Developmental check-ups with a Pediatrician throughout your child’s first year of life (at 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months) are a perfect place to bring up any concerns you as a parent may have a about your child’s development. While Pediatricians have their own set of developmental red flags, these only hit the “big-bad-uglys” […]
About Andrea Ragsdale PT, DPT
Andrea is a dedicated physical therapist who is passionate about working with young children. She has a diverse professional background, having worked as a school physical therapist and also in clinical practice. Andrea has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of physical disabilities and is excited to help her patients reach their unique developmental goals.
Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is licensed in the State of Illinois and is also accredited in Early Intervention.
In her spare time, Andrea coaches youth sports. As a former athlete, she understands the social, physical, and emotional influence of sports in a child’s life. She is very passionate about injury prevention and is currently developing a soccer program that combines her coaching experience with current research that aims to decrease the frequency of ACL tears and other sports-related injuries.
As a follow up to last week’s blog, Signs that My Child Will Walk Soon, I present the next topic in my walking series, Why Isn’t My Child Walking?. As first birthdays come around, many anxious parents wonder, “why hasn’t my child taken his first steps?” First off, let me dispel the myth that babies […]
All children develop and grow and their own rates. Current research gives a range where typically developing children achieve their gross motor milestones. But when the baby books and Pediatricians tell you that your baby will probably be walking independently somewhere between 10-15 months, with some children even walking at 18 months and still falling […]
If you have ever thrown out your back helping a friend move or torn your meniscus playing basketball at the gym, chances are you attended physical therapy somewhere on your road to recovery. So when your Pediatrician recommends that your 7 month old attend physical therapy to help with head control, you may ask yourself, […]
Teachers can be wonderful allies to the healthcare field. They spend up to 8 hours a day observing and helping children. Often times, they are the first to notice concerning signs, and when given the right tools, can direct parents where to go to get their children the help they need. Here a few signs […]
Purchasing a baby carrier for your child can be a daunting process. Parents have to take into account a myriad of factors including: safety, price, reviews, materials used. As a physical therapist, I am able to provide a unique perspective to the debate. So I took a look “Best Lists” at parents.com and thebump.com to determine […]
As a pediatric physical therapist, I often prescribe home exercises for my patients. When parents follow through with these exercises on a regular basis, the potential benefits exponentially increase. The problem arises when a child begins to view these exercises as a chore and parents receive push-back. Here are a couple of tricks I’ve learned […]
Let me start by explaining what a physical therapist and a personal trainer do and who they can help. Who is a physical therapist? A physical therapist is a board certified movement expert. They analyze abnormal movement patterns and, through tests and measures, determine what impairments are causing those patterns. Physical therapists may use a combination […]
I recently read an article posted on parents.com about baby development that touted the benefits of exersaucers and Jonny Jumps. Let me put an end to that notion right now. While I understand the necessity of such devices for small periods of time (meal preps and bathroom breaks can be near impossible without them), these […]
When living in the city, maximizing what space you have and minimizing purchasing frivolous things is the difference between living in a cluttered mess and having an organized abode. Throw a new baby into the mix and their accompanying lists of “must-haves,” your home can easily change into a cluttered nightmare! To avoid this as […]