The Benefits of Increasing Therapy Over the Summer

Summer is the time of the year when children engage in more free play and physical activity. Therefore, summer is the perfect time of the year to improve upon skills that children need in order to be active, successful, and independent children!Little girl jumping a rope

Here are some of the best reasons to consider starting therapy or increasing the number of therapy sessions for your child over the summer:

Maintain and improve skills for school – Since school is out for the summer, it is important that children do not lose the fine motor, problem-solving, planning, and organizational skills (and more) that are necessary to be productive students at school. Although summertime is a great time to provide opportunity for free play, it may create academic issues for your child once school starts back up if he or she does not engage in challenging tasks  during their 3 month break from school.

Practice physical activities, such as bike riding, climbing, and jumping rope – During the summer, children are often playing outside for hours on end. It may become noticeable that your child is not keeping up with their peers. Activities with which you may notice some difficulty are often when children have to coordinate their arms and legs, such as jumping jacks, climbing the jungle gym, and learning to ride a 2-wheeler. By participating in therapy over the summer, therapists can address these specific concerns in order to help your child stay up to speed with their friends while performing these activities.

More availability over the summer – Since your children are out of school for the summer, they may have a lot more time and availability during the day to participate in more therapy. Summer camp and extra-curricular activities often only take up part of the day, so there may be more times you are available to schedule therapy appointments. Furthermore, although camp and extra-curricular activities are great options for staying active, they do not necessarily offer the same therapeutic benefits as therapy.

Provides structure to their day– Oftentimes, summer can be a season of unstructured play time in which children can do anything they would like. Sometimes the choices are so overwhelming that this can often lead to hours of playing video games, watching TV, and other sedentary activities. Therapy can provide structure to your child’s day to make them feel like they are being productive by spending their time doing valuable tasks.

Opportunity for peer interaction outside of school – Once school is over for the summer, some children may only spend their time with the same friends every day. Therapy sessions can provide the opportunity to make more friends in the clinic and learn how to engage in social situations with other people.

These are just a few of the many benefits that therapy can provide to your child over the summer! By making your child more actively engaged in goal-directed activities, you are setting your child up to be productive students the following school year and active children during the summer!

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How To Know When Your Child Is Ready For A Two Wheeler | Pediatric Therapy Tv In Today’s Webisode, a pediatric physical therapist answers a question from a viewer on how to know when a child is ready to ride a two wheeler bicycle.  For quick tips on taking off the training wheels, read this blog:

In This Video You Will Learn:

  • At what ages a child is ready for a two wheeler
  • What types of bikes children should master before a two wheeler
  • What the physical requirements are prior to mastering a two wheeler bike

Video Transcription:

Announcer: From Chicago’s leading experts in pediatrics to a worldwide
audience, this is Pediatric Therapy TV, where we provide experience and
innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn.

Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn
Ackerman. Today I’m standing with pediatric physical therapist
Leida Van Oss.

Leida, we have a question from one of our viewers. Jessica is
asking, “How do you know when your child is ready to ride a two-

Leida: There are many signs that you can tell if your child is ready
to ride a two-wheeler. The first and most important thing is
have they mastered riding a tricycle or a scooter bike? Little
scooter bikes are the little mini two-wheelers that have two
wheels but no pedals or cranks or anything like that, so they
just push their feet along and then lift their feet up.

If they’re really good at doing that and they can lift their
feet and hold it for a good 10 seconds without falling, then
they’ve mastered that balance that’s needed to go to two wheels
with pedaling. Tricycling is also really important to get that
reciprocal motion throughout their feet.

Also, your child needs to be strong enough, tall enough, and
have the balance and coordination in order to ride a two-wheeler
bike. Usually, this is about four or five years old.

Robyn: Great. Thank you so much, Leida, and thank you to Jessica for
submitting her question, and thank you to our viewers. And
remember, keep on blossoming.

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