Wear & Tear: a tip for getting kids dressed each morning

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 by Child & Family Development

          

One of the Child and Family Development team members is a mother of two with a creative knack for saving time! Here's one of her great ideas:
 
I use inexpensive shoe organizers to manage getting my kids dressed each day. These have lasted for years, despite a little wear and tear (pun intended).
 
Each shelf has a full outfit (shorts, shirt, underwear, socks) with the appropriate shoes underneath that they are allowed to wear.  They can choose any outfit they want each morning,  The only rule is that each outfit on each “shelf” has to stay together.  As the seasons change, I switch out the shoes and outfits. 
 
If there is a “special dress” day at the school, then I will pull that item out the night before and place it on the floor by his shoes.  My son knows that it means there is a special day and all of the kids will be wearing it and therefore he should wear it too. 
 
My older child has a little more flexibility.  During the school year, I also create a calendar that includes the special dates. It hangs near the closet and let him manage it instead of placing it on the floor. 
 
It’s such a habit in our house that there are no questions asked! 
 
Great idea! 
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Topics: Marion Wilm, Occupational Therapy

Child and Family Development welcomes educator, Amy Hanna

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Hanna MAT, joined the Child and Family Development team this month.     

Amy is an Orton-Gillingham trained educational specialist who works at both the Pineville and Midtown offices.  

Amy has 10 years of experience in working with children and teens. Prior to joining the C&FD team, she taught in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and provided Orton-Gillingham based instruction in phonics, guided reading, and comprehension strategies to struggling readers. She was selected as a Fellow of the U.S. Department of State and relocated to South Africa, where she trained local teachers in vocabulary, guided reading, and reading comprehension strategies.  Her work continued with the Department of State, writing articles for the academic journal English Teaching Forum and developing training materials for educators. 

As an educator, her passion is teaching phonics and reading.  Her favorite part of working with students is seeing their confidence grow as they become successful readers.

Welcome Amy!  

Read more about our educational services here.         

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Topics: Education, Amy Hanna

Need help with Back To School?

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Back To School is a package of therapy sessions for students making an academic change. It is appropriate for all kids, but especially when they are:

o   rising into a new grade level

o   retained or reclassed for a grade level

o   starting at a new school

o   transitioning to a new school environment during the year 

This service is offered by our Educational Specialists, all of whom have experience as teachers in our local public school systems. The Educational Specialists provide the therapy a student requires to overcome academic challenges. They are experienced in evaluating and treating the underlying learning deficits in the diagnostic subtypes including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and non verbal learning disorder. They develop a holistic treatment plan which addresses each student’s individual learning needs as their difficulties impact school success.

It includes 6 sessions that usually occur just before and in the first month or so of the new school year.

Objectives

The program is designed to be an enjoyable way for students to build confidence and academic skills specific to their age and grade level expectations. It is customized based on individual goals.  Students will learn about personal learning styles and organizational strategies that can be applied to their coursework and school environment.  The Educator provides regular session summaries, suggestions and resource ideas to parents.    

Scheduling

Appointments are available, according to your family’s schedule.  We recommend two sessions before the start of the school year, followed by four sessions scheduled within the first 4-6 weeks of school.    Follow-up consultations may also be beneficial.  We suggest scheduling those by semester or during holiday breaks.

Cost  

Cost may vary based on the number and length of sessions.  The sessions are priced at our reduced rate as follows, based on the Educational Services Agreement:  

o   30 minute session: $32.50

o   45 minute session: $48.75

o   60 minute session:  $65.00

Contact 

Jessica DeLing, M.Ed., Educational Specialist

jdeling@childandfamilydevelopment.com

704-332-4834 ext. 123

Read more about our educational services here

Info page about Back To School package here

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Topics: Jessica DeLing, Education

Physical therapist, Dr. Jill Pfund completes pediatic taping course

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Physical therapist, Jill Pfund DPT recently completed an Evidence-Based Kinesiology Taping for Pediatrics course from Summit

The course included techniques for orthopedic, neurologic, genetic and other pediatric related diagnoses that can immediately improve children's posture, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, oral motor skills and decrease pain and scarring.  

Jill shares, "Taping is a great way to send my hands home with clients. The tape can give tactile reminders for posture, to help facilitate clients using muscles that they aren't used to recruiting with certain movements.  It can also help alleviate pain and swelling in some cases. This course allowed me to review and practice different taping techniques that will assist me in helping clients achieve their best possible outcome."   

The Child and Family Development physical therapy team of 6 providers offers free phone intakes and screens.  

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, Jill Pfund

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 by Child & Family Development

The 7 psychologists at Child and Family Development are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and use this method in counseling and psychotherapy services. 

Psychologytools.com is a resource for professionals and lay people to find some basics about mental health, including easy info pages like the one pictured above. Their explanation of CBT is: 

CBT is ‘present focused’. That means it works with thoughts and feelings in the here-and-now.  A cognitive behavioral therapist will try to understand a situation by looking at separate parts, what you affects the way you think and feel.  The key idea behind cognitive behavioral therapy is:

Sometimes, through no fault of their own, people get ‘stuck’ in vicious cycles.  Their thoughts (like “I’m useless”, “Nobody likes me”) and feelings (like sadness and lethargy) about a problem can inadvertently keep it going. CBT is about finding out what is keeping us ‘stuck’ and making changes in our thinking and actions in order to improve the way we feel. It is a collaborative therapy and needs your active participation in order to be helpful. There is a lot of evidence to show it is an effective treatment. 

Call our offices to schedule an intake with a member of the psychology team. 

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Topics: Psychology

Amy Sturkey, celebrates 28 years at Child and Family Development

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT C/NDT marks 28 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a physical therapist at the Midtown office.    

We are so very proud of her clinical work here, including a feature on an upcoming 8/23/16 HBO Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel story about the handsome young man pictured here. 

Amy has many professional achievements outside of the office.  Amy has developed a pediatric exercise application for Android and Itunes, several YouTube videos and is authoring a series of books--- all about helping people! 

A colleague shares:

Amy has an obvious and infectious passion for helping children and their families. She is a constant source of positive energy, knowledge, and laughter!

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Physical Therapy

Fall 2016 Psychology Social Skills Groups at Child and Family Development

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS will continue this fall at Child and Family Development. The groups are led by psychologists, particularly: 

  • Shavonda Bean LPA
  • Gretchen Hunter PhD
  • Ashley Costner Kies LPA PhD

OBJECTIVE:  To promote social confidence and executive skill building

DESCRIPTION: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulation strategies and skills. These skills include improved focus, concentration, and academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety, handling peer-to-peer conflicts, managing emotions and reactions, and developing greater empathy toward others.

Current groups:

Boys   7-9 years old    Midtown office    Tuesday at 5:15
Boys 7-9 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 4:15
Girls 10-13 years old    Pineville office    Wednesday at 4:15
Boys 10-13 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 4:15
Boys 13-15 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 5:15

All groups are approximately 45 minutes.

Additional groups, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

People may join at anytime, as sessions are ongoing.  

COST: A family may pay privately ($75) or use insurance benefits, if available.           

MORE INFORMATION:  

Call our offices for additional information about scheduling and group openings. 

Gretchen Hunter PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com 

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, Psychology, Shavonda Bean, Ashley Costner Kies

Stephanie Tolley, speech therapist, celebrates 4 years at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Stephanie Tolley

Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Pineville office. She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

Her special interests are early language development, language disorders, literacy and feeding disorders. She enjoys applying a a hybrid of natural and explicit teaching methods to target specific outcomes. Stephanie is certified in The Hanen Program© It Takes Two To Talk, a family-focused early language intervention for kids with language disorders.  In addition, she is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) approach to feeding disorders. 

She is co-leading a free seminar about picky eating on Thursday, August 18.  Click here to learn more and register.

A colleague shares: 

I really enjoy working with Stephanie! She has been a great mentor to me. She’s always willing to collaborate, share ideas and give advice. I appreciate her insight and dedication to our multidisciplinary team.

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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Speech Therapy

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

Wednesday, Aug 17, 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 August, she shares:

Well, it’s not quite the Christmas hustle and bustle but back to school has definitely taken a priority in our household- especially with our oldest going into kindergarten this year! How do they grow up so fast??  While you’re busy getting the kids squared away with book bags, crayons, notebooks, and pencils, I thought I would give an insider's perspective on some of those teachers’ lists.

Book bag: Basically, go for the smallest and lightest option to get the job done. Padded shoulder straps and a waist strap for the highschoolers are best. Elementary school kids typically only need enough space for a folder, planner and a few thin books or chapter books. The days of bringing home textbooks are getting fewer and fewer.

Short pencils: Smaller pencils are easier for small hands to control and help to promote a pincer grasp. The same is true for markers and crayons. The smaller the better.  Hint: mini pip squeaks and broken crayons are great

Crayons vs Markers: There is a time and a place for both! Crayons require more pressure and markers require much less. Depending on your child’s tendencies and the activity, one might have more benefits over the other.

Plain paper vs Lined paper: Once your child can correctly form letters, lined paper is okay. Children learn to correctly size and align letters when using lined paper.

Sensory Diet: Does your child have sensory processing difficulties? Talk with your occupational therapist about a sensory diet for the classroom/school setting. Make sure to share it with the teacher!

Now, what tips do you veteran moms have for me? Will I be a puddle on the floor when I drop off my daughter on the first day? How do you all fit in homework, extra curricular activities, and dinner time into one very short evening??

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

Jill Pfund, physical therapist, celebrates 1 year at C&FD

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Jill Pfund 

Jill Pfund DPT is a physical therapist at the Midtown office. She is celebrating year at Child and Family Development this month.   

Dr. Pfund says that one of the best parts of being a pediatric physical therapist is hearing and experiencing a child’s laughter. She strives to make a treatment session successful by ensuring a child is being challenged, working on developing new skills and having fun while doing so.  She has a background in sports medicine working with young athletes to both rehabilitate them back to full strength after injury and to prevent injury.  

A colleague shares: 

Jill has a wonderful energy and excitement that she brings to the practice.  She is up for fun and hard work!  

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Jill Pfund

Gross Motor Milestones: Toddler (18-24 months)

Monday, Aug 15, 2016 by Child & Family Development

                                      

Gross Motor Milestones: Toddler (18-24 months)

Walking/Moving
* Begins to run
* Walks backwards
* Begins to jump up or forward a few inches
* Jumps down off low objects
* Moves on ride on toy without pedals
* Climbs on adult sized furniture
* Stands on tiptoes

Stairs
* Walks up and down stairs with one hand held consistently

Ball Skills
*
Kicks a ball in a forward direction, swinging his or her leg behind in preparation

* Throws a small ball over and under hand several feet forward
* Begins to hold his or her arms in front of their body to attempt to catch a ball

Connect with a pediatric physical 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  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Gross Motor Milestones: toddler (12-18 months)

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

             

Gross Motor Milestones: toddler (12-18 months)

Standing/Walking
*
Walks with one hand held

* Stands alone for longer periods of time
* Walks independently
* Stands up from floor independently
* Squats to pick up toy from floor and returns to standing
* Begins to walk faster/run
* Carries or pulls toy while walking

Stairs
* Crawls up and down stairs independently
* Begins to walk up and down stairs holding railing and/or adult's hands

Ball Skills
*
Flings ball up and/or forward

* Corrals ball rolled to him/her
* Kicks ball by walking into it

Connect with a pediatric physical 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  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Kristin Lyman, speech therapist, celebrates 1 year at C&FD

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Kristin Lyman 

Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Pineville office. She is celebrating year at Child and Family Development this month.   

Kristin has worked in a variety of clinical settings but is loving our multidisciplinary practice and working closely with other pediatric therapists.  Her top clinical interests include early childhood language development, fluency disorders, feeding disorders, autism and apraxia of speech.  She co-leads the Summertime Socials sensory-language group, offered this month. 

A colleague shares: 

Kristin has made herself a home here at C&FD. She contributes new and creative therapy ideas, is eager to learn, and is effective helping our kiddos reach their goals. Everyone has a great time playing with Ms. Kristin. Her clients love her and we all love having her on the team too!

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Topics: Speech Therapy, Kristin Lyman

Gross Motor Milestones: child (3-5 years old)

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Gross Motor Milestones: child (3-5 years old)

Here's a list of gross motor milestones for children 3-5 years old:

Mobility Skills
Imitates standing on one foot for 8-10  seconds
Stands on tiptoes without moving for 6-8 seconds
Jumps over low obstacles and jumps 24-36" forward
Walks on a line on the floor like a balance beam
Runs with arms swinging back and forth, pushing off the balls of their feet
Walks up and down stairs without a railing with one foot on each step
Hops forward 5 times on one foot
Begins to skip, gallop, and complete a forward roll

Ball Skills
Catches a tennis ball by trapping it to their body, progressing to catching it with hands only
Throws and hits a target with a tennis ball 5 feet away, taking a step forward with the opposite foot

Connect with a pediatric physical 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  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapist recommends Get Wells Maps to help kids

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Lindsay Mueller MOT MOTR/L, occupational therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, is sharing an online resource called Get Well Maps

Get Well Maps are fun, interactive illustrations that visually track medical progress during a hospitalization or medical recoveries.

The designs include starting points and finish lines, along with obstacles and pit stops along the way. There are several themes, including princess, space and trails and the maps may be customized for each person. 

Lindsay says these products can help kids conceptualize processes, more than a verbal explanation alone. Thus, Get Well Maps can reduce anxiety and aid in preparation for any event. 

The Child and Family Development occupational therapy team of 10 providers offers free phone intakes and screens.  

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: Occupational Therapy, Lindsay Mueller

Kelly Lindsey, Client Services Team Lead, celebrates 8 years at C&FD

Monday, Aug 8, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Kelly Lindsey 

Kelly is the Client Services Team Lead and is celebrating 8 years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She travels between our Midtown and Pineville offices to support the administrative and therapy teams and serves as a leader.  

A colleague shares:  

"Kelly is a hard worker. I always enjoy working with her. She doesn’t mind putting in extra time to make sure things are completed properly and still has a smile on her face for the families of C&FD."

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Gross Motor Milestones: Toddler (24-36 months)

Monday, Aug 8, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Gross Motor Milestones: Toddler (24-36 months)

Walking/Moving
Imitates standing on one foot for 3 seconds
Walks backwards
Jumps down from 16" high step and jumps 18-24" forward
Runs with greater speed, avoids or stops at obstacles
Rides Tricycle
Walks on tiptoes a few steps
Begins to hop on one foot
Begins to pedal a tricycle

Stairs
Walks up stairs with one foot on each step without a railing
Walks down stairs with one or both feet on each step without a railing

Ball Skills
Catches large 12 inch ball progressing to smaller 8 inch ball

Throws tennis ball overhand or underhand 8-10 feet forward

Connect with a pediatric physical 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  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Jessica Turchin, physical therapist, celebrates 6 years at C&FD

Friday, Aug 5, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Jessica Turchin  

Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC is a physical therapist at the Pineville office. She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She knew she wanted to work with children even before she knew she wanted to be a physical therapist, because children have a drive to succeed no matter what their circumstances.  She loves the positivity and determination that children have to obtain a goal because they don’t know that they “can’t” do something…they just find another way!  She sees her role in their life as someone to guide them along the way and show them different ways to try something until we find the best fit for them.  

A colleague shares: 

I admire Jessica's passion and drive to give the best possible care to each and every one of her clients. She is very approachable to ask questions about specific treatments, handling techniques and diagnoses.  She gladly shares her extensive knowledge on a broad spectrum of pediatric topics. You can tell her commitment to care for her families is reciprocated back to her, as everyone wanted weekly updates throughout her maternity leave J

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, Physical Therapy

Gross Motor Milestones: baby (6-9 months old)

Friday, Aug 5, 2016 by Child & Family Development

                

Gross Motor Milestones: baby (6-9 months old)

Supine (Laying on his/her back)
* Rolls back to belly
* Begins to push up to sitting independently

Prone (Laying on his/her tummy)
* Moves from sitting to tummy
* Pushes self backwards on his/her tummy
* Pulls self forward on his/her belly
* Pushes up to hands and knees and rocks

Upright
* Bounces when held in standing and begins to pick feet up one at a time
* Sits independently, can play with toys and can catch self on hands if he/she loses balance

* Begins to stand holding onto a sturdy object
* Begins to pull up to standing at a sturdy object

Connect with a pediatric physical 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  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Child and Family Development welcomes psychologist, Ashley Costner Kies

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Ashley Costner Kies PhD, LPA, NCSP, joined the Child and Family Development team this week.    

Dr. Kies is a licensed psychological associate with experience with autism and developmental disabilities.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, a Specialist Certification in School Psychology from Western Carolina University and a Doctorate in School Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  For the past two years, she has been working extensively with the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and the TEACCH Autism Program.   

She works at the Midtown office.

Welcome Dr. Kies!  

Read more about our psychology services here.        

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Topics: Psychology, Ashley Costner Kies

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