The 4 Essential B’s of Early Childhood

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When working in the homes of families as an EI therapist I notice many things about a family. The longer I’ve done this work in the family’s natural environment, I’ve become more accurate in picking up small cues about the family…things like, What they value. What time of day they like best. What they want […]

All the kiddos independent — Throw your hands up at me!

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in child development, Family, Inspiration, Learning through play, parenting, Pediatric Physical Therapy

You ever have those moments as a parent, where a realization about your children, your parenting, or your family existence is just IN YOUR FACE? And no matter how busy you are or what situation or setting you are in – it just seems to keep resurfacing? I’m not sure why this happens, but for […]

Reteaching my brain and listening to my body so I can help my patients do the same: A review of TMR TOTS

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in child development, Family, Inspiration, Learning through play, Milestones and Miracles, parenting, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, School Therapy

“Educating yourself does not mean you were stupid in the first place; it means you were intelligent enough to known there is plenty left  to learn.” -Melanie Joy   This weekend I spent about 18 hours on the floor in yoga clothes, on yoga mats, holding and twisting baby dolls with black electrical tape on […]

EXPLORE, PLAY, GROW: Our visit to see Winter The Dolphin

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in Family, Family Travel, Inspiration, Learning through play, Milestones and Miracles, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Special Needs

We are kicking off a new feature on our blog called Explore. Play. Discover, a series of blog posts sharing our reviews of fun places to play. We hope this series will help not just with vacation or field trip planning, but will also bring exposure to incorporating play into your travel fun. For our […]

What does READY for Kindergarten really mean?

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in child development, Family, Inspiration, Learning through play, Milestones and Miracles, parenting, School Ideas, School Therapy, Uncategorized

Yesterday I volunteered at Kindergarten Registration at my daughter’s elementary school. As I sat there watching the children march from station to station (either proudly or with nudging) with their parents behind them, I had a rush of mixed emotions. I was excited for the journey they are all ready to start at such an […]

Making New Ways To Play In Dad’s Old Shop

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in Autism, Best Toys, child development, Inspiration, Learning through play, Milestones and Miracles, parenting, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Special Education, Uncategorized

My Dad is a plumber and a contractor. When I was a kid I loved playing in his shop. I used to stack wooden scraps, bang things together, and pretend copper pipe was my wedding band. (Princesses hang in tool shops too). Today I got to be a bit of a kid in Dad’s shop […]

What our kids learn when we butt out…

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in Best Toys, child development, Family, Inspiration, Learning through play, Milestones and Miracles, parenting

I saw this the other day and loved it because it is so true. My favorite times watching my children play are totally organic. Not lead by me. Not in a group classroom. Not during an activity I’ve signed them up for. Not while doing anything I’ve paid for. Not when they know I have […]

Avoiding the label – and why it matters

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in Autism, child development, Family, Inspiration, Milestones and Miracles, parenting, Special Education

When I was a graduate physical therapy student at West Virginia University, I was blessed with some incredible professors. I learned from, worked side by side with, was challenged by, and inspired by some amazing professionals that taught my classmates and I about the many basics and specialized area of the practice of physical therapy. […]

What Can You Do With Ribbon, Marbles, Golf Tees and Pom Poms? We Have Some Ideas for YOU!

Written by milestonesandmiracles on . Posted in child development, Family, Fine Motor Development, Inspiration, Learning through play, Special Needs

Going into homes to serve children can be tricky when it comes to engaging them.  Therapists can be tempted to take in their own toys because the child will quickly join in the fun when a new toy is presented.  But we certainly don’t want parents to feel pressure to purchase the toys we bring […]

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