Occupational therapist, Meghan Davidson-Palmer, celebrates 1 year at C&FD

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Meghan Davidson-Palmer!

Meghan Davidson-Palmer MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown.  This month, she celebrates 1 year!  

She shares these sentiments:

"In all seriousness, one of the main reasons I became an OT is so I could help people achieve more independence and lead more fulfilling lives. It's so exciting to watch kids achieve something they've been working so hard for.

In all silliness, it's nice to have a job where it's okay to do arts and crafts at work!" 

We like the balance!

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

Promoting handwriting skills in little ones

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Meghan Davidson-Palmer MS OTR/L, an occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, recently read a great article from Frog Jump Gazette, a publication from Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT), about how to support handwriting skills in the classroom. The author shared some great tips to promote good handwriting habits at a young age:

  • Use broken crayons (or shorter pencils) which are easier for younger children to grasp and can help promote a better grasp at a young age
  • Encourage kids to form all letters and numbers from the top of the line for better letter and number formation
  • Practice making letters and numbers with HWT fun and interactive wood pieces
  • Incorporate handwriting time into busy classroom or home schedules

Their website has many detailed ideas and tools.

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

FUNDANOODLE Play Date at C&FD: Learn the WRITE way

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

C&FD is pleased to host a Fundanoodle event! 

Fundanoodle Senior Ambassador, Catherine Hecksher, Amy Hanna MAT, C&FD Educational Specialist and Meghan Davidson-Palmer MS OTR/L, C&FD Occupational Therapist will connect play and child development. 

Who: For Parents & Caregivers; you may bring one 3-6 year-old!

When: Saturday, December 3rd @ 10-11am

Where: Child & Family Development– Midtown, 4012 Park Road, Suite 200, Charlotte NC 28209

Why: The Fundanoodle Ambassador will present Max & Alphie products and kits.  The Child & Family Development educator and occupational therapist will share information about developmental milestones.

  • Learn about products and kits that support child development
  • Engage with your child and enjoy interactive activities
  • Expert Q&A with Fundanoodle representatives and C&FD staff
  • Shop! Holidays are coming!! 

Space is limited so RSVP to reserve your spot here

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

Yoga for kids: benefits for child development and free pose cards

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Meghan Dooley MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, recently discovered an online resource that offers 58 fun and easy cards featuring cartoon kids in various yoga poses.  

Find the free Kids Yoga Stories cards here.  

Meghan incorporates modified yoga poses into some occupational therapy sessions and touts the many benefits, such as improvements in these areas:

  • strength and flexibility
  • balance and coordination
  • motor planning
  • body awareness
  • social interaction skills
  • relaxation/stress relief

Our occupational therapy team of 10 provides suggestions for home and community carryover like this one as part of the comprehensive service. 

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

What is Occupational Therapy?

Monday, Apr 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

 

Occupational therapy is all about the "job of living". 

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.  OTs do this through the knowledgeable selection and use of everyday activities (occupations) to evaluate and enhance children’s development and competence.  

We 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.  In other words, we help children with everyday activities.  

If you notice difficulties in one or more of these areas, an evaluation and treatment may be appropriate:

  • Behavior
  • Developmental Skill Acquisition 
  • Delayed motor or self-care skills
  • Feeding 
  • Motor Planning
  • Motor 
  • Sensory Processing
  • Visual Perception 

Some of our occupational therapy specialty services are:

Click here for more information on the Child and Family Development occupational therapists at our Charlotte and Pineville offices!

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: Marion Wilm, Jessica Hoffarth, Melissa Petcu, Abbey Wash, Kati Berlin, Megan Bevington, Courtney Stanley, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kim Toomer, Meghan Davidson-Palmer

April is Occupational Therapy Month!

Friday, Apr 1, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 



April is Occupational Therapy Month and we are celebrating with our team.  Visit our Charlotte and Pineville lobbies to add a note of THANKS for the wonderful work they do! 

MIDTOWN

  • Abbey Wash MOT OTR/L
  • Jessica Hoffarth MS OTR/L
  • Megan Bevington MS OTR/L
  • Meghan Dooley MS OTR/L
  • Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L

 

PINEVILLE

  • Courtney Stanley MS OTR/L
  • Kati Berlin MS OTR/L
  • Katie Haywood MS OTR/L
  • Kim Toomer MOT OTR/L
  • Marion Wilm OTR/L C/NDT

 

Click here for more information on the occupational therapists at Child and Family Development!

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: Marion Wilm, Jessica Hoffarth, Melissa Petcu, Abbey Wash, Kati Berlin, Megan Bevington, Courtney Stanley, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Kim Toomer, Meghan Davidson-Palmer

Occupational therapist, Meghan Dooley recommends developmental toys for infants

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Meghan Dooley MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, likes this list of 6 developmental toys for little ones.  The article highlights toys that provide sensory exploration opportunities and help to promote the development of a variety of skills, including fine motor, visual motor and cognitive skills. 

The list includes: 

  • Developmental Rattles
  • Muscial Toys
  •  Shape Sorters
  • Cuddle Toys
  • Blocks
  • Object Permanence Toys

Meghan recommends these products often:

  • The NogginStik™ is a great toy to help promote visual tracking, grasping and object manipulation. Not only is it designed with high-contrast colors (which are easier for infants to see), but the top of the rattle lights up to draw an infant’s attention to the rattle and is a great tool to practice visual tracking. The top even lights up when the child bats at it, which may encourage reaching and batting/grasping. The handle of the rattle is a great size for infants to practice grasping and the different textures on the rattle provide an opportunity for sensory exploration.  It is available at www.smartnoggintoys.com.  
  • The Laugh & Learn™ Cookie Shape Surprise™ is also a great developmental toy. It provides infants and children the opportunity to work on color and shape recognition, grasping skills, as well as visual motor coordination. This shape sorter also plays music and phrases when shapes are inserted, which is reinforcing and motivating for the child.  It is available at www.fisher-price.com.  

Click here for the full article.  

Occupational therapy services always include recommendations for home to expedite improvements and progress.  Call us to get started with a free phone intake. 

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

C&FD welcomes Meghan Dooley, occupational therapist

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 by Child & Family Development

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Meghan Dooley MS OTR/L, joined the Child and Family Development team this month.      

Meghan is a licensed occupational therapist with experience in pediatric outpatient clinics, schools, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.  She received her MS from Boston University and has a special interest in feeding therapy.  

She works at the Midtown office.

Welcome Meghan!  

Read more about our occupational therapy services 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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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, Meghan Davidson-Palmer

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