Important information parents should know about Scoliosis.
Scoliosis is curvature of the spine. While symptoms can vary in each child, your pediatrician knows what to look for when your child is screened.
Although the cause is unknown, it’s more common to develop in girls and usually begins around puberty.
Treatment varies depending on the degree of curvature. In some cases, no treatment is needed and in other cases braces, physical therapy or surgery can correct this condition.
In this article, Dr. John Lubicky, a children’s pediatric orthopaedic surgeon from WVU Medicine, explains what parents need to know about scoliosis regarding this spinal condition, treatment and diagnosis.
If you suspect that your child has scoliosis, see your pediatrician right away. For those of you in the White Plains, NY area, call Physical Therapy 4 Kids. Physicaltherapy4kids.com can definitely help your child with this spinal condition.
“My son was born with severe torticollis and even had to wear a helmet. Fortunately, with physical therapy and chiropractic care, he improved. He hit all his milestones: smiling, clapping, waving, crawling, walking, and even some speech. By comparison to his twin I thought “Well Dominick is not behind, Jonathan is just a little advanced. Besides, he had to go through all that therapy and wear a helmet!” I never put that much thought into it until I noticed he wouldn’t make eye contact, respond to his name, and sometimes he would bang his head on the floor. He suffered from frequent ear infections, so my first overly protective, motherly assumption was, “Oh my God, he’s deaf!” I immediately scheduled an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor.”
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.
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.
How a photographer in China fosters creativity in school children.
This is anarticle 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 ourchildren.
Even though this is taking place in China, I think we could learn a lot from these children and their accomplishments.
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 withtorticollis 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.
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.