Pediatric Speech Therapy

Language Skills- Pediatric ST Video

Kids Place celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month. Check out this video from Lauryn, Stephanie, and Paige, Speech Therapists at Kids Place Central, to learn more about how you can improve your child’s receptive and expressive language skills at home. For more information, please visit: Receptive and Expressive Language Skills – Examples Encouraging Early Developing…

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Physical Therapy

Increasing Strength Through Blood Flow Restriction

Increasing Strength Through the Use of Blood Flow Restriction By Matt Flanigan, DPT, Cert BFR AZOPT Goodyear Doctor of Physical Therapy What is Blood Flow Restriction? In a rehabilitation or exercise setting, blood flow restriction (BFR) can be very useful to improve strength and increase muscle mass. Essentially, we use a specialized blood pressure cuff…

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Physical Therapy

Identifying Common Injuries in the Weekend Warrior

Identifying Common Injuries in the Weekend Warrior by Ryann Roberts, DPT, Cert DN Owner, Doctor of Physical Therapy Many of us fit the pattern of a weekend warrior – work and family throughout the week restrict our ability to participate in fitness and activities. So instead, we complete vigorous workouts and recreational activities on weekends. The…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Ask The Therapist – What is Visual Motor Integration?

Ask The Therapist – What is Visual Motor Integration? by Amanda Mazerall, OTR/L Kids Place Central Pediatric Occupational Therapist Visual Motor Integration, or ‘VMI,’ is a form of coordination that allows us to accurately control our hand movements based off of vision. Poor VMI skills may impact a child’s ability to write their name, catch…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy? Celebrating OT Month

What is Occupational Therapy? Celebrating OT Month By Jessica Tallent, OTR/L Kids Place Pediatric Occupational Therapist Since 1980, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has recognized April as occupational therapy month.  But what exactly do occupational therapists, specifically pediatric occupational therapists, do? The World Federation of Occupational Therapy (OT) defines occupational therapy as a “client-centered…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

How to Keep Your Wandering Child Safe

How to Keep Your Wandering Child Safe by Jennifer Gile, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Wandering is common in children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Approximately half of children with ASD will wander from a safe environment.  While this is more common in children with ASD, it can affect other children as…

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