Pathways.org is a national not-for-profit educational foundation that is dedicated to providing free resources and information for parents and health professionals on children’s sensory, motor, and communication development. By sharing these free educational resources, Pathways.org hopes to increase knowledge of the importance of early detection and early intervention.
The Assure Baby’s Physical Development free brochure offers a clear and concise chart to plot out development for the first year of life. Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the brochure is a great tool that parents can use to track a child’s developmental milestones and discuss any concerns with a health professional. This brochure is offered in 15 languages and can be downloaded, copied, and shared for free.
The extensive Pathways.org video library contains 40+ free videos, available in multiple languages covering topics such as: early motor development, tummy time, sensory integration, the importance of pediatric therapy, and more. Most of the videos have accompanying handouts that provide an outline to help individuals follow along with the video and offer talking points for discussion.
For health educators, Pathways.org offers the free “2, 4, 6 Month Motor – Course to Go”, an educational tool distributed to help teach others about typical/atypical infant development and the importance of tummy time. The course is loaded on a silicone USB flash drive and contains an entire educational presentation including Power Points, scripts, outlines, handouts, and videos on topics key to identifying early motor delays. The course covers: an introduction to Pathways.org, the importance of early detection and Early Intervention, parent/doctor communication, and resources for referring children for a developmental screening. The most impressive feature of the course is the video comparisons of typical and atypical motor development between children at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. Anyone willing to teach the material to others and provide feedback can receive the course for free.
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