Toe walking

Toe walking – muscular or sensory? Toe walking can be caused by a muscular tightness, sensory modulation difficulties, or simply a preference to walk on toes (idiopathic toe walking). If you attempt to stretch gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf muscles) and can’t get the ankle to a neutral position, it is most likely muscular tightness. … Continue reading “Toe walking”

Backpack Backpack

  Did you know, according to the U.S. consumer product safety commission, in 2013 nearly 22,000, sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures from backpacks were treated in hospital emergency rooms, physicians’ offices and clinics. Backpacks are great for carrying lots of things, but there are also adverse effects when worn improperly or when they are to … Continue reading “Backpack Backpack”

Do you obstacle?

Tough Mudders and Spartan races are popping up everywhere. And while small children may not be able to participate in those activities, you can create your own version! Obstacle courses can work on strengthening, balance, bilateral coordination, and motor planning. And the best part about it is that you can simply rearrange the obstacles and … Continue reading “Do you obstacle?”

A Sensory Craft for Spring Time

Spring time is finally here!  Here is a fun, sensory-filled craft to help welcome the season! We are going to make an adorable coffee-filter flower that will work on fine motor skills and visual perceptual skills, with a great tactile component.  These flowers are great to display and also make a great hand-made Mother’s Day … Continue reading “A Sensory Craft for Spring Time”

Hello Spring

The happiest, brightest, most colorful and enjoyable season of the year.  Especially here in the “good ole south”J.  Everyone can get up, go outside and shake off the winter blues.  Spring is a wonderful time full of opportunities to promote ongoing speech and language growth in our children.  Activities targeting noun development, action verb engagement, … Continue reading “Hello Spring”

The Laser Tag Game: Occupational Therapy

Steps: Place tape crossing through a hallway or small, confined area. Set it up to look like an obstacle course and/or laser lights. Find purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, white pom pom balls of different sizes and put them on the floor throughout the obstacle course. Place some pom pom balls on the actual … Continue reading “The Laser Tag Game: Occupational Therapy”

The Importance of Core Strength in Kids

Children require core strength to participate functionally in activities. As adults, we don’t think much about how often we engage our abdominal muscles everyday. For children, they use their core for practically everything: coming to sit from lying down, maintaining balance sitting on the floor or in a chair, walking, jumping, etc. When a child … Continue reading “The Importance of Core Strength in Kids”

Fast ForWord: Innovative Programs for Young Learners

One of the attributes that set Children’s Therapy Works apart from other pediatric therapy clinics is our implementation of neurological programs.  Fast Forword is a reading intervention tool offered at CTW that not only builds foundational language skills but also strengthens cognitive skills. This intervention program addresses the root cause of the child’s difficulty and … Continue reading “Fast ForWord: Innovative Programs for Young Learners”