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Nicole M. Sergent

MPT

Nicole Sergent is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With more than 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings, Nicole currently works primarily as an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their children's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Nicole's.

Out of this passion, Nicole and colleague Lacy Morise formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC, and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists worldwide. Sergent and Morise have provided continuing education on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development at national conferences, children's hospitals, and small parent and professional trainings throughout the US, as well as consulting for schools and organizations. Morise and Sergent also cohost a weekly podcast called More Than Child's Play and contribute to freelance publications on the importance of play for the young child.

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Purposeful Play for Therapeutic Progress

Presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

Purposeful Play for Therapeutic Progress

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 18 Minutes

Play today does not look like it did even 10 years ago for American children. These changes have affected children developmentally, socially, and academically and have played a role in mental health changes. Pediatric therapists should be leaders in the field of promoting and preserving play as the best way to help children learn and maintain health and wellness. In this course, therapists will learn the societal factors that have led to the change in play trends and the associated effects. Evidence-based benefits of play in each developmental domain and for academic learning, sensory regulation, and mental health promotion are identified. Concepts and terms associated with research and theory around play are identified and applied to therapeutic settings by using video examples to guide the learner through identifying milestones and planning play-based intervention that encourages growth in multiple developmental domains. By sharing types of play, and toys by purpose and age/stage, therapists will be empowered to become play advocates both in their own practice settings and in their communities.

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Roadblocks to Natural Development: Part 1

Presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

Roadblocks to Natural Development: Part 1

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Video Runtime: 94 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

As children grow and develop, there are often medical and environmental factors that can commonly become roadblocks to natural development if not detected and addressed. This includes lack of tummy time/container baby syndrome, prolonged sucking and bottle/pacifier use, missed hearing and vision diagnoses, media overuse, overparenting and a faulty sense of typical development, missed or late diagnoses, and nutrition/allergies. In the first of this two-part series, evidence surrounding lack of tummy time/container baby syndrome, prolonged sucking, and missed hearing and vision diagnoses are shared, along with signs and symptoms to watch for. In a problem-solution-based approach, strategies to prevent or support these challenges are shared for each roadblock.

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Roadblocks to Natural Development: Part 2

Presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

Roadblocks to Natural Development: Part 2

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Video Runtime: 65 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

As children grow and develop, there are often medical and environmental factors that can commonly become roadblocks to natural development if not detected and addressed. This includes lack of tummy time/container baby syndrome, prolonged sucking and bottle/pacifier use, missed hearing and vision diagnoses, media overuse, overparenting and a faulty sense of typical development, missed or late diagnoses, and nutrition/allergies. In the second of this two-part series, evidence surrounding media overuse, overparenting and faulty sense of development, nutrition and allergies, and missed or late diagnoses are shared, along with signs and symptoms to watch for. In a problem-solution approach, strategies to prevent or support these challenges are shared for each roadblock.

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Getting Started in Early Intervention

Presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

Getting Started in Early Intervention

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So you think you'd like to work in Early Intervention? The EI setting is an excellent fit for the therapist that likes to work directly and intimately with families in a coaching model and who likes to be creative and resourceful in daily interventions. It can also be intimidating when first starting out due to the independence experienced with the in-home model vs. a clinic or hospital setting. In this course, seasoned early intervention therapists will walk you through all you need to know to start or enhance an existing successful career in early intervention. Topics covered include: federal law and state implementation related to EI services; common employment opportunities in EI, including business organizations; the journey from evaluation and assessment, to IFSP, to implementation of service, to transition/discharge; recommended assessment tools and intervention strategies and supplies; and helpful resources.

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