Programs for Parents
Every Pediatric Services "Special Event" is created
With specific objectives. To fulfill a need - find a solution
- solve a problem.
Each program is written and presented to include specific and
useful knowledge. Presented with "live" demonstrations
and professional tools in a first class way.
This list includes our most requested topics for Parents.
Your Childs Development
and the Importance of Play
Typical children develop at different rates. This session covers
"typical" milestones in each area of growth and development.
Including the muscle groups - skill acquisition in both large
and small muscles And coordination and the importance of visual
Plus cognitive, or the way a child solves the problems of their
world. The evolution of language, what is spoken and what the
child understands. Social and emotional maturation integrating
peer interactions. Plus self-care skills - feeding ... dressing
... toilet training.
Parenting Models and Styles Programs
Not all parents are alike. Not all kids are alike! This session
shares the different models and styles of parents.
Including respect and discipline, routines, balancing work and
home, sleep, motivation and bribery, listening and response
communication, boundaries, limit setting - and a host of other
Speech & Language Therapy
A major part of life is communication. The ability to express
needs, wants, emotions and words through speech and sign language
greatly impacts your childs development in all areas of
This session addresses appropriate milestones, how to facilitate
language, warning signs to watch for, articulation vs. language
acquisition, receptiveness, expression and imitative language,
anatomy of language, and the postural and oral motor control
required for effective speech.
Feeding Skills and Nutritional Issues
Obviously, everything related to nutrition and eating makes
a major difference in you and your childs life.
Food is a basic requirement. When eating is difficult for your
child, for whatever reason, many other emotional and developmental
issues are impacted.
We address such things as oral motor skills, slow weight gain
requiring calorie boosters, constipation, tube feeding and reaching
the decision when tube feeding is necessary, progression from
finger foods to spoon feeding, increasing textures and progressing
to solid food, progression from bottle to cup drinking, the
motor components and postural control needed for feeding are
Terminology - What it is, How to use it
This special session for parents is to teach you to understand
the lingo of "the system" for child intervention services.
And how to get the most out of "the system". Including
how to understand and speak the language in the important areas
of education, the law, therapy and medicine.
Sensory Systems and Development
This presentation is all about sensory systems and their affect
on typical development. Including motor, hyper or hypo sensitivity,
the "Sensory diet", "red flags" indicating
dysfunction or atypical processing, and much more.
Practical ideas and methods for working with the systems to
improve the processing of sensory input so the child can have
more appropriate body responses and useful perceptions, emotions
and thought are also addressed.
Many parts of the nervous system work together. So positive
alterations in one area can lead to improvement in effective
interaction with the environment and impact other areas of growth
Physical and Occupational Therapy
How do muscle tone, reflexes and reactions fit into a growing
childs life? What is the difference between "physical"
and "occupational" therapy?
This workshop teaches you the differences, what areas each address
and why each is needed. It speaks to who will benefit from physical
therapy and who will get the most from occupational therapy
- and why. This session also addresses why a therapist specializing
in pediatrics is needed for children.
Developmental milestones of movement are undertaken typically
in the bathtub or wading pool.
Such activities as pushing up on the arms, weight bearing in
the crawling position, kneeling, sitting, and standing.
These can be taught in a pool as the child is ready and able.
Voluntary breath control learned in water promotes lung capacity
and improved oral motor abilities. Children needing neuromuscular
therapy benefit particularly from the warmth of the water and
from the development of head and trunk righting and rotation
Movement education in the water stresses quality in movement,
with appropriate quantity applied according to age, ability
and motivation. Combined with structure and spontaneous play,
anyone can learn to feel comfortable and safe
in the water.
We teach simple and easy techniques to maximize contrast, emphasize
light, look at distance and space, adaptations in size and distance,
and other ways to promote visual acuity.
We help you understand your childs medical diagnosis,
prognosis, and positive ways to intervene on a daily basis.
Orientation and mobility are demonstrated. e.g., we demonstrate
multiple positioning and ways to hold your child to teach them
about their body in space.
We teach the importance of talking to your child, to give them
information that they are not able to obtain visually.
Toys expand your childs world and are important tools
to teach them about cause and effect, tactile and oral motor
stimulation and much more. Remember, the best toy
is you! The parent. We teach you to take advantage of daily
routines so that teaching times can fit into your busy schedule.
Neonatal Intensive Care Graduate
This special event covers issues affecting premature infants
and micro premies following their release from a
neonatal intensive care unit.
Including feeding, sensory regulation, sleep, progress in growth
and development, reflexes and muscle tone, emotional issues
for the parents, and medical complications. Including retinopathy
of prematurity and intracranial bleeds, plus other important
factors unique to these children.
A young autistic child needs special attention. From 20 hours
a month to 30 hours a week!
A variety of methodologies are compared and contrasted as well
as all areas of development addressed, including sensory motor,
language, social, academic, and behavior.
This session talks about the "eclectic" approach to
treating children on the Autistic Spectrum, utilizing a multi-disciplinary
team, curriculum guidelines. And meeting the needs of the family.
The emotions, grief, time and energy it takes when your child
receives this diagnosis.