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Child Development Blog: Two Months & Two Years

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Check this blog out every month to see if your child’s development is where it should be. If you have any questions about your child development please contact us and we will provide you and your family with the answers you need.

TWO MONTHS: At two months, a child’s movements should be much more fluid then last months. A child begins to develop cues that tell parents what they are interested or uninterested in. The ability to smile develops between the second and third months, so get ready for some heartwarming smiles this next month!

TWO YEARS: Two-year-olds enjoy using their senses and motor skills to explore the world and are highly curious about unfamiliar objects, events and phenomena. They can solve simple problems with the “trial and error” method and will practice an activity many times to master it. Children this age also pretend more during play, using familiar objects and situations to process their daily experiences.

In March we will go over where your child should be at ages three months and three years old. Make sure that you check your child’s development every month!

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Child Development Blog: One Month & One Year

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As an effort to help parents monitor their child’s development, A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy will have a monthly Child Development Blog. Check the blog every month to see if your child’s development is where it should be. If you have any questions about your child development please contact us and we will provide you and your family with the answers you need.

ONE MONTH: At one month a baby should be moving their head from side to side, blinking at bright lights, bringing their hands to their face and responding to loud noises.

ONE YEAR: At one year a child should be triple their birth weight, crawl well, bang objects together, dance to music and gain attachment to objects like a favorite toy or blanket.

Look out in February to find out the next stages of development at month two and year two of a child’s life.

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Childhood Music Lessons Have Lasting Positive Effects

Check out this great article from parents.com about the positive effects of childhood music lessons!

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Music lessons have long been a favorite among parents who want their children to have exposure to the arts, and numerous studies have shown benefits ranging from auditory skills to better performance in mathematics.  But a new study adds a new benefit of early music lessons: advanced brain wave development that persists well beyond the end of the lessons themselves.  The New York Times has more:

Researchers at Northwestern University recorded the auditory brainstem responses of college students — that is to say, their electrical brain waves — in response to complex sounds. The group of students who reported musical training in childhood had more robust responses — their brains were better able to pick out essential elements, like pitch, in the complex sounds when they were tested. And this was true even if the lessons had ended years ago.

Indeed, scientists are puzzling out the connections between musical training in childhood and language-based learning — for instance, reading. Learning to play an instrument may confer some unexpected benefits, recent studies suggest.

We aren’t talking here about the “Mozart effect,” the claim that listening to classical music can improve people’s performance on tests. Instead, these are studies of the effects of active engagement and discipline. This kind of musical training improves the brain’s ability to discern the components of sound — the pitch, the timing and the timbre.

“To learn to read, you need to have good working memory, the ability to disambiguate speech sounds, make sound-to-meaning connections,” said Professor Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University. “Each one of these things really seems to be strengthened with active engagement in playing a musical instrument.”

Image: Child playing a recorder, via Shutterstock

Original article can be found at: http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-news-now/2012/09/13/education/childhood-music-lessons-have-lasting-positive-effects/

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Helping Kids on the Spectrum Cope with the Holidays

Here are a few tips

As the parent of a child on the ASD spectrum, I have used many of the strategies mentioned in this article and they have made the holidays more enjoyable. The holidays should be a time of slowing down and enjoying the whole season, and with proper planning and foresight it can be fun and memorable for everyone.

– Dan Cross, owner and managing therapist ASAPT

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/autism-aspergers/2010/11/more-holidays-around-the-corner

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General Signs That Your Child May Need Occupational Therapy

  • Sensory issues: picky eater, unable to tolerate multiple textures, afraid of walking over obstacles, unable to sit for 1-3 minutes at a time, poor attention during play and functional tasks
  • Delayed fine motor skills: difficulty grasping food, crayons and/or play objects
  • Delayed visual motor skills: has trouble using their hands during everyday activities, unable to make lines on paper, trouble self feeding, unable to play with shape sorters or puzzles, etc.
  • Deficits in ADL skills: unable to participate in dressing, eating, grooming or age appropriate self care tasks
  • Poor upper body coordination, strength and/or endurance: floppy joints, low tone, or weakness that limits ability to engage in meaningful play tasks
  • Poor play skills: unable to play with age appropriate toys, limited in play activities, does not engage in joint play with others, poor social skills

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NKY Pediatric Therapy Practice to Host Informational Seminar for Local Parents

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A Step Ahead plans open house to inform parents about abnormal childhood development

Cincinnati, OH – October 6, 2011 – A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation practice based in Northern Kentucky, will host a seminar: How to Detect Abnormal Childhood Development, on Saturday, October 15th  from 10:00am — 11:30am at their Crestview Hills location.

This seminar will offer information from pediatric therapists on the causes and warning signs of abnormality in childhood development including gross motor skills, sensory, communication, feeding and self-care. The seminar will also include information on the benefits of pediatric physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation.

“Every child develops at their own pace,” says Daniel Cross, president and managing partner at A Step Ahead. “Our goal is to inform parents about what is considered typical childhood development so we can help them better understand when something may not be right, allowing them to seek out professional assistance for their child.  This seminar will give parents the opportunity to talk to us to help them make that decision.”  

The A Step Ahead staff will be available during the seminar for one-on-one Q & A and a supervised area with games and snacks will be provided for the kids. 

For more information about A Step Ahead or the informational seminar, visit www.AStepAheadPT.com or get engaged on Facebook at keyword A Step Ahead.

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 About A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy

Founded in 2006, A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy provides quality therapy services to children with developmental needs in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area. Through physical, occupational and speech therapy, A Step Ahead therapists guide and support each child as they work toward self sufficiency through increased independence in the family’s daily life. For more information visit www.AStepAheadPT.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NKY Pediatric Therapy Practice Signs with Cincinnati’s Leading Public Relations Agency

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A Step Ahead Taps The Eisen Agency to Create Awareness, Brand Campaign

 Cincinnati, OH – July 25, 2011 – A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation practice based in Northern Kentucky, has partnered with premier Cincinnati public relations firm The Eisen Agency. The leading firm will create and implement a campaign designed to build awareness regarding the unique story of A Step Ahead and the importance and value of pediatric therapy.

Eisen will design and execute a proactive public relations, interactive, and direct response campaign that showcases the extraordinary efforts and true passion of A Step Ahead. Eisen president and owner Rodger Roeser says A Step Ahead is fast becoming the first-choice of families and medical practitioners for pediatric therapy in NKY counties.

“I truly believe that all small businesses can be more successful by doing a few simple things to share their story and project a strong, powerful and professional image,” Roeser said. “A Step Ahead is a prime example of a smart leader turning to professionals for help in his business growth, better enabling him to concentrate on caring for children, not attempting to build websites and make business cards.”

A Step Ahead currently provides therapy services to more than 300 children and their families throughout Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. “I receive great satisfaction each day by helping children achieve new milestones and by helping their families learn and grow,” says Daniel Cross, president and managing therapist at A Step Ahead. “I am very proud of my organization and the community that has developed around the organization. My goal is to continue the growth and success of the company so that more children can be served and I am confident that the Eisen Agency will help us reach that goal.”

For more information about A Step Ahead’s services, visit www.AStepAheadPT.com.

About A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy

Founded in 2006, A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy provides quality therapy services to children with developmental needs in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area. They are a leader in providing the highest quality therapy services for children and the most comprehensive education for the families both in the home and at the A Step Ahead facility. Through physical, occupational and speech therapy, A Step Ahead therapists guide and support each child as they work toward self sufficiency through increased independence in the family’s daily life. For more information visit www.AStepAheadPT.com

About The Eisen Agency

The Eisen Agency is Greater Cincinnati’s largest investor and public relations firm, and provides fully integrated marketing communications services, creative services, crisis management, national and local publicity, and business development services for its B2B, B2C, non-profit, and government clients. Privately owned and led by 2010 Cincinnati PRSA Public Relations Professional of the Year Rodger Roeser, The Eisen Agency is one of the most award winning professional services firms in Cincinnati. For more information visit www.TheEisenAgency.com

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