Occupational therapist, Jessica Hoffarth, celebrates 6 years at C&FD

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Jessica Hoffarth!

Jessica Hoffarth MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown.  This month, she celebrates 6 years!  

She shares this tidbit:

"I chose to become an OT because it is the only profession I knew that would allow me the opportunity and skill to be able to help a person excel in every aspect of their life. 

One weird thing I love about my job is socks.  I love to wear fun and funky socks and my feet are perpetually cold.  So, it's a win-win!"

What a fun fact!

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Topics: Jessica Hoffarth, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Kids & Teens: PAIN that doesn't go away

Monday, Jan 16, 2017 by Child & Family Development

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
  • desensitization
  • strengthening of the affected body part
  • coping skills to manage emotional components such as relaxation and mindfulness
  • mobilizing community resources

Outcomes include:

  • 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. 

 

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Topics: C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services

How to Get the Most Out Of Therapy- experts, appointments, benefits and more!

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 by Child & Family Development

It's a new year! Child and Family Development is accepting new clients for all 5 of our core services:

For the next few Fridays, read this blog series on HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THERAPY that will cover these topics:

  • Appointments and Scheduling
  • Home Programs and Follow-Through
  • Insurance and Financial Management

For the full document, click here.

To begin, just learn a little bit more about us:

Spend some time here. You will be surrounded by a dynamic group of people - those who work here and those who visit us.  Our focus is to maximize the potential of every child with a holistic approach to therapy. We believe that a child of any age is connected to his family, his friends and his community and makes a valuable contribution to our world.

For more than 36 years, C&FD has been working closely with children and families, physicians, schools and many others in the community.

Our offices are inviting places. The space is casual and family-friendly. We want you to feel welcome and comfortable. Our lobbies are cozy and our therapy rooms are fun. It is not uncommon to find moms, dads, siblings or other caregivers taking it easy on the lobby sofa or getting involved in the therapy rooms. We’ve found the balance of a professional office and an enjoyable place for all.

Our experienced and multidisciplinary team assists families with a wide variety of concerns and questions. Extended education and training enables us to help many people in extraordinary ways. We work with children and young adults of all ages-- from newborns to college age.

Families visit us for variety of reasons. Often, a pediatrician or teacher identifies a concern. Other times, a parent has questions about a child’s abilities and development. Some families have concerns about specific diagnoses, such as ADHD, autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and sensory processing difficulties. Others have questions about typical developmental milestones, school readiness, academic achievement and learning style. We are prepared to assist you.

Our mission statement says it all- to provide comprehensive, quality and integrated service to you.

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Topics: C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Educational Services, C&FD Psychological Services

Free Seminar on March 23: Understanding Autism

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Understanding Autism

C&FD psychologists Brandyn Street PhD and Chris Vrabel PsyD will lead this discussion.

For parents, caregivers and professionals

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:15-7:15 pm

Child and Family Development– Pineville, 10516 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28210

adults only; no childcare available

The focus will be learning about the social and communication differences in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Topics include:

  • What is ASD?
  • Assessment and diagnosis of ASD
  • General Q&A about ASD

Click here to read more about the presenters and our autism services.

Click here for a printable flyer.

RSVP is required.  Click HERE to register. 

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD Seminars

Notetaking by hand or laptop, an occupational therapy article review

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Jessica Hoffarth MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown office. 

As one of our handwriting experts, she is constantly reviewing literature to stay abreast on clinical and developmental topics.

She found yet another article about the benefits of note-taking by hand versus laptop computer, posted on the NPR website.

In the study published in Psychological Science, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles sought to test how note-taking by hand or by computer affects learning. They explain the differences between these two note-taking methods, along with advantages and disadvantages of each.

Mueller and Oppenheimer cited that note-taking can be categorized two ways: generative and nongenerative. Generative note-taking pertains to summarizing and paraphrasing while nongenerative note-taking involves copying something verbatim.  There are two hypotheses to why note-taking is beneficial in the first place. The first idea is called the encoding hypothesis, which says that when a person is taking notes, "the processing that occurs" will improve learning and retention. The second, called the external-storage hypothesis, is that you learn by being able to look back at your notes, or even the notes of other people.

Read full article here

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Psychologist, Devon Redmond celebrates 2 years at C&FD

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Devon Redmond!

Devon Redmond PhD is a psychologist at at Child and Family Development- Midtown.  This month, the doctor celebrates 2 years!  

She shares this tidbit:

"Working in mental health has actually been my dream job since childhood.  It all started with an affinity for Alan Thicke’s character on “Growing Pains,” the psychiatrist Dr. Jason Seaver.  Being a psychologist definitely plays to my strengths more than if I’d let “Designing Women” or “Alf” dictate my life choices."  

Don't you love this, who knew?!?  

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Don't Take Our Word For It! Above & Beyond Psycho-Educational Service

Friday, Jan 6, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Educator, Jessica DeLing MEd and psychologist, Devon Redmond PhD work in tandem regularly at Child and Family Development- Midtown to provide psychoeducational assessments to children, teens and young adults.  

A recent client survey included this comment: "We are very pleased with the services we received at C&FD!  Their experts gave so much clarification to what is going on with our son.  They truly went above and beyond to help us.  Thank you!”

Read more about psychoeducational evaluations here.          

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Topics: Jessica DeLing, Devon Redmond, C&FD Educational Services, C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD Testimonials

Kim Toomer OTR/L completes sensory integration-posture-movement course

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Kim Toomer MOT OTR/L, occupational therapist at Child and Family Development- Pineville, attended a course titled Posture and Movement- How does Sensory Integration fit in? from Vital Links, the developers of Therapeutic Listening 

The course reviewed the Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) problem-solving process, therapeutic handling, and clinical decision-making process when treating children who display motor and sensory difficulties with an emphasis on the interrelation between the sensory systems, neuromuscular systems, posture and movement.

Kim has a greater understanding of the importance of postural control in motor function and how it impacts everything we do. The NDT clinical decision making is also helpful with her pediatric clients. 

Read more about pediatric occupational therapy here.

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

 

 

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Looking for therapy services near South Park Mall?

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Looking for therapy for children, adolescents and young adults in the (28210) 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:

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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Child & Family Development 2017 Funding Source Summary

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Happy New Year!  In 2017, Child and Family Development continues to participate in these plans at both our Charlotte/Midtown and Pineville offices:

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPEECH THERAPY

Aetna º Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC º Cigna º Healthgram º Medcost º NC Medicaid º Optum Health º SC Medicaid (OT, PT) º United Healthcare & Out-Of-Network and Private Pay

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

Aetna º Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC º Healthgram & Out-Of-Network and Private Pay

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Private Pay

Our Client Services Team can help you understand your benefits.

Give us a call to get started

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Topics: C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Educational Services, C&FD Psychological Services

Katie Eggleston DPT attends Kinesiotaping course

Friday, Dec 30, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Katie Eggleston DPT, physical therapist at Child and Family Development- Pineville, attended a Kinesiotaping course this month from Summit Professional Education.   

She learned the scientific basis of kinesiology taping. how to identify who will benefit, physical properties and methodology of kinesiology tape versus some other sports tapes, how to safely and effectively apply basic kinesiology taping techniques, taping applications based on client needs and indications and contraindications to kinesiology taping.  She looks forward to an upcoming course on taping techniques for orthopedic, neurological and genetic pediatric disorders. 

Katie expects to incorporate the knowledge and products into sports injury rehab, like sprains, strains and muscle pain. 

She also experienced being taped and has determined what will and will not work for the little ones she evaluates and treats.  

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Psychology Social Skills Program at Child and Family Development

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family DevelopmentSOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins in January 2017. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION  Curriculum-based materials will be utilized to improve social, emotional, and self-regulation strategies and skills.  Meetings will include a short lesson and opportunities for practice (e.g., role-playing, activities and games).   Acquisition of skills can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved school performance, healthier peer relationships, and better management of emotions and reactions. Parent handouts will be provided regularly that review content and offers suggestions for working on that week’s skill at home. Focus will be on skills including conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

The C&FD psychology team leads this program. 

Click here for printable info page.

OFFERINGS

Midtown Office: 2017 1st Session Dates (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) 

  • Boys 7-9, Midtown, Tuesdays 5:15
  • Boys 7-9, Midtown, Tuesdays 4:15

Pineville Office: 2017 1st Session Dates (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9)

  • Boys 7-9, Pineville, Thursdays 4:15
  • Boys 10-12, Pineville, Thursdays 4:30
  • Boys 13-15, Pineville, Thursdays 5:15
  • Girls 7-9, Pineville, Thursdays 5:15

All weekly meetings are approximately 45 minutes and meet weekly for 10 weeks per session.

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

COST

Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD

704-940-0626

ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean, Ashley Kies, Trisha Dyer

C&FD physical therapists agree: "Bundle Up and Get Outside"

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

The Outdoor Recreation team at Fix recently published an article titled "Bundle Up and Get Outside: Why Kids Should Play Outside In The Winter" and the Child and Family Development physical therapy team endorses it readily.

They share, "Winter is coming, and unfortunately it’s a time where children are forced to play inside due to a negative attitude towards cold weather. This illustrated guide explains how outdoor play has many benefits to a child's health and development including: strengthening new muscles, gross motor skills development, exposure to fresh air and vitamin D, and developing problem solving skills. The article also features 12 fun outdoor activities, and tips on how to dress to combat the cold. This year, let's face winter with a positive attitude and have some real fun!"

Benefits include:

  • Children get to see the outdoors through a new lens
  • Increases in Exercise and Using Different Muscles
  • Getting Fresh Air and Avoiding Bacteria
  • New Challenges and Problem-Solving
  • Vitamin D Exposure

Activity ideas include:

  • Snow Flag
  • Spray Paint Art
  • Target Snowball
  • Nature Tic Tac Toe
  • Ice Balls
  • Snow Search
  • Ice Sculpture
  • Snowflake Magnifying
  • Frozen Bubbles
  • Light Snow
  • Snowman Hat Trick
  • Nature Walks

Read full article here

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

Tuesday, Dec 27, 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 December, she shares:

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the holiday season. Some children may need a little time and attention to adjust to the different routine and environment (hello big bright Christmas tree!). For the most part, parents and kids can modulate the excitement level and finish out school with good behavior until Santa comes down the chimney with a sack full of toys.

However, we sometimes forget the adjustment AFTER Christmas. Let's prepare for the change back to routine, after the toys are played with and school is about to begin again.  Talk with your children about the end of the holiday season. Have them help you take down the ornaments and décor. Involving them with this process will help them prepare for what's ahead. 

The same can go for house guests. If your children have been anticipating the coming of extended family like grandparents, give them a calendar to mark the arrival and departure of the relatives. Talk during the visit about how many days are left with loved ones.  Involve them in planning activities to do with the relatives prior to them leaving. Preparation for arrival and departure of house guests is key!

One last thought about handling the aftermath of the holidays: there is never a better time to implement a new cleanup/toy organization routine. With the new toy additions, encourage children to  organize toys into bins or cabinets, label them with pictures or words to help ensure success with maintaining the organization. Establish some rules, such as playing with one toy at a time and putting it away prior to starting with a new one.  Practicing the rules during winter break will allow for repetition and increase likelihood of enforcing them, even after the chaos of school, work and extra curricular activities ensue after the new year.

Happy Holidays!

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Topics: Melissa Petcu, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

FUNctional visual perceptual holiday gift ideas from the C&FD Occupational Therapy team

Friday, Dec 23, 2016 by Child & Family Development

The multidisciplinary pediatric therapy team at Child and Family Development is rounding up some FUNctional gift ideas for the 2016 holiday season!

Here are some visual perceptual suggestions from our occupational therapists:

  • Find It games: Practice visual discrimination skills with this attention grabbing game for kids ages 5-15+
  • Wikki Stix: Practice line, letter and shape formations with this reusable stickable sticks. Great for kids as young as 2 with supervision and as old as 10 when copying more complex formations.
  • Magnetic Mosiac Kids Kit by Orb Factory: This toy is a fun, motivating way to practice visual discrimination skills for ages 4 and up. 
  • Day and Night Puzzle: by Smart Games: Practice visual closure skills with this creative game.  We recommend it for children ages 4-7.  Models are shown in daytime and nighttime to increase challenges. 
  • Hyper Swipe by ThinkFun: This game will have the kids and adults in your family hooked! It is great for people ages 4-adult to practice visual discrimination skills. 

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Don't Take Our Word For It! Wonderful PT service

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC is a physical therapist at Child and Family Development- Pineville office. 

A recent client survey included a nice compliment: "Everything was WONDERFUL!  Thank you!”

Read more about Jessica's expertise and 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: Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, C&FD Testimonials

FUNctional holiday gift ideas from the C&FD Speech Therapy team

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 by Child & Family Development

The multidisciplinary pediatric therapy team at Child and Family Development is rounding up some FUNctional gift ideas for the 2016 holiday season!

Here are some suggestions from our speech therapists:

  • Play Dough Factory Retro Set: An open ended toy with tons of opportunities for generating language. 
  • Tough & Feel Books: Great for engaging little ones in books. You can name objects and talk about the pictures as you look at the pages. 
  • Bubbles: Fun for everyone! Bubbles can be used to work on requesting and early sounds.  Also help with oral motor skills.
  • Zingo by Think Fun: A twist on Bingo with lots of objects to name.  Also works on matching memory and concentration skills.
  • Parum Pum Pum Drum: Musical instruments are great for sparking interest and attention.  Encourage your child to participate in songs with movement, gestures or words. 
  • Headbandz by Spin Master: A fun game for asking questions, describing objects and categorizing.  

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Erin Krueger, physical therapist and clinical supervisor, celebrates 9 years at C&FD

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Erin Krueger

Erin Krueger DPT ATRIC is a physical therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Child and Family Development. She is celebrating years this month.   

Erin enjoys working with children to make movement fun and meaningful!  She works at both locations as well as Harris YMCA indoor pool. Each year, she adds new skills to her “toolbox” to best deliver PT, using a variety of treatment methods.  It is very important that PT is advantageous to the child not only in the office, but also at home, in school and in the community. 

A colleague shares:  

I can’t say enough about Erin. She is brilliant and knowledgeable. She has a good understanding of the body and how it works together as a whole. She is creative and crafty. The kids love her because she is fun and animated. We love her as our supervisor because she is compassionate and has the perspective of a well tenured therapist!

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FUNctional holiday fine motor gift ideas from the C&FD Occupational Therapy team

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

The multidisciplinary pediatric therapy team at Child and Family Development is rounding up some FUNctional gift ideas for the 2016 holiday season!

Here are some fine motor suggestions from our occupational therapists:

  • Tobbles Neo Stacker by Fat Brain Toy Co: a favorite stacking toy for toddlers as it is forgiving and fun! 
  • Hog Wild Toys Moo/Cow Popper: This very entertaining toy is fabulous for hand strengthening.  Kids of all ages could play with this for hours.  It is available in many animal/ monster designs.
  • Frida's Fruit Fiesta by Educational Insights: This is a great alphabet game for preschoolers.  It works on hand strengthening and coordination as well as visual memory for letter identification and naming.  
  • Honeybee Tree by International Playthings: It can be adapted for children as young as 3 to over 10.  It is great for fine motor practice.  Here's a tip-- you can remove the "sticks" with the balloon clips (from Harris Teeter) instead of pinching with fingers for extra strengthening. 
  • Who Shook Hook? by Wonder Forge: This game is such a hit with children ages 4-8.  It includes a great game pieces that practice finger and hand strengthening. 
  • Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set by Learning Resources: The possibilities are endless with these tools.  Practice picking up dried beans or rolled up Play Dough pieces with these fun tools.
  • B. Pop Arty Beads: These are more resistant pop beads to strengthen slightly older fingers.  We recommend this for ages 6-12.  
  • Squiggle Wiggle Writer by Toysmith: This provides great proprioceptive input for sensory seekers and unique motivation for kids less interested in writing. 
  • Squiggly Worms by Pressman Toy: This game can help to improve dexterity of little fingers. We successfully used with kids ages 4-8.  

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FUNctional holiday language gift ideas from the C&FD Speech Therapy team

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 by Child & Family Development

The multidisciplinary pediatric therapy team at Child and Family Development is rounding up some FUNctional gift ideas for the 2016 holiday season!

Here are some language development suggestions from our speech therapists:

  • What's In Ned's Head by Fat Brain Toys: Work on asking questions, sound production and describing objects.  The gross factor makes it extra appealing to kids.  It even comes with blank cards so you can add your own objects to target specific sounds or vocabulary. 
  • Magnetic Game- Peter & Pauline's Farm by Fat Brain Toys: Good for teaching vocabulary, following directions, spatial concepts and telling stories.
  • Lock & Roll Rescue Truck Garage by Fat Brain Toys: Lots of language can be targeted with this one including spatial concepts (in/out, open/close), colors, actions and vocabulary. Great for imaginative play. 
  • Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Dollhouse: Introduces vocabulary for the home, basic concepts and actions (sleep, cook, wash, sit) as well as encourages pretend play.
  • Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase by Playskool: A classic toy for teaching body parts and basic concepts.

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