Speech and How it Relates to Muscle Control

Mother and Child

Over the years there have been research articles linking speech and voice production to gross motor development and control. Cut the fancy lingo and what do you have? Speech production is linked to physical strength and milestone achievement! How? Well, let’s explain… So to understand the correlation, you first have to understand two different muscle…

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Why You Should Break The Habit of W-Sitting

W-sitting

Bad habits …. we all have them. Whether is biting your nails, fidgeting with your pen, cracking your knuckles….the list is endless. Usually these are pretty harmless poor habits but other times, like W-Sitting, it can have a significant effect on your child. A lot of the time parents don’t even know what it is…

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Proof that Parents Need Support

Support Group

Just this month, an article came out about parent experiences in transitions for their child with Cerebral Palsy. I read through the article full of parent experiences when transitioning their child to developmental/rehab services. This article is specific to parents with children with Cerebral Palsy, however this can relate to all parents of special needs…

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5 Tips for a G-Tube Blended Diet

Smoothies

I am no nutritionist, but I have been speaking with some other professionals in the field about G-tube fed diets and have discovered a few consistent themes in these conversations. If your child isn’t on formula anymore or you are in the process of switching from formula to a blended diet – make sure to…

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How Does Riding a Bike Help Developmental Skills?

Child Riding Bike

Recently in the clinic I was asking a parent if her daughter has ever ridden an adaptive bicycle. She said she wasn’t sure but that she probably did in school. She then asked, “what kinds of things would that help her with anyway?” “So, I figured I’d answer it for all of you who may…

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Should Your Child Crawl Before They Walk?

Baby Crawling

Developmental milestones, specifically crawling before walking, has become a topic of debate among pediatricians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and so on. I was working on crawling recently with a client when the topic came up. Why do they need to crawl before they walk? There’s evidence it may not matter and that if they skip…

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Belly Breather VS. Chest Breather and Why It Affects Your Loved One’s Balance:

Breathing Children

So let’s review…We talked recently about the “soda can model” of breathing and how it affects posture. (If you didn’t get a chance to read that and would like more details click here). We discussed how important it is for all of the pressures to balance so that we can function and go about our…

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A Can Of Soda – And How It Relates To Posture and Breathing

Soda Pop

Do you have a child that has poor posture? Difficulty swallowing? Difficulty with bowel/bladder excretions? This concept I am about to explain will actually relate our BREATHING to all of these different issues. You may be saying… “How on earth is a can of soda related to breathing or posture?!” I was thinking the same…

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The Harmful Effects of Stress and What You Can Do About It

It is a known fact parenting is stressful, but parenting a child with special needs that may or may not have siblings also, DEFINES stress! I see it every single day with the parents that come into the facility. You are managing doctors visits, therapy visits, school issues, fighting insurance companies, making sure they get…

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What Is The Difference Between Muscle Tone And Strength?

Muscle Tone and Strength

Often as a physical therapist, I get the question “What is the difference between muscle tone and strength?” I’ve decided to put together a fact sheet for EASY distinction on the differences so you, as a parent, can better understand your child. Muscle TONE is defined as the tension in a muscle at rest. It…

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