CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pathways.org, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of early sensory, communication, and motor delays in children, has taken a major step in educating health professionals about recognizing early developmental issues among infants as early as two months of age. This past fall, the organization distributed more than 200 of its turnkey, educational course "2, 4, 6 Month Motor – Course to Go" to health educators around the world.
The Pathways.org "2, 4, 6 Month Motor – Course to Go" is loaded on a silicone USB flashdrive and contains PowerPoint presentations, scripts, videos, outlines, and handouts on topics key to identifying early motor delays. The course explains who Pathways.org is, the importance of early detection and early intervention of a motor delay, parent/doctor communication, and resources for referring children for further screening. The most impressive feature of the course is the video comparisons of typical and atypical motor development between two children at two, four, and six months of age.
"Pediatric healthcare providers in training get to see many pamphlets and booklets and read chapters about early development, but they rarely get to see clearly defined differences between children of the exact same age trying to accomplish the same task", stated Michael N. Nelson, PhD, Director of the Section of Pediatric Psychology at Rush Children's Hospital and member of the Pathways.org Medical Round Table.
The course stems from a continuing education course developed by Pathways.org in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics entitled Recognizing Early Motor Delays at the Two Month Baby Visit. Pathways.org presented video content from the course to residency, pediatric nurse practitioner, and physician assistant programs around Chicago. Positive responses from the presentations, CME course, and "2 Month Motor" pilot program prompted Pathways.org to expand course materials and create the "2, 4, 6 Month Motor – Course to Go".
Pathways.org continues to distribute "Course to Go" materials to health professionals at no cost. For more information on how to receive the free "2, 4, 6 Month Motor – Course to Go", please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1985, Pathways.org has used outcome-based research and multimedia to promote each child's fullest inclusion. Pathways.org strives to empower health professionals and parents with knowledge of the benefit of early detection and intervention for children's sensory, motor, and communication development. The Pathways.org infant milestones brochure has been recognized and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a definitive resource concerning early development. Pathways.org also has an outpatient clinic that offers best practice pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapy, and provides postgraduate training to health professionals. Pathways to Inclusion suggests methods to welcome all abilities and their families into communities, sports, schools and houses of faith. For more information, call the Pathways.org toll-free parent answered hotline at 1.800.955.CHILD (2445) or email email@example.com. Pathways.org is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public foundation.
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