Helpful Websites- Zero to Three

Another helpful site I came across through APTA’s Section on Pediatrics Facebook page:

From their site:

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Our mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

This site is more specific for children up to 3 years old (hence the name!).   I’m a fan of being an informed consumer, and I do my best to inform my patients’ parents throughout their physical therapy experience.   I plan on using the website to help inform parents on topics outside of what I can educate them on.

Here’s a few links on their page that relate to pediatric therapies:

–Educating about play ideas:

  • A great resource on their page that can influence a child’s progress with therapy (either physical, occupational, or speech), is: Play with me! Fun Activities that Support Early Learning.  The PDFs there say they are for grandparents, but they can apply to parents as well.   The PDFs provide simple play ideas for anyone who has trouble coming up with age appropriate games.
  • Here is another link on their site with helpful play ideas.

–Educating about dealing with Challenging Behaviors. 

  • This is a very helpful link for both parents and therapists.  I get asked by nearly all my patients’ parents “is that normal that they do that??” And sometimes, I can’t honestly give them an answer.  In pediatric therapy, there is a fine line between challenging behaviors and pushing a child past their limits during a therapy session.   This page can help inform parents about various challenging behaviors so they can learn to distinguish between behaviors and when their child is actually upset.

–Educating about Literacy and Language .

  • When treating patients in the 0-3 year old range, I can’t just focus on physical therapy because that period is crucial to development.  If I don’t address delays in other areas such as in language and with fine motor skills, I am likely not doing everything I can to help that child.  The above link can be a helpful resource to both  parents and therapist to help ensure that their children are progressing appropriately in language.

The above are just a few helpful links on this great website, I recommend anyone who works with children in this age group or a parent with a child in this age group to take a look at this site.  I’ll follow up on more useful areas of this site later on.

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