Monday, August 24, 2015

How Therapy May Make a Big Difference in Writing

Many children enter pediatric occupational therapy to improve their ability in accomplishing writing assignments in school. Among the things that the therapy may help them with is holding writing instruments properly, applying the correct amount of pressure on writing instruments, forming letters correctly, and properly judging spacing and placement on paper. These are collectively referred to as graphomotor skills.

How Pediatric Occupational Therapy Helps a Child

Many people believe that occupational therapy is just for adults. After all, kids do not have occupations, so why in the world would they need occupational therapy? That is far from the truth, though. Pediatric occupational therapy has many benefits, especially for a child who is in the early stages of learning and movement.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Speech and Pediatric Occupational Therapy Help Kids with Cleft Palate

Pediatric therapies are vital supplements to corrective oral procedures for children born with cleft palate. If your child has this condition, pediatric therapies can help him develop the skills necessary for healthier functioning, thereby promoting his well-being and helping him achieve his full potentials. Pediatric Speech Therapy One of the obvious concerns about clefting is speech impediment. Monitoring and addressing any speech difficulty are crucial during the child’s early years, particularly once he reaches school age. A speech therapist’s goal is to help your child understand spoken words, use words to express his thoughts and feelings, and process conversations. Such a professional may also address difficulties such as stuttering, inappropriate articulation of words, forming conversational sentences, and limited vocabulary.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Helping Your Kid Cope with Goldenhar

Goldenhar Syndrome is a congenital defect that occurs in one of 3,000-5,000 births across all races. Characterized by craniofacial and vertebral deformities, Goldenhar may require surgery depending on severity. If your child has this condition, you have to take certain measures to make him as comfortable as possible, and help him reach his full potential. Providing the child with different forms of pediatric therapies can do so much in making developmental challenges more manageable. Generally, Goldenhar does not affect cognition, although in a few cases, it can result in mild mental retardation. An estimated 13% of those affected have cognitive deficits and learning disabilities. In general, since the child’s intelligence level is likely to be normal, learning impediments are mainly attributed to impaired vision and hearing due to eye and ear malformation. As such, your child may require hearing aids and glasses.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pediatric Physical Therapy Company to Send Staff on Medical Mission

Renowned Houston pediatric physical therapy company MedCare Pediatric Group is proud to announce that it will be sending five of its brilliant therapists on a medical mission with the Christ United Methodist Church. This year’s mission group will be going to Escuela Ensenanza Especial Marta Saborio in Alajuela, Costa Rica to provide relief to children via food, Bible studies, sports, and some construction. MedCare’s own team of skilled therapists specializing in different practice areas will assist by giving the youth of the school, especially those with complex needs, some much deserved medical attention from the 18th to the 26th of July 2015. MedCare has always been dedicated to aiding children with special needs. The organization’s goal is to enhance the lives, improve the health, and develop the functional abilities of children, even those who are in the hard-to-reach corners of the world.

Monday, August 17, 2015

MedCare Offers Pediatric Home Care Nursing for Complex Medical Needs

Medcare Pediatric Group, a renowned provider of pediatric therapy and nursing services in the Greater Houston area including, Katy, Stafford, Spring, Northshore and Pasadena, offers pediatric home care nursing services for children with complex medical needs. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, complex nursing patients experience frequent and lengthy hospitalizations. Discharging children with such needs, especially those who have technology dependencies, might be a complicated matter that requires ongoing healthcare at home to minimize the need to visit a hospital. MedCare aims to help children with complex nursing needs by providing long-term or short-term services for children aged birth to 21 years old. The service is primarily available to children within the Greater Houston area.

How Occupational Therapy Helps Children

Parents may notice signs of developmental delays in children as early as the infant stages. During the first one to two years, infants and toddlers should reach normal developmental milestones at certain ages that involve their motor skills, communication skills and cognitive abilities. In some cases, a pediatrician will refer the parent to a specialists to treat the developmental disorder. With early childhood intervention, many children are  better able to engage properly in childhood activities and manage any developmental disabilities.

Understanding Speech Development in Toddlers

It is challenging for parents to know whether or not their child has a speech disorder that requires treatment, or if the child is going through a phase that he or she may outgrow. For this reason, it is good for parents to know what is normal and what is not normal speech and language development for children.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Making the Most of Pediatric Physical Therapy

For parents in the Pasadena area or elsewhere, pediatric physical therapy can be a lifesaver. If your child suffers an injury or has delays in motor skill development, it's critical to ensure that they have a skilled professional to help them regain optimal function. If you want your child to get the most out of their experience, here are some things that you must know and some steps you may need to take. 

How OT Helps Young Patients with Daily Activities

Many individuals associate occupational therapy with adults. While this type of therapy can potentially help grown people to be able to work and take care of themselves, they are not the only ones who can potentially benefit from occupational therapy. It may also allow children to develop important skills needed to be more independent.