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About PT4Peanuts

Judy is the proud owner of Lil' Peanuts Physical Therapy, P.C. She is a board certified pediatric specialist who has worked with children all across the country, from NICUs to outpatient day rehabilitation centers. She is an avid blogger and full proponent of APTA’s 2020 vision for physical therapy. Her passions lie in educating children, parents, teachers, clinicians, and future therapists so that they can best reach their full potential.

Why Out-of-Network Care?

I know. Insurance is boring. But, here is a question I have to address often so hear me out… Why “In-Network” may not be the cost-effective approach to your baby’s therapy: Lil’ Peanuts Physical Therapy was founded with the goal … Continue reading

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Infant skull growth and why the first 6 months is so important.

It has now been more than 6 months since I started working at Cranial Technologies, a cranial remolding orthotics company. Over the past few months, I have gotten to know hundreds of babies. I meet new ones every day with … Continue reading

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Feeling lucky at work, every single day.

Around 9 months ago, I bid a tearful goodbye to a job I loved in Chicago and moved across the country to be with my husband in Los Angeles. At the time, I was sort of excited about all the … Continue reading

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What happens during a PT session?

Everyday, I evaluate new babies I meet on their head shapes, muscle strengths, and gross motor skills. The other day, a parent filmed part of my session. While I cannot provide traditional physical therapy interventions at my day job (where … Continue reading

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What is Pediatric Physical Therapy

Brief description of pediatric PT in an outpatient clinic setting with relatively high functioning clientele. Starring yours truly.

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5 common misconceptions about pediatric PT

Most of the parents I encounter on a daily basis had no idea baby physical therapy existed as a resource for them. Some were sent straight from a pediatrician’s check-up. Some were redirected by teachers they trust. Some found physical … Continue reading

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The 7-minute workout for kids!

The 7-minute workout is an effective high-intensity training for adults. It is also something you can do with your kids on a daily basis. Read here for how to modify this workout for young bodies: http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/benefits-7-minute-workout-kids/

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The truth behind chiropractors for children

In October 2013, a sensational headline surfaced from the Australian press: “Chiropractor Breaks Baby’s Neck!”  It turns out, a pediatric chiropractor fractured a child’s vertebrae while trying to treat torticollis. About a year before that, a baby with torticollis actually came to me … Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Children – A Physical Therapy Perspective

I recently recommended acupuncture treatment to a client with an especially challenging case of idiopathic toe-walking. Instead of giving me the raised eyebrows I usually see when recommending alternative medicine to children, her mother eagerly set up an appointment with a … Continue reading

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To helmet or not to helmet, that is the question.

In a recent study published by the British Medical Journal and the New York Times, helmets used to correct flat heads on babies were deemed ineffective. See below for my response to that study.  Because physical therapists like me have … Continue reading

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