Gross Motor Milestone Series: Crawling

Crawling is a major milestone that really allows babies to independently explore their environment. Crawling strengthens the extensor muscles of the trunk and head and increases core stability, which are important for later gross motor skills, such as standing and walking. It promotes shoulder stability, which is important for fine motor tasks such as handwriting and tying shoelaces. It’s a …Read More >

An Insider’s Perspective: Getting Help For a Struggling Child

  “I’ve been a pediatric OT for 8 years.  I can handle parenting. Even a tricky kid would be no problem for me,” was my general line of thinking. Then Judah came along. We longed for my son, and his arrival into our family four years ago has brought so much joy. Judah has developed as a typical child in …Read More >

Building Play Skills for Healthy Children & Families

What is Play and Why Is It Important? Play can be defined as “any spontaneous or organized activity that provides enjoyment, entertainment, amusement, or diversion” (Parham and Fazio, 2008, p. 448). Play is one of children’s major jobs—how they occupy their free time and learn. It’s an important activity for your child because play helps to facilitate positive growth and development. …Read More >

Is Toe Walking Really Idiopathic?

Toe walking, or walking on the balls of the feet, is a common occurrence during the toddler years. Most kids will grow out of this without intervention. Toe walking alone is not necessarily a cause for concern. However, if toe walking does not resolve, it can become a habit that, if left untreated, will cause physical changes that can be …Read More >

Motor Milestone Series – Sitting

Most babies will learn to sit without help by the age of 8 months. There are several activities that you can work on with your baby to facilitate independent sitting.  You baby should be able to hold their head up independently when their trunk is supported to start these activities.  This is typically around 3-4 months of age. All  activities …Read More >

Motor Milestone Series – Rolling

In our new Motor Milestone Series we will discuss how parents can help facilitate activities through play. Rolling is typically the first major gross motor milestone that parents look forward to. Therefore, it’s the activity we will explore in this newsletter.  As with all milestones, the age at which your child will start can vary widely. Additionally, rolling happens in …Read More >

20 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Preschoolers   I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong. I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating. I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths. …Read More >

Topics in Speech & Language Pathology – Speech Sounds

Speech Sound Errors Most children make speech sound errors as they grow and mature. Children learn speech sounds and gain control of those sounds at different stages of development. It is when the errors continue past the typical age range, a child may have a speech sound disorder. The Role of the Speech Therapist A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) has to …Read More >