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Superhero Pediatric Physical Therapy

October is National Physical Therapy Month and our pediatric physical therapists always work on making therapy fun!

Most kids love the thought of being a superhero, so we have exercises to encourage them to practice and build strength to meet their therapy goals.

learn superhero skills in pt!

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Occupational Play Therapy for Sensory Input to Aid Handwriting Skills

Many children, especially with special needs don’t tolerate sitting at a table, and especially WRITING at a table.  As people, we are sensory beings and most of us learn better with supported or added sensory input to an activity.  That is why we sing the alphabet and why some kids learning to spell will do so while skipping rope.  Here we have taken to writing on the window so that the body is not restricted behind a table or in a chair.  Her head is not in an upright position. By being in a quadruped position her body is creating new neuropathways to this task.  She is learning to process writing differently.  She is getting feedback from the position of her body, through her arm that is weight-bearing, and all her muscles that are working hard to write on a large vertical surface with larger motions.

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Here, prone on the swing with the lobster claw: Motor planning and grip strengthening to manipulate open/close motion- supports fine motor skills and tool usage.  Tool usage is important – as adults we use tools as an extension of our bodies everyday with eating utensils, writing utensils, playing sports (hockey, golf, baseball), brushing teeth, etc.

For more information, MOSAIC Children’s Therapy locations are in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle, WA.

www.mosaicrehab.com

Increasing Speech Through Science Fun

This summer we have had fun themes to implement into our therapy sessions for pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapy.

This week with a science theme and hands on activities, there are many opportunities to foster language and communication in a natural environment. Our speech therapy team offers some ideas to use at home and therapy settings.

SLP flyer for science week

 

MOSAIC Children’s Therapy Clinics are located in WA State in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle.

http://www.mosaicrehab.com

 

Pediatric Physical Therapy – Running and Jumping

Red White and Blue Week PT Flyer running and jumping

Summer Olympic Theme – Red, White, and Blue. Pediatric Physical Therapy, running and jumping.

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy – Breath Control for Self-Regulation

OT Breath control for self regulation

Summer theme week was Red, White and Blue. Rockets, bubbles, and breath work for self-regulation

MOSAIC Children’s Therapy Clinics are located in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle Washington. www.mosaicrehab.com

Pediatric Physical Therapy: Balance for Throwing and Catching

Balance for Throwing and Catching PT

Pediatric Physical Therapy and balance for throwing and catching.

MOSAIC Children’s Therapy Clinics are located in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle Washington. www.mosaicrehab.com

Mr. Potato Head Game for Pediatric Occupational Therapy

The scooter board Mr. Potato Head game:

Our pediatric occupational therapist, Tania Gorsky, MS, OTR/L, shows us how this is used for fun play therapy, core strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Mr. Potato Head is a great game for children to work on body orientation by placing facial and body parts in the appropriate spaces.

boy on scooter board mr potato head game

They also work on strengthening the muscles in their fingers.  Strong fingers support handwriting skills and a mature grasp.  This way kids can support handwriting without even touching a pencil or paper.

therapeutic Mr Potato Head game

Another great aspect of this game is bilateral hand coordination.  Kids need this skill for almost every task in life: using scissors, tying shoes, cutting food, typing on a keyboard, etc. Mr. Potato Head gets kids’ bilateral coordination skills working at a fundamental level.  With a strong foundation of skills, our children will be able to blossom in their daily lives.

MOSAIC Children’s Therapy clinics are located in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle, WA. mosaicrehab.com