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Cerebral Palsy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Cerebral Pasly What is cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy is a neurologic condition that is diagnosed shortly after birth or within the first few years of life. Cerebral palsy affects the brain-body connection. In other words, the brain is not communicating effectively with the rest of the body. The name cerebral (brain) palsy (paralysis) explains what

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A torticollis diagnosis: What’s next?

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When my daughter was a baby she was diagnosed with torticollis. Although this may seem scary when you first hear this diagnosis, therapy is usually effective and relatively short, often depending on how early the torticollis is diagnosed. What is torticollis? Torticollis is a condition where one’s neck is turned consistently to one side, with

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The Role of a Pediatric Physical Therapist

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What do Physical Therapists do?   Physical therapists (PT’s) are the movement experts.  PT’s work with individuals of all ages to assist them with their mobility: enabling them to move through their environment with the most independence as possible.   PT’s treat individuals after surgery or after an injury to help improve their mobility through

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Sensory or Behavior? So…which is it?

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Now, let’s dig deeper still. Sometimes, a child’s reaction is purely sensory, and sometimes, a child’s reaction is purely a typical age-appropriate behavior. Sometimes, it is both. A reaction that began as sensory-related, has now become an ingrained behavior and vice versa. Due to this confusion, sensory and behavior approaches can be used simultaneously. Something

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Sensory or Behavior? Identifying environmental triggers

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Don’t you love when questions are answered with more questions? However, in this case, it’s necessary. In our previous blog posts, we defined sensory processing disorder and looked at typical behaviors by age group.  Now we will look at questions that may help you identify triggers and raise your awareness of the environment in which incidents

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Sensory or Behavior? Observing age-appropriate typical behaviors

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Previously in our discussion examining sensory vs. behavior, we defined sensory processing disorder. Now we look at the flip side: the behavior piece. And again, let’s get our facts straight. According to Sherry Mulligan’s “Occupational Therapy Evaluation for Children: A Pocket Guide” these are the descriptions of typical behavior patterns from ages 1-12.    

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