Category Archives: Child Development

  • The Role of Proper Nutrition in an ADHD Child

    It is estimated that Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects three to five percent of all preschool and school-aged children. Yet the role nutrition plays in managing a child’s ADHD symptoms is not as cut and dry as you might think. Even more surprising is the role physical therapy plays in ways children with ADHD perform […]

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  • Tips for Preventing Play and Sports Injuries

    As proud as you are of your child’s bravery on the playground or playing field, a part of you still frets over the potential for injury. It’s only natural to be concerned about sprains, strains, accident injuries, and overuse injuries in active kids. The good news is that neither you nor your child is completely […]

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  • 6 Benefits of Chores for Your Special Needs Child

    Giving your special needs child some chores to do around the house can be beneficial not only for you as a parent (saving you time), but also for your child. Your physical therapist may even recommend some chores that will help to develop fine motor skills in your child. If you need some additional tips […]

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  • Tips For Helping Your Autistic Child Transition Back Into School

    Nudging a child with autism back to school after a summer break may seem akin to finding the elusive Wizard of Oz at the end of the Yellow Brick Road. It’s a journey often fraught with tension and tears. You have likely traversed a lengthy path of evaluations to reach this point; you’ve dotted your […]

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  • How Good Nutrition Can Manage Your Child’s ADHD

    There is no “miracle” cure for ADHD, but giving your child a well-balanced, nutritious diet goes a long toward helping him improve his focus and curb behavior problems. Just as most kids’ behaviors are impacted by food choices, a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder becomes more patient and less impulsive when eating more of […]

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  • Get Help for Gross Motor Concerns

    Gross motor skills require the use of the large muscles in the body. These skills include actions such as, walking, climbing stairs, holding objects, balancing and much more. Gross motor skills are essential to many daily activities. You may have a concern with your gross motor skills due to an injury, abnormal muscle tone, neurological […]

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  • Get Help For Fine Motor Concerns

    Unlike gross motor skills, fine motor skills are the small movement of fingers, hands and wrists. Fine motor skills include things like holding small items, buttoning shirts, cutting with scissors, keyboarding, eating and writing. These tasks require strength and coordination of small muscles. Fine motor skills are critical to everyday activities. The hands are needed […]

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  • Core Strengthening Tricks to Do With Your Kid Today

    When parents come home with a newborn, the importance of “tummy time” comes up repeatedly. Colorful toys promise endless hours of tummy time enjoyment for your little one. Yet if you’re like many parents, the reality looks more like this: Place Baby on the floor on his tummy; listen to him scream; shake toys in front […]

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  • Handwriting without Tears: Tips for Practicing Handwriting with your Child

    Handwriting is a multifaceted process of coordinating hands, arms, eyes and body posture. While it is undoubtedly important for writing– in fact, K-5 teachers indicate that 24 to 58 percent of classroom time is spent writing on paper — it is also a building block for many other skills. Being able to print letters clearly and […]

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  • What’s the Deal with W-Sitting?

    There is a great deal of controversy over a sitting position common for young children, called W-sitting. W-sitting, so named because the legs splay out to form a W pattern, has been associated with causing several developmental orthopedic problems and doctors have warned to discourage children from assuming this position. Though there are some pediatricians […]

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