Why We Created These Classes
We have noticed that there are many classes available on childbirth, CPR/first aid, breastfeeding, and newborn care. However, there are not many classes available on how to play with your baby or how to promote their developmental skills!
Both of us provide early intervention therapy for infants and young children with developmental delays. We love that the families of these children can receive extensive support in different areas of child development due to their child's diagnosis, but we also want to educate other families who want to give their child the best start possible.
Gina Mydlo, PT, DPT
I am a pediatric physical therapist who specializes in treating the infant population. I currently provide physical therapy services to children ages 0-3 in Missouri's early intervention program.
I am often in a family's home days after birth to guide them through those confusing (but exciting!) first few months. Not only do I treat the whole child, but I also look at the whole family unit and environment, as well. I love giving families the tools they need to be confident when raising an infant.
I am married and have one son. I love spending ordinary time with my family, riding bikes, taking walks, and playing outside as much as possible.
While I have been a therapist longer than a mother, my son is the one who has taught me the most about relating to young children and families, and how a baby's physical function impacts every part of daily living.
I have been blessed with the knowledge and resources to assist me in promoting my son's development, and I want to make that information known and available to all families.
Laura Pierce, CCC-SLP, CLC
I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor. I specialize in treating feeding issues in young infants, in addition to managing complex medical diagnoses related to feeding in the pediatric population. I currently work in several pediatric settings:
Early intervention services for children ages 0-3
Pediatric therapy and rehabilitation services at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Pediatric feeding and swallowing therapy and breastfeeding support through my own private practice, Pierce Pediatric Feeding Services
I live in St. Louis, MO with my husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and three cats. I volunteer with Duo Dogs by raising service puppies-in-training and caring for puppies from 0-8 weeks while they are with their mama.
I have a passion for helping families with newborns, and I strive to find solutions that fit within every family's goals and belief systems. I am always continuing to learn and educate myself on the most up-to-date pediatric feeding information so I can give my clients the best and most trusted advice.