Category Archives: Parenting

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 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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Gait Development In Children

Walking is an important part of growth and locomotion. It is a complex task that requires musculoskeletal and neurological system maturation and cohesion. Read here on how early gait develops in children. via Gait Development In Children.

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The Different Types and Presentations of Cerebral Palsy

In last month’s blog about cerebral palsy (CP), I talked about the neurological condition and what can be improved by working with a physical therapist. This week, I am going to delve deeper into the condition and explain why some kids … Continue reading

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An Uplifting Syndrome

In light of World Down Syndrome Day, which was 9 days ago, I was preparing to write a work blog about the physical limitations of children with Down Syndrome and what we can do as therapists to help them lead … Continue reading

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT STUDY RESULTS: GROSS MOTOR MILESTONES IN THE FIRST YEAR

The line between typical and atypical development can be a hazy one. There are standards that pediatricians, physical therapists, and developmental experts use to monitor growth and deviations from the norm, which allow us to recommend interventions when appropriate.  In 2006, … Continue reading

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