It takes an informed community to grow a child.

Welcome! Our webpage is dedicated to providing child development information to parents, professionals, and child caregivers. Our intent is to help parents understand how early play and positioning help their brand new baby build the good foundation for school success. Our goal is to underscore the fact that babies need to achieve all motor milestones. It is what builds a ready body: Ready to crawl, ready to run, and ready to succeed in preschool.

The best first year experience starts as soon as the baby comes home from the hospital. New parents are eager to help their new baby grow a perfect little body, but they need some help when playing with an infant.

On the Tummy Time page please find:

  • The Why and How information about Tummy Time
  • A free brochure about new baby positioning with helpful information about incorporting tummy time into your baby's day schedule.
  • A Milestone Pictorial to show what babies should be doing by each month for the first year.
  • Free PPT downloads explaining in more detail, exercise/play from 0-12 months to acquire preschool readiness skills.

On the Toddler Play page, we have more downloads to explain how play helps a toddler. The child needs to be ready for preschool in all the following areas: gross motor, fine motor, visual acuity, social, behavioral, language development, and personal independence. There is a lot to learn between age 1 and age 3. My teaching article "Toddlers Bloom and Grow" is specifically written for parents. It has a download link.

On the Older Child page we give hope to the parents who may be at wit's end with a child who is struggling in school. Schools are experiencing an explosion in referrals for special services starting at the preschool level. Many helpful hints and techniques to help the older child learn and retain what they have learned are offered. A PDF about clumsy children is available for download showing strategies Ms Jennings used with children she served with school-based and private physical therapy. Several articles from the many years of Ms Jennings lectures are also available. *Disclaimer: Activities in equipment should be done with a therapist.

There is a Therapists page for Professionals. Research articles and presentation materials are offered.  Downloads of seminar handouts and a PDF presentations with her therapy techniques are available.

Presentation (for therapists)

Ms. Jennings has created a 3-hour CEU for HomeCEU Connection entitled; "Preventing, Resolving the Problems of Plagiocephaly, Torticollis, and Developmental Delay in Infants. Current literature is reviewed. Milestones are discussed, and treatment strategies are presented.  Contact HomeCEUConnection.com for more information.

 

Judy Jennings

"We strongly recommend that parents, teachers, and therapists become familiar with the many positive benefits supervised tummy play provides for infants. Benefits extend through childhood into adulthood. In fact play in all positions helps build good muscles in babies and children: on the back, on the belly, on each side."

 Judy Jennings, PT, M.A. Special Education

 

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