Therapy or Play?

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 by Child & Family Development


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

Summer Learning Outside!

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 by Child & Family Development


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Topics: C&FD Educational Services, C&FD Office Locations

Receptive Language in the Fist Year

Saturday, Jul 14, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Receptive language is what your child understands. It is an important part of early language development and is often forgotten. Some examples of early receptive language skills include following 1-2 step directions, identifying objects/pictures, recognizing actions in pictures/verbs in play, and identifying body parts/clothing. Below is a list of receptive language milestones for children ages 0-12 months (information taken from The Early Intervention Kit, LinguiSystems).

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Adventures in Veggieland!

Friday, Jun 29, 2018 by Child & Family Development


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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Physical Therapy with Gail Fennimore

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Gail Fennimore, PT PCS is one of the most experienced and tenured physical therapists at Child and Family Development.  In addition to her pediatric clinical specialist (PCS) certification, Gail has specialized training in pelvic floor dysfunction training and offers evaluation and treatment for related conditions.      

There are specific treatment protocols for children with urinary and fecal incontinence with conditions including:

  • Daytime wetting
  • Urinary frequency
  • Withholding urine
  • Constipation
  • Nighttime wetting
  • Urinary urgency
  • Incomplete emptying
  • Fecal incontinence

Gail collaborates with physicians to offer a unique family centered approach to intervention that includes:

  • comprehensive evaluations
  • 1-hour individual appointments on a regular or consultative basis
  • play-based exercise programming
  • toileting sessions
  • customized patient and caregiver training
  • available consultations at the physician offices

In addition, other members of our multidisciplinary clinical team, including psychologists and occupational therapists, may be available for case coordination and patient care.

Specialists, such as urologists and gastroenterlogists, as well as pediatricians, might recommend an evaluation and treatment.  Also, families can to call our office to get started.    

For more information about the benefit of physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction, contact:

Gail Fennimore PT PCS C/NDT,, 704-372-9652 ext. 112. 

Read more about Gail's expertise here 

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Topics: C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Gail Fennimore

Have a Sensory Friendly Summer!

Friday, Jun 8, 2018 by Child & Family Development

School is out and summer is here! There are so many fun things to do now that the weather is warmer and schedules aren't as hectic. Families everywhere are planning trips to the beach, picnics in the park or sunny afternoons poolside. Although many kids look forward to these activities, some children and adolescents have difficulty processing so much stimulation. For some kids, typical summer activities can feel unbearable even when the goal is to have fun. Noises, bright lights, crowds or even a schedule that doesn't go according to plan, can be too much for to manage. Planning ahead is key, so while you're planning the outing and packing your bags, consider the following tips to make sure everyone has a great time.

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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Happy Anniversary Ann Guild!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Child & Family Development

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month.  This May, however, is extra special for us as it marks Ann Guild's 29th year with Child & Family Development.  Ann has been supporting families, sharing her expertise and working with children at our office since 1989.  Ann specializes in working with babies and young children with neuro-motor disorders, feeding difficulties and apraxia.  We are grateful to celebrate such a wonderful therapist and colleague this month.  Happy C&FD Anniversary Ann!

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Topics: Ann Guild, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Knowing How to Study

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Kids with learning differences may not have a solid understanding of effective strategies to use when studying. Middle school and high school students may become overwhelmed or fatigue easily when reviewing content for a test. Although there are a number of study strategies and tools for students to consider, these basic recommendations may offer a place to start.

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Topics: C&FD Educational Services

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Child & Family Development

The month of May is dedicated to providing opportunities to raise awareness for a variety of communication disorders.

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher.

Friday, May 11, 2018 by Child & Family Development

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week! Join us in celebrating our educators at Child and Family Development!

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Topics: ed

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Child & Family Development

The subtitle of this book is just perfect. "Loving Your kid Without Losing Your Mind." The teen years can be difficult. This book is often recommended by our Child Psychologists. It's powerful, straight forward and very informative. The author, Michael J. Bradley, has also published a companion book. Yes, Your Parents are Crazy! - A Teen Survival Guide. These publications have received rave reviews from parents, teachers and clinicians. If you have a teenager at home, you might want to consider checking these books out!

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services

Kids & Coordination

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Many families report that their child is "a little clumsy." For some families, it can be difficult to recognize if this is simply part of development and adjusting to a growing body or an area of weakness that needs to be explored more closely.

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

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Last weekend Dr. Gretchen Hunter, Clinical Neuropsychologist, was a guest speaker at the Arthritis Foundation: Juvenile Arthritis Day. This event provided a safe and secure experience for families of children and teens with juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases. Families and kids were able to gain a greater understanding of juvenile arthritis, connect with others, increase independence and self-confidence and discover new skills and interests.

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter

Seating Supports for Students: Considering Alternatives for Seating in the Classroom or Home

Monday, Apr 9, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Appropriate seating may not be the first thing a parent or teacher would think of as the child begins an assignment; however, having different options can potentially boost their performance. Children with or without learning differences may benefit from a variety of seating accommodations.

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

Occupational Therapy Month

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018 by Child & Family Development

April is Occupational Therapy Month! The primary role of the occupational therapist, in pediatrics, is to help children play, grow, and develop many of the skills that will enable them to enjoy a satisfying adult life. 

Pediatric occupational therapists help children, teens and young adults with behavioral, developmental, neurological and physical deficits gain skills and learn to function with as much independence as possible.  Therapy visits might focus on helping kids learn to eat, hold a pencil, write letters and words, cut a straight line, get dressed, brush teeth, stay organized and focused in the classroom or on the playground, manage sensory input and their own behaviors, as well as stretch and strengthen their muscles.  

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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

C&FD is Hiring!

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 by Child & Family Development

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.

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services

Therapy Services at Child & Family Development

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 by Child & Family Development

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:

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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FREE College Planning Workshops in Charlotte

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 by Child & Family Development

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.

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Effective Strategies for Integrating Sensory and Motor Learning.

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 by Child & Family Development

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.

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Topics: C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Kati Berlin, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Katie Eggleston

Talking to Children about Tragic Events

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 by Child & Family Development

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.

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services

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