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Roadblocks to Natural Development: Part 2

presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

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Financial: Nicole Sergent is owner of Milestones & Miracles, LLC. She is also author of 1-2-3 Just Play With Me. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Financial: Lacy Morise is owner of Milestones & Miracles, LLC. She is also author of 1-2-3 Just Play With Me. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 65 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

As children grow and develop, there are often medical and environmental factors that can commonly become roadblocks to natural development if not detected and addressed. This includes lack of tummy time/container baby syndrome, prolonged sucking and bottle/pacifier use, missed hearing and vision diagnoses, media overuse, overparenting and a faulty sense of typical development, missed or late diagnoses, and nutrition/allergies. In the second of this two-part series, evidence surrounding media overuse, overparenting and faulty sense of development, nutrition and allergies, and missed or late diagnoses are shared, along with signs and symptoms to watch for. In a problem-solution approach, strategies to prevent or support these challenges are shared for each roadblock.

Meet Your Instructors

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,…

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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…

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1. Media and Screen Time

As media entertainment content increases in variety and accessibility, children as young as infants are spending an alarming amount of time directly or indirectly viewing screens—with significant consequences. In this chapter, we identify how much media is being consumed by age, its effect on the developing brain and on attention issues specifically, and the consequences on behavior, learning, and social factors. The American Academy of Pediatrics' detailed media statement along with other resources and suggestions are shared to support therapists in promoting healthy media consumption for children, adolescents, and families.

2. Overparenting and a Faulty Sense of What Is Typical

Children's development is heavily influenced by their parents. In this chapter, we will break down causes and consequences of overparenting on development. We will also share common areas of misconception regarding early development and what studies show parents need to support their children. Solutions to promote healthy parenting and development are shared.

3. Nutrition and Allergies

Nutrition for brain development is critical during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The impact when proper nutrition is not provided is discussed as well as the impact of food insecurity within homes on children. The difference between food allergies and food intolerances is explained as well as signs and symptoms. This chapter contains an interview with a mom of a child with multiple food allergies/intolerances, and she explains how that impacted his development.

4. Missed or Late Diagnosis of Developmental Disabilities

One in six children in the US is diagnosed with a developmental disability. In this chapter, we discuss what developmental disabilities are, what causes them, and when they can be diagnosed. We discuss autism spectrum disorder signs and symptoms and the importance of parents monitoring their child’s development.

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