Responsible Health for Children
Judy Towne Jennings, PT, MA Special Education Researcher/div>


Tummy Time
Baby Development Tips

Toddler Play

Group Presentations

Older Child and
Physical Therapists

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. Articles and downloads will help parents understand how early play and positioning help their brand new baby start achieving motor milestones. 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 "Road" to a successful school experience starts as soon as the baby comes home from the hospital. We have found in our many years of treating babies and researching development that 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 Baby Development Tips page we offer a free brochure about new baby positioning. A Milestone Pictorial is also available to show what babies should be doing by each month for the first year. And lastly, free PPT downloads explain in more detail how a baby develops normally and what exercise/play will help a baby gain strength and play skills to be ready for preschool at age 3.

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 Parent of an 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.

Also, on the Parent of an Older Child page, information for professionals is listed. For Professionals, she has provided her research articles and presentation materials that will hopefully be of assistance to physical therapists, occupational therapists, and child care specialists. Downloads of seminar handouts and a PDF presentations with her therapy techniques is available for information. Presentation quality CD's can be purchased for $15 which includes shipping.

Group Presentations

Mrs. Jennings has taught seminars on many topics. Her information about early milestone development with pointers on play techniques is of value to all parents and child care development specialists. Her information for teachers and school based therapists is a 6 hour class and taught with her friend Ann Anzalone, Education Consultant.

All of us interact with children: as teachers, friends, grandparents, and neighbors. We ask child care specialists to be more informed on the best strategies for helping babies develop or for helping children be successful in school. Ms Jennings speaks locally and nationally. Her presentations are of interest to parent groups, civic groups, teachers, therapists, and medical personnel.

Please check out our presentation page for more information on topics that may be of interest to your group. Call or email Responsible Health for more information or to schedule a presentation for your group.

Publications of Articles and Research

Publications of articles and research are included on each separate page and available for downloads.

Bibliography of Intersting Books

Several excellent books highlight the impact that lack of early motor milestones can have on a child's normal development and success in school: Each page will list books pertinent to that particular page.

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.

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