increase a child’s comfort with eating both in the home and community. The focus of treatment will be on food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment and will also include a parent education component. Many of our speech therapists and occupational therapists have specialty training in both the sensory and motor aspects of a feeding or swallowing problem. Treatment for feeding disorders can help a child become a functional eater. Treatment strategies include work on oral sensory awareness, motor execution and motor planning tasks, social modeling, structured meal and snack times, positive reinforcement and home programming. These services are designed to provide parents with the training they need to target their child’s eating strategies outside of the clinic and produce positive outcomes.
EVALUATIONS: The evaluation would include an examination of the structures and movements in the mouth, observation of feeding behaviors, observations of the influences of respiration and posture, and informal assessment of nutrition. Food and drink trials are often included in an assessment. Review of medical history form and other records which are shared prior to first appointment. Standardized behavioral questionnaires are provided for parents and teaching/daycare staff to gain information on skills in the home/school settings and to identify any psychological symptoms which warrant specific treatment (e.g., anxiety). Consultative time is an essential portion of this specialty service and is an out of pocket expense.
• Intake 1-hour diagnostic interview with psychologist for parents only
• Testing Session: 1 ½ hour evaluation with both speech therapist and occupational therapist. This allows comprehensive observation of skills and represents a best-practice approach to evaluation services for feeding therapy.
• Interpretive Parent Conference (IPC): 1 hour appointment with parents and members of the diagnostic team during which parents are able to thoroughly understand their child’s development and feeding therapy plan. A written report includes findings, diagnostic impressions and recommendations.
Estimated evaluation cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance); may be billable to insurance ($1,205.00) and out-of-pocket only ($270.00).
FEEDING CLINIC SERVICES: The clinic starts with a parent interview with a psychologist or counselor to review the child’s medical history and gather detailed information about the child’s feeding history, mealtime environment, and related behaviors. A behavioral questionnaire is provided to parents and teachers/childcare providers to gather information from both settings. The feeding clinic provides a 12 week structured curriculum to provide parents with all of the skills and knowledge they need to continue to produce positive outcomes after the clinic ends.
The clinic services are a 2-pronged approach that provides individualized intervention. Parents meet with psychologists and counselors without their children present to learn detailed strategies that work to change their child’s behaviors and approach to food (approximately 8 sessions). Parents and children also participate in several joint sessions to learn effective interventions to learn coping strategies and reduce anxiety (approximately 4 sessions).
Children work 1:1 with a feeding therapist using the (SOS) model with a focus on safe food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment. This evidence-based program includes a comprehensive parent education component, and parents are expected to participate on all feeding sessions in order to understand their child’s feeding behavior and effective management interventions.
A parent only summary session is provided at the end of the 12 week course with both feeding therapist and psychologist/counselor to review progress and provide a specific plan for next steps.
Both rehabilitation and psychological treatment is billable to insurance. Psychologists and counselors are in-network with Aetna and BCBS. Deductibles and copays apply. An out of pocket charge is included in the registration for services which covers consultative time for treatment team members to meet to discuss each case in detail.
Estimated clinic services cost: billable to insurance – 12 weekly therapy sessions for both psychology and rehab services and self-pay only - $ 336.00
Read more about the C&FD multidisciplinary feeding clinic here.
Many moms and dads who contact Child & Family Development report that their child is “a little clumsy”. In many instances, it can be difficult to recognize if this is simply part of development and adjusting to a growing body or an area to be explored more specifically. The explanation may be developmental dyspraxia.
The physical therapy team provides this explanation.
Developmental dyspraxia is a motor learning difficulty that can affect planning of movements and coordination as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body.
Do you describe a child in these ways?
· Bumping into things all the time, or accident-prone
· Inability or difficulty with skipping, jumping rope or climbing
· Strong but not very coordinated
· Falling out of chairs, knocking things over or messy
· Awkward or difficulty walking or running
· Difficulty playing, participating, or insecurities with sports or games
Children with dyspraxia have particular problems learning new motor skills and activities and coordinating the upper and lower limbs of the body. To efficiently move through the environment and learn new skills, the body relies on sensory systems- tactile (touch), vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (how muscles perceive actions). If these systems are not properly integrated, a child appears clumsy.
Some characteristics of developmental dyspraxia are:
· Awkward gait movement
· Decreased sense of body awareness
· Emotional lability, sensitivity or appears distracted
· Difficulty judging distances
· Difficulty imitating body positions
· Poor balance
· Poor sequencing of activities
· Poor short and/or long term memory
· Slow movement planning and reaction times in both fine motor gross motor
Even if only a few of these characteristics are noted in a child, an evaluation could be the first step to address the issue. While there is no cure for dyspraxia, a trained pediatric occupational therapist or physical therapist can assist the child in learning ways to improve their motor planning abilities and becoming more successful with gross motor learning and performance.
Current data notes that 6% of all children ages 5-11 have a developmental coordination disorder. It is important to note that motor difficulties are likely to coexist with several other diagnoses, including:
· Auditory Processing Disorder
· Executive Function Disorder
· Low Birth Weight
· Sensory Processing Disorder
There are treatment options for developmental dyspraxia. There are several types of praxis (movement) that may be addressed in therapy. These types include: oral, sequential, postural, constructional, and praxis on verbal command.
Research shows that a combination of strength and coordination goals, as well as work on specific functional skills (climbing stairs, skipping) is most effective. A therapist can, through play and exploration of new motor activities, address the affected area(s) of praxis and improve overall motor planning and abilities.
Advanced training and techniques are used in treatment of developmental dyspraxia:
· E-Stimulation (E-Stim)
· Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)™
· Sensory Integration
· Total Motion Release (TMR)®