The Importance of Recess

Recess & Kids – A Drug Free Path to Better Behavior


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Recess & Kids – A Drug Free Path to Better Behavior

Some school policies allow for a teacher to withhold recess as a punishment for some behaviors such as being late, acting out in the classroom incomplete homework.

I’m willing to bet that if those children had more recess rather than the punishment of no recess that these “bad” behaviors would diminish.  Don’t you as an adult feel better when you get break time or exercise?  I know I do.

We, as parents, strive for our children to be more well rounded socially emotionally and intellectually.  Recess is a big part of that equation.

Benefits of Recess:

Increased focus
Sunlight gives us vitamin D, improving wellness
Unstructured play can lead to stress reduction
Recess leads to development of social skills
Burning calories – fighting obesity
Physical activity provides brain food

So, teachers & administrators, let’s give them more recess. I’m willing to bet that these “bad” behaviors will lessen. Recess is the drug free remedy. It’s worth a shot.

Physical Therapy 4 Kids – White Plains – New York – 914-421-9392


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Inclusive Education

How a photographer in China fosters creativity in school children.

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Inclusive Education

This is an article from China about a freelance photographer, Liu Yuyang, who was awarded the Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellowship in 2014.

Liu set up a photography class for disabled children and able bodied children. He paired up each able bodied child with a physically challenged child.

They call this Inclusive Education.

Confidence was gained by all of the children.

Being that we have a big problem with bullying in the USA, I’m thinking that this kind of program could maybe teach our children to have empathy and compassion for their fellow students who are a little different. Learning about other people, their cultures, their struggles and everything that makes us humans different and unique would definitely cut down on bullying.

It’s really getting our children to socialize outside of their comfort zone under the guise of a class.

The subject of the class could be anything. Painting, basketball, jump rope, chess. Anything the kids would be interested in learning about and participating in.

Understanding those who are different than us could start with our children.

Even though this is taking place in China, I think we could learn a lot from these children and their accomplishments.

Physical Therapy 4 Kids
White Plains, New York


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Opioid Exposure in Utero can Result in Torticollis

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Opioid Exposure in Utero can Result in Torticollis


A Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study shows that Opioid-exposed babies may get head tilt from a neck condition.


Infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy have been found to develop torticollis, an abnormal neck condition. Sometimes it’s accompanied with plagiocephaly, flattening of the head.


Children born under these conditions are said to have neonatal abstinence syndrome which is due to opioid exposure in utero.


Physical Therapy has been successful for these babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.


Luckily babies born with this condition in the White Plains area have Wendy Kaplan-Lager, PT, C/NDT of Physical Therapy 4 Kids to treat them. Ms. Kaplan-Lager is very familiar with torticollis and plagiocephaly. She is an expert when it comes to physical therapy for children.


Contact Ms. Kaplan-Lager with any concerns you may have about your infant.


Physical Therapy 4 Kids

White Plains, NY



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Children need a Healthy Breakfast

6 TIPS to a Healthy Breakfast

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6 TIPS to a Healthy Breakfast

It’s true what you’ve heard about breakfast being an important meal. It gives you the fuel you need to start your day.

It’s the same for your children and sometimes your children need a little help with it.

This article has 6 tips to help your children eat a healthy breakfast.

One of the most important tips is to lead by example. Your children learn from your example. They see you eating breakfast and they will do it too. They may need a little help from you so check out the tips in this article.


Physical Therapy 4 Kids
White Plains, NY 10605
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Personal Hygiene Games

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Personal Hygiene Games to keep your kids clean & entertained!

Personal Hygiene Games to keep your kids clean & entertained!

Teaching your kids to wash their hands & other personal hygiene habits can be a challenge. Hopefully this article can help.

Make Personal Hygiene fun for your kids.
By making germs “visible” and making games out of hand washing, brushing teeth, showering, coughing into his/her sleeve it is easier for children to understand good hygiene habits. This article has some great ideas for parents and teachers.

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You Don’t Need to be Alone

There is no need to feel alone when parenting.

Would you like a safe place to chat with other parents like yourself? Here is a website with different groups for different interests as they pertain to your parenting needs.

These are some of the groups:

Learning & Attention Issues
Working With Schools
Early Learners (Pre-K–2nd)
It’s Elementary (3rd–5th)
Middle School Milestones
Teens and Young Adults
General Discussions
Comunidad en tu idioma
Weekend Wisdom

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