Author Archives: Lisa Wolff

Inclement Weather

PST follows David Douglas School District closures as well as takes into consideration where our therapist’s are travelling from. Safety for our families and therapists is our priority! Sometimes you may be able to make it in, but our therapist can’t and vice versa.¬†We understand how disappointing a last-minute cancellation can be and we will do our best to reschedule your appointment. Should you need to reach us, call our clinic cell at 503-877-4177 or email Teayona or Lisa:

Teayona@pdxpediatrics.com;

Lisa@pdxpediatrics.com

Sensitive Santa

This is a great event being held just for kiddos with Autism so they can meet and see Santa too!

It is being held from 8-10am this Sunday at the Lloyd Center. You have to RSVP for either the 8-9 am hour or the 9-10 am hour. All information can be found at the link below.

http://m.lloydcenter.com/?origURL=%2Fgo%2Fredirect.cfm%3F404%3Bhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.lloydcenter.com%3A80%2Fevent%2Fsensitive-santa%2F2145406025

Lets get talking!

The Rock for Autism event is in full swing! Check out all of the information on our COTCT tab above!

April is Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism awareness month!!! Let all become aware and start posting about Autism. Do you have something to say on the subject? Do you know someone with Autism? Share a story!

Tummy Time is Super Important!

I was just reading an article on how babies are no longer being put on their tummy to play. Because they are not sleeping on their tummy to prevent SIDS, and there are so many carriers available, mothers are not putting them on their tummy to play. The results are alarming with respect to infant development. Babies who do not get tummy time every day are likely to develop weakness with head, trunk, and upper extremity control. And being weak in these muscles increases the likelihood that they spend even less time in prone. There is also an increase in the number of babies with flat heads out of this.

There are many reasons to put babies on their tummies to play for good development. It develops the shoulder muscles and coordination, balance, strength and inclination to crawl, which is good for learning, developing the connections between the side of the brain that are needed. Every baby should be placed on his tummy every day for play, even if its only a few minutes or even seconds and then increasing the time.

So take your babies out of their carriers and place them on their tummies. You can do this in the first week of life to help them develop. And make it at specific times during the day, like after diaper changes, naps or bath time, but not immediately after eating. It is beneficial even for a few minutes at a time. To make the baby more comfortable, you can place them on their tummies on your reclined chest, over your leg, or even over a rolled up towel. Put toys in front of them while they are on tummies. Sing or talk with them there to encourage them to like it. They will develop faster and be stronger for it.

Author: Sally Stepath, OTR/L

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