Kara Dodds & Associates News Blog

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Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD) in Children

What are they? These are delays in a child’s motor skills or a difficulty in a child’s ability to coordinate movements.   What are the key traits of DCD?

Affects 5-8% of school aged children to perform everyday tasks

  • Often occurs with a learning disability, ADHD, Speech and Language Disorder, and behavioral problems
  • Can persists through adulthood

Have kids that trip on stairs? Have kids that can’t do stairs? We can help!

Does your child have difficulty going up and down the stairs? Here are some fun ideas to help your child work on walking up and down the stairs reciprocally (placing one foot on each stair).

In a 2008 survey of 400 physical and occupational therapists, two-thirds responded that they had seen an increase in gross motor delays in infants over the previous 6 years. Those that saw an increase in developmental delays said that “lack of tummy time” is the number one contributor the increase in cases. Tummy time is crucial for your infant’s development and helps them develop the muscles they need to hold their head up, roll, sit, and crawl.

Sensory Diets: What are they? Who needs them?

Just as our bodies need food throughout the day, the same is true for our bodies needing necessary sensory input.  Typically our bodies are able to meet our needs by activities naturally throughout the day. Things like swinging your legs while sitting in a chair, chewing gum, humming, eating crunchy snacks, taking a bathroom break to walk around, drinking cold water, or stretching are all ways our systems regulate.

blog baby torticollis plagiocephaly

Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT) is the third most frequently occurring musculoskeletal condition in infants, with a reported incidence of 0.4% to 1.9%. Torticollis literally means “twisted neck.”  CMT is usually present at birth or develops soon after. A child with torticollis typically laterally tilts their head to one side an

d rotates their head to the opposite side. You might notice that a child with torticollis always seems to be looking in the same direction. They might even cry or resist when you try to turn their head to the other side.

Sometimes toe-walking is related to diagnoses such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Other times, there is no apparent cause for a child’s toe-walking. This is known as Idiopathic Toe-Walking.

Toe-walking is common as children first learn to walk and even in children 2-3 years of age. If your child has been walking for 6 months or is over 2 years old and walks on their toes regularly, they may benefit from physical therapy services. Physical Therapy is highly recommended if toe-walking is accompanied by tight calf muscles, decreased foot or ankle range of motion, decreased balance, frequent falls, or a lack of muscle coordination.

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Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (http://www.thesandiegopediatricpt.com/2017/01/strength-and-power-training-for-kiddos.html)

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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