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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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  • 5 Benefits of Chores for Your Special Needs Child

    When the dishes have piled up, the windows feature fingertip art, the floors have several days’ worth of grime, and you haven’t found time to fill the dog bowl, who can you call on to help? Your children!   Sure, doing it yourself is probably easier, quicker, and more to your liking. However, children of […]

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  • 4 Reasons to Play Outside With Your Special Needs Child

    Children with special needs are still children above all else. That means they savor the breeze blowing in their hair, the vivid colors of nature splashing in their eyes, and the textures of dirt and sand under their fingertips. While outdoor play brings challenges for some children, the necessity for it cannot be overstated. The […]

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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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  • Muscular Dystrophy and Why Physical Therapy is So Important

    As one of the most frequently inherited disorders worldwide, muscular dystrophy affects boys almost exclusively. Approximately 1 in 3,500 to 6,000 males born in the United States has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of muscular dystrophy in children. Although there are several types of muscular dystrophy, they all involve muscle weakness and a […]

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  • 7 Tips to Surviving the Holidays with your Special Needs Child

    For many parents of children with special needs, the stretch of time between October and January can feel like one big inhale. Between dressing up for Halloween, socializing over Thanksgiving, turning back clocks for Daylight Savings, and of course, the countless festivities associated with Hanukkah, Christmas, Ramadan and other holidays, there are a lot of […]

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  • Make Therapy Fun! Try These 3 Physical Therapy Exercises That Your Child Will Actually Enjoy

    A child’s work is play, so creativity, fun and games are instrumental to making therapy a success. Yet it isn’t just in the office that a child’s muscles need to work. They also need strength and endurance-building activities at home. Just as is the case in therapy, it’s important to make activities fun at home. […]

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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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  • Treating ADHD Through Pediatric Therapy

    Behavioral therapy is a strategy parents can use to treat their child’s ADHD. Behavioral therapy is often effective at helping a child control her impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. Pediatric therapy along with at-home strategies is helpful at improving the ADHD child’s overall behavior. Pediatric Therapy for ADHD Many doctors recommend behavior therapy as a form […]

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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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