Here at Little Feet Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy, we believe in staying involved in the community.
Below, you’ll find out more about the community outreach programs we offer.
School Services For Teachers In Charlotte, NC And Washington, DC
Are you a teacher or administrator at a school in Charlotte or the Washington, DC Area?
If so, Little Feet Pediatric Therapy can help.
We offer seminars on understanding sensory processing disorder as well as complimentary screenings for motor skills milestones development.
Below, you’ll find more information about each.
Sensory Processing Disorder Seminars
If you’re a teacher, it’s a good bet that eventually you’ll deal with a student who you might find “difficult” or want to label as “a bad kid”.
A student who acts out. A student who won’t sit still. A student who consistently disrupts the class. A student who throws temper tantrums. Are they just a bad kid? A “problem child”?
Here at Little Feet Pediatric Therapy, we don’t believe in that. There are no bad kids, just misunderstood kids who need help. Children typically aren’t GIVING you a hard time but are HAVING a hard time. Even knowing that, though, it doesn’t make your job any less frustrating as you struggle to find ways to accommodate this particular child, all the while making sure the rest of the class gets a chance to learn as well.
Have you considered that this “problem child” may just be a child with sensory processing disorder?
Sensory processing disorder is a condition which affects the way our brains process the information they receive from the sensory organs – eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin.
In some cases, a child with sensory processing disorder may be overstimulated by certain events. This can lead to their throwing tantrums in on the playground, during circle time, or even while being asked to put on or take off their jacket.
In others, they might be so under stimulated that they’re driven to seek out input. This can cause them to be on the move, find the need to touch objects or others, and be a disruptive presence in your class.
As a teacher this can be frustrating, but it’s important to recognize that a child reacting this way may be stressed to the point of experiencing physical pain.
You want what’s best for your students – of course you do.
But how do you recognize whether a child has sensory processing disorder?
Simple. Call Little Feet Pediatric Therapy.
We’ll come right to your school and hold a training seminar for your teachers and faculty geared toward understanding sensory processing disorder.
During this seminar, you’ll find out:
- What is sensory processing disorder
- How to recognize the symptoms of sensory processing disorder
- What is typical and atypical behavior for specific ages
- How to approach a child who may have sensory processing disorder
- How NOT to approach the situation
- What tools and supports children with sensory processing disorder need
- How to set up sensory friendly areas in your school
- And much more
Call Little Feet Pediatric Therapy today to book your sensory processing disorder faculty seminar.
Motor Skills Development Screenings
As a teacher, you spend more time with your students than almost anybody other than their primary caregivers. So if they’re experiencing developmental delays in their motor skills, it’s a good bet that you’ll be one of the first to notice.
But as a teacher, you’re already expected to wear so many hats – educator, coach, motivator, nurse, referee, mentor, decorator, negotiator, counselor, and so much more. And on top of that, you’re supposed to recognize – and treat – the signs of developmental delays too?
As pediatric therapists, we want what’s best for kids. And that means having an even playing field, as much as possible, to help them keep up with their peers and develop into strong, healthy adults.
That’s why we offer complimentary screenings for motor skills delays in children.
During these sessions, we’ll come to your school and work with your kids, looking for the signs of developmental delays.
When it comes to the gross motor skills side, developmental delays can look like issues with:
- Using the stairs
- Doing jumping jacks
- Skipping rope
- Playing hopscotch
- Catching a ball
- Hanging from climbers
- And more
And on the fine motor skills delays, this can include issues with:
- Staying inside the lines while coloring
- Folding paper
- Using safety scissors properly
- Using buttons or zippers
- Personal hygiene
- And more
If you’re concerned one or more of your students isn’t developing on pace with their peers, we can help. We offer these screenings to your entire school, so any children who do need this service don’t feel singled out. And if we find evidence of motor skills developmental delays, we can connect you with the healthcare providers who can help.
Call Little Feet Pediatric Therapy today to book a complimentary motor skills developmental delays screening for your school.
Support Groups For New Parents
Are you a new or expecting parent?
If so, congratulations! But you might also feel overwhelmed, stressed, and even a bit nervous about what’s to come.
Even if you know how common such feelings are, it doesn’t necessarily make that any easier.
That’s why here at Little Feet Pediatric Therapy, we offer community events for new and expecting parents.
Find camaraderie with other new parents, and guidance from experienced pediatric therapists as they help you understand what the early years of your child’s life might look like.
Whether you’re on parental leave, you’re a stay at home parent, or you’re just dedicated to making sure your new child gets the best start in life, we can help.
You’ll find out:
- The physical therapy developmental milestones to expect your child to reach
- The occupational therapy developmental milestones to expect your child to reach
- How to best interact with your child to stimulate development at different stages of life
- Questions and/or concerns to bring to each pediatrician visit
- What is typical vs atypical behaviors
- What to do if your child isn’t reaching their expected milestones
- How to support your child as they explore the world around them
- Question and answer sessions with licensed physical therapists and occupational therapists
- And much more
The process of becoming a new parent can have you feeling every emotion all at once, but you don’t have to go through it alone.
Through Little Feet Therapy’s new parent supports, you can find community with a group of new parents, many of whom are just as overwhelmed as you are. Your mind will be greater at ease, and you’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to best care for your child.
While we hold our own events, you can book one of our experienced pediatric therapists to come speak at your parent support group as well.
Call Little Feet Pediatric Therapy today to find out about our new parent seminars near you.