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Hi Wendy,

I am so lucky that I stumbled across Wendy’s name on a list of highly recommended providers my pediatrician gave me.  Initially, we were worried and scared about our son’s development and we needed sound guidance on how to proceed.  As I cold-called a few of the names my doctor had starred, I spoke to a few office managers about the process and associated costs, but Wendy made an immediate impression on me when she got on the phone to carefully explain every detail and quell my concerns.  I knew instantaneously that she was the right choice for my son and that she was dedicated to her patients.  

Initially, our insurance company refused to cover the needed services, but Wendy was perseverant and well-versed in how to navigate the insurance world.  She spent countless hours on the phone, drafting emails, and submitting the required paperwork.  Within two weeks, we received confirmation that we would be reimbursed.  Given the cost and commitment required by PT services, not having to pay out of pocket was a huge relief and allowed us to focus on our son’s progress.  

As a provider, Wendy is professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate.  Her experience and expertise provided our son with outstanding care and helped us gain the confidence and skills to help our son at home in between appointments.  Her commitment to her patients and their families is commendable.  She made herself available outside of our appointments to offer feedback about the exercises we were doing on our own and was always responsive to my emails and phone calls.  She was also very accommodating.  When I returned to work, she collaborated with our caretakers so they could assist our son. 

As a person, Wendy is patient, understanding, personable, and thorough.  As a new mom, I had all kinds of worries and Wendy took a lot of time to talk to me every week and answer any questions I had.  Wendy showed a genuine interest in our son’s well being and developed a loving rapport with him.  Even when he had some off days, she was unflustered and showed tremendous understanding.  Her guidance, support, and advice helped us so much during our son’s first year of life.  Her recommendations for toys and equipment to strengthen his skills were invaluable.  Wendy has been so instrumental in our son’s development and growth and we will forever be grateful for her efforts in ensuring his success and his ability to reach critical milestones.       

Wendy and her team are truly incredible.  While we mostly worked with Wendy, we also had a few appointments with some of the other therapists and everyone was excellent.  My only regret is that my son has since graduated and no longer requires PT services.  We are ecstatic but sad that we will no longer see Wendy, who has become such an important person in our lives, but I know we can reach out to her if we need anything in the future. I would highly recommend Wendy and her team to any parent whose child requires pediatric PT services.  Not only will you be reassured as a parent that you are doing the best for your child, but your child will receive the necessary services to achieve those developmental milestones in a safe and caring environment. 

Home Optimization for Stay-at-Home Parents

Updated on April 9th, 2019
 
Before you became a stay-at-home parent, you may have felt that caring for your kids at home would be a fulfilling and enriching life. As true as that maybe now that you are with your children full-time, you may also find that life as a stay-at-home parent can also be chaotic, unpredictable, and even stressful. It’s common for expectations of what it means to be a stay-at-home parent to not always match up with reality.
 
Like with any job, being a stay-at-home parent has its ups and its downs. One of the most effective and efficient ways to sustain those ups is to optimize your home for healthy, happy parenting. That means not just setting up a home that supports your kids with entertainment and education, but supports you — the parent — as well. In this guide, you will discover how to optimize your home and, as a result, save your sanity by:
 
  • Waking up before the kids
  • Getting the day organized
  • Encouraging your kids to help with tasks
  • Getting some R&R for yourself
  • Working from home

Getting up on your own schedule, as opposed to being woken up by your children, can help you start a day that is more productive, even if that just means enjoying a cup of coffee on your back porch listening to the birds sing. Taking time to situate your personal needs, like showering, sending emails, or doing some yoga, before the kids start to rise will help you find some peace before the chaos begins.

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Idiopathic Toe Walking and ADHD

Article source: Your Therapy Source

Recent research examined the relationship between idiopathic toe walking and ADHD. Idiopathic toe walking was defined as a gait pattern with no contact between the heels and the ground in children older than three years. The study included 312 children diagnosed with ADHD, with a normal neurological examination, with no alterations in MRI scan, cognitive disorder, or autism. A complete medical history and goniometric measurements were obtained for each of the participants (mean age 11 years old, 73.7% boys). The participants were classified according to ADHD subtypes:

  • 53.8% had ADHD combined subtype
  • 44.9% had inattentive ADHD
  • 1.3% had hyperactive ADHD

The results of the study on idiopathic toe walking and ADHD indicated the following:

  • Idiopathic toe walking was observed in 20.8% of patients, mostly in the combined subtype.
  • Achilles shortening was present in 49.2% of the participants with idiopathic toe walking.
  • Idiopathic toe walking was associated with sociability disorders, an absence of pain in legs, and a family history of toe walking.
  • 11% of the participants had visited a doctor for toe walking.

The researchers concluded that children with ADHD have an increase in idiopathic toe walking and Achilles shortening, especially if they presented with a social communication disorder or a family history of toe walking. It is helpful when idiopathic toe walking is diagnosed early to begin effective treatments.

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Torticollis & Plagiocephaly

What is Torticollis & Plagiocephaly?

Torticollis is defined as a muscular tightness in the muscles on one side of the neck.

The Sternocleidomastoid muscle is most commonly affected. Muscles on the opposite side of the affected side may become weak due to the abnormal head posture. The most optimal time to begin Physical Therapy for Torticollis is between 2 weeks to 2 months of age. However, we evaluate babies at any age when a head tilt is observed. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to success.

With Right Torticollis, the baby’s head will typically look tilted toward the right shoulder and rotated toward the left shoulder.

With Left Torticollis, the baby’s head will typically look tilted toward the left shoulder and rotated toward the right shoulder.

Plagiocephaly is defined as an abnormal head shape or flat head syndrome.

Plagiocephaly is characterized by a flattening on the back of the skull or on one side of the skull. It can occur before or after birth and can be due to abnormal positioning in utero, prematurity, or from lying on the back or on one side of the head for too long after birth due to decreased tummy time. This condition can also be caused by overuse of a car seat, stroller, bouncer seat or swing. There is often some facial asymmetry seen. An abnormal head shape continuing beyond six weeks of age should be evaluated.

We have developed and teach a specially developed Torticollis Protocol. Parents are given a comprehensive home exercise program including handouts. Instructions are given for stretching, strengthening, and positioning during carrying, feeding and playing activities. Parents are encouraged to take pictures and videotape sessions for home carryover.

The purpose and goals of early Physical Therapy treatment for Torticollis are to:

  • Stretch the involved muscles of the neck
  • Strengthen the weakened/opposite muscles of the neck
  • Promote proper and symmetrical development of the baby
  • Promote age-appropriate developmental activities

Early recognition and treatment are important to facilitate proper elongation of the muscles and achieve the above-mentioned goals. The earlier we evaluate and treat these babies, the faster the positive results.