So your pediatrician recommended physical therapy, now what? A lot of thoughts are probably running through your head right now including “what does physical therapy for a child even look like?” The answer is….it depends on the child, however the general layout is the same.
What is a Tongue Thrust? As feeding and swallowing therapists, we frequently see disordered swallowing patterns. One of these patterns is a tongue thrust. It can also be known as a reverse swallow, immature swallow, or deviant swallow pattern. But what is a tongue thrust?
Good body mechanics and proper lifting techniques are so important for keeping your back and body healthy. As our kids with special needs and mobility restrictions get older, it is important to re-evaluate how they are lifted and carried to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. Here are some suggestions for ways to set up and execute transfers to avoid injury.
Torticollis is a muscular condition in babies in which the sternocleidomastoid muscle is tight on one side of the neck. As a result, the babies’ heads will be tilted towards and rotated away from the tight side. Torticollis can be present at birth (congenital) or occur later in infancy (acquired).
Temperatures are beginning to drop, and it is almost time to zip up those jackets again! As parents, you may be wondering, “When should my child be able to zip and button his or her coat?” Here are a few milestones to keep in mind: Two‐and‐a‐half years · Unbuttons a large button. · Can put
Who isn’t excited by the first word? But what if your child has not started to talk yet, or if he/she is showing signs of a communication delay? There are still ways you can help your child to get ready for talking by working on their imitation skills. These skills will help build the
Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles in the arms, legs, and trunk to complete whole-body movements like crawling, walking, running, and jumping. Every child is unique and develops skills differently. However, gross motor milestones (listed below) can act as a reference for a child’s development.
Toe walking is NOT a part of normal development. In fact, research shows quite the opposite. Instead, toe walking is a visible symptom of other problems that have just not become evident yet. As with most developmental issues, it is best dealt with quickly and efficiently in order to reduce the chances of bigger problems in the future. Unfortunately, it is becoming more common, with long term consequences of pain and dysfunction. Our ability as physical therapists to help without surgical intervention is significantly decreased after the age of 4.
How to use everyday activities to build your child’s expressive language Skills
Eat something, please! Getting your little ones to eat something, anything., everything, can be such a daunting task. Does your child consume the same foods at all mealtimes? Do they severely lack items from important food groups including vegetables, fruits, and proteins? Does your child have a diet that is severely limited and insufficient