Answering the strong demand for services for children with special needs and following the announcement Ascent Children’s Health Services would be ceasing operations, Pediatrics Plus announced today it has been granted a license by the Arkansas Department of Human Services to begin providing services to children in Clark County and the surrounding areas.
We are thrilled to announce that we have officially moved into our new facility in Frisco, TX.
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Congratulations to Brittany Simmons who has coauthored a pilot study comparing print and cursive handwriting of 5th and 6th graders. Brittany is an Occupational Therapist at our Conway location.
The 2016 Hope Conference is a fantastic two day conference to support foster and adoptive families! Pediatrics Plus is proud to have several therapists, directors, and teachers speaking at the event.
For more information or to register, please visit http://hopeconferencearkansas.org.
Located at 2740 College Avenue, our newly renovated facility will combine all of our services from both our Club Lane and College Avenue facilities. Our new facility will better meet the needs of our current families by offering one, centralized location with new specialized space and equipment, resources, and enhanced services. Keep reading to learn more about what our new facility has to offer!
In February, Leah Lowe PhD, DPT, will present a poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) will bring together over 10,000 of the brightest and most innovative physical therapy professionals in the nation. The event features programming designed by all 18 of APTA's specialty sections.
Brittany Simmons and several of her graduate school classmates completed a pilot study that will be published in the “Open Journal of Occupational Therapy” sometime in the Spring of 2016. The study, "The Comparison of Print and Cursive Handwriting in Fifth and Sixth Grade Students: A Pilot Study” ( Anne H. Zachry, Allison P. Doan, Stephanie B. Lancaster, Brittany Simmons, Cary Smith, and Jaclyn N. Wicker), compares the speed (and other factors) of print and cursive handwriting. The idea for the study was born out of concern that the public schools are moving away from teaching cursive writing.
Brittany is an occupational therapist at Pediatrics Plus and a graduate of the University of TN Health Science Center in Memphis. Congratulations Brittany!
Community Connections will kick off its fall extra-curricular programs for children with special needs and their families on Tuesday, September 22.
The programs, which are free of charge, will include theatre, music, art, flag football, cheerleading, martial arts, golf programs and an autism workshop.
“We believe ALL children deserve the opportunity to play sports and participate in the arts,” said Courtney Leach, director of Community Connections. “We adapt our programs for individual needs and utilize buddies to accommodate children so they can experience success and being part of a team.”
Partnerships with ZERO TO THREE and Highlights for Children, Inc will provide resources to encourage parents and caregivers to talk and engage in conversations about developmentally appropriate math concepts with their children
NEW YORK – Today, Too Small to Fail announced an expansion of its current work on early language and brain development to include a focus on early math. This includes new partnerships with and resources for parents and caregivers from ZERO TO THREE and Highlights.
Research has found that a strong understanding of early math concepts predicts both a child’s future math and literacy skills, and that the roots of early math skills begin developing from birth, through a young child’s everyday play and interactions with parents and caregivers.
Laura Weigt MS, OTR/L, Social Emotional Classroom Supervisor and Behavioral Consultant, is now credentialed as an instructor in Safety Care. Safety Care is a curriculum that is used to provide staff with the skills and strategies necessary to allow them to safely support individuals who may exhibit aggressive or destructive behaviors.
Reach Out and Read is a national, non-proftit organization that promotes early literacy by making books and reading aloud part of pediatric primary care.
In May, Pediatrics Plus owner, Amy Denton, was named to the Board of Directors for the Arkansas chapter of Reach Out and Read. Amy is passionate about early literacy and the developmental benefits our state's children will receive from organizations like Reach Out and Read.
Leah Lowe Phd, DPT has been afforded the opportunity to attend "PT Day on Capitol Hill" in Washington D.C. She will be joining physical therapists from Arkansas and across the nation to rally for health care reform that will benefit our patients and the PT profession. Leah has the honor of bringing pediatric concerns to the forefront of the nation's health care agenda as well as through follow-up correspondence with state legislators. Congratulations Leah, we know you will represent Pediatrics Plus well!
The University of Central Arkansas Service Learning program recognized Pediatrics Plus as a Community Learning Partner of the Year nominee at a banquet hosted at UCA’s Brewer Hegeman Conference Center on the evening of April 21. The program partners with over 65 community organizations to provide service learning opportunities for UCA students. Pediatrics Plus is a proud member and supporter of this program and will continue to be an institute focused on education and professional development for both students and professionals in the field.
In May, Pediatrics Plus had the privilege of hosting Go Baby Go, a nationwide research program, to help families and clinicians build retrofitted ride-on-cars for children with disabilities.
The hands-on workshop was designed to benefit children from birth to age three with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other complex medical needs.