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The Challenges and Rewards of Foster Parenting

The AFGARS (Adoption & Foster Care Analysis Reporting System) Report for the 2013 fiscal year reported that there were 402, 378 children from birth through age 20 living in foster care in the USA. Of that number, 54% were 8 years old or younger. Only 4% of the total number of children were in pre-adoptive homes while the rest were …

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What to Expect From a Lactation Consultant

As new Moms, we are told that nursing our babies is the best for them nutritionally and helps to develop a closeness and bond with our newborn. But what if you or your baby are having difficulty with breast feeding? Who can you turn to for advice and help besides friends or relatives that may have nursed their own children? …

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Car Seat Safety & Tips for Avoiding Tantrums

There’s nothing more frustrating than driving down the road with a screaming child throwing a tantrum in a car seat. We’ve all been there, and as a driver and parent you feel helpless and distracted, unless you can pull over and check on your little one. At times car seat tantrums will be unavoidable, but let us help you with …

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15 Tips for Surviving Air Travel with Children

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there, the 5 hours flight with the screaming baby or the kid kicking the seat relentlessly behind us. Whether you were the parent of said child, or just another passenger, no doubt you were frustrated, if not completely annoyed. Babies and little kids cry, and sometimes even the most well prepared parent can do …

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The Early Intervention Foundation for Success

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, …

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Explaining Early Intervention Services to Grandparents

Sometimes when a child is first enrolled in Early Intervention services our families tell us that their own parents are not “on board” with the program. They sometimes hear things from their child’s grandparents such as, “You didn’t talk until you were 3, and you’re fine!” or “There is nothing wrong with my grandson, he doesn’t need therapy!” Talking with …

Plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome

My Child Has a Flat Head. Does My Child Need a Helmet? | Plagiocephaly

As a physical therapist, I encounter this question quite often when treating infants.  I also receive questions such as, “If we do our physical therapy, will the flatness improve?” and “If this were your child, what would you do?” When a physical therapist first evaluates your child, he/she may look at several things, including: Location of the flat spot (or …

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Early Intervention Speech Therapy: Why Does It Look Like Just Playing?

Many parents are surprised when their child begins early intervention speech therapy, and the therapist comes to their home and starts playing with their child instead of sitting down at a table and practicing flash cards of new words.  Parents may be concerned because their child is not talking, but what may be of more concern to an EI Speech therapist is …

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Language Delays: What is the It Takes Two to Talk Program?

The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout the day. Speech therapists are trained to accommodate parents’ individual learning styles, …

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Early Intervention Social Workers: Supporting the Family

Parenting comes with both rewards and challenges. Taking care of young children can be demanding. With all of life’s demands parents are often being pulled in many directions. This can create added stress for parents. It is our goal in Early Intervention to provide families with supportive services. One way to support families within Early Intervention is by adding a social worker to the team. A social worker can join the Early Intervention team to support a family in many ways.