The Therapy Nest, which offers in home pediatric occupational therapy, will be teaching a new workshop for parents and infants beginning this fall at the Rye Presbyterian Church. And we’re told that the program will not be your typical Mommy/Daddy and Me class.
Lead by Rachel Fleming, a licensed pediatric occupational therapist with extensive infant experience, the goal will be to teach parents activities that promote gross and fine motor development in the first 12 months of life. “Many parents today want to know how to play with their infant and how to encourage healthy motor development but often don’t have the right tools,” Rachel explains. “There are so many possibilities for playing with their baby, which are fun for parents and great for the baby’s development. The Therapy Nest Infant Workshop will use a very hands-on approach to teach parents practical strategies for playing with their baby to foster the amazing skills that babies learn in the first year of their lives.”
There will be an emphasis on different positions for play, strategies for success with tummy time, the appropriate amount of time to use baby equipment (bouncy seat, swing, bumbo seat), appropriate toys for each stage of development, activities to promote sensory development, and the importance of visual skills and tracking on hand skills. Parents will go home from each session with activities and strategies to use at home with their infants to promote healthy gross motor and fine motor development.
Since the workshop is intended for young infants (8 weeks to 6 months), new babies will constantly be joining the class, so Rachel will be staggering the sessions to begin every six weeks so parents don’t have to wait too long for the next class to begin. The workshops will meet bi-weekly on Wednesday mornings for six sessions and cost $225.