Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR): What is it and why is it important to check?

ANTR What? We are all born with a set of primitive reflexes that assist with exiting the birth canal during birth and will typically integrate into our system and essentially disappear during the first several months of age. Sometimes these reflexes don’t always integrate and go away on their own, in which case, there are interventions and exercises that can …

8 Apps That Help Develop Fine Motor, Visual Motor, and Visual Perceptual Skills

1. Highlights hidden pictures Ages: 4+ Price: 14 day free trial & then $2.99 Compatibility: Apple & Android Description: Enjoy various scenes where you must find all the hidden objects as fast as you can! This is a great activity for working on visual perceptual skills 2. Find the Difference- Spot It Ages: 4+ Price: FREE Compatibility: Android & Apple …

Using Strategies from the Expanding Expression Tool

What Is It? The Expanding Expression Tool (EET) was created by Sara L. Smith – a speech-language pathologist with a specialty in language processing and multi-sensory approaches to language development. Simply put, EET is a research-based tool to help expand a child’s language. It uses a multi-sensory approach to assist in expanding language from simple general descriptions of objects all …

5 Exercises to Help Your Child Learn How to Jump

Most typically developing children are able to jump around the time they are 3 years old. However, every child develops differently, so some may start jumping before or after. Jumping requires a combination of strength, balance and coordination. Most children will meet this milestone on their own when they are ready. Here are 5 fun exercises you can do with …

5 Exercises to Improve Your Child’s Running Form

By the age of 2, most children have begun some form of running, whether it looks more like a fast walk or an uncoordinated shuffle forward. As they get older, their running pattern matures so that by the age of 6, your child should be running with proper form. You can help your child to develop good running form and …

Torticollis: What is it and how can you prevent it in your infant?

What is torticollis? Torticollis is a shortening of muscles, specifically the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle, on one side of an infant’s neck. Torticollis is very common in infants and can be treated or prevented. Torticollis can also accompany plagiocepahly or a flat spot on the head. The tight muscles of the neck can promote lying on one side of the head …

6 Fun Animal Poses To Improve Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills

Animal poses/walks are a fun and interactive way to get your child to move, improve gross motor milestones, and work on strengthening, motor planning, flexibility and endurance. Here are some fun animal walks/poses to try with your child: To make it more interactive or to target speech encourage your child to make the animal noises when completing the activity. Flamingo …

Get Out and Get Fit

With all of the new technology, it is not uncommon to hear that kids are spending three or more hours per day playing gaming consoles or virtual reality games, and watching tv or videos on their phones. This increase in screen time reduces a child’s physical activity level, muscular strength, and cardiorespiratory fitness level. Therefore, the child is more at …

9 Activities to Help Your Child Walk Independently

Your baby will likely take his first steps between 9 months and 16 months of age. While each child reaches this milestone on their own time, there are activities that you can do at home to help them along. Walking requires a combination of skills including balance, trunk control, hip stability, leg strength, confidence and motor planning. It’s no wonder …