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

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

Helping Kids Write Thank You Notes

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 by Child & Family Development

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.

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

Behavior or Sensory? Occupational therapists help answer the question.

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017 by Child & Family Development

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. 

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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic at C&FD

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development is pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Feeding Evaluations & Clinic Services 

This specialty clinic offers both multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment services for children, ages 4-16 years old, with feeding disorders and/or extreme picky eating. This service is appropriate for children or adolescents who have been formally diagnosed with Avoidance/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID).

This clinic occurs at our Pineville office with an expert diagnostic team including: 

• psychologists and counselors 
• occupational therapists
• speech therapists  

Feeding problems are characterized by:

• A restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 items
• Resistance to adding new foods
• Refusal of categories of food textures, temperatures or appearance
• Long feeding/ meal times (more than 30 minutes)
• Frequent gagging or vomiting
• Taking a few bites and then refusing more food
 

The Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach™ (SOS) model will work to expand children’s food repertoire, improve oral motor skills, and develop socially acceptable feeding behaviors. It is designed to help increase a child’s comfort with eating both in the home and community. The focus of treatment will be on food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment and will also include a parent education component. Many of our speech therapists and occupational therapists have specialty training in both the sensory and motor aspects of a feeding or swallowing problem. Treatment for feeding disorders can help a child become a functional eater. Treatment strategies include work on oral sensory awareness, motor execution and motor planning tasks, social modeling, structured meal and snack times, positive reinforcement and home programming. These services are designed to provide parents with the training they need to target their child’s eating strategies outside of the clinic and produce positive outcomes. 

EVALUATIONS: The evaluation would include an examination of the structures and movements in the mouth, observation of feeding behaviors, observations of the influences of respiration and posture, and informal assessment of nutrition. Food and drink trials are often included in an assessment. Review of medical history form and other records which are shared prior to first appointment. Standardized behavioral questionnaires are provided for parents and teaching/daycare staff to gain information on skills in the home/school settings and to identify any psychological symptoms which warrant specific treatment (e.g., anxiety). Consultative time is an essential portion of this specialty service and is an out of pocket expense.

• Intake 1-hour diagnostic interview with psychologist for parents only
• Testing Session: 1 ½ hour evaluation with both speech therapist and occupational therapist. This allows comprehensive observation of skills and represents a best-practice approach to evaluation services for feeding therapy.
• Interpretive Parent Conference (IPC): 1 hour appointment with parents and members of the diagnostic team during which parents are able to thoroughly understand their child’s development and feeding therapy plan. A written report includes findings, diagnostic impressions and recommendations.

Estimated evaluation cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance); may be billable to insurance ($1,205.00) and out-of-pocket only ($270.00). 

FEEDING CLINIC SERVICES: The clinic starts with a parent interview with a psychologist or counselor to review the child’s medical history and gather detailed information about the child’s feeding history, mealtime environment, and related behaviors. A behavioral questionnaire is provided to parents and teachers/childcare providers to gather information from both settings. The feeding clinic provides a 12 week structured curriculum to provide parents with all of the skills and knowledge they need to continue to produce positive outcomes after the clinic ends.

The clinic services are a 2-pronged approach that provides individualized intervention. Parents meet with psychologists and counselors without their children present to learn detailed strategies that work to change their child’s behaviors and approach to food (approximately 8 sessions). Parents and children also participate in several joint sessions to learn effective interventions to learn coping strategies and reduce anxiety (approximately 4 sessions).

Children work 1:1 with a feeding therapist using the (SOS) model with a focus on safe food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment. This evidence-based program includes a comprehensive parent education component, and parents are expected to participate on all feeding sessions in order to understand their child’s feeding behavior and effective management interventions.

A parent only summary session is provided at the end of the 12 week course with both feeding therapist and psychologist/counselor to review progress and provide a specific plan for next steps.

Both rehabilitation and psychological treatment is billable to insurance. Psychologists and counselors are in-network with Aetna and BCBS. Deductibles and copays apply. An out of pocket charge is included in the registration for services which covers consultative time for treatment team members to meet to discuss each case in detail.

Estimated clinic services cost: billable to insurance – 12 weekly therapy sessions for both psychology and rehab services and self-pay only - $ 336.00

Read more about the C&FD multidisciplinary feeding clinic here

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

Sensory Storytime

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 by Child & Family Development

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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

Making Sense of Sensory Processing

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Ever know a child who seems to fall, trip and bump into things more than peers?  Many skills must be in place to support good balance and proprioception. Adequate sensory processing skills, range of motion, and strength are foundational skills required for balance and knowing where you are in space.

SENSORY PROCESSING & PROPRIOCEPTION

The Vestibular System:

  • Tells us where our heads and bodies are in relation to the surface of the earth
  • Tells us whether we are moving or standing still and whether objects are moving or motionless in relation to our body
  • Tells us about the direction in which we are moving and how fast we are moving
  • Lays a foundation for visual input
  • Without good information coming from the vestibular system, sights and sounds in the environment don’t make sense.

The Visual System:

  • Our eyes should work together in a teamed fashion with smooth movements to scan our environment and notice how close or far things are from our body to help us maneuver through space.

The Proprioceptive System:

  • Proprioceptive input receptors are in the muscles and joints and give information to the brain about the amount of stretch in each muscle and pressure on each joint.
  • This provides an accurate picture of the body’s position in space without the use of vision.  
  • Proprioception provides feedback for grading muscle movements and for how much force is needed to interact with an object or person in the environment.

BALANCE

Balance Expectations by age:

  • 3 year old - balance on 1 foot for 3 seconds
  • 3 year old – use alternating feet when climbing stairs
  • 4 year old - hop on 1 foot
  • 5 year old - balance on 1 foot for 10 seconds

Red Flags for Balance Difficulties

  • Child trips/falls/bumps into things often
  • Child who is fearful of movement
  • Child who seeks out movement
  • Child who appears to have good balance while moving, but poor balance when expected to stay still
  • Child who has difficulty moving through dynamic environments
  • Child who has difficulty walking across different or dynamic surfaces
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HOW DO THESE SYSTEMS WORK TOGETHER?

  • Information from these body systems is processed and combined in order for a person to adapt and react to a changing environment.

HAVE A CONCERN?

Contact an occupational therapist at Child and Family Development for a standardized assessment of motor and sensory skills. Treatment modalities may include:

  • Sensory Integration
  • Core/Postural Strengthening
  • Postural Control and Stability Training
  • Balance Strategies Training
  • Visual-Motor Exercises
  • Oculomotor Training
  • Therapeutic Listening ®

Click here to read more about our occupational therapy services.

Click here for a printable page about sensory processing.

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

C&FD therapists use Total Motion Release (TMR)

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 by Child & Family Development

3 members of our pediatric therapy team are trained in Total Motion Release® (TMR).

  • Marion Wilm, OTR/L, occupational therapist
  • Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC, physical therapist
  • Erin Krueger DPT ATRIC, physical therapist

Per the TMR website, this approach brings the body back into balance in a slightly different way than what is traditionally thought of for therapy.  TMR identifies fascial restrictions within the body.  Often times range of motion restrictions are not strictly due to muscular tightness.  By addressing the fascial restrictions, new range of motion may be freed, allowing for improved alignment for increased functional abilities.

To learn more about this approach, call us to schedule a free Intake appointment with one of these therapists.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: Jessica Turchin, Marion Wilm, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic at C&FD

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development is pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Feeding Evaluations & Clinic Services 

This specialty clinic offers both multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment services for children, ages 4-16 years old, with feeding disorders and/or extreme picky eating. This service is appropriate for children or adolescents who have been formally diagnosed with Avoidance/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID).

This clinic occurs at our Pineville office with an expert diagnostic team including: 

• psychologists and counselors 
• occupational therapists
• speech therapists  

Feeding problems are characterized by:

• A restricted range or variety of foods, usually less than 20 items
• Resistance to adding new foods
• Refusal of categories of food textures, temperatures or appearance
• Long feeding/ meal times (more than 30 minutes)
• Frequent gagging or vomiting
• Taking a few bites and then refusing more food
 

The Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Approach™ (SOS) model will work to expand children’s food repertoire, improve oral motor skills, and develop socially acceptable feeding behaviors. It is designed to help increase a child’s comfort with eating both in the home and community. The focus of treatment will be on food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment and will also include a parent education component. Many of our speech therapists and occupational therapists have specialty training in both the sensory and motor aspects of a feeding or swallowing problem. Treatment for feeding disorders can help a child become a functional eater. Treatment strategies include work on oral sensory awareness, motor execution and motor planning tasks, social modeling, structured meal and snack times, positive reinforcement and home programming. These services are designed to provide parents with the training they need to target their child’s eating strategies outside of the clinic and produce positive outcomes. 

EVALUATIONS: The evaluation would include an examination of the structures and movements in the mouth, observation of feeding behaviors, observations of the influences of respiration and posture, and informal assessment of nutrition. Food and drink trials are often included in an assessment. Review of medical history form and other records which are shared prior to first appointment. Standardized behavioral questionnaires are provided for parents and teaching/daycare staff to gain information on skills in the home/school settings and to identify any psychological symptoms which warrant specific treatment (e.g., anxiety). Consultative time is an essential portion of this specialty service and is an out of pocket expense.

• Intake 1-hour diagnostic interview with psychologist for parents only
• Testing Session: 1 ½ hour evaluation with both speech therapist and occupational therapist. This allows comprehensive observation of skills and represents a best-practice approach to evaluation services for feeding therapy.
• Interpretive Parent Conference (IPC): 1 hour appointment with parents and members of the diagnostic team during which parents are able to thoroughly understand their child’s development and feeding therapy plan. A written report includes findings, diagnostic impressions and recommendations.

Estimated evaluation cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance); may be billable to insurance ($1,205.00) and out-of-pocket only ($270.00). 

FEEDING CLINIC SERVICES: The clinic starts with a parent interview with a psychologist or counselor to review the child’s medical history and gather detailed information about the child’s feeding history, mealtime environment, and related behaviors. A behavioral questionnaire is provided to parents and teachers/childcare providers to gather information from both settings. The feeding clinic provides a 12 week structured curriculum to provide parents with all of the skills and knowledge they need to continue to produce positive outcomes after the clinic ends.

The clinic services are a 2-pronged approach that provides individualized intervention. Parents meet with psychologists and counselors without their children present to learn detailed strategies that work to change their child’s behaviors and approach to food (approximately 8 sessions). Parents and children also participate in several joint sessions to learn effective interventions to learn coping strategies and reduce anxiety (approximately 4 sessions).

Children work 1:1 with a feeding therapist using the (SOS) model with a focus on safe food exploration in a comfortable and sensory supportive environment. This evidence-based program includes a comprehensive parent education component, and parents are expected to participate on all feeding sessions in order to understand their child’s feeding behavior and effective management interventions.

A parent only summary session is provided at the end of the 12 week course with both feeding therapist and psychologist/counselor to review progress and provide a specific plan for next steps.

Both rehabilitation and psychological treatment is billable to insurance. Psychologists and counselors are in-network with Aetna and BCBS. Deductibles and copays apply. An out of pocket charge is included in the registration for services which covers consultative time for treatment team members to meet to discuss each case in detail.

Estimated clinic services cost: billable to insurance – 12 weekly therapy sessions for both psychology and rehab services and self-pay only - $ 336.00

Read more about the C&FD multidisciplinary feeding clinic here

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

Cerebral Palsy: diagnosis and treatment at C&FD

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech therapists evaluate and treat people with cerebral palsy.  

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture and is considered a common childhood disability.  17 million people worldwide are impacted by CP.

CP is classified into 3 types:

  • spastic: most common type; muscles are stiff and tight
  • nonspastic/dyskinetic: characterized by involuntary movements
  • mixed: combination of types

CP can affect different parts of the body, especially limbs (arms, legs) but also the face, neck and torso. These conditions can be associated with CP and should be treated:

  • pain
  • intellectual disability
  • non-ambulant
  • hip displacement
  • non-verbal
  • feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • epilepsy
  • behavior challenges 
  • bladder incontinence
  • sleep difficulties
  • blindness
  • deafness

Our pediatric therapists offer a free phone consult to determine if an evaluation or intervention would be beneficial.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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

Melissa Petcu, occupational therapist, celebrates 4 years at C&FD

Monday, Nov 6, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Melissa Petcu  

Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist at the Midtown office. She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She shares what led her to this career: " I wanted to be a police officer when I grew up. Can you believe it? Little tiny me? I didn’t think it was all that funny but my husband sure did! In college (yep, while pursuing my criminal justice degree) I completed an internship at the Guardian Ad Litem office (GAL for short) and continued my volunteer work for a few more years with this group. In a not so convoluted way (although it sure sounds like it), I transitioned from working with children and families in this capacity over to working with children and families in a different way. I find working with children and families to be so rewarding, fun, and adventurous…. Just like being a police officer, right? Okay, minus the adrenaline rush!" 

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Topics: Melissa Petcu, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

NOVEMBER GROUP REGISTRATION ENDS 11/8: Music & Movement for 3-5 year olds

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Music & Movement Group for 3-5 year olds

November "Group Two": 11/13, 11/15, 11/17  Registration Deadline: 11/8/17

Child & Family Development and Piedmont Music Therapy are partnering to offer families a unique experience at the C&FD Pineville office! This multidisciplinary group will include moving and grooving to music while incorporating vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory experiences as well as instrument play. The November group has a Fall/ Holiday theme and is led by an occupational therapist and a music therapist.  The Music & Movement group will focus on improving:

  • Attention
  • Modulating Sensory Impulses
  • Motor Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Task Completion

SCHEDULING
Via parent phone interview, each child is screened before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age. Kids may benefit from enrolling in more than one group.

A minimum of 4 students is required for each group. Additional groups may be formed based on interest.

COST
The cost is $162.00. Full payment and signed Release forms are due at the time of registration.

CONTACT

Click HERE for info page.

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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Rebecca Case

What is proprioception?

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 by Child & Family Development

The occupational therapists at Child and Family Development evaluates and treats kids and teens with sensory processing difficulties.  One area we explore is called proprioception. 

Proprioception is a form of sensory input to the muscles and joints which makes us aware of our position in space (where we are in relation to other objects or people). Proprioceptive input receptors are in the muscles and joints. They give information to the brain about the amount of stretch in each muscle and pressure on each joint. This provides an accurate picture of the body’s position in space without the use of vision.

When the proprioceptive system is not working smoothly, children may choose to seek out proprioceptive input through falling deliberately, being rough with toys or peers, leaning on the wall or others, seeking out deep pressure through squishing or preferring tight clothing. Alternatively, a child may also exhibit decreased registration of proprioceptive input. Behaviors that indicate decreased registration include difficulty appropriately grading force, seeking out deep pressure input, slapping their feet on the ground when walking, or appearing clumsy or uncoordinated.

Proprioceptive input can be used to improve body awareness, increase attention, decrease sensory defensiveness, and modulate arousal level. The input can be provided through activities that cause muscle stretch and joint compressions.

Child-friendly tasks include activities that require muscle use are often called, “heavy work activities” or “muscle work activities”. These activities including pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, movement, and deep pressure activities.  Activities are most effective when used throughout the day to help the child maintain a regulated state of arousal. They can also be helpful in moments where the child is having difficulty regulating their energy level and behavior. Each child reacts differently to each of these activities, so it is important to try one and monitor your child’s reactions. Remember to try activities that your child is interested in!

Contact us to schedule a free phone call with a C&FD occupational therapist. 

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: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Using the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) Approach for feeding difficulties

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Many Child and Family Development occupational therapists and speech therapists are trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory™ (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

SOS is a feeding approach for children who have trouble at mealtime.  This approach was founded by a child psychologist, Kay Tommey, PhD and a speech therapist, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP.  SOS may be beneficial in many settings and populations. Parents and caregivers of children who will not eat are faced with a difficult and often puzzling challenge. Because the interplay between weight gain and a child’s experience of food can be complicated, there is rarely an easy solution when a feeding problem arises. SOS uses a transdisciplinary team approach which assess the “whole child”: organ systems, muscles, sensory development, oral motor, learning and behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment.  SOS focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing and eventually tasting and eating foods.  Additional information is available on www.spdfoundation.net.

Recently, 4 C&FD therapists completed the "When Children Won't Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment using the SOS Approach to Feeding" course in the Charlotte area.  

  • Rebecca Case MS OTR/L: I enjoyed the holistic strategies that include attention to behavior, cognition, core strength as well as feeding, that can be applied to many of her clients
  • Meghan Davidson-Palmer, MS OTR/L: The instructors were wonderful and provided a lot of practical tools I will use in occupational therapy regularly
  • Kristin Lyman, MA CCC-SLP: I appreciate this evidence-based program that will help my clients have more success when eating. I really liked that the course taught us how to help children develop oral motor and sensory processing skills at the same time through play.
  • Kim Toomer, MOT OTR/L: I gained so much knowledge in the areas of oral motor skills and feeding assessment and treatment. I used the techniques immediately after course and also learned new behavioral strategies that can be applied to all my clients, not just those with feeding difficulties.

If your child is a very picky eater or has a highly limited diet, consider scheduling a free phone Intake with one of the 9 SOS pediatric therapists here to determine if an evaluation is recommended.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kim Toomer, Kristin Lyman, Meghan Davidson-Palmer, Rebecca Case

Abbey Wash, occupational therapist, celebrates 8 years at C&FD

Monday, Oct 9, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Abbey Wash 

Abbey Wash MOT OTR/L is an occupational therapist at the Midtown office. She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

Her current reflection: "Even after 8 years here at C&FD, I am still having fun! I love that being an OT allows me to turn learning into play. Lately, one of my favorite activities is designing elaborate obstacle courses with clients. Look out American Ninja Warrior! It sure is a great thing to be inspired by hard-working clients, the families that love them, and the passionate co-workers around me on a daily basis." 

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Topics: Abbey Wash, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Meghan Davidson-Palmer OT promotes free Learning Without Tears™ handwriting resources 

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Meghan Davidson-Palmer MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.  She has completed several educational courses from Learning Without Tears™ (LWT) (fomerly Handwriting Without Tears) related to handwriting, cursive and keyboarding.

LWT has some great webinars that are easily accessible to parents who may have questions or are looking for ways they can help their children with handwriting. Meghan recommends one in particular on reversals that provides helpful information on this common handwriting challenge and is definitely worth watching!

Here are her top picks for free Learning Without Tears webinars that parents may find helpful:

https://www.lwtears.com/resources/moving-forward-not-backwards-reversals 

https://www.lwtears.com/resources/top-10-questions-about-handwriting 

Our team of occupational therapists can help your child improve proficiency in handwriting, cursive and keyboarding. 

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: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Meghan Davidson-Palmer

Fall Groups: Music & Movement for 3-5 year olds

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Music & Movement Group for 3-5 year olds

Child & Family Development and Piedmont Music Therapy are partnering to offer families a unique experience! This multidisciplinary group will include moving and grooving to music while incorporating vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory experiences as well as instrument play. Groups have fun Halloween/ Fall/ Holiday themes and are led by an occupational therapist and a music therapist.  The Music & Movement group will focus on improving:

  • Attention
  • Modulating Sensory Impulses
  • Motor Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Task Completion

SCHEDULING
Via parent phone interview, each child is screened before being placed into a group. The groups are formed based on each child’s communication skills, social ability and age. Kids may benefit from enrolling in more than one group.

Two fall groups are planned on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 1-2pm at the Pineville office. A minimum of 4 students is required for each group. Additional groups may be formed based on interest.

Group One: 10/30, 11/1, 11/3  Registration Deadline: 10/25/17
Group Two: 11/13, 11/15, 11/17  Registration Deadline: 11/8/17

COST
The cost is $162.00. Full payment and signed Release forms are due at the time of registration.

CONTACT

Click HERE for info page.

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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Rebecca Case

Megan Bevington OT celebrates 5 years at Child and Family Development

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Megan Bevington MS OTR/L marks years at Child and Family Development this month! She is an occupational therapist at the Midtown office.    

She shares:

"Life sure has changed over the years and working at C&FD for quite awhile has gotten better and better.  Like a fine wine!"  

Cheers & Happy Anniversary Megan! 

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Topics: Megan Bevington, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services

Worrying about problems? Counseling & occupational therapy can help! 

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development occupational therapy and psychology teams help kids, teens and young adults live life to the fullest.

Counseling and therapy services are beneficial when worry or anxiety interferes with everyday well being and functions.

One helpful tool from Zones of Regulation® is this "Size Of The Problem" chart that prompts one to consider:

  • The size of your reaction has to match the size of the problem
  • How big do others see the problem?
  • How big should your reaction be?    

It easily distinguishes a range and can frame an appropriate response and action. 

More Social Thinking information is available on their website here.

Read more about our occupational therapy services here.

Read more about our counseling services here

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

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