Reading is a great activity for all ages to help with development and growth of language. Here are some great ways to use books as your child grows:
- Infant: Read to your child- your child loves to hear your voice. Books can make interesting toys!
- Toddler: Use board books or plastic books that are bright, have colorful pages, and are interactive.
- Preschool: Books with repetitive text and nursery rhymes are great at this age.
- Elementary School Age: Picture books, beginning reader books, and chapter books are great for this age. This is the age that your child begins to develop the skills to be an independent reader.
- Secondary School Age: Take time out of your busy schedules and read together – talk about community events and world news from the newspaper.
By 6 years of age a majority of children (81%) have developed hand dominance, by age 5 your child should be on his way. You may see him switch hands occasionally for some tasks, but not frequently. Hand dominance is a developmental milestone in developing total body awareness. This helps children to identify right and left sides on themselves and other objects within their environments. If you continue to have concerns, you may want to talk to your child’s primary physician or contact Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. to have a free screening completed with one of our occupational therapists.
Focus on the child having fun by introducing some of these activities to the child. Adapt the game/activity based upon your child’s age.
- Take a walk, bike ride, go swimming or play at a park
- Outdoor family games (baseball, soccer, tag, kickball, etc)
- Create relays or obstacle courses (skipping, hopping, galloping)
- Jumping rope with family members helping to twirl the rope
- Go mini-golfing
- Listen to fun music and dance, play charades
- Draw on the sidewalk/driveway with chalk
- Plan a Scavenger hunt, nature walks or hiking adventure
- Play Frisbee or catch, fly a kite
- Roller skate
- Play a board game/card games/put together a puzzle.
- Build a fort indoors or outdoors
If you have concerns about your child’s ability to do any of these activities over time we suggest you talk to your child’s doctor, or call Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. for a 20-30 minute, FREE developmental screening session.
There are a few different ways that you can begin the evaluation process at PTS, Inc. One way would be to first discuss your child’s development with their primary care provider. If there are potentially some delays in his/ her development, then you will get a referral to PTS, Inc. to set up the initial evaluation. Another way would be to call PTS, Inc. and ask to set up a FREE screener. With this option, you will not initially need a referral. A 30-minute session will be set up to discuss your concerns about your child with a trained therapist. At that time, the therapist will determine if a full evaluation is necessary.
If you or your primary care provider suspect concerns with your child’s development, a full evaluation may be necessary. Before the evaluation takes place, you will need to get a referral from your child’s primary care provider, fill out paperwork, and schedule your evaluation appointment. At the evaluation, you and your child will meet with the therapist(s) in a private setting where your child’s birth, medical, developmental history is discussed as well as discussing the concerns you have regarding your child’s development. Your child may then be asked to complete a variety of informal and/ or formal testing measures to help determine the area(s) of need. These testing measures vary greatly depending on many factor’s including: your child’s age, areas of concern, and cooperation level, etc. Following the interview and testing portion of the evaluation, the therapist will discuss results and make their recommendations. If therapy is not recommended, the therapist may offer strategies and support to help with your concerns about your child or suggest coming back at a later date for another evaluation. If therapy is recommended, therapy is typically started within 1-4 weeks of the evaluation date, depending on your insurance.
Yes, there is. Although there are very many similarities between educational based therapy and therapy at PTS, there are also many differences.
School Based Services:
• Free service to the family through the school district
• Require a child to be at least 2 standard deviations below the mean to qualify for services
• Focuses on the child’s ability to learn in the academic setting and provides support throughout the child’s school day
Medical Based Services:
• There can be a cost involved (co-pays, deductibles) and coverage depends on the family’s insurance
• Criteria is different for all insurance companies and it is often easier to meet criteria to qualify
• Focuses on the child at home and in the community
Yes, our goal is that your child will see the same therapist every week. If your child attends more than once a week, it is possible that your child will consistently see two different therapists within the week. If for some reason you have to cancel, you have the option to reschedule for the week and it may or may not be with your child’s regular therapist depending upon openings in the schedule.