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March 1, 2019

Tips to Combat Toddler Food Refusal: Introducing New Foods

By Cara Caddy OTR/L TEIS Occupational Therapist It’s 5 pm again.. dinner time. You walk into the house and the aroma of spaghetti and meatballs hits […]
February 26, 2019

March 2019 Family Friendly Events

Enjoy these March Family Friendly Events in Pittsburgh and Surrounding Communities! Pittsburgh Parent March Event Calendar KidsBurgh March Events Calendar Kids Out & About March Calendar […]
February 19, 2019

How And When To Encourage Utensil Use for Meals

By Annika Zalleck MOT OTR/L TEIS Occupational Therapist Children are always ready to grow up faster than their parents want them to and this is true […]
February 18, 2019

5 Signs Your Child Will Be Walking Soon

By Katie Shroyer PT, DPT, CBIS TEIS Physical Therapist All children develop and grow at their own rates. Current research gives a range of when typically […]
February 7, 2019

Keeping Your Active Toddler Busy in Winter

By Audra Sitterly OTD, OTR/L TEIS Occupational Therapist When the weather is below freezing and its too cold, wet, or windy to be outside, it can […]
February 1, 2019

Teaching Your Child to Drink from a Straw Cup

By Maggie Yuhas, MOT, OTR/L TEIS Occupational Therapist Ready to move on from the bottle or sippy cup, but not quite ready for an open cup? […]
January 30, 2019

What is High Tone and How Does it Affect My Child?

By Katie Shroyer, PT, DPT, CBIS TEIS Physcial Therapist Do you feel like your child’s arms and/or legs are “stiff” or difficult to move when attempting […]
January 21, 2019
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February 2019 Family Friendly Community Events

Pittsburgh Parent February Event Calendar Pittsburgh Kids Out & About Calendar Disney on Ice PPG Paints Arena Feb 28, 2019 Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh February Events  
January 21, 2019

What is Brain-Based Visual Impairment or CVI?

By Jennifer Smith TEIS Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments How can my child have a visual impairment if the doctor says her eyes are perfect?  […]
January 7, 2019

What is Low Tone and How Does it Affect My Child?

By Katie Shroyer, PT, DPT, CBIS TEIS Physical Therapist Do you notice that your child tends to fall to the side or forwards when they are […]
January 3, 2019

Sleep Tips To Help You and Your Child Sleep Like a Baby

By Annika Zallek, MOT, OTR/L “It takes 2 hours to get my toddler to fall asleep!” “Why won’t my baby stay asleep when I put her […]
December 20, 2018

Recommendations for Early Childhood Screen Time: Making Good Choices Related to Screen Time

By Emmy Lutz, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist TEIS Early Intervention Provider Often families feel as if they are fighting a losing battle against the screens. Screens include […]
December 14, 2018

Knowing the Difference Between a Picky Eater vs a Problem Feeder

By Annika Zallek MOT, OTR/L Kids are frequently viewed as being picky eaters (especially when it comes to eating vegetables).  It can be difficult to find […]
November 28, 2018

December 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

Free Downtown Holiday Family Events 7 Holiday Light Displays 11 Best December Events for Kids Master Guide to Local Holiday Fun  
November 28, 2018

Holiday “Dieting”: Sensory Edition

By Maggie Yuhas, MOT, OTR/L  TEIS Occupational Therapist Holidays mean a lot of things, including family, food, celebration, and excitement, but also, traveling, meals away from […]
November 13, 2018

7 Ways to Promote Symmetrical Development in Infancy

As a parent, the word “symmetry” probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of your new baby. As therapists, symmetry is something we look for […]
November 12, 2018

November 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, but don’t let this chilly weather keep you indoors this November. Why not check out these great November family friendly activities […]
October 23, 2018

Should I Be Worried About My Child’s Vision?

By Jennifer Smith, BA, MA, TSVI, TEIS Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments One of my baby’s eyes seems to wander, is this a problem?  My […]
October 8, 2018

What About Sippy Cups?

By Tamara Guo, M.Ed. TEIS Developmental Specialist & Independent Evaluator The sippy cup (aka a child’s cup with a spouted lid) has been around for a […]
September 25, 2018

October 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

10 Great Events for Families in October Pittsburgh Parent October Calendar Master Guide to Fall Fun in the Pittsburgh Region Fall Festival Guide for Western, PA […]
September 12, 2018

Help, My Toddler Won’t Stop Screaming!

Toddlers love to hear the sound of their own voices. And yes, as annoying at it is, toddlers love to shriek-often at the top of their […]
August 28, 2018

September 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

Oh no! Summer is almost OVER! Check out these great upcoming family friendly events for the month of SEPTEMBER! Pittsburgh Parent September Calendar Ticketmaster Kid Friendly […]
August 3, 2018

August 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

Well, it’s already August. Almost time for Back to School. Make the most of these Pittsburgh area August community events with your family before the warm […]
July 19, 2018

How Using Consistent Daily Routines Can Benefit Your Toddler and Family

What is a routine? A routine is defined as a sequence of actions regularly followed. If you’re not a totally fly by the seat of your […]
June 21, 2018

July 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

Have a Safe July 4th Holiday! Below are listings for Fireworks in your area, as well as fun July community events for your family in Pittsburgh […]
June 19, 2018

TEIS is on Social Media, Come Join Us!

TEIS is on Social Media-Come Join Us! Do you hang out on Pinterest once the kids are in bed? Looking for info on Tummy Time Activities? […]
June 7, 2018

Helpful Positioning Tips for your Newborn Baby

Positioning Tips for Your Newborn Baby When babies are in-utero their entire bodies remain in a flexed position with both their legs and their arms pushing […]
May 31, 2018

June 2018 Family Friendly Community Events

The unofficial start to Summer is finally here now that Memorial Weekend has come and gone. Here are some great upcoming family friendly events for the […]
May 15, 2018

What To Do When Toddlers Bite

By Tamara Guo, M.Ed TEIS Developmental Specialist Did you just receive that horrifying phone call from your toddler’s day care teacher informing you that “Hailey bit […]
May 7, 2018

Fun Activities That Help Your Child With Special Needs To Grow

By Jenny Wise | jenny@specialhomeeducator.com specialhomeeducator.com Image courtesy of Pixabay Raising a little one with special needs presents unique challenges.  With well-chosen activities, you can enhance […]