How can Pediatric Physical Therapy help?
What is pediatric physical therapy? Pediatric physical therapy is a specific field of physical therapy in which a physical therapist (PT) works with children who are typically between the ages of 0 to 18 years of age. Pediatric PTs work with the child and family to...
Sensory Integration: What exactly is “Vestibular Input”?
Have you heard of “vestibular input”, or your “vestibular system”? If you haven’t now is the time to learn about these phrases, as they are extremely important to our world of Sensory Integration. I will try to explain the system and this type of “input” both in scie…
Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Physical Therapy What’s the big deal about “crossing midline”?
If you’ve spent any time in the pediatric rehabilitation world, you’ve probably heard the phrase “crossing midline”. But what does that mean? And why are occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech/language pathologists so excited about seeing this skill? W…
All About the “R”
Why is “r” so hard to say?
The “r” sound can be a difficult sound for children to produce since it is not a visible phoneme unlike many other speech sounds such as “f” or “b”. These speech sounds are visible and easy for children to reproduce when given an example (i.e…
Sensory Integration: What exactly is “Proprioceptive Input”?
What is proprioceptive input?
Proprioceptive input or proprioception is sensory input we gain into our joints and muscles to tell us about our movements and body position.
How Does Proprioception Work and Help Us?
Proprioceptive input is received through heavy w…
We Can ALL be a Superhero to a Child in Need
What is child abuse or neglect?
Abuse’ or ‘child abuse or neglect’ means an act or omission that threatens the health or welfare of a child in one of the following categories:
Skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, failure to thrive, burns, fracture of any bone, subd…
Do you have a resistant eater?
Family mealtimes are supposed to be enjoyable and most importantly stress free. However, if you are or are living with a resistant eater, mealtimes may be stressful, chaotic, and disheartening. Many individuals feel eating is a basic process merely involving putting th…
Orthotic Support for Flat Feet in Children
As a pediatric physical therapist, I am often confronted with questions on the necessity of orthotic support for children who have flat feet.
“Are his/her feet too flat?”
“Will this go away on its own?”
“Will orthotic supports help them walk sooner?”
“Is this normal?”
Handwriting Skills Start in the First Year
The development of handwriting starts in a newborn. During the first year of life a baby grows and develops skills exponentially. In this stage, gross motor development, motor planning, and eye hand coordination are three skills that are engaged and will contribute to…
Get those Babes on their Tummies
Tummy time may sound very simple, but it is an important exercise you should find time for daily to set your infant up for successful growth and development. Placing your infant on his or her stomach to explore the world is a building block toward achieving other moto…