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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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Join us for the ASAPT Open House!

Saturday, October 15 from 10am – 11:30am at our Crestview Hills location

Informational seminar on the causes and warning signs of abnormality in childhood development activities 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.

ASAPT Staff will be available for one-on-one Q&A and games and snacks will be provided for the kids

RSVP to contactus@AStepAheadPT.com

See you there!!

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Developmental Play Therapy

Developmental Play Therapy is provided free to DSAGC families at A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy. These sessions are led by a licensed physical therapist to assist parents in learning how to increase strength, endurance, and development in their children in a social setting. It provides families with the opportunity to network with other families and get a different opinion on their child’s development.

The group meets from 10am-11am on the fourth Saturday of each month at the ASAPT office. We will be meeting this Saturday. See you there!

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NKY Pediatric Therapy Practice Launches New Website as Part of Proactive PR Campaign

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A Step Ahead’s new site offers improved navigation and more valuable resources for parents

Cincinnati, OH – September 13, 2011 – A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy, a comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation practice based in Northern Kentucky, has launched a new website designed to assist parents of children coping with development challenges. The site is a destination point for parents, and a first step in a proactive public relations campaign designed to build awareness regarding importance and value of pediatric therapy.

This dramatically redesigned site, created by premier Cincinnati public relations firm The Eisen Agency, welcomes visitors with bold new colors, a clean crisp design and simple, user-friendly navigation. A Step Ahead president and managing therapist Daniel Cross, says it was important to develop a site that would be easy to find, as many parents and even referring physicians are not sure where they can turn for help.

“I couldn’t be happier with the design of the new website,” says Cross. “We are always looking for ways to help parents help their children. This new website is one more way for us to do just that. The improved organization and design allows visitors to easily access the information that they are searching for, whether it’s information about our services, our staff or simply how to contact us.”

The new site also offers valuable resources for parents with children who have special needs including website and social media links so parents can better engage and share, helpful articles and book referrals as well as insightful information about the benefits of pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy.

For more information about A Step Ahead, 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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Music As Therapy for Autistic Children

Great article for parent’s of autistic childrenMusic As Therapy for Autistic Children.

http://www.datehookup.com/content-music-as-therapy-for-autistic-children.htm

Many people believe that music can heal the soul, but can it help to cure physical and mental ailments? Studies on patients with cancer, ADD, and depression have shown that music therapy is effective in helping people cope with a situation, both mentally and physically. Some hospitals today use music therapy to help patients manage their illnesses, because it is research-proven that music calms the mind and eases stress. It has been observed that a specific tone, note, or pitch has a powerful effect on the body, and this can help a patient restore and improve emotional, psychological, and physiological health.Expert music therapists are hired by hospitals and organizations such as cancer institutes to help patients deal with prolonged sickness or pain. Generally, a patient will be referred to a music therapist when symptoms of undue stress and tension are observed. Music therapists also work with patients who require special attention, such as those who are suffering from irregularities in motor and communication skills. There are several other ailments and disorders that can be treated with the use of music therapy, and these include physical handicap, sensory impairment, psychiatric disorder, communication disorder, relationship problems, aging, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities.The different types of music therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and behavioral therapy. The model of therapy that is based on neuroscience is called “neurological music therapy”, or NMT. This therapy involves the study of the effects of music on the brain when music is turned on and off. By understanding the way the brain responds to music, physicians will know how to help a patient.Music therapy is also applied in the treatment of autism. Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects children, and its effects can be seen as early as infancy. Symptoms may appear at the age of six months, and the disorder is established before the child reaches three years of age. Typical symptoms of autism include impaired communication and social interaction, repetitive behavior, and limited interest. Autism is considered a disorder because it prevents the affected person from being self-dependent and leading a normal life. Most autistic people are unable to take care of themselves, even after they reach adulthood, but there are a number of them who have succeeded in becoming independent after they received proper guidance during their childhood.

Music therapy helps in treating autistic children, but it has to be applied with kids in mind. It should not be too complicated for them to follow. Music that engages autistic children in dancing and singing works very well in helping them communicate and develop social skills. Autistic children respond to music by singing in the same note, and some of them may even start communicating through singing. They may take up an instrument to play, and this will help them gain interest in acquiring a certain skill. Music therapy can help different autistic patients in different ways, but generally, it is beneficial to them because it makes them more responsive to things around them.

The reason behind such great response to music is that autistic children do not engage in normal social activities, and music sessions give them an opportunity to express themselves. Music therapy for an autistic child starts with learning how to play a musical instrument, as he or she may get intimidated by human contact. Slowly, the therapy moves on to include singing and even dancing, if the child shows interest for such activities. This gives the child an emotional outlet as well as a sense of fulfillment, which were lacking in the past because of limited social activity.

Autism is not a disease, but it can be detrimental to the development of a child. Extra care must be given when dealing with an autistic child. Even though the child may respond positively to music, it is important to seek help from an expert in music therapy. A music therapist will know exactly what kind of treatment plan is effective in helping an autistic child. It is also important to note that a disorder such as autism cannot be treated in a day, and it requires time, effort, and a lot of patience.

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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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