Programs for Professionals
Every Pediatric Services "Special Event" is created from scratch.
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 Professionals. If you and your organization have another idea or a truly special or unique need, talk with us. We'll create a program just for you.
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 medical diagnosis, prognosis, and positive ways to intervene on a daily basis. Orientation and mobility are demonstrated. We demonstrate multiple positioning and ways to hold a child to teach them about their body in space. We teach the importance of talking to the visually impaired child, to give them information that they are not able to obtain visually.
Toys expand any childs world. And are important tools to teach the child about cause and effect, tactile and oral motor stimulation and much more. Remember, the best toy is the parent! We teach how to take advantage of daily routines so that teaching times can fit into any busy schedule.
Sensory Systems & Development
This presentation is all about sensory systems. And their effect 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 addressed, too.
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 and development.
Early Intervention Rationale
This session addresses the law, how a child qualifies for services, starting your own program, developing the service design and deciding on which area you wish to specialize, and the multi-disciplinary team approach to education.
It is well known the development of brain synapses in the first few years of life is critical. Enriching a childs life is the most important aspect of early intervention. And a primary reason behind providing a full myriad of services to meet all the childs and familys needs regarding their childs specific developmental needs.
Feeding Skills & Nutritional Issues
Obviously, everything related to nutrition and eating makes a major difference in a childs life.
Such things as oral motor skills, slow weight gain requiring calorie boosters, constipation, tube feeding and reaching the decision when tube feeding is necessary are all covered.
Plus, 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.
Child Development and the Importance of Play
Children develop at different rates. This session covers "typical" milestones in each area of growth and development and how a child's full time job is PLAY.
We talk about the muscle groups - skill acquisition in both large and small muscles, including coordination and the importance visual perceptual development. And 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 & 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 parent/child interactions.
Movement education in the water stresses quality in movement, with appropriate quantity applied according to age, ability and motivation.
Developmental milestones of movement are undertaken typically in the bathtub or wading pool, such 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 with flexion. Combined with structure and spontaneous play, anyone can learn to feel comfortable and safe in the water.
Physical & 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.
Speech & Language Therapy
A major part of living is speaking. The ability to communicate through speech and language greatly effect a persons life.
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.
A young autistic child needs special attention. From 20 hours a month to 30 hours a week!
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. A variety of methodologies are compared and contrasted as well as all areas of development addressed, including sensory motor, language, social, academic, and behavior.
Neonatal Intensive Care Graduate
This special event covers issues affecting premature infants and micro premies.
Including feeding, sensory regulation, sleep, development progress, reflexes and motor tone, emotional issues for the parents. And medical complications including retinopathy of prematurity and intracranial bleeds, plus other important factors unique to these children.
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