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Understanding School-Based and Medically-Based Therapies

Medically-based therapies are looked at much differently in Birth-to-Three programming than programming for school-age children.  Early Intervention is a system of coordinated services that promotes the child’s growth and development and supports families during the critical early years.  In the United States, Early Intervention services for eligible children and families are federally mandated through the …

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Bike Safety

More children ages 5 to 14 sustain injuries and go to emergency rooms after biking than with any other sport. Following these guidelines will help to ensure your child is as safe as he or she can be when riding. All about the Bike When selecting a bike with your child, choose one that fits, …

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The Mother-Child Relationship

Mothers and their children are connected even before birth. All those months spent together mark the beginning of a sometimes challenging, yet rewarding, relationship. Moms have an important role in their child’s mental health because they provide basic necessities (i.e. food, water, shelter, and sleep) and form a secure attachment with their young child. Attachment …

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Identifying Children with Special Needs

Parents, caretakers, physicians, and early childhood educators are expected to monitor child development and identify children with suspected disabilities so they can access and benefit from services.  To understand atypical development, caretakers first must understand typical development.  Developmental milestones are guidelines that enable parents and professionals to monitor a child’s skills according to other children …

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The Father-Child Relationship

One in three American children does not live with their biological father.* In the inner-city, these numbers are often much higher.  From a mental health perspective, children without fathers are at-risk for a variety of social/emotional concerns. These include: Poor school performance Drug use Teen pregnancy Crimes and violent acts Jail/prison time Depression and suicide …

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Child Proofing and Home Safety

When a baby starts to crawl, it is an exciting time for everyone.  Parents are thrilled to see their child hit an important developmental milestone and explore the surrounding world with wonder.  Unfortunately, there are many things for a curious baby to discover inside his own home that could be dangerous.  It is important for …

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Establishing Routines for Home, Bedtime and the Classroom

Routines give children a sense of security and help them develop self-discipline. As adults, we don’t realize the number of times per day our children’s routines are disrupted and how that can affect them. Every day, children experience developmental change without much upheaval, but environmental changes in routine need to be acknowledged. This is especially important …

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Behavior and Discipline

Discipline is a good thing. This is how children learn which behaviors parents want to see more of and which behaviors should be avoided. There are a few things parents should remember when thinking about discipline. First of all, children are human beings. They have their own minds, desires and plans. That doesn’t mean that they …

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How to Deal With Tantrums in Public

A child’s early years are full of developmental milestones. While a child’s first steps have us running for the camera, a toddler’s first tantrums have us running for the hills. Even worse is when these tantrums occur in public. Ideally, most of the work done to control tantrums will happen at home, where ignoring an …

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

Although it’s easy to grab a prepackaged snack for your child, processed snacks lack proper nutritional value and are often high in sugar. But by devoting time to making healthy snacks easily accessible, good food can be within arm’s reach for your child.  Preparing healthy snacks with your kids will get them more excited about …

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A Closer Look at Childhood Vision Impairment

When taking a closer look at the percentages surrounding childhood vision impairment, the statistics may be surprising. Some 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision troubles. An estimated 80% of what we learn is through our vision. A whopping 85% of America’s pre-schoolers haven’t undergone a comprehensive vision exam by age 5. …

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

The goal of Pediatric Physical Therapy is to help children independently perform everyday gross motor skills like jumping and running and functional mobility skills like stair climbing and wheelchair mobility. Pediatric Physical Therapists work with children and their families to assist children in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation …

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The Importance of Family Time

Family time is important.  It increases a family’s bond, communication and health and well-being. However, with dual income homes, extracurricular activities and weekend events it can be difficult to find time to spend together as a family.  Advances in technology have also put constraints on the time that families spend together. Both parents and children …

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Prematurity

A baby is considered premature if it is less than 37 weeks old at birth.  A premature baby, or preemie, is not fully developed, meaning some vital organs may not be functioning to their full potential or not yet ready to operate at all. While a full-term newborn weighs about seven pounds at birth on …

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