Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP
Lacy Morise is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Lacy is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their children's development,…Read full bio
Nicole M. Sergent, MPT
Nicole Sergent is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With more than 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings, Nicole currently works primarily as an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3…Read full bio
1. Container Syndrome/Lack of Tummy Time
In this chapter, evidence-based benefits of prone position and symptoms and consequences of infant container overuse are shared. Education on consequences of lack of tummy time and extended time in infant containers, such as torticollis and plagiocephaly, are identified. Photo and video examples and comparisons are used to promote practical solutions and prevention.
2. Prolonged Sucking
In this chapter, we define the difference between nutritive and nonnutritive sucking and the ages at which babies should be weaned from both. Evidence-based research is presented to support changes observed when weaning recommendations are not followed. Strategies to assist families in weaning infants and toddlers from the bottle and pacifiers are outlined.
3. Undetected Vision Loss
Nineteen million children have impaired vision, and many are underdiagnosed. In this chapter, four common pediatric vision diagnoses (strabismus, amblyopia, refractive errors, and cerebral vision impairment) are presented along with prevalence, common signs and symptoms, and intervention suggestions. The role of the pediatric therapist as part of a comprehensive team treating children with vision impairments is detailed.
4. Undetected Hearing Loss
In this chapter, we learn the guidelines for recommended screening, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss in infants. Ear anatomy as well as the path of sound into the ear is explained. Hearing loss is defined by characteristics, and amplification options are presented. The impact on development resulting from hearing loss is shared.
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