January 21, 2017 – Early Intervention and Developmental Milestones

The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out.” -Bill Gates Sr.

A child’s earliest years are fundamentally important, filled with unique experiences that shape cognitive, social and physical growth. These new experiences are the foundation for the brain’s organizational growth and functioning throughout life. The first five years are a pivotal time for brain development, having an impact on how a child develops learning and social skills.

A child’s primary way of learning is through play. Play is fun for your child and gives him/her an opportunity to explore, observe, experiment and problem solve. Engagement in play helps improve a child’s fine motor, gross motor, language and social skills.

Typical developmental milestones: 

3 months
  • Smiles
  • Grasps rattle
  • Rolls from side to back
  • Lifts head while on stomach and weight bearing on forearms
6 months
  • Rolls from back to stomach
  • Sits unsupported
  • Raking to grasp object in fist
  • Transfers toy from one hand to another
9 months
  • Pincer grasp (thumb & index finger) to pick up small object
  • Begins creeping then crawling
  • Clapping & waves “bye”
  • Pulls to stand
12 months
  • Finger feeds self
  • Imitates gestures and words
  • Stands unsupported
  • Cruises and takes first steps
2 years
  • Begins to run
  • Climbs up & down steps holding onto support
  • Scribbles spontaneously
  • Builds a block tower of at least four blocks
3 years
  • Kicks and throws a small ball
  • Hops and stands on one foot
  • Draws a circle
  • Recites numbers to ten 
4 years
  • Dresses with minimal help
  • Draws cross and square using tripod grasp
  • Pedals a bike/tricycle
  • Uses scissors purposefully
5 years
  • Copies a triangle
  • Walks on tip toe
  • Uses a fork and spoon
  • Laces (but cannot tie) shoes
5 favorite developmental toys

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, use the contact form to schedule a free screening.

For a listing of our pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) services, please visit our Services page.

Until next time,

January 11, 2017 – Welcome to SPROUT OT!

Welcome!

Happy New Year! Welcome to my website and thanks for your interest in SPROUT Occupational Therapy! For my first blog post, I want to introduce myself and tell you a little bit more about me. I also want to share some ideas for future blog posts and therapy interventions that can be implemented at home. Please share your thoughts with me too! I look forward to your feedback as it can help me develop important topics to discuss in future posts.

Meet Tracey

I grew up in a small town in Louisiana, the youngest of five kids. I attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington where I obtained a degree in Journalism and Apparel Merchandising. After graduation, I accepted my first “big girl” job in Indianapolis, IN and it didn’t take me long to figure out that the career path I was on was not fulfilling for me. I spent some time trying to figure out what I wanted to do and I kept coming back to the idea of working with children with disabilities. During my teenage years, I volunteered at a camp in Mississippi for kids with physical disabilities. In college, I volunteered for community events for individuals with disabilities. The personal satisfaction I got from these experiences shaped my career as a future occupational therapist.

I moved to Nashville for graduate school where I received a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2012. Since that time, I have worked in different settings including skilled nursing, adult acute care, pediatric acute care and outpatient pediatrics. Through my experience, I have noticed a large gap in coverage for OT services for children with mild to severe challenges. I saw first hand that many insurance companies were not covering services for a range of diagnoses if the deficits didn’t fit within a certain criteria. As an OT, I believe in being an active advocate for my patients and for individuals of the community I serve. This knowledge influenced me to take action and this is how SPROUT was born.

The SPROUT Plan

I look forward to providing private one-on-one and group therapy intervention to children in our community from birth through the teenage years. Through my blog, I hope to provide you and your child with effective suggestions and activities to address some physical, emotional, or developmental challenges he/she may face. I also plan to offer insight to parents addressing age-appropriate developmental milestones for babies and toddlers. To add an element of fun, I will offer some kid-friendly, yummy recipes, so you don’t always feel like a short order cook to appease your picky eater.

I am excited to begin this new venture and look forward to hearing from you! I appreciate all the support from my family, friends, and colleagues over the past year as I was developing this business concept. I am so lucky to surround myself with such caring and encouraging individuals. Last but not least, I have to thank my dear husband, Joseph, for inspiring me to follow my dreams. His savvy tech and business knowledge has been a huge benefit. I could not have done this alone, so again thank you to everyone who has helped me along this journey!

For a listing of our pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) services, please visit our Services page.

If you are interested in scheduling a screening or evaluation, please contact us using the Contact form.

Until next time,