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Co-Regulation as a Tool for Fostering the Development of Self-Regulation Skills

Co-Regulation as a Tool for Fostering the Development of Self-Regulation Skills Written by: Kimberly Addon, MOT, OTR/L Disappointments, frustrations, disagreements, stress. These are all factors that we aim to protect our children from, but inevitably, our children will have to face these things and having a toolbox of self-regulation skills helps our children be equipped …

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Idiopathic Toe Walking

Written by Dr. Erica Martin PT, DPT, PCS   When children walk on the balls of their feet, without the heels touching the ground, or on their tippy toes, this is referred to as toe walking. Many children will walk on their toes and it is normal and those children usually stop. Others will toe …

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Cerebral Palsy and Treatment

Multimodal Approach to Treatment for Children with Cerebral Palsy Written by Dr. Mirav Newman, PT, DPT In my 20 years of practice as a pediatric physical therapist,  I have seen many changes in the intervention strategies for children with cerebral palsy.  I recall my professors in PT school talking about my “therapy tool box”.  This …

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Cerebral Palsy Month

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. We want to celebrate the warriors: children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), who every single day overcome tremendous obstacles. After working with children with CP and their families for over twenty-years, I find myself reflecting this month in particular.  There are so many topics that come to mind. For one, …

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Developmental Coordination Disorder

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) What is DCD? Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is as a neurodevelopmental disorder with an early onset. It presents with motor performance deficits, difficulty in performing  activities of daily living (ADLs)  and participation restrictions in social settings which are not better explained by any intellectual disability, visual impairment or any neuromotor conditions …

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Treating Children with Hypotonia with Physical and Occupational Therapy

Treating Children with Hypotonia with Physical and Occupational Therapy Depending on the cause and severity of hypotonia, treatment may vary. However, early and skilled treatment (physical, occupational and speech therapy) will minimize long-term impairments due to hypotonia and provide the best outcomes. When treating hypotonia with physical and occupational therapy, the primary objective is to …

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Idiopathic or Benign Congenital Hypotonia (BCH) in Babies and Children

Idiopathic or Benign Congenital Hypotonia (BCH) in Babies and Children Dr. Erica Martin PT, DPT, PCS What does hypotonia mean? Healthy muscles never fully relax. Muscles have a certain amount of resistance to passive movement and stiffness, which is called your muscle tone. Muscle tone is important for generating our reflexes, maintaining good posture and …

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