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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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Child and Family Development welcomes pediatric speech therapist, Allison Parker

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Allison Parker, MA, CCC-SLP joined the team this week!  She is a North Carolina licensed and ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in communication disorders from Appalachian State University. She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics, public schools and a private practice.  Allison strives to work with families to meet the child's needs across all environments, making therapy functional and progress attainable. She is based at the Midtown office.

Welcome Allison!

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Child and Family Development celebrates 1 year with Marie Pacini, Educational Specialist

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Marie Pacini marks 1 year this month! She is an Educational Specialist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development.

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having a (Exercise) Ball in pediatric physical therapy at Child and Family Development

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 by Child & Family Development

 

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Don't TakeOur Word For It!: family feedback

Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 by Child & Family Development

People are talking about Child and Family Development in Charlotte! We offer a wide variety of services for children including support in reaching developmental milestones!

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Don't Take Our Word For It!

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Families really like our multidisciplinary approach to helping children.  One Charlotte parent shares:

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Aleksandra Liss, Psy.D. joins the Child and Family Development team

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Aleksandra Liss, Psy.D. is a licensed psychological associate who joined the Midtown time this month.   Dr. Liss received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Currently, she is completing post-doctoral supervision with Dr. Gretchen Hunter.  Dr. Liss specializes in the treatment and assessment of children and adolescents.   She provides evaluation services as well as therapy to individuals, families and groups, including children and adolescents.  Dr. Liss has specialized training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, ADHD, social difficulties and relationship problems.  She also enjoys working with families on communication, parenting issues, and behavior management.  

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Warm-up! says the Occupational Therapist

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Melissa Petcu, Occupational Therapist, suggests a warm up before big activities. 

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Child and Family Development celebrates 5 years with Leslie Holmes, DPT

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Leslie Holmes marks 5 years this month! She is a Physical Therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.

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