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Retro Baby


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Dr. Anne Zachry has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 20 years and has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She writes for Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine online and has written a parenting course for Daily OM. She has been quoted in several magazines and blogs including Parenting magazine and is currently a "ProSquad" parenting advisor for parentingsquad, which runs over 200,000 page views monthly and gets approximately 160,000 visitors each month. An article excerpt from "Retro Baby" appeared in the June/July issue of Babytalk, an affiliate of Parenting magazine, and another excerpt was in the August issue of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Her research has been published in national peer-reviewed journals, including The Southern Medical Journal, The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and The Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. She has had articles published in her profession's trade magazines, Advance and OT Practice, and in a number of regional parenting magazines. Her websites average 50,000 hits monthly. Dr. Zachry is active on Facebook and Twitter. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has lectured at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee.


Packed with wonderful "retro" activities and based on modern-day research, Dr Zachry shares how to avoid "baby product" hazards by sticking with the tried-and-true, fun, sensory-motor activities that babies really need. A mustread guide for the discerning parent! Barbara A. Smith, MS, OTR/L Author of From Rattles to Writing; A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills This is a great book for any parent, but particularly for those who want to minimize the high-tech, often unnecessary, paraphernalia being pushed these days! Parents, you will appreciate the creative ideas for entertaining your baby and encouraging your baby's development. Rachel Y. Moon, MD, FAAP Professor of pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Children's National Medical Center; editor in chief, Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know; chairperson, American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome It's great to see someone take notice of the wonderful way that experiences while awake in prone help the infant learn essential motor skills and do not require special expensive equipment. In addition, parents can be their child's first teachers of exploration, communication, social interaction, and sensory and manipulation skill using inexpensive toys. Many parents will learn that there are simple, easy ways to promote a baby's development. Michael E. Msall, MD, FAAP, FAACPDM Professor of pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, and cochair, Pathways.org Medical Round Table Put down your smartphone and pick up this book. With plain-spoken, concise wisdom, Dr Zachry provides vital, research-backed information for parents of young children. Creative, interactive play with other children and adults supports healthy brain development in ways today's technology never will. Retro Baby provides parents fun, money-saving activities that will set their children up for lifelong success. Mark Bertin, MD, FAAP Developmental pediatrician, author of The Family ADHD Solution: A Scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child's Attention and Minimizing Parental Stress, and editorial advisor, Common Sense Media

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