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The Importance of Early Childhood Development

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Categories: Pediatrics

Our brains develop throughout our lives, but the biggest changes occur in the toddler years and adolescence.

"The toddler years are a huge time of big changes," explains J. Stone, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist.

Dr. Stone and Michele McIntyre, Psy.D. elaborate on these changes. Dr. McIntyre is a certified school psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of several childhood challenges. She works for the Central Bucks School District and conducts evaluations and consults with parents and teachers.

Our guests discuss developmental milestones that children reach during certain periods of their lives in the newest episode of Health Matters with Doylestown Health.

Hosts Ashley Heidler, Pediatric Outreach manager with Doylestown Health, and Joe Johnson, CB South High School student, led the discussion.

As children age there are a number of changes that occur. Our guests touch on the development of language, cognitive skills, social skills and problem solving. Imagination and emotions are noted as another key component of childhood development.

The episode covers how to deal with concerns about development and resources that are available to parents. Dr. McIntyre talks about signs of autism and other developmental disabilities. Both guests recommend parents maintain a balance between concern about development and an understanding that each child is an individual and children develop at different rates.

Health Matters: Childhood Development

Health Matters: Childhood Development from Central Bucks School District on Vimeo.

About Our Childhood Development Guests

Dr. Michele McIntyre is a certified school psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with 20 years of experience working with children and families. She has extensive experience working with various age groups, from early childhood through young adulthood, in both educational and community-based mental health settings.

Dr. J. Stone has over 20 years of experience in neuropsychology and has worked in various settings including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, and in private practice. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University while also receiving certification in neuropsychology. He is a certified school psychologist.

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Doylestown Health is committed to providing family-centered children's services to Bucks and Montgomery County communities.  The Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center offers expert inpatient care to all ages including infants, children and teens. Della Penna Pediatric Center Services extend beyond the hospital setting to include health and wellness education, nutrition services and other support services.

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