Adaptive Bikes Make Riding Possible

PA Children Receive a Wonderful Gift

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Children with physical disabilities in Summerdale, PA received adaptive bikes yesterday from Variety The Children’s Charity.

The purpose of these gifts is to allow these children to have typical childhood experiences. These kids shouldn’t be left out when their siblings and friends are riding around on their bikes.
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Hippotherapy – Physical Therapy

Hippotherapy in the country of Turkey used for Physical Therapy.

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Horses and children work well together.

It’s good to see that other countries are addressing the needs of special needs children. In Turkey they are using Hippotherapy and it’s working!

Hippo is the Greek word for horse. Hippotherapy literally means “treatment with the help of the horse”

Often animals assist with the needs of humans. Mostly we see dogs working with adults and children who have special needs. Why not horses?

It seems like families with special needs children in Turkey are not as understanding as families here in the USA.

“Down syndrome, autism and mental retardation three days a week. By the end of their therapeutic treatments, great improvement is often seen in the children with walking or speaking disorders. In addition to physical progress, the children also have the chance to develop their communicative skills.”

This therapy is available in the USA. With a quick google search, American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., can be found.

Their definition of Hippotherapy:

“The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.”

 

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A Water New Therapy Facility for Children

A Water Therapy facility for children with disabilities opens in NJ.

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The Lakewood School in Edison, New Jersey had a grand opening this week for their new Hydrotherapy Pool.

Often we hear how good being in a swimming pool is for injuries. This seems like a natural therapy for children with physical challenges.

“Our new Aquatic Center revolutionizes rehabilitation for children with disabilities,” Ursino said. “No other school — public or private — in New Jersey offers its students access to such a sophisticated engineering marvel as our new hydrotherapy pool. We truly believe that every child can learn and every child should have the best chance to achieve their personal fulfillment.”

Wendy Kaplan-Lager, PT, C/NDT
Physical Therapy 4 Kids
10 Roland Drive
White Plains, New York 10605
Phone: 914-421-9392

 

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Music helps…

Music helps them forget where they are for a little while.

Dear Evan Hansen Cast
Credit: Andrew Neary/NYU Langone Health

“Cast members from the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen are showing off their  vocal talents while supporting a good cause.”

This past week 3 cast members went to  Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone to entertain the children and give them a pleasant distraction.

After the kids warmed up, they were interacting with the cast members and having a great time.

 

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Milestones by 12 Months

Milestones by 12 Months

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Physicaltherapy4kids.com It’s good to know what your baby should be doing by what age. This video from Pathways.org shows 8 different motor milestones baby should be reaching by 12 months old.

Here’s a brief description of these milestones.

By 12 months, baby should be able to:

  • Release objects into a container with a large opening
  • Take several independent steps
  • Move in and out of various positions to explore environment and get desired toys
  • Stand alone
  • Pull to stand and cruises along furniture
  • Use thumb and pointer finger to pick up tiny objects
  • Maintain balance in sitting when throwing objects
  • Claps hands

 

If you have any concerns about the development of your baby, call us. We are specialists who can evaluate your baby and treat their conditions.

Call us at 914-421-9392

We look forward to hearing from you and helping your baby ❤️