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Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders

A toddler’s food preferences can be very unpredictable and many go through a picky eating phase. What can I do about picky eating?  Limit snacks and try serving meals at a consistent time each day. Picky eating can occur if a child fills up on snacks and is not hungry by mealtime. Serve new foods … Continued

Outdoor Activities for Kids

Spring is here (or almost here depending on where you live)! As the weather becomes warmer take advantage of the nice weather with some fun family activities. Read below for suggestions on fun outdoor activities for kids. While At Home: Turn Your Backyard Into an Outdoor Play Area – Set up a mini Frisbee or soccer … Continued

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids

Here are some ideas for kid friendly St. Patrick’s Day crafts to encourage creativity and practice fine motor skills. Holiday activities give your little one something to look forward to after school and during weekends. Read below to gather information on crafts for St. Patrick’s Day. These are great activities for children over six years … Continued

4 Common Questions about Raising Bilingual Children

There are many misconceptions about raising children who speak more than one language (bilingual). Although parents may at first have concerns about teaching their children multiple languages, there are many benefits of being bilingual. Here are answers to common questions about raising a child who speaks more than one language: Will raising my child in a bilingual … Continued

When to Start Baby on Solid Foods

When should I start my baby on solid foods? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting babies on solid food around 6 months old. What are signs my baby is ready for solid foods? Here are a few signs your baby is ready for solid foods: Able to hold their head up when sitting Shows … Continued

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Sensory activities are a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids, because they add new variations to familiar games and craft projects. Check out these simple Valentine’s Day activities for kids: Create a Sensory Bin Be creative in designing a Valentine’s Day themed sensory bin. This activity can help your child build vocabulary skills … Continued

What is Early Intervention?

Do you have a concern about your child’s growth or development? Could you complete one of these statements with your concern: “my baby isn’t…” or “my baby doesn’t…” If you suspect your child might have a developmental delay it is important that your child is evaluated to see if they would benefit from early therapy … Continued

7 Ideas to Make Story Time Fun

Reading is a great activity for mom and dad to do with their children regardless of their age. It can help boost language development while inspiring a love of books and reading early in life. Here Are Seven Tips to Make Story Time Fun For You and Your Little One: You Don’t Have to Follow … Continued

Children’s Executive Function Skills

Executive function is a mental process that allows us to understand our past experiences with present action. As you know, the brain uses this skill to guide behavior toward accomplishing a goal, prioritizing tasks, controlling impulses and focusing our attention. Doctors can explain to parents that children are born with the potential to gain these … Continued

Have You Started Tummy Time Yet?

Did you recently bring a new baby home from the hospital? As a parent to a newborn, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure your little one reaches their milestones and grows up to be a healthy and happy child. Tummy Time is essential to support your baby’s development, and you can … Continued

Promoting Safer Sleep

While the incidence of SIDS has decreased since the launch of the Back to Sleep campaign in 1992, the number of infant deaths resulting from accidental suffocation, asphyxia, and entrapment has increased in recent years1. In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded its recommendations to promote a safer sleep environment for infants. However, a … Continued

Research: Application of Music Therapy to Enhance Parent-Infant Relationship

De l’Etoile SK. Infant-directed singing: a theory for clinical intervention. Music Therapy Perspectives.2006; 24:22–29. This literature review supports the idea that infant-directed singing may have therapeutic value for at-risk mother/infant pairs. Nakata T, Trehub SE. Infants’ responsiveness to maternal speech and singing. Infant Behavior and Development. 2004; 27: 455–456. Authors in this study conclude that the stereotype and … Continued

Research: Effectiveness of Music Therapy to Maintain/Improve Premature Infants’ Health

Arnon S, Shapsa A, Forman L, Regev R, Bauer S, Litmanovitz L. Live music is beneficial to preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit environment. Birth. 2006; 33: 131–136. Compared with recorded music or no music therapy, authors conclude that live music therapy is associated with a reduced heart rate and a deeper sleep 30 … Continued

Research: General Impact of Music Therapy for Premature Infants

Haslbeck F. Music Therapy with preterm infants – Theoretical approach and first practical experience. Music Therapy Today, 2004;5(4): 1-16. This thesis discusses why preemies need music therapy due to the continuous over-stimulation they receive in NICU. The environment causes stress, disturbs sleep and rest periods so that preemies lack proper sleep-wake rhythm. Haslbeck F. Research strategies … Continued

Cerebral Palsy Research Registry

Cerebral Palsy Research Registry (CPRR) is a multi-institutional collaborative effort whose primary mission is to improve our understanding of cerebral palsy. We believe that by working together, families and researchers can make a difference in the lives of people affected by cerebral palsy. Representatives from Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, the … Continued

Research: Language Development in Typically Developing Infants and Children

Fagan MK. Mean length of utterance before words and grammar: longitudinal trends and developmental implications of infant vocalizations. J Child Lang. 2009; 36(3): 495-527. In this study, researchers measured developmental changes in various types of infant utterances, and found that changes occur in predictable ways with regards to both age and language milestones. Results led to new … Continued

Communication Delays: Common Misconceptions

Popular misconceptions regarding communication delays in boys, bilingual children, and younger siblings may prevent these groups from getting the help they need. All children who show early warning signs of a delay should immediately be referred for a developmental screening by a speech-language pathologist. Developmental screenings are typically free and last approximately 15 minutes. Early … Continued

Detecting Early Motor Delays at Well-Baby Visits

In the past 25 years, the number of children with early motor delays has dramatically increased. The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Disabilities estimates that as many as 400,000 children are at risk for an early motor delay[1]. Suggested reasons for this sharp increase are varied and include: a rise in multiple and premature … Continued

Introducing Solid Food

Parents often rely on their child’s healthcare provider for information and support regarding infant feeding practices and nutrition. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing solid food to an infant’s diet around 6 months of age.1 However, the results of a 2013 survey, which included 1,334 new mothers, indicated that 40 percent of respondents introduced … Continued