Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

Why Do We Track Developmental Milestones?

We measure early childhood in milestones – the first smile, first step, that very first word. Parents are encouraged to track what their baby can do, but sometimes this can cause anxiety and frustration when you feel your child is not making strides in development compared to others. • • • • • • • Listen to NICU Now, Hand to […]

Your First Experience with Pediatric Therapy: What Can I Expect?

Your baby is home from the hospital, everyday life is returning to a new “normal,” and you’re seeing positive changes in your child each day. However, you may still have concerns about their growth and development as a NICU baby. Every child’s development is dynamic and different problems may arise at any time. Upon further […]

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 […]

{Professional Insight} How to Explain Behavioral Therapy to Children and Teens

Sitting in the quiet waiting room just minutes before her therapist came to retrieve her, my 8-year-old turned to me, and with a clarity that always surprises me she asked, “Mom? Why do I come to therapy?”

It’s a hard question for us parents to answer. We want to protect our kids, make them feel safe, encourage their individuality, yet we don’t want to make them feel like they are different from their peers. My daughter is highly sensitive, and the last thing I wanted to do was add to her anxiety or uncertainty. [Read more]