Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Activities to Assist Your Child with Buttoning

Activities to Assist Your Child with Buttoning by Sarah Koppenhoefer-Little, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist The ability to button and manipulate clothing fasteners is a significant self-care skill most parents want their child to learn.  This is an important task children need to have independence with dressing.  The typical child will learn to…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy language skills

Understanding Speech Sound Disorders

Understanding Speech Sound Disorders Kids Place West Speech Language Pathologists Speech sound disorders are what the pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist is most well-known for treating.  There is the classic case of a child who says “wabbit” instead of rabbit,” or the child who lisps. But what exactly are speech sound disorders?  Let’s talk about the basics…

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Physical Therapy

Squatting Technique Is Everything

Squatting Technique Is Everything by Brooke Smith, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager Have you ever wanted to increase strength and tone your gluts and legs?  If so, squatting is one of the core exercises most fitness instructors will recommend.  Not only does squatting increase muscle mass but resistance strength training will improve your body’s ability…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

The Importance of Playground Play

The Importance of Playground Play by Jeanette Mangano, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist The playground is an exciting place for most children that is crucial to the development of social, fine motor, and gross motor skills.  In addition to promoting an active lifestyle, children will also learn and develop many skills needed to…

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Physical Therapy knee pain

Case Study: Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement

Case Study: Minimally Invasive Muscle Sparing Patient Specific Total Knee Replacement By Brooke Smith, PT, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist Recently, I had the opportunity to observe a total knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Brandon Gough, MD, of Hedley Orthopaedic Institute.  Dr. Gough performs a newer procedure that is less invasive with a shorter…

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Physical Therapy

Vertigo (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

Vertigo (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) by Brooke Smith, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager and Physical Therapist Dizziness in the form of Vertigo comes in many different varieties.  Commonly, patients who present with vertigo are experiencing what we define as BPPV.  BPPV, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, is caused by a disruption of crystals within the…

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