Nicole and Lacy have 3 lectures they offer for continuing education credit.  They have spoke at conferences, to daycare providers, teachers, therapists and early interventionists.  If you or your organization/company are interested in any or all of the three lectures listed below please e-mail them at milestonesandmiracles@gmail.com.

 

BRINGING BACK PLAY

It is well established that play is the primary way young children learn and develop. But what happens when society’s view on play changes? When adults change the way they view play, change the environments children play in, and change materials children play with, play trends and therefore early learning and development suffer. In this course, therapists will explore the changing culture of play in current society, including what factors have influenced this change, as well as the evolution of play, and the importance of play in 5 domains of child development (gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, social-emotional, and speech and language). Special attention will be given to sensory development and the role that play has in sensory regulation. With attention to purposeful play, the presenters will model pairing 3 detailed milestones in each of the 5 developmental domains (15 total examples), with hands on, easily reproducible, purposeful play activities that can be incorporated quickly into pediatric practice. Practical strategies will be shared including types of toys and materials for each stage of development and specific goals, shared recommendations for play spaces, resources that support traditional, developmental play as important and valued, and the role of the pediatric therapist in becoming an advocate for play.

 

TOP 10 ROADBLOCKS TO NATURAL DEVELOPMENT

When children are given the opportunity to move and explore in natural ways, they develop as they should, correct? Often times there are roadblocks that get in the way of natural child development. These roadblocks are sometimes created by adults caring for children and are sometimes biological factors that go undetected. In this lecture, the presenters will identify 10 of the most common roadblocks to early development, provide an educational and research based framework to identify these roadblocks, and share practical strategies to address these needs. Roadblocks covered in this unique problem/solution based lecture include Lack of Tummy Time/Container Use, Prolonged Use of a Bottle/Pacifier, Media Use, Undetected Hearing and Undetected Vision Loss with special attention to Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Faulty Parental Understanding of Development, Over-parenting, The common belief that the Product of a Perfect Child is more important than the Process of Childhood, The Role of Nutrition in Development, and Missed Diagnoses, with a detailed look at Autism. Pediatric therapists play a huge role in early identification of biological and environmental factors that can affect early learning and development. This detail rich course will prepare you for that important role.

 

BRINGING BACK PLAY, A SENSORY EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR OPTIMAL LEARNING

Milestones and Miracles, LLC, a company devoted toward protecting play as a healthy way to learn for children and natural development for children of all ages is proud to announce a unique, practical, and fun opportunity for your staff. Speech-Language Pathologist, Lacy Morise, and Physical Therapist, Nicole Sergent have taken what they know about the brain/body connection and sensory channels as an essential pathway to real learning and developed a hands on lecture for your staff, pairing age typical, sensory and movement rich activities with Common Core standards for grades K-5. This lecture is perfect for teacher institutes, trainings, and Title I training.

 

This experience includes:

‣ Education on how the brain develops and how it learns best

‣ An insight into how our changing society is affecting the children in our classrooms from a biological perspective

‣ Hands on examples (we will have your teachers learning AND playing while we lecture) sharing how your staff can enhance the health and learning potential of your students by using sensory and movement based strategies (while hopefully decreasing negative behaviors and improving scores).

‣ Sessions can be tailored to meet your schools unique needs