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How Important Is Crawling to Baby’s Development?

Many parents whose children skip the crawling phase believe that their children are not only developing typically but are actually advanced. When parents report that their child has skipped crawling, the pediatrician may (or may not) indicate that it’s an

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Gross Motor Issues in the Classroom

Starting out in the field of pediatrics, I was incredibly fortunate to work with and learn from a phenomenal Physical Therapist, Pamela Hansford. Through many years of practical experience, she developed a theoretical explanation of how apparently “minor problems” may

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Could Your Child Benefit from Total Motion Release?

Have you ever gotten a “crick” in your neck (or back)? If you have, then you probably noticed that though the pain and restricted movement may have been specific to one small area, it affected your body in other ways.

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What to Expect: Your Child’s First Physical Therapy Appointment

The physical therapy gym is designed to help children build strength, balance, coordination, and endurance.

You’ve received a referral from your doctor, filled out all the forms, and scheduled your first appointment at the therapy office. Everything’s all set, but you may be a little nervous because you don’t know exactly what to expect. You’ve

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Worried About Your Kid’s Backpack? The Scoop on School Backpacks and Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

Can you believe it’s almost time for school to start? With the first day looming, we thought it would be a good time to discuss concerns physical therapists have about school backpacks. Every day, children use backpacks to carry books and

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What’s the Difference Between Occupational and Physical Therapy for Children?

Often, parents want to know what the difference is between occupational therapy and physical therapy. Should your child see an OT, a PT, or both, and if so, why? I’m here today to help clarify how they are similar, but

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Why Does My Child Need to Wear Night Splints?

The benefits of most of the tools that physical therapists use are easy to see. It’s obvious that stretching and strengthening exercises are intended to, well, stretch and strengthen a child’s muscles, and it’s often easy to see an immediate

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Physical Therapists’ Love-Hate Relationship with Video Games

When the original Nintendo Wii was released just over eight years ago, it revolutionized gaming as the first motion-control gaming console on the market. A few years later, Microsoft released its own motion-control gaming device for Xbox 360, Kinect. Both

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What Parents Need to Know About Infant Torticollis

Karolee Stauduhar

I’m taking a few days off this week, keeping my two-year old granddaughter occupied while her mom and newborn sister try to rest and dad’s at work. Being with my newborn granddaughter has gotten me to thinking about the babies I see at Kid’s

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What’s the Problem With Exersaucers?

Karolee Stauduhar

Recently, during the course of a physical therapy session, I asked the patient’s mom how they spend their day at home with baby. She told me that he has started doing more “tummy time,” which most pediatricians highly recommend for development. She

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