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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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Sensory Integration Therapy and Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening Written by Jeanette Bond OTR/L       What is sensory integration therapy?    Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured way.  The aim is to encourage participation, engagement, and elicit an appropriate adaptive response. The sensory systems involved include tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory, vestibular or movement, …

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Container Baby Syndrome

What is Container Baby Syndrome? And why even the best baby equipment on the market today may actually harm your baby!  By Dr. Mirav Newman, PT, DPT    In our previous post we discussed the importance of tummy time and established that you can have fun with your baby on the floor. Now we will …

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