Early Childhood Interventionists Team Up to Create Developmental Tool

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Milestones and Miracles Launches First Product, 1-2-3, Just Play With Me

Interactive Card Set Promotes Developmental Milestones

"We think you can learn a lot about your child through simply PLAY," Lacy Morise, co-author of 1-2-3 Just PLAY With Me

Milestones and Miracles, LLC introduces "1-2-3, Just PLAY With Me", a comprehensive, developmental card set, aimed to promote interactive play in children from birth to three years of age. Early intervention therapists, Lacy Morise, licensed speech pathologist and Nicole Sergent, licensed physical therapist, co-authored the product after years of professional application and their personal experiences as mothers. Both Morise and Sergent work for as early interventionists in their home state of West Virginia, and were seeking a resource focused on childhood development, versus education as well as a tool that promotes bonding between parents and children. Available for purchase online at milestonesandmiracles.com, the interactive card set is user friendly for professionals and parents alike.

"1-2-3 Just PLAY With Me" is a set of 75 interactive cards that feature fun, easy PLAY activities designed to help teach overall childhood developmental skills from birth to three years in a parent-friendly way. Color-coded to mark the five primary areas of infant/toddler development, the cards are an easy-to-use guide for parents and caregivers who wish to quickly reference their children by age and stage of development. Developmental milestones are included on the fronts of the large, aesthetically-pleasing cards. On the back of each card, every developmental milestone is paired with ‘back-to-basic’ style PLAY that engages family and child.

Pediatrician-approved, "1-2-3 Just PLAY With Me", touches on additional topics such as toilet training or discipline tips. Milestones and Miracles complete the reference for children from birth to three years of age with book or toy recommendations. Morise and Sergent feel the content on the cards is vital and valuable for child development.

As professional women and mothers, Morise and Sergent both noticed the lack for comprehensive resources to share with families encouraging a child's overall development. "We've yet to see a tool that combines an outline for developmental stages with suggested PLAY ideas to help children reach developmental goals. When parents understand WHY their children are doing what they are doing at each stage of development, it makes engaging through PLAY more interesting. It also provides parents with a sense of empowerment in understanding their child," says co-creator Sergent.

Sergent says that at times developmental milestones aren't the focus of pediatrician check-ups, so "1-2-3 Just PLAY With Me" is educational in a way that the traditional medical model often cannot be. "We've seen the need for something like this at our workplaces-and we think we've made it engaging and fun," says Sergent.

The idea for the product stemmed from the women's discussions about society's emphasis toward TV and technology and away from ordinary, traditional playtime. "We think you can learn a lot about your child through simple PLAY," adds Morise. "As mothers of young children, we saw lots of references about what to feed our kids and how to help them sleep, but nothing like our idea," continues Morise. "Our culture promotes educational milestones and childhood development can suffer. Actually, though, research supports the fact that developmental, creative and unstructured PLAYtime makes children smarter and more imaginative."

Milestones and Miracles, LLC was formed in 2010 to create products which support the notion of allowing "kids to be kids" while helping bond families through engaging, fun and meaningful experiences. Co-author Lacy Morise is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. Co-author Nicole Sergent is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a licensed physical therapist. Both professionals practice early intervention in the state of West Virginia. Visit milestonesandmiracles.com for more information. Follow their blog at milestonesmiracles.blogspot.com or like them on Facebook/milestones-miracles.

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