Are your patients getting enough sleep? Children regularly sleeping the number of recommended hours by the American Academy of Pediatrics is associated with better health, including: improved attention, behavior, learning, working memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.1 Continue reading →
“Very glad I took this course! It explained things step-by-step, from what Tummy Time is to tips. I especially enjoyed learning from the videos and liked all the helpful tips provided.”
Become a Tummy Time expert! This Pathways.org Tummy Time course is your child development guide to helping baby hit milestones — from lifting the head to getting that first roll. With activities approved by licensed therapists and step-by-step video instructions from a veteran baby therapist with over 45 years of experience, you’ll learn how much fun Tummy Time can be! Perfect for parents, grandparents, and all caregivers of children under 6 months old, this course is the answer to all your questions and more.
Included in this course:
Tummy Time facts and videos that help baby meet milestones
Fun and easy tips and games everyone can do inside and outside the home
Tummy Time abilities by age (weeks to months)
Ideas to help baby strengthen core muscles and make Tummy Time easier
“Different methods and activities parents can do to encourage different forms of Tummy Time—not just placing baby on the floor!”
Toe walking can be a commonly observed movement pattern that many young children display during their development, however many children will give up idiopathic toe walking (ITW) without specific intervention. Research within the scientific community suggests that ITW is sometimes a causal symptom related to other conditions. Toe walking may be a symptom of a physical condition such as spinal dysraphism or injury, myopathy, and neuropathy.1 Children may also toe walk because of low muscle tone. When children’s adnominal muscles are weak, they depend on toe walking to feel secure while moving. If the underlying reason for toe walking is not caused by physical differences, it can be an indication of motor, visual motor, and gross motor delays that are associated with neurological conditions2 such as cerebral palsy, autism and sensory processing issues. Continue reading →
Do you shop on Amazon? What about Amazon Smile? In 2013, Amazon Smile launched and it is the same great website, but adds a charitable twist. Amazon will donate .5% of all purchases made on Amazon Smile to a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit at no additional cost to the shopper.
Now you can shop and help Pathways.org at the same time! Next time you shop at Amazon Smile, select Pathways Foundation as your preferred charity and we will receive a gift!
Go to “Your Account”
Click “Change Your Charity”
Then use the search feature to find Pathways Foundation
Visit Amazon Smile today and your purchases will help impact the life of a child.
Do you talk to parents about executive function? Many parents are not familiar with this term. The executive function (EF) skill set acts as a coordination center in the brain and depends on three main functions: working memory, mental flexibility, and inhibition control. 1Continue reading →
Want to See an Example of Baby’s Developmental Milestones?
Watch baby milestones throughout baby’s first year. Reading milestones is one thing, but seeing the actual milestones is even more impactful so we put together clips of real babies, in real homes, completing these important milestones. Watch the clips and compare the movements to your baby to ensure they are on track.
Baby milestone videos are separated by age and topic of development. They begin at birth and continue through baby’s first year, showing early motor, sensory, communication, and feeding milestones.
As more children adopt demanding schedules with increased academic work loads and an abundance of extracurricular activities, some react by showing signs of increased stress and anxiety.1 Our academic system has accelerated so children are now expected to complete school work previously given to children in higher grade levels. Early education has become less play focused and children receive a more academically rigorous curriculum. This change is evident by the amount of time children spend preparing for 3rd grade exams that measure performance in math and reading. On average, 77% kindergarteners received 90 minutes of daily reading instruction in 2010 whereas only 32% received daily reading instruction in 1998.2 With increased academic demands and busy schedules, children may need to take an intentional break in the day to relax and recharge. The practice of mindfulness is quickly gaining recognition as an activity to help children manage feelings of stress and anxiety. Continue reading →
Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue tie, is a congenital condition that can affect infants and children due to having a short lingual frenulum that restricts tongue movement and impacts the function of the tongue. The incidence of tongue tie affects at least 4% of infants and is most commonly diagnosed in males by a 2-3:1 predominance.1 Around 50% of infants with ankyloglossia experience feeding difficulties because of the condition.2Continue reading →
Many parents encourage their children to become involved in extracurricular activities as a way to promote their development. Extracurricular activities help children develop motor skills and improve physical fitness, while also building their cognitive and social skills, all of which can enhance children’s sense of wellbeing.1 To help children receive the most benefits from extracurricular activity involvement physically, emotionally, and socially, they should participate in the right amount of activity for their age level and abilities. Adults facilitating children’s extracurricular activities can learn how to make the activity more developmentally friendly and recognize when it may not be appropriate for a child. Continue reading →
An Inclusion Awareness Day event is one way to focus on welcoming worshippers of all abilities. Please consider hosting an Inclusion Awareness Sunday celebration on the second weekend inOctober or another week in the year.
Celebrating the unique gifts of all members helps create a stronger and more inclusive faith community.
The following series of items can be used in bulletins, on websites or in newsletters to help spread awareness about how to help to create a more inclusive environment.
Click on the bulletin item to enlarge, then right-click and select Save image as… to save the file to your computer.
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Inclusion Awareness Day Inclusion Awareness Day
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of All Abilities
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Prayer for Awareness Prayer for Awareness
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People First Language People First Language
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with Hearing Challenges
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with Visual Challenges
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with Intellectual Differences