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Stability Ball Exercises

The stability ball is a simple and easy piece of equipment to work into everyday exercise for your child, ranging from infant to teenager.  Stability balls can be bought at most sports stores, cost only about 20 dollars, and last for years. Below are some fun activities to follow along with your kiddos to see […]

Preparing for Pediatric Physical Therapy Evaluation

Coming to a physical therapist for your child for the first time can be an overwhelming and confusing experience – but it doesn’t have to be! Here at North Shore Pediatric Therapy we have outlined the most important information to know before you go to the pediatric physical therapist for the first time. Paperwork: Although […]

Why Does My Kid Sit Like That?

You may be asking yourself the question “why does my kid sit like that?” frequently enough to drive yourself crazy.  As kids are growing, they are experimenting with their posture muscles, may be having growing pains, or are just sometimes tired after a long day.  As adults may want to put their feet up on […]

In-toeing in Children: How common is it?

Most children learn to walk with their feet pointing straight ahead, however, when they walk with their feet pointed inward, this is called in-toeing, or pigeon-toed. According to Columbia Orthopedics, 2 out of every 1,000 children will in-toe. In-toeing affects boys and girls equally, and is often noted to both legs. There are 3 main […]

Positioning for Infants 101

Recent statistics show that 1 in 10 babies have plagiocephaly, or flatness to one side of their head. Since 1992 when the American Academy of Pediatrics launched the “back to sleep” campaign, cases of SIDS have dramatically decreased. However, cases of plagiocephaly, or flat head, have increased. With babies spending so much of their day […]

Gross Motor Milestones for your Babies’ First Year

The first year of a child’s life is full of learning and excitement. Every month brings new milestones, both for fine motor, gross motor and speech production. Knowing what is expected in each month can help you prepare as a parent, and even help you facilitate your babies’ milestones. Below is a list of gross […]

TOT collar: What is it and When it is Appropriate to Use?

A TOT collar is a device used to correct torticollis, often in addition to physical therapy. Next, you may be asking “what is torticollis?” Torticollis, often referred to “wryneck” is a tightening or shortening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck. Infants with torticollis will likely present with a head tilt to one side, and […]

6 Ways Aquatic Therapy Can Help Your Child

Aquatic therapy is a wonderful activity for children and adults of all ages. If your child likes the bath and is motivated by water, aquatic therapy is great way to build their skills and confidence. Below are 6 ways that aquatic therapy can help your child reach their full potential: 1. Gains in range of […]