Preemie parents spend a lot of time monitoring the health and medical condition or our preemies, but it's important to have fun too. Children learn and grow through games and exploration. Try a few of our ideas and enjoy how delightful your preemie is while helping them navigate their world. Email us more fun ideas for kids at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fun and Games: All children need fun and games, but preemies need fun and games that help them developmentally too. We’ve listed some that have worked for us. Your doctor or therapist is a great source for fun and game ideas. Preemies Today members have used therapy sessions to come up with some great activity ideas!
Local Kid’s Activities: Kids benefit from getting out and participating in new activities. We’ve listed some activities in the Metropolitan Washington DC area that you and your preemie way want to try out.
Infant massage classes can help improve the bond between mother and baby, help colic, gas and constipation. Classes are offered through The Maternity Center in Bethesda, Maryland. For more details please contact Gigi Schmid, at (301)613-7378 or email@example.com.
The Body in Balance Center
Specializes in infant Massage, yoga for adults and kids, immune support for children, and holistic nutrition. Classes are offered in Washington DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Rockville
300 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA, 703-518-4434 www.bodyinbalancecenter.com., firstname.lastname@example.org
Infant Massage Workshop at Circle Yoga: Offered on the second Monday of the month from 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. For babies one to six months. Learn how to soothe and stimulate your infant.
Mindful Yoga Studio 5615 39th Street, NW Washington DC 20015, (202)686-1104, www.circleyoga.com
Classes are given by a certified art therapist for children 18 months to 4 years old. All classes are inclusive and provide children the opportunity to explore their own creativity. Parent workshops and birthday parties are also available.
Imagination Stage's AccessAbility Program
Classes, which take a multi-sensory approach, are offered for children starting at ages 1-5. This program emphasizes language, cognitive, and motor development. The Early Childhood Director is a licensed occupational therapist and has a strong background in music and theater
4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-961-6060, www.imaginationstage.org
Local Recreation Centers. Many local recreation centers offer classes in aquatics, gymnastics, art, sign language, yoga, and more.
Fairfax County Parks and Recreation
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927 , Fairfax, VA , 703-324-8702
Montgomery County Parks and Recreation
9500 Brunett Ave. , Silver Spring, Maryland 20901
Falls Church City Parks and Recreation
223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, VA 22046, email@example.com, (703)248-5077, http://www.ci.falls-church.va.us/community/recsandparks/
Arlington City Parks and Recreation
300 N Park Drive , Arlington, VA 22203 , firstname.lastname@example.org, 702-228-4747,
Prince William County Parks and Recreation
Prince William County Government, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192, http://www.pwcparks.org/contact.html
Funfit Kids Like Me @ Funfit Family Fitness Center
Fitness classes for infants through 12 years old in a non-competitive atmosphere. Special needs children are encouraged to join. Classes are held at the McLean Community Center in Virginia and various locations in Maryland.
17511 Redland Rd. , Rockville, MD , (301)975-0099, 888-8-FUNFIT, www.funfit.us.
Gymnastics help build strength and coordination for children of all ages. Classes are offered for children from ages 1-18.
8442 Kao Circle Manassas, VA 20110 , (703)361-4966, http://www.karongymnastics.com.
MarVaTots 'n Teens Gymnastics
Emphasis on fun while building self esteem and self confidence.
5636 Randolph Rd., Rockville, MD, (301)468-9181, www.marvatotsnteens.com.
Little Steps Music, LLC is a firm dedicated to the therapeutic treatment and informal education of all children through music. Programs offered by Little Steps Music include a music therapy private practice, group music therapy sessions, and Music Together
(registered symbol here), an informal music education program for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and their families.
5631 Williamsburg Blvd., Arlington, VA 22207, (703)536-4706, www.littlestepsmusic.com.
Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic riding helps with sensory, motor, and neurological stimulation. Therapeutic riding programs have helped many children with ADHD, hypotonia, sensory integration dysfunction, and cerebral palsy. There is a 6-12 month wait list.
Potomac Horse Center
Working with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities including but not limited to attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity, hypotonia, sensory integration dysfunction, cerebral palsy, and microcephaly.
14211 Quince Orchard Rd. , Gaithersburg, MD , (301)208-0200 www.potomachorse.com
Hands-on-tutoring or computer-based programs to enrich and support your child. Score provides tutoring classes in a fun way. The tutors are referred to as coaches and offer your child encouragement to build self confidence to be successful in school. Programs start at the pre-k level and emphasizes early reading and math skills.
Therapeutic yoga helps strength and coordination as it builds self-esteem. Children diagnosed with low tone, ADHD, Sensory Integration, and Learning Disabilities can benefit from a yoga program.
Mindful Yoga Studio, 5615 39th Street, NW, Washington 20015, (202)686-1104, www.buddingyogis.com
Yoga tales provides age-appropriate stories to children while introducing yoga in a fun and interactive way. Children can benefit from increased strength, flexibility, attention, and concentration.
8020 Norfolk Ave. , Bethesda, MD , (301)951-9642 www.yogatales.com, email@example.com.
Preemie Friendly Recipes: provide a lot of nutrition and help our preemies put on weight. If you have a great preemie recipe that helped your preemie gain weight or just one that your preemie loved to eat, please email us the recipe and where you found it at firstname.lastname@example.org
2 cups brown rice
2 cups canned drained butter beans
2 cups chopped spinach
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup green pepper, sautéed in butter
2 raw eggs
3 tablespoon wheat germ
2 tablespoons butter
2 oz. whole milk
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Add small amounts of milk to moisten. Turn into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes ten 1 cup servings.
1 cup serving = 230 calories, 12 grams protein, 12 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber
*Recipe taken with permission from Cindy Baranoski MS, RD, LDN, Pediatric Nutrition Therapist, Easter Seals DuPag's presentation at the Magic Foundation Annual Conference 2003 Chicago, IL.