Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Using Your Backyard Wall for Improving Coordination

Using Your Backyard Wall to Improve Your Child’s Motor Coordination By: Kristen Henderson, M.S., OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist At Kids Place, we are always looking for new activities to keep our patients moving and learning at home. The following activities will help to work on eye teaming, bilateral coordination, problem solving, frustration…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

How to Improve a Child’s Body Awareness

How to Improve a Child’s Body Awareness by Hannah Whitty, Occupational Therapy Student Children with poor body awareness have increased difficulty knowing where their body is in space. Body awareness is an essential skill needed for children to properly participate in everyday tasks. Without appropriate body awareness, a child is unable to safely navigate their…

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic vs Land Therapy – What is the Difference?

Aquatic vs Land Therapy – What is the Difference? by Bobbi Michels, PT, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist Aquatic physical therapy, like land-based physical therapy, is part of the physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty involving the expertise and knowledge of a licensed physical therapist. Land-based therapy incorporates rehabilitation of an individual using therapeutic…

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Pediatric Feeding Therapy

Strategies for Successful Family Mealtimes

Strategies for Successful Family Mealtimes by Christy Beauchamp, CCC-SLP Kids Place West Speech and Feeding Therapist Family meal times are a time to join together to sit and enjoy a variety of foods and conversations. But for families of picky eaters, family dinners can instead be stressful and even chaotic. Stress and anxiety overwhelm the…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

The Importance of Crawling for Babies and Older Children

The Importance of Crawling for Babies and Older Children by Lauren Bacsalmasi, DPT Kids Place Central Pediatric Physical Therapist Frequently, we hear from parents of children who start walking without crawling, or they only scooted on their bottoms. It is important that children, even ones who are already walking, learn the skill of crawling and…

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Physical Therapy

Indiba Therapy – Revitalizing Lives

Indiba Therapy – Revitalizing Lives by Brooke Smith, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Cert DN, CCI AzOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager As an evidence-based practice, we are always evolving and learning the best manual therapy techniques, exercise protocols, and new modalities that are utilized to accelerate healing times and return you to normal as quickly and efficiently as…

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