Pediatric Occupational Therapy

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Is Occupational Therapy Right For My Child? Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) is a specialty designed to help individuals with developmental, physical, and cognitive delays.  Occupational therapists help develop, recover, or maintain skills needed to perform their everyday activities (occupations).  A child’s occupation is to play, dress, groom, bath, and perform school work.  Factors that may…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Orthotic Friendly Shoes

Orthotic Friendly Shoes By Brittany Ricciardi, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist Finding fashionable shoes that fit over a Supra Malleolar Orthosis (SMO) and Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) easily is a daunting task.  When looking for shoes, it is recommended to find a wider shoe.  But frequently, these shoes are bulky in order to accommodate…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Sensory Boards and The Importance of Play

Sensory Boards and the Importance of Play by Sarah Koppenhoefer-Little, MS, OTR/L Kids Place Pediatric Occupational Therapist One of the main jobs or “occupations” of a child is to play.  As they play, they learn about their environment, gain essential skills, and have a fantastic time doing it.  The poet Diane Ackerman once said, “Play…

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Physical Therapy

PT, Chiropractors, Massages – What’s the Difference?

Physical Therapy, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists – What’s the Difference? by Anna McNamara, DPT AZOPT Buckeye Physical Therapist There are many misconceptions regarding the similarities and differences between physical therapy, chiropractors and massage therapy. Patients often believe they are the same thing. In fact, the three professions have very different theories regarding the preferred method of…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Considering a Service Dog to Assist Children with Disabilities

Considering a Service Dog to Assist Children with Disabilities by Cindy Ewert, OTR/L Kids Place Pediatric Occupational Therapist When you feel like you have exhausted every option, and are still looking for the one thing that could change your child’s life, a service dog therapy dog may be your answer! It is important to note…

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