Early Development Concerns?
Your intuition is right; we focus on the details of development your pediatrician hasn’t been trained to check for—foundational movements and the specific integrative transitions which occur during the first 36 months.
Often parents bring us their little ones because they are having a tough time sitting up on their own, crawling evenly, or developing language skills. Sometimes they have digestion, sleep or general regulation issues. Often we have found that it isn’t a matter of them outgrowing it—rather their little bodies can’t quite figure it out and need just the right help.Is your baby experiencing:
- not pooping easily
- delayed or unusual crawling
- poor sleep training
- unstable sitting
We have worked with babies facing all of these issues and can help keep your baby on track as they grow.
How We Help
We look at the birth experience and your baby’s life events, and how these may have impacted development. Each event leaves an imprint on the framework that infant movement develops upon.
Adopted? Not an issue—we let your child’s movements tell the story.
Some of the events we often find in a little one’s history are:
- Prenatal complication or stress (preeclampsia, structural anomaly, movement restriction from IUGR, umbilical cord, fibroid, multiple, breech)
- Birth stress from C-section, long labor, stuck shoulder, vacuum, forceps
- Postnatal health glitches such as RSV, high temperature, jaundice, NICU monitoring, pre-term
We help with self-regulation and keep development on track whether your baby is a week old or a year old. It’s not too early nor too late!
If all of this resonates with you, here are the next steps:
- Schedule your Starting Moves appointment (0- 6 months old is FREE.) You will be in the office for about an hour and have time to feed and change your baby.
- Read about the first visit
- Complete the intake information
Your initial follow-up recommendation will often be 2-3 sessions at 4-6 week intervals. These are 30-minute appointments. The follow-up time frame then changes to 3-6 month intervals, if needed.
“When he started crawling, we knew we were good. Every time we have a session at The Bridging Institute, he sleeps better after.” Tricia (mom of William, 15 months)
Read more about how The Bridging Institute helps little William stay on track with developmental milestones after a major surgery.
Recently we met a 5-week-old infant who wasn’t pooping easily. This affected both his sleep and his mom’s sleep.There was nothing of note from birth other than he just didn’t seem to figure out how to regulate breathing and digestion so well. After her initial assessment Leslie rocked him gently while helping his chest and abdomen figure out a better way of supporting diaphragmatic breathing. He’s now a calmer guy, sleeping better with an easier time of pooping.
A little one came to see Lynne to learn more about crawling. The little one had been in the NICU due to an infection at birth. The time spent with monitors attached to her body instead of being able to experiment with movement caused core movement asymmetry, which didn’t become apparent until crawling. Lynne works with her every so often and she is now whizzing away with the crawling and onto walking.
We met a little guy who had a tough start—he needed cranial surgery because the plates of his head were fused. Although he was in many therapies, his parents were still worried about catching him up. Lynne was able to ascertain that his head had no idea how to really work with the rest of his body because of the disruption related to his head surgery. After 5 sessions, he is now walking and talking, and he checks in every few months to stay on track!