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.
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.
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.
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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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:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Educational testing and tutoring
- Psychological assessment and support
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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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.
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.
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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You won't want to miss this webinar! Our friends at A Special Needs Plan are offering a live webinar to help you understand what government benefits are avaliable to you and your child with special needs. This will be a discussion of the types of benefits avaliable, as well as, how to qualify for them.
"My child is two and she is not talking yet."
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Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are defined as “the things we normally do including feeding ourselves, bathing, grooming, dressing, work, homemaking, and leisure. Dressing tasks are part of the ‘Basic Activities of Daily Living’ within the self-care functional skills category.
The news of a snow day is one of the best surprises! More than one day off is beyond exciting! By the 3rd day off, cabin fever is likely settling in. Click the link to check out some fun, cheap and engaging snow day activities!
Ice and snow accumulation continue to be a concern in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. For the safety of our clients and staff, Child & Family Development will be opening at 10:00am on Friday, January 19th. We look forward to seeing you!
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We are aware of the potential for inclement weather in and around the Charlotte area this evening. In the event that our office closes due to poor weather conditions, we will post our closing on WCNC and WBT. Our phone lines will also be updated with a closing message. Stay warm out there!
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The holidays are a time for giving. Chances are your child has been doing quite a bit of receiving as well. Taking the time to write thank you notes is a great way to help kids show their appreciation for the gifts they have received this holiday season. However, not all children are quick to grab a pencil and get started. Here are some tips for helping your "reluctant writer" compose a note of thanks.
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
- strengthening of the affected body part
- coping skills to manage emotional components such as relaxation and mindfulness
- mobilizing community resources
- 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.
Parents are faced with managing a child's seemingly inexplicable behaviors that are greatly impacting the way they function within their family unit, at school, and in the community. Some behaviors are environmental and may be influenced by parenting or discipline. Other times behavior may be emotional and related to anxiety or depression. Behavior can also be related to a diagnosis such an ADHD or a learning disability. However, these are not always the explanation of for behavior problems in children. These behaviors may occur due to Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction.