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Increasing Language with Home Play

Are you concerned about your toddler’s language development and wondering, “What can I do to help my child?” At-home play is an easy, fun way to engage your young child in working to increase their language skills. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of play time with your toddler: 1. […]

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Serial Casting Part 3: What To Expect With the Casts On

So serial casts have been applied to your child’s ankles – now what? Immediately after the casts are applied, your child must not stand or walk on them for the first 2-3 hours, in order to allow them to fully dry in the correct position. After this time period, your child should be able to […]

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Serial Casting Part 2: What Actually Happens?

Now that you understand what serial casting is and what it can be used for, our next blog post will educate you on what we actually do during the casting process! Our physical therapists here at Leaps & Bounds use the fiberglass soft cast method. By using “soft” casts, the parent/caregiver is able to unwrap […]

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Serial Casting Part 1: What Is It?

Many of you may have heard the phrase “serial casting” mentioned by a physical therapist, physician, other healthcare professional, or just by someone you know. Or, perhaps you have been told by your child’s doctor that your child may need to get serial casting. So what exactly IS serial casting and who could benefit from […]

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Alternatives to Manually Stretching Your Child’s Legs

Many of the children we see here at Leaps & Bounds have muscle tightness in their ankles, knees, and/or hip muscles, particularly in their calves, hamstrings, and front of their hips. Lower extremity muscle tightness is a common feature in children who have a neuromuscular disorder (such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy), genetic disorder, […]

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Gross Motor Development Through Animal Walks!

Developing gross motor skills is an essential part of childhood!  Motor development is actually the mediator of cognition, social, and emotional development.  Michigan’s cold winters can put a stop to most gross motor play. Swing sets and play structures are no longer available for children to assist in gross motor development and provide them with […]

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Sensory Systems and Sensory Processing Disorder: What Does It Mean?

As therapists, we get used to using technical terms and forget we need to take a step back to explain the sensory system and the components of a sensory processing disorder. A Sensory Processing Disorder exists when sensory signals cannot organize themselves into appropriate responses. The best way to explain this is as a neurological […]

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Playing In the Snow To Promote Gross Motor Skills

Winter has just begun, which means that we have a few snowy months ahead of us. Here are some ideas to take advantage of the snow outside to help your child have fun and strengthen their body at the same time. Build a snowman: This activity requires your child to squat, push the snow to […]

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Container Baby Syndrome and How to Avoid It

Every baby these days uses at least one piece of “baby equipment”, whether it be a car seat, stroller, rocker, bouncy seat, swing, or Bumbo seat. These positioning devices are extremely useful for a variety of purposes, including keeping the baby safe while being transported, calming the baby down, and keeping the baby safe and […]

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Let It Snow! Five Outdoor Snow Activities

Here in Michigan we know we can get lots of snow and it can stick around for quite a few months. Let’s get bundled up and try some of these activities outside to work on building skills! Snow Kitchen Why not bring the toy kitchen, pots and pans and mixing bowls outside?!  Create new “foods”  using […]

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