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Developmental Milestones for a 1-Year-Old

Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 by Child & Family Development

The Child and Family Development website has a developmental chart that contains information about milestones for children ages 0-6 years. Here is an excerpt: 

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Amy Sturkey, Physical Therapist, shares why it is important to walk backwards

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey, Physical Therapist, asserts that it is important for children to learn to walk backwards.  According to the Denver II, 25% of children can walk backwards by 12 months, 75% by 15 months, and 90% by 16 months.  Once your child has learned to walk forwards successfully, they will then attempt to take steps backwards.

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Child and Family Development celebrates Gretchen Hunter, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Supervisor

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 by Child & Family Development

 

Gretchen Hunter marks 3 years this month! She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Midtown  office and the Psychology-Education Clinical Supervisor at Child and Family Development.

Gretchen stays happy by playing and laughing with her 19- month-old daughter everyday and is fascinated by her development and the power of play in children’s lives. Her daughter helps her relax and also stay active by always to go on bike rides!

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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Developmental Milestones for a 6-month-old

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 by Child & Family Development

The developmental chart on the Child and Family Development website for information about milestones for children ages 0-6 years. Here is an excerpt: 

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Melissa Petcu, Occupational Therapist and Mom, helps with the morning struggle with getting kids dressed

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Melissa Petcu OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and mom, knows the morning struglgle about clothes from a personal and clinical perspective.  She has some suggestions for making mornings better! 

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The Occupational Therapy team wishes you a "Happy Backpack Awareness Day"

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Abbey Wash OTR/L, a pediatric occupational therapist at our Midtown office in Charlotte, and the rest of the OCcupational Therapy team at Child and Family Development celebrate "Backpack Awareness Day" today. 

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Dyslexia Doesn’t Just Affect Reading

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 by Child & Family Development

 

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Physical Therapy Tips for Good Posture at School

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 by Child & Family Development

The start of a new school year means a big transition from lots of free play over the summer to lots of structured sitting time.  As technology continues to develop, children are spending more and more time in front of a computer screen, both at school and at home.

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College Bound?: Mo Froneberger, Educator offers a source for people with learning disabilites

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 by Child & Family Development

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Dr. Chris Vrabel's article review about "time out" strategies

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Chris Vrabel, Psy.D. is a full-time psychologist at Child and Family Development who specializes in working with preschool and school-aged children and their families. 

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Improve your afternoon: Child and Family Development answers your homework questions

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Homework Help: An Educational Specialist Answers Questions That Will Improve Your Afternoons

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Child and Family Development celebrates Megan Bevington, Occupational Therapist

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 by Child & Family Development

 

Megan Bevington marks 2 years this month! She is an Occupational Therapist at the Midtown  office of Child and Family Development.

Megan is loyal and compassionate-- great traits for a pediatric therapist.  She gets by with prayer and little something sweet-- sometimes at the same time!  

Can you believe she has never seen Gone With The Wind or The Sound Of Music? She must be too busy reading books about helping children.

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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Occupational Therapist supports BIC's "Fight For Your Write" campaign

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Melissa Petcu, M.S., OTR/L, pediatric occupational therapist at the Midtown office at Child & Family Development, has been keeping up with some exciting efforts in support of the importance of handwriting, especially for children.  Recently, she has been reviewing the media blitz associated with this mission from BIC.  

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Crawling: Good for the Body and the Brain

Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 by Child & Family Development

A child’s first steps bring a lot of excitement.  It is a huge developmental accomplishment and certainly should be celebrated.  Often times, parents see walking as the first big milestone, The PTs and OTs at Child & Family Development know that there are many important motor skills that infants should learn and do long before they walk.

One of these important pre-walking milestones is independent crawling.  Sometimes, when babies skip crawling, it seems as if they are “advanced.”  The truth is that crawling first is strongly preferred since it provides important input to the entire body with long-lasting benefits. Here are some of the main reasons why it is important to encourage and allow a child to crawl:

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Piecing Together the Balance Puzzle

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Lisa Gigliotti, a pediatric physical therapist, is always working on balance.  Being able to balance and stay on your feet are essential skills for everyday life, but what factors make up all of the pieces of the balance puzzle?  And how can we work as parents and therapists to improve the balance of our children (and even ourselves?)

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Child and Family Development celebrates 2 years with Jessica DeLing, Educational Specialist

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Jessica DeLing marks 2 years this month! She is an Educational Specialist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.

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Crawling is good for the body and the brain

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Lisa Gigliotti, Physical Therapist at the Pineville office, offers expertise about the importance of crawling.  

A child’s first steps bring a lot of excitement.  It is a huge developmental accomplishment and certainly should be celebrated.  Often times, parents see walking as the first big milestone, but, as pediatric therapists, we know that there are many important motor skills that infants should learn and do long before they walk.

One of these important pre-walking milestones is independent crawling.  Sometimes, when babies skip crawling, it seems as if they are “advanced.”  The truth is that crawling first is strongly preferred since it provides important input to the entire body with long-lasting benefits. Here are some of the main reasons why it is important to encourage and allow your child to crawl:

Crawling works on coordinating the two sides of the body:

  • When a baby crawls, it is the first time they are required to coordinate the two sides of their body to move in a different way.  Crawling activates both hemispheres of the brain in a balanced and reciprocal way.
  • The first time that a baby is able to independently move in a forward direction is during crawling.  The eyes must scan the environment and in order to do so, the baby must look across the midline of their body.  This helps to develop eye-hand coordination.

Crawling helps to develop trunk and extremity strength and flexibility:

  • One of the requirements of crawling is for a baby to be able to hold their body off of the ground against gravity for an extended period of time.  This requires a lot of core strength!  Crawling is definitely a full body strengthener- it helps to build the muscles of the neck, the stomach, the back, the arms, and the legs.

Crawling provides the ability to see the environment in a different way:

  • Crawling enables exploration and manipulation of the environment.  The eyes are required to look in all directions to scan the environment.  All of this exploration and discovery leads to brain development, and can help to improve cognition.

Crawling works on the development of the arches in the hands and strengthens the wrists and shoulders:

  • When babies crawl, it is the only time they are naturally bearing the weight of their body through their arms.  This is important for developing strength in the shoulders, wrists, and hands.  As a child gets older, they will need hand strength in order to use utensils and to hold a pencil to write.  One of the first questions our occupational therapists ask when a child comes in for an evaluation due to poor handwriting is “did the child ever crawl?”  Lots of times poor handwriting can be due to weakness in the hands and wrists, and crawling helps to strengthen all of these muscles in preparation for the development of fine motor skills.

Crawling can help to integrate sensory information that is coming into the body:

  • Crawling provides lots of tactile (touch) stimulation through both the hands and the feet.  This kind of stimulation helps improve body awareness, or the ability to recognize where the parts of your body are in space without having to look at them. As babies continue to grow, it becomes more and more important to be able to move the parts of the body without having to look to see where they are.  Being able to experience different sensations coming into the brain from the arms and legs helps the child to integrate sensory information.

Although crawling is not the only skill that helps to develop all of these areas, it is unique because it provides the many benefits all at once.  If your child is a crawler, enjoy it while it lasts.  You can feel confident in the fact that it is good for not only the body, but also for the brain!

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Child and Family Development celebrates 2 years with Stephanie Gerlich, Speech Therapist

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Stephanie Gerlich marks 2 years this month! She is a Speech Therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.

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Child and Family Development celebrates 26 years with Amy Sturkey, Physical Therapist

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey marks 26 years this month! She is a Physical Therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.

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Child and Family Development celebrates 6 years with Kelly Cassell, Client Services Lead

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 by Child & Family Development

 

 

 

Kelly Cassell marks 6 years this month! She is the Client Services Lead at Child and Family Development.

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