Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy and Management of Osteoarthritis

Physical Therapy and Management of Osteoarthritis by Taylor Rock, DPT AzOPT Goodyear Doctor of Physical Therapy Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and affects roughly 32.5 million adults in the US.  It is commonly referred to the “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD).  OA occurs when cartilage within the…

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I am Struggling with my Selective Eater, What do I do?

I am Struggling with my Selective Eater, What do I do? It is common for families, parents, and or caregivers to have a child that is a “picky” eater. “Picky” eater may seem insensitive, so let’s call your child a selective eater. Often times parents and families may ask themselves, what in the world do…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Three Household Items to Promote Grasp Development

Three Household Items to Promote Grasp Development by Kristen Henderson, M.S., OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist   As a child grows and progresses with new skills, their grasp is developing as well. Adequate grasp development is important for age appropriate pre-writing and handwriting skills, manipulation of everyday items, and proper fine motor coordination.…

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How a Tongue Tie Can Affect Your Child

How a Tongue Tie Can Affect Your Child by Kacie Bartlett, CCC-SLP Kids Place West Pediatric Speech, Language and Feeding Therapist According to the Affiliation of Tongue-Tie professionals (IATP), “tongue tie is an embryological remnant of tissue in the midline between the undersurface of the tongue and floor of the mouth that restricts normal tongue…

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Physical Therapy

Injury Prevention for the Performance Athlete

Injury Prevention for the Performance Athlete (Dancer) by Taylor Kitkowski, DPT AzOPT Glendale Doctor of Physical Therapy In the world of sports, performance athletes, or dancers, are often overlooked. However, dance requires high levels of physical demands in addition to maintaining a lean body type. These factors make young dancers more susceptible to injuries. Dance…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatrics: Hippotherapy vs. Adaptive Riding

Pediatrics: Hippotherapy vs. Adaptive Riding by Justine Gonzales, OTR/L Kids Place Central Occupational Therapist The terms hippotherapy and adaptive riding (formally known as therapeutic riding) are commonly misused. While both approaches incorporate the benefits of riding a horse, there are various differences among the two. To ensure children are receiving the most appropriate horseback riding…

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Comprehensive Lymphedema Management

AzOPT Goodyear now offers Comprehensive Lymphedema Management Ruth Ann Larsen, a licensed physical therapist currently treating at AzOPT Goodyear, is now certified in Lymphdema management. Ruth Ann is accepting new patients immediately. What is Lymphedema?  Lymphedema is persistent swelling of a limb that does not go down with elevation of that limb. What causes Lymphedema?…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Adaptive Sport and Recreation Resources for Children

Adaptive Sport Programs and Recreation Resources for Children with Disabilities Individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities experience problems with their overall health including higher rates of obesity when compared to their typically developing peers. Obesity is a worldwide health concern that is not often tracked in children and youth with disabilities over their lifespan. Children…

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Physical Therapy

Strength Training is for Everyone, Regardless of Age

Strength Training is for Everyone, Regardless of Age By JD Fields, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert DN AzOPT Glendale Clinic Manager and Doctor of Physical Therapy Exercise is an important aspect of overall health and wellness. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends adults participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise at…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Holiday Gifts to Promote Development – Part 2

Holiday Gifts to Encourage Improvements in Gross Motor Skills by Danielle Burke, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist Infants Pop Up Toys: Encourage reaching in multiple developmental positions such as quadruped (hands and knees), tall kneeling, and standing. (pictured toy $25 on Amazon) Floor Activity Mirror: Encourages child to look up while on their…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Holiday Gift Ideas to Promote Development – Part 1

Holiday Gift Ideas to Promote Developmental and Gross Motor Skills By Mackenzie Clinger, PT, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapy General Developmental and Gross Motor Skills Play Mat Soft surface perfect for tummy time, rolling, crawling, and playing! Can later be used as a hopscotch or for building to promote coordination and motor planning…

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Physical Therapy

The Role of Physical Therapy in COVID-19 Recovery

The Role of Physical Therapy in COVID-19 Recovery by Pamela Guevarra, PT, DPT, CCI, Cert. D.N. AzOPT Buckeye Physical Therapist Researchers and healthcare professionals continue to learn more each day about the coronavirus that has uprooted our daily lives. While more is still to be learned, one thing for certain is the role physical therapy…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Maintaining Attention During Remote Learning

Maintaining Attention During Remote Learning By Kristi Knight, OTD/S Kids Place Student Occupational Therapist Online school can be hard for any child, especially if that child has a short attention span due to ADHD, developmental delay, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Helping your child maintain focus on their schoolwork proves to be difficult for many…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Awareness

Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Awareness by Lauren Bacsalmasi, DPT Kids Place Central Pediatric Physical Therapist Pitt Hopkins is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a gene called TCF4 in chromosome 18. While this disorder is considered to be very rare, diagnosis is becoming more common with increased access to genetic testing. It is associated with other disorders…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Brain Breaks for Virtual Learning

Brain Breaks for Virtual Learning by Kristen Henderson, M.S., OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist For families across Arizona, virtual learning is our children’s’ new way of life. A child’s main occupation is to learn through play and movement, which can be tricky during this time of online learning. Try some of these brain…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Strategies to Promote Comprehension and Encourage Language

Strategies to Promote Comprehension and Encourage Language by Lauryn Bates, M.S., CCC-SLP Kids Place Central Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist Daily routines and activities are the perfect time to help your child learn early language skills. Language refers to the words/signs/gestures that we use and how we use these to express our wants and needs…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Easy Ways to Increase Language Input During Daily activities

Easy Ways to Increase Language Input During Daily activities by Pauline Munoz, CCC-SLP KP Central Speech and Language Pathologist The amount of language children are exposed to from birth to three years of age significantly affects their learning and language abilities. Most parents understand the importance of talking to their children. However, it is easy…

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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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Physical Therapy

Staying Active While Maintaining Social Distancing

Staying Active While Maintaining Social Distancing by Taylor Rock, DPT AzOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist COVID-19 is causing major disruptions to all areas of life and currently presents a serious threat to our health. We support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for staying safe and avoiding unnecessary exposure – staying home to self-isolate…

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Student Therapists at Kids Place

Student Therapists at Kids Place by Jeanette Mangano, DPT, PCS Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist At Kids Place, we are active within the educational communities for therapist’s education. We seek to assist speech language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy students with advancing their education and completing clinical rotations in order to obtain their…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

My Child is Constantly Putting Things in His Mouth

My Child is Constantly Putting Things in His Mouth by Tracie Dahl, OTR/L Kids Place Central Pediatric Occupational Therapist You may have heard your child’s therapist talk about proprioception and the importance of providing proprioceptive input, but what is it? The proprioceptive system helps tell us about the movement and position of our joints and…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

The Developmental Benefits of Chores

The Developmental Benefits of Chores by Kristen Henderson, M.S., OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist For many of us, chores are a normal part of childhood. What you may not realize is that common household chores can help children develop a variety of executive functioning skills that are beneficial later in life. Executive functioning…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

A Guide to Understanding Pediatric PT

A Guide to Understanding Pediatric Physical Therapy What is pediatric physical therapy? Pediatric physical therapist work with a variety of children ranging from babies with torticollis or delay, orthopedic sports injuries, and children with delays due to diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and autism. Pediatric PTs help to improve gross motor skills, walking pattern, strength,…

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists Treat Headaches

Physical Therapists Treat Headaches by Daniel Cox, DPT AZOPT Glendale Physical Therapist Increased digital device use and ‘screen-time’ are becoming a major contributing factor to more frequent complaints of headaches. Recent studies actually estimate that one out of every 6 Americans suffer from headaches. This means the odds are that you, or someone you are…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Your Child’s Progressions in Handwriting

Your Child’s Progressions in Handwriting By Jenna Zellner, OTS Kids Place Student Occupational Therapist Handwriting acquisition is a crucial learning process necessary to get children prepared for school and adult life. Similar to a child’s physical development, handwriting skills follow a sequential progression. First children develop precursor readiness skills which consist of drawing simple shapes.…

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Physical Therapy

What Plumbers and Physical Therapists Share in Common

What Plumbers and Physical Therapists Share in Common By Genevieve Jenkins, DPT AZOPT Buckeye Doctor of Physical Therapy What do plumbers and physical therapists have in common? They can both fix leaks! While a plumber would be best employed for household leaks, a physical therapist can help you address a different kind of leak referred…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Upper Body Weight Bearing

Upper Body Weight Bearing By Jessica Tallent, OTR/L Kids Place Pediatric Occupational Therapist Occupational therapists assist in developing fine motor coordination and grasping skills needed for children to carry out everyday tasks. These tasks include playing with different sized, picking up pieces of food, learning to use utensils such as spoons and markers, tying shoes,…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Promoting Fluent Speech for Children Who Stutter

Promoting Fluent Speech for Children Who Stutter by Alexandra Pagel, M.A., CF-SLP Kids Place West Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist You’re staring at a large audience, delivering an important speech. You find yourself starting sentences over, taking long pauses, and repeating parts of words or entire words. You’re nervous and your words just aren’t coming…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Tools to Manage Your Child’s Challenging Behaviors

Tools to Manage Your Child’s Challenging Behaviors by Kristen Henderson, M.S., OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Children misbehaving or testing the limits is a normal part of childhood development.  Most challenging behaviors emerge between the ages of 3—6 when the child is developing a sense of autonomy. However, these behaviors can reach a…

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Physical Therapy

How Yoga Challenged This Crossfitter with Unrealized Benefits

How Yoga Challenged This Crossfitter with Unrealized Benefits By Brooke Smith, DPT, FAAOMPT, CERT DN, CCI AZOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager As an avid Crossfitter, I enjoy a challenging workout with immediate results. So, I was skeptical when I was invited to participate in my first yoga class. Would it be difficult enough? Would I even…

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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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Understanding Pediatric Occupational Therapy

A Guide to Understanding Pediatric Occupational Therapy Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) This is the primary focus of occupational therapists. We aim to help our clients become as independent as possible in areas of self-care including playing, dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, brushing teeth and cooking, to name a few.  With children, we are often teaching…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Spring Break Activities That Challenge Your Children

Spring Break Activities That Challenge Your Children By Brittany Ricciardi PT, DPT, PCS Kids Place Central Clinic Manager and Pediatric Physical Therapist Spring break is just around the corner! Are you nervous? Many parents are often challenged with ideas and activities to keep their children busy. Here are a couple that are not only fun…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Try Playing on a Vertical Surface

Try Playing on a Vertical Surfaceby Melissa Engelhardt, SOTKids Place West Student Occupational Therapist Most writing, drawing, coloring, and playing occurs on a tabletop or floor, both horizontal surfaces. While these surfaces are convenient because toys stay in place, they also encourage poor posture. Playing on horizontal surfaces can lead to poor posture from slouching,…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Utilizing Yoga for Therapy has Multiple Benefits

Utilizing Yoga For Therapy has Multiple Benefitsby Sarah Koppenhoefer-Little, OTR/LKP West Pediatric Occupational Therapist For those of us who practice yoga regularly, we are aware of its many benefits. But did you know that it’s good for children, too? Utilizing yoga in therapy sessions, as well as the home, has many benefits for your children,…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Orthotics – Why the Heel?

Pediatric Orthotics – Why the Heel? by Kids Place Central Pediatric Physical Therapists As pediatric physical therapists, we often recommend a child be evaluated and fit for a pair of ankle-foot orthotics or AFOs. AFOs are plastic devices created by a certified orthoptist, custom made to control certain parts of an extremity, guide specific movements,…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Promoting Better Sleep Habits in Children

Promoting Better Sleep Habits in Children by Kyla Johnson, M.S., OTR/L KP West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Sleep has such an important impact on your child’s mental and physical development. Poor or inadequate sleep can also affect a child’s behavioral responses. Sleep, or lack thereof, can affect your child’s ability to self-regulate and make it difficult…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Costume Ideas for Kids with Sensory and Mobility Concerns

Costume Ideas for Kids with Sensory and Mobility Concerns By Sarah Koppenhoefer-Little, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Most children love Halloween! But for parents of children with special needs, Halloween can be stressful. Will my child tolerate a costume with their sensory concerns? How can I customize a costume for my wheelchair-bound child?…

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Physical Therapy

Using PT to Help Relieve Pain Following Pregnancy

Using Physical Therapy to Help Relieve Pain and Ailments Following a Pregnancy: How my Own Personal Experiences Guide my Perspective By Pamela G.Guevarra, PT, DPT AZOPT Physical Therapist My husband and I waited patiently for years to have a baby.  When our doctor told us we were pregnant with twins, like most families of multiples,…

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Physical Therapy

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month with Activity

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month with Activity This October, we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM)!  NPTM is an awareness celebration held each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to recognize the important roles physical therapists play in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.  Nobody understands this more than the “Active Adult”…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Encouraging Early Developing Social Language Skills

Encouraging Early Developing Social Language Skills Kids Place Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist “Pragmatic language” refers to how we interact with others in a socially appropriate manner. It not only includes what we say but also nonverbal cues, such as the tone of voice we use, facial expressions and body language. Social language skills begin developing…

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My #SuccessStory – Layne

My #SuccessStory by Layne S. Layne is an active, busy, and care-giving 62 year old woman who enjoys golf, photography, walking her dogs, and was just starting to learn Pickle ball.  Her husband was a couple months removed from getting much of his life back after completing an intensive physical therapy program called Big and Loud,…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

What is Typical Leg Alignment in Early Childhood?

What is Typical Leg Alignment in Early Childhood? by Jeanette Mangano, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist Your child will go through many significant changes in the structure and alignment of their legs throughout their development. Alignment is an important contributing factor to your child standing and walking. Often, parents will ask me if…

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Taekwondo’s Positive Impact on Child Development

Taekwondo’s Positive Impact on Child Development by Jessica Raykovich, SPT Student Physical Therapist Taekwondo is a form of martial arts that has been around for hundreds of years. It stands for Tae=foot/leg, Kwon=fist/fight, and Do=way or discipline. It incorporates various forms of kicking, punching, and blocking all while teaching discipline and respect. So should it…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Reading Books to Children with Language Delays

Reading Books to Children with Language Delays By Pam Cooper, CCC-SLP Kids Place West Speech and Feeding Therapist A language delay is the slow or late acquisition of language abilities in comparison to their same-aged peers. Children with language delays often lack exposure to vocabulary and environments that allow for learning and understanding. Reading books…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Handwriting – Pediatric OT Video

AZOPT Kids Place pediatric occupational therapist, Amanda, define the skills necessary for strong handwriting and how pediatric occupational therapy intervenes to positively impact children with developmental delays. For more information, please visit: Correct Children’s Handwriting Grips Helpful Tips for Your Child’s Handwriting Your Child’s Progressions in Handwriting A Guide to Understanding Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Reflexes Role in Child Development

Reflexes Role in Child Development By Jenn Gile, OTR/L; Jessica Tallent, OTR/L; Amanda Mazerall, OTR/L Kids Place Pediatric Occupational Therapists A reflex is an automatic, instinctual movement pattern that occurs in response to a stimulus. There are several primitive reflexes that are present at birth or emerge shortly after birth and integrate within the first…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Self Care Skills and Child Development

Self Care Skills and Child Development by Egle Majute, Student Occupational Therapist The role of an Occupational Therapist is to support children of any age in participation of their daily occupations. One of those occupations is self-care skills. Self-care skills are everyday tasks such as toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing, commonly referred to as activities of…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Self Care Skills – Pediatric OT Video

AZOPT Kids Place pediatric occupational therapist, Sarah, and student, Egle define self care skills and how pediatric occupational therapy intervenes to positively impact children with developmental delays. For more information, please visit: A Guide to Understanding Pediatric Occupational Therapy Self Care Skills and Child Development

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Visual Motor Skills – Pediatric OT Video

AZOPT Kids Place pediatric occupational therapist, Sarah, defines visual motor skills and how pediatric occupational therapy intervenes to positively impact children with developmental delays. For more information, please visit: A Guide to Understanding Pediatric Occupational Therapy Defining Visual Motor Skills and Visual Perceptual Skills Improving Your Child’s Visual Skills

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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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What is Direct Access to Physical Therapy?

What is Direct Access to Physical Therapy? By Ryann Roberts, DPT, Owner Arizona Orthopedic Physical Therapy (AZOPT) It is beneficial for you to receive physical therapy first – before other types of interventions like surgeries or injections.  Physical therapists not only reduce pain and improve function, but we provide long-term solutions at a significantly lower…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Idiopathic Toe Walking and Bracing

Idiopathic Toe Walking and Bracing by Andy Albrecht, DPT, PCS Kids Place Central Clinic Manager Idiopathic toe walking has long been a diagnosis pediatric physical therapists have difficulty treating.  On the surface, it seems straight forward.  A child has tight gastrocs (calves) and therefore walks on her tippy toes.  By stretching out the calves, the…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

What Sport Should my Child Play?

Ask a PT: “What Sport Should my Child Play?” by Nicole Campbell, PT, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist Often, as pediatric physical therapists, we are asked which sport we recommend.  The answer is simply – ANY!  Every sport has benefits, some different than others. Swimming is a low impact sport that improves strength,…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Outpatient Therapy vs. School Based Therapy

The Difference Between Outpatient Therapy and School Therapy By Jeanette Mangano, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist As children are preparing for the start of a new school year, parents often ask about the difference between school-based therapy and Kids Place, an outpatient therapy clinic.  The answer can be somewhat confusing. In the simplest…

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Physical Therapy

Acute Back Pain

Acute Back Pain By AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapists If you have ever experienced low back pain, then you know that it can be debilitating. According to Medlineplus.com, 8 out of 10 individuals experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, the second leading reason why Americans visit their health care provider is due…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Torticollis: Why Early Intervention is Crucial

Torticollis: Why Early Intervention is Crucial Torticollis, literally translating to ‘wry neck,’ is a condition in which a child’s neck is typically flexed or bent in one direction and rotated in the other direction. This is due to a muscle in the neck, called the sternocleidomastoid, which has become shortened, strained, or weakened. This results…

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Physical Therapy

Incorporating Proper Body Mechanics

Incorporating Proper Body Mechanics By Pamela Guevarra,PT, DPT  AZOPT Physical Therapist Often times, patients will ask me if the combination of physical therapy and exercise will be enough to heal their neck or back problems.  Don’t get me wrong, treatment by a physical therapist and a specialized home exercise program contribute heavily and play a…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Summer Activities for Children to Prevent Skills Lapse

Summer Activities for Children to Prevent Skills Lapse By Sarah Koppenhoefer-Little, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational  Therapist With summer fast approaching, it is natural for parents to be concerned their child will lose hard-gained skills from the school year.  To prevent this, here are fun, creative ideas to slow or stop the loss, but still not…

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Physical Therapy

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month By Brooke Smith, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager and Physical Therapist Do you or someone you know have pain in their joints?  You may have symptoms of arthritis.  Today, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis.  Arthritis is often misunderstood as minor aches and pain associated with getting old. …

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Adaptive Sports for Children with Disabilities

Adaptive Sports for Children with Disabilities By Khristian Morrell, Student Physical Therapist Obesity across our nation has become an alarming health risk over the past generation. Unfortunately, individuals with disabilities are at a particularly higher risk for this, as they are less likely to participate in organized sports and activities. In addition to decreased participation,…

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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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Physical Therapy

Foam Rolling 101

Foam Rolling 101 Chances are you have seen someone recently laying and rolling around on a cylindrical shaped piece of foam. Whether at the gym, CrossFit, or even AZOPT, foam rolling has become an extremely popular and effective self-massage technique. To understand why, let’s first discuss the basic structure of our muscles and tissues. Our…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

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

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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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Hand Strength: 5 Fun Activities for Children

Hand Strength: 5 Fun Activities for Children by Emma Clark, Student OT Childhood is a critical time for the development of intrinsic hand muscles. Without the proper development of these muscles, children will have delayed fine motor skills or fatigue during fine motor activities. Building hand strength in children leads to the development of skills like…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Could Your Child Have Tactile Defensiveness?

Could Your Child Have Tactile Defensiveness? By Jenn Gile, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Our sense of touch: Our sense of touch is registered through various receptors in our skin making up the tactile system.  The tactile system provides us with information about touch sensations: pressure, vibration, movement, temperature and pain.  Within this…

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Physical Therapy

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients By Brooke Smith, DPT AZOPT Physical Therapist Breast Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting women today. Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Research and treatments continue to make advancements, and today, there are many treatments available…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Using the Hula Hoop for Indoor Activities

Using the Hula Hoop for Indoor Activities By Teri Roberts, DPT, PCS AZOPT Kids Place Owner and Pediatric Physical Therapist As a pediatric physical therapist, I am always looking for inexpensive and fun, yet safe activities to perform indoors. One that I would like to share is playing with a basic hula-hoop.   Of course, your 2-5…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

How Does the Vestibular System Affect My Child?

How Does the Vestibular System Affect My Child? By Brittany deRoche, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist The vestibular system is a small group of organs located in our inner ear which is responsible for helping our body figure out where it is in space. The vestibular system detects movement (linear and angular) of…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Say Goodbye to Positioning Devices

Say Goodbye to Positioning Devices By Nicole Campbell, PT, DPT & Bobbi Michels, PT, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapists As a new parent, you will see many different positioning devices as you walk through the baby department of a store. Exersaucers, Jumperoos, Bumbo Chairs, and similar positioning devices are marketed as strengthening devices…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Sensory or Behavioral? How Do I Know?

Sensory or Behavioral?  How Do I Know? By Emily Pierson, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Sensory processing refers to a person’s ability to take information from the environment using their seven senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, movement, and position) and interpret that information to make sense of the world.  When any part…

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The Benefits of Co-Treating

The Benefits of Co-Treating By Amanda Bruce, MS, OTR/L and Stacy Taylor, MS, CCC-SLP Kids Place Pediatric Therapists Many parents new to pediatric therapy are unfamiliar with the term “co-treat.”  Short for co-treatment, this refers to two different therapy disciplines working with one child at the same time.  For example, your child may receive treatment…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Reading Strategies for Increased Speech and Language Skills

Reading Strategies for Increased Speech and Language Skills Kids Place Pediatric Speech Therapists Reading.  This word generally carries an automatic association with school and academic learning.  However, many parents may not realize that in addition to academic growth, reading can also help develop a child’s speech and language skills.  Here are some of the ways…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

The Benefits of Crawling (Before Walking)

The Benefits of Crawling (Before Walking) By Nikki Robinett, PT, DPT and Amanda Bruce, OTR/L AZOPT Kids Place Central Therapists In the ever changing world of pediatrics, where new evidence and opinions are constantly telling us what our children should (or should not) be doing, parents can be understandably confused. One recent discussion revolves around…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Animal Walking: Building Motor Skills

Animal Walking: Building Strength, Balance, and Coordination By Nicole Campbell, PT, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist Gross motor skills are an important aspect of child development. When participating in gross motor activities, children are able to release their energy in addition to building strength. A fun and easy way to incorporate gross motor…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Encouraging Effective Communication

Encouraging Effective Communication and Discouraging Negative Behavior By Katy Moakley, CFY-SLP Kids Place Pediatric Speech Therapist When children are learning how to communicate, they learn that their actions influence your actions (cause and effect). This is the basis of communication. In order to get what they want, children will use the simplest, most effective option.…

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