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Meet the Professional: What Does a Neonatal Therapist Do?

When a baby is born premature or with special health care needs, they require immediate, intensive care. With all the medical interventions and monitoring it’s easy to start seeing your baby as a patient, instead of the little person that they are. But we know that what we do in the NICU has long-term impact. As […]

Meet the Professional: What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Raising a kid with special health and developmental needs can seem daunting. Often we come home from the NICU with a list of follow-up appointments to make, screenings to do and specialists to see. In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we spoke with Rebecca Pokluda, MOTR/L, Clinic Director and Owner of KidWorks Therapy Services, to answer […]

“Strong!” Activities for Fine Motor Skills

Preemies often experience developmental delays. Here we’ve put together a list of activities that will help in the development of your child’s fine motor skills. [Read more]

Graduating from Occupational Therapy

My 8-year-old twin girls graduated from occupational therapy last week.

Our journey in therapy has not been a long one. For years I counted us among the lucky ones: 31-weekers who, through babyhood and toddlerhood, showed no immediate signs of needing assistance. They met their milestones about two months behind, as expected. They didn’t have trouble eating or speaking.

Sure, they were a little clumsy, but they were kids.

Sure, I ended up helping with shoes, zippers and buttons way longer than I should have, but there were two of them. It was just faster that way. We were fine.

Last summer I started to realize that maybe we weren’t fine. [Read more]

How to Cope with not Meeting Milestones

When your child hits milestones, it is one of the greatest feelings in the world. We all get excited, jump up and down, and share the news with pretty much everyone we know.

When you have a preemie in the NICU or just home from the NICU, what happens? Do they still hit those milestones? Do they accomplish them later? What can you do if they aren’t meeting milestones, how do you cope?

Milestones were huge for us in our house, and I will tell you that they did not come easy and were not accomplished in the normal time frame. So how do you deal with it? [Read more]