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3 Uncommon Reasons Why You Should See a Physical Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Physical therapists have been known recently for being the first "Go-To" person for doctors, especially in the orthopedic field. This is because doctors know that PT's are highly trained specialists whose primary focus is to help patients get movements back that have been compromised.

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Michigan Program Uses Gaming to Improve Language of Teenagers with Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Every year, American physicians diagnose one in 59 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the Child Mind Institute, ASD is a developmental issue marked by social and communication deficits. Boys are 3 to 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Diving Into Physical Therapy - Literally

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Every year, almost nine million people receive physical therapy (PT) for their pain and mobility issues. One of the more popular forms of PT is aquatic therapy. These sessions involve treatments and exercises performed in a water environment for therapeutic purposes.

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Speech Therapy: Detecting Speech Delay in Children

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Children learn to speak at varying paces due to differences in their mental development. Some people have discovered that their child understands spoken words, and yet are limited in the number of words they can articulate in response. They just don't possess a wide range of vocabulary like the other kids, who are now forming complete sentences. As a consequence, the parents are exasperated that they can't teach their child to repeat back words, unsure of why he or she was being very quiet, instead of playing with the other kids at the nursery.

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Physical Therapist Salaries - How Does Your State Compare?

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The field of physical therapy is expected to grow steadily in the next few years, likely in part due to the aging baby boom generation. Job security, along with the personal rewards received by helping people regain their mobility, are just two of the factors that attract individuals to this challenging field. The third factor -- financial compensation, looks very promising as well.

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The Role of Empathy in Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Those interested in pursuing training in occupational therapy obviously have a strong desire to learn and understand how various parts of the human body work, both independently and as a whole. While the actual mechanics of how the body functions is extremely fascinating in and of itself, there is another aspect of occupational therapy that is as important -- perhaps even more important in some circumstances.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Healthcare

Go-Baby-Go Makes Physical Therapy Fun for Kids

Posted by Brian Spence on May 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM

What happens when researchers, physical therapists, and engineers team up to help children with motor delays get moving? GoBabyGo happens! This innovative program turns ride-on cars from local toy stores into custom motorized vehicles that address each child's individual needs. Instead of boring, repetitive PT activities, these kids will be moving, exploring, and playing like other kids their age. All while meeting specific PT goals!

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Physical Therapy for Injured Dancers from Someone Who Knows

Posted by Brian Spence on May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Physical therapy after an injury is considered essential, especially after orthopaedic surgery. For athletes and sports enthusiasts, most physical therapists are familiar with the common problems of restoring the range of motion necessary to resume the activity. But for dancers who need to recover after a fracture, sprain or torn muscle, few therapists truly understand what is required in order to perform at the pre-injury level.

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Premature Infant with Cerebral Palsy Thrives with Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on May 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Being the parent of a child with special needs presents challenges. Helping your child negotiate the physical world is one of them. Luckily there are people ready to help, physical therapists. For those with physical and/or developmental challenges, Pediatric Physical Therapists are trained to give each child they meet the tools and strategies to meet the world with the greatest amount of independence possible.

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SpokeIt Speech Therapy Game Engages Children in Cleft Care

Posted by Brian Spence on May 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

UC Santa Cruz researchers are currently developing a speech therapy game to help children who suffer from a cleft lip or cleft palate. A cleft is described as a common birth defect which affects over 200,000 babies born every year, according to international charity, Smile Train. This condition is seen as an opening in the upper lip or on the roof of the mouth, causing children to experience symptoms such as difficulties with eating and speech impairment. But because there is a shortage of speech therapists in developing countries, many children will need alternative treatments after receiving surgery to repair their clefts.

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