Stair Climbing Skills - Early Intervention Support

No Stairs, No Problem! Tips to Help With Stair Climbing Skills

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Toddlers 12 - 36 Months, Walking

Stairs are an important part of our everyday lives.  Many families have stairs inside or leading into their homes.  Other families may not have stairs in their home but will visit friends’ or relatives’ houses that have stairs. Common questions that parents often ask therapists are: “When should my child be able to crawl or walk up the stairs” and …

Day2DayParentingNo Stairs, No Problem! Tips to Help With Stair Climbing Skills
newborn development

10 Tips to Enhance Newborn Development Through Play

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Newborns 0 - 3 Months

We’ve all heard child development experts say time and time again that children learn through play. But what does that mean? And how do you ‘play’ with a newborn when they can’t yet move on their own, hold toys, or play games? The important thing to understand is that we have to expand our understanding of the word ‘play,’ and …

Day2DayParenting10 Tips to Enhance Newborn Development Through Play
Early Intervention - Early Intervention Support

The Early Intervention Foundation for Success

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Parenting a Child with Special Needs, Resources, Special Needs Diagnoses

The birth of our beautiful daughter, Chloe, in 2003 placed our family on an incredible journey that has allowed us to become strong voices for children and families. We had no prenatal testing during my wife’s pregnancy, and we were informed shortly after Chloe’s entrance into this world that she had characteristics of Down syndrome. Genetic tests confirmed Chloe’s diagnosis, …

Day2DayParentingThe Early Intervention Foundation for Success
gross motor skills for infants

Gross Motor Skills for Infants Aged 0-12 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Infants 3 - 12 Months, Newborns 0 - 3 Months

You can help support the development of your baby’s gross motor skills from the moment you bring them home. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body, such as the arms and legs. – In early child development, it’s the strengthening of these muscles that enable infants to hold their head up, sit up independently, crawl, and eventually walk. Find out …

Day2DayParentingGross Motor Skills for Infants Aged 0-12 Months
fine motor skills activities

10 Fun Sensory and Fine Motor Skills Activities

Day2DayParenting Child Development

Have you found yourself asking any of the following questions: “How do I help my child improve his or her fine motor skills?” “How do I help my child tolerate touching things that are slimy?” “How do I help my child improve his or her self-feeding?” “How do I help my child tolerate touching things that have different textures?” If …

Day2DayParenting10 Fun Sensory and Fine Motor Skills Activities
hearing loss in children

Understanding Hearing Loss in Children

Tamara Guo Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

An informational update from the Western PA School for the Deaf November 13, 2014 Training Summary & Additional Info by Tamara Guo, M.Ed. Developmental Specialist   The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported in 2012 that 1 in every 33 babies are born with some type of birth defect. Prematurity and low birth weight …

Tamara GuoUnderstanding Hearing Loss in Children
digeorge syndrome: 22q deletion

DiGeorge Syndrome: What is 22q Deletion?

Katie Blauth Child Development, Special Needs Diagnoses

The term 22q refers to a missing part of Chromosome 22, specifically in the area of 22q11.2. It used to be referred to by several names, such as velocardiofacial syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome, conotruncal anomaly face syndrome, Opitz G/BBB syndrome, and Cayler cardiofacial syndrome.  All of these syndromes have been found to have the same core issue, the deletion of the …

Katie BlauthDiGeorge Syndrome: What is 22q Deletion?
fine motor development in toddlers and preschoolers

Fine Motor Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months, Toddlers 12 - 36 Months

During the first year of life, a child develops and gains new skills at an amazing rate. The infant goes from not having any voluntary control over his or her arms and hands to being able to grasp a small raisin with the thumb and index finger in a mature pincer grasp by his or her first birthday. But, fine …

Day2DayParentingFine Motor Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers
selective mutism

Language Delay or Selective Mutism?

Katie Blauth Behavior, Child Development, Expected Behavior by Age

This question comes up very often when a child seems to understand everything you tell her, yet she isn’t talking.  Many parents report that they feel that their child is able to talk, but is refusing to do so. Selective Mutism Characteristics of selective mutism are described by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as: consistent failure to speak in specific …

Katie BlauthLanguage Delay or Selective Mutism?