As parents, we want the very best for our children and want their path to success to be free from major speedbumps. For some of us, getting the news that our child may need extra help is a daunting experience. Happily, there is a group of professionals out there, both in-schools and out, who are ready to help your children be all they can be. This free seminar can help you navigate the process of identifying who you need on your child’s team and implement a strategy that will maximize the possibilities for their success.

Amy Wetherill is a co-founder of The Pediatric Development Center. She is a speech language pathologist with over 20 years experience and was the first certified orofacial myologist in the state of Maryland. She wants every child to experience what is possible and views collaborating with other professionals to ensure a child’s success as a precious gift.

To register for this event please click HERE

 

Happy Tummy Time Baby Classes

Discover, Play, Grow
0-6 month old class forming now

Happy Tummy Time Baby classes are a healthy start initiative that will provide a
teaching method to facilitate tummy time success that is enjoyable for both parent
and child. This class is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of infants
to promote optimal health, development, and social engagement. Class sessions
will provide an opportunity for interaction among parents and families as well as
to nurture the bond between parent and child.

Location: From the comfort of your home
Bring Favorite toys and a blanket
When: Tuesdays 11 – 12pm (4 zoom meetings)
Cost: $60 for 4 sessions

*Limit 4 per class
For registration or more information, please contact
frontoffice@PDCandME.com or call us (301) 869-7505

 

Happy Baby Belly Classes

A play-based multisensory introduction to food

Exposure to solid foods beginning at 4 months is important for the growth and development of lifelong healthy eating habits. Happy Baby Belly classes use a playful approach to introduce new, age-appropriate foods which will allow babies and parents to experience the joy and developmental benefits of early food exploration. Class sessions will provide information on easy to make recipes, recommended utensils and toys, and feeding guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable family mealtime.

Location: From the comfort of your home
When: Mondays 10 – 11 am (4 zoom meetings)
Who:  Babies 4 months or older
Cost: $60 for 4 sessions

*Limit 4 per class
For registration or more information, please contact
frontoffice@PDCandME.com or call us (301) 869-7505

 

1 in 52 Children – Who do YOU know?

Did you know that 1 child out of every 52 children in Maryland is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?  Undoubtedly, you are interacting with someone with Autism whether in your home, your neighborhood, your school or your workplace.  Understanding ASD is one way to improve your interactions with someone on the spectrum.  Our presentation will provide a practical and experiential opportunity for you to learn strategies and tips for success. Presented by Neal Lichter, Program Director, Pathfinders for Autism

Neal Lichter, Program Director, Pathfinders for Autism

Neal Lichter joined Pathfinders for Autism in October of 2013.  Neal is responsible for the daily intake of questions and concerns from parents, caregivers, educators, professionals and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  As a trainer, Neal has provided an Understanding of ASD training since 2014.  Audiences include students from Kindergarten-college, educators, police, first responders, medical personnel, and many others across the state of Maryland.  Neal is also responsible for helping to plan many of the workshops that Pathfinders for Autism collaborates on around Maryland. Neal is married, with two sons, one of which has Autism.

Presenter: Neal Lichter, Pathfinders for Autism
When: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Register: CLICK HERE

Once you register, we will send you the secure Zoom link for the virtual meeting within a few days.

If you have any questions, please email frontoffice@PDCandME.com or call us at (301) 869-7505.

Jump Offline!

Help your child stay physically active even though screen time demands have increased.
Children spending too much time in front of screens has been a public health concern for years. Then along came 2020 – the world shut down, activities went online, and the number of hours each day that kids spend in front of computers, phones, tablets, and televisions skyrocketed.

 

Early research has shown that 76% of parents who previously enforced household screen time rules prior to when social distancing guidelines were instated, have since abandoned restrictions. Physical activity is essential to improving health, attention, behavior, and overall quality of life. With school, therapies, and extracurricular activities moving to a virtual platform and parents balancing work and children at home, it’s more important than ever to find a realistic way to keep our families active and engaged.

 

Join us to learn how to best help your child (and yourself!) increase movement opportunities before, after, and even during screen time. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with easy to implement activity ideas that fit into your family’s busy schedule and the list of materials you’ll need to create your family’s own “Movement Break Box”, a resource designed for all ages that you can begin using right away. Let’s get moving!

 

Rebecca Brew, MS, OTR/L is a Board Certified Occupational Therapist, with degrees in Kinesiology, Human Development, and Occupational Therapy and an advanced certification in sensory integration. Throughout her career, she has provided therapy to infants, children, teens, and adults with a variety of diagnoses and developmental challenges. As a pediatric OT, Rebecca has been able to help children and their families understand individual sensory needs and implement strategies to best facilitate meaningful participation and independence in activities of daily living at home, school, and in the community.

 

Presenter: Rebecca Brew, OTR/L
When: Thursday, October 29th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Register: CLICK HERE
Once you register, we will provide you the secure Zoom link for the virtual meeting. If you have any questions, please email frontoffice@PDCandME.com or call us at (301) 869-7505.

 

Autism and Feeding Victories

The “Why” Behind Your Child’s Feeding Challenges and How to Help

Please join us for a complementary workshop that explores specific reasons that children with autism are prone to feeding challenges and provides targeted recommendations to help your child overcome these challenges.

This workshop is being presented by Amy Wetherill – speechlanguage pathologist and Tracy Wilson – occupational therapist. Amy and Tracy each have 20+ years of experience in their fields and are co-founders of the Pediatric Development Center and PD Virtual. At the Pediatric Development Center, we seek to understand the “why” behind a child’s challenges. Children with an autism diagnosis often have feeding challenges. However, that does not mean that every child has feeding challenges for the same reason. Recognizing WHY your child is a picky or selective eater is an important first step to treatment. This live Zoom workshop will describe common feeding challenges and possible reasons for these challenges. Reasons related to medical, sensory, motor, learning differences, environmental, and behavioral issues will be explored. Based on the possible reason/s for your child’s feeding challenges strategies and treatment approaches will be described. We hope you can join us!

Presenter: Amy Wetherill, CCC-SLP, COM® and Tracy Wilson, OTR/L
When: Tuesday, October 13th
Time: 7PM – 8:30PM
Register: CLICK HERE

For registration or more information, please contact
frontoffice@PDCandME.com or call us (301) 869-7505

 

 

Get Back Into The School Groove

IEP and Section 504 Plan Distance Learning 101

The school year has begun and this year looks different than last year! Your student may have an IEP or Section 504 plan, but what should those look like during distance learning? How can you support your child this year? What should you expect from your child’s school team? Join special education certified teacher and experienced advocate Amy Mounce to learn strategies to make your student’s distance learning experience a success. Distance learning plans and methods to monitor your student’s learning will be discussed.

Presenter: Amy Mounce M.A., M.Ed.
When: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 7PM – 8:30PM

Signup: Click Here

From Chaos to Calm

Creating an Organized Learning Environment at Home

Join Board Certified Educational Therapist and Learning Specialist, Bonnie Massimino, to learn organizational tips and strategies for making the upcoming virtual home-school learning experience less stressful for you and your children. Ten tips (and extra bonus ideas) for enabling you to get your own daily tasks complete while your child completes his/her schoolwork will be shared to help families move confidently from chaos to calm.

Bonnie Massimino, M. Ed, is a Board Certified Educational Therapist, certified Special Education teacher, and certified Reading Specialist with over twenty-five years of experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities, attention disorders, and executive functioning challenges. As a classroom teacher for children with severe learning disabilities, a Learning Specialist in an independent school, and currently, through her private practice, LearningWise Strategies, LLC, she has been able to help students understand their own learning style and find academic success, help parents understand their children’s learning profile and their educational needs, help families implement and organize for home schooling instruction, and help faculty differentiate instruction and provide the necessary accommodations and modifications for struggling students.

 

Autism and Feeding Challenges

The “Why” Behind Your Child’s Feeding Challenges and How to Help

Presented by: Amy Wetherill, CCC-SLP, COM and Tracy Wilson, OTR/L of PDC.
When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Register for free at: Pathfinders for Autism

Register via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/780392722774942/

 

Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum:

A Family Experience

When: Thursday, August 13th, 202
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm 
If you are interested, please email frontoffice@PDCandME.com or call us at (301) 869-7505. Once you register, we will provide you the secure Zoom link for the virtual meeting. 

Register via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/775846563159663/