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Pathways center offers 'Move, Play, Talk!' to help children's communication skills

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Anne Reynolds

July 2, 2013 (GLENVIEW) -- Kids learn best while they are playing and having fun. Physical activity is a great way to support development of a wide range of skills, especially communication and social interaction.

Move, Play, Talk is a dynamic, active play group aimed at building communication and interaction skills. Specialized equipment is used in each session to help create a playground where children's natural communication is supported, while facilitating gross motor play. The opportunity to target skills while children are engaged and having fun helps encourage verbal language, social interaction, motor skills and sensory development during the time when they learn best- while playing!

"We have found that kids interact most with each other when they are moving and playing. This group gives us the unique opportunity to target functional communication and social interaction. The more fun they are having when they learn, the better outcomes we see," says Pathways Center Speech-Language Pathologist Ashley Springer.

Move, Play, Talk takes place Tuesdays, 9:15am to 10:15am, July 16 to Aug. 6 at Pathways Center, 2591 Compass Road, Suite 100, Glenview, IL . Each session is led by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist, assisted by trained aides. (A child must be able to walk independently and follow simple instructions for successful group participation.) To register, please download an application from our website www.pathways.org or call 847-729-6220.

About Pathways Center

Since 1985, Pathways Center continues to be a multidisciplinary pediatric outpatient clinic dedicated to enhancing the lives of children by optimizing skills that enable them to participate in their home, school and community activities. The Center provides more than 12,000 hours of therapy for children each year.

About Pathways.org

Since 1985, Pathways.org has used evidence-based practice and multimedia to promote each child's fullest inclusion. Pathways.org strives to empower health professionals and parents with knowledge of the benefit of early detection and intervention for children's sensory, motor, and communication development. The Pathways.org infant milestones brochure has been recognized and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a definitive resource concerning early development. Information and resources are free to download at www.Pathways.org. For more information, call the Pathways.org toll-free parent answered hotline at 1.800.955.CHILD (2445) or email friends@pathways.org. Pathways.org is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public foundation.

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