Physical Therapy helps PAIN that doesn't go away in kids and teens

Friday, Dec 29, 2017 by Child & Family Development

PAIN IN CHILDREN AND TEENS

Pain in children and teens is complex and may be difficult to diagnose. In kids, the nervous and musculoskeletal systems are still developing. A child’s perception of pain is different from an adult. Children may be unable to differentiate or describe types of pain (I.e. sharp, dull and intense). Some types of pain are straightforward (i.e. post-injury) and other types require more analysis and research (i.e. pain from migraines, pain following a virus, pain after surgery, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). 

Pain in children and teens is broadly referred to as Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain (AMP). Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is another name for AMP. AMP can impact physical activity, mood, school performance, sleep and many other areas. It is chronic pain.

WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?

The simple description is pain that lasts longer than 3 months and interferes with a person’s ability to participate in activities of daily living.  

WHAT IS CRPS/AMP?  

Either is a condition of severe localized pain. It is difficult to diagnose and is usually diagnosed by ruling out other possible conditions or diseases. Its prevalence is probably under identified in children and adolescents. It occurs in girls more often than boys. It involves the lower extremities more often than upper extremities. It can move from one extremity to another.

INDICATORS OF AMP/CRPS:

  • A known cause or event that starts the pain cycle, but not always in children
  • Severe pain with light touch or skin, pain response which is disproportionate to injury or continuous pain
  • Changes to the area affected such as swelling, blood flow, hair growth or skin color
  • No other clear cause of pain or inability to move
  • No obvious nerve damage 

EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT

Elusive pain disorders can be very upsetting for families. Traditional medical care may fail when there is no designated reason for the pain, customary techniques are not beneficial or medications cannot or should not be sustained over a period of time.

A multidisciplinary approach is often recommended, including:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • psychological intervention
  • Physician-prescribed mild medications

Treatment strategies include:

  • child and caregiver education
  • relearning normal use of the affected body part
  • desensitization
  • strengthening of the affected body part
  • coping skills to manage emotional components such as relaxation and mindfulness
  • mobilizing community resources

Outcomes include:

  • restoration of function
  • pain relief
  • reduced school absenteeism
  • social inclusion, not isolation
  • improved self awareness

HAVE A CONCERN?

Child and Family Development physical therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists can help your child get back to his/her healthy, happy self. You will be amazed at the ability to retrain the brain and body!  Click below to learn more about each of these services:

Click here for a printable page about pain. 

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

Clumsy or Dyspraxia? Read more from C&FD physical therapists

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Many moms and dads who contact Child & Family Development report that their child is “a little clumsy”.  In many instances, it can be difficult to recognize if this is simply part of development and adjusting to a growing body or an area to be explored more specifically. The explanation may be developmental dyspraxia.

 

The physical therapy team provides this explanation. 

 

Developmental dyspraxia is a motor learning difficulty that can affect planning of movements and coordination as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body. 

 

Do you describe a child in these ways?

·         Bumping into things all the time, or accident-prone

·         Inability or difficulty with skipping, jumping rope or climbing

·         Strong but not very coordinated

·         Falling out of chairs, knocking things over or messy

·         Awkward or difficulty walking or running

·         Difficulty playing, participating, or insecurities with sports or games

 

Children with dyspraxia have particular problems learning new motor skills and activities and coordinating the upper and lower limbs of the body. To efficiently move through the environment and learn new skills, the body relies on sensory systems- tactile (touch), vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (how muscles perceive actions). If these systems are not properly integrated, a child appears clumsy.

 

Some characteristics of developmental dyspraxia are:

·         Awkward gait movement

·         Decreased sense of body awareness

·         Emotional lability, sensitivity or appears distracted

·         Difficulty judging distances

·         Difficulty imitating body positions 

·         Poor balance

·         Poor sequencing of activities

·         Poor short and/or long term memory

·         Slow movement planning and reaction times in both fine motor gross motor 

 

Even if only a few of these characteristics are noted in a child, an evaluation could be the first step to address the issue. While there is no cure for dyspraxia, a trained pediatric occupational therapist or physical therapist can assist the child in learning ways to improve their motor planning abilities and becoming more successful with gross motor learning and performance.

 

Current data notes that 6% of all children ages 5-11 have a developmental coordination disorder. It is important to note that motor difficulties are likely to coexist with several other diagnoses, including:

·         Auditory Processing Disorder

·         Executive Function Disorder

·         Hypotonia

·         Low Birth Weight

·         Sensory Processing Disorder

 

There are treatment options for developmental dyspraxia.  There are several types of praxis (movement) that may be addressed in therapy. These types include: oral, sequential, postural, constructional, and praxis on verbal command. 

 

Research shows that a combination of strength and coordination goals, as well as work on specific functional skills (climbing stairs, skipping) is most effective. A therapist can, through play and exploration of new motor activities, address the affected area(s) of praxis and improve overall motor planning and abilities. 

 

Advanced training and techniques are used in treatment of developmental dyspraxia:

·         E-Stimulation (E-Stim) 

·         Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)™

·         Sensory Integration

·         Total Motion Release (TMR)®

 

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

C&FD PTs are celebrating National Physical Therapy Month!

Monday, Oct 2, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Our team of 6 physical therapists is celebrating National Physical Therapy Month 2017 with the American Physical Therapy Association!

MIDTOWN OFFICE (Charlotte) PINEVILLE OFFICE

Gail Fennimore PT PCS

Amy Sturkey LPT 

Blake Templeton DPT

Katie Eggleston Kennedy DPT

Erin Krueger DPT ATRIC

Jessica Turchin MPT ATRIC

We provide services to children, teens and young adults with developmental, neurological and congenital impairments.  Services can be habilitative (learning a skill for the first time) or rehabilitative (becoming more proficient at a skill or relearning a skill).  We focus on improving and adapting a child's gross motor abilities.  

If you notice difficulties in one or more of these areas, an evaluation and treatment may be appropriate:

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Gait
  • Gross Motor Skill Acquisition
  • Motor Planning
  • Muscle Strength
  • Postural Alignment 
  • Range Of Motion
  • Strength in trunk and legs
  • Surgical Rehabilitation 

All of our therapists are licensed by the state of North Carolina. 

Child and Family Development physical therapists are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care, South Carolina Medicaid and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

Don't Take Our Word For It! Grown up girl remembers physical therapy at C&FD

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 by Child & Family Development

When Child and Family Development was founded back in 1980, no one was thinking about social media, friends, follows or instant messaging.  Still, it is so fun to hear from people who were clients in those days.  Recently, we received a Facebook message from a woman who shared:

"I was once a client at C&FD. Amy Sturkey was an amazing physical therapist. I loved Vicki Christensen too. Thanks for being a big part of my childhood!"

Read more "About Us" and our history here.              

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Amy Sturkey, celebrates 29 years at Child and Family Development

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development


Amy Sturkey LPT C/NDT marks 29 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a physical therapist at the Midtown office.    

We are so very proud of her clinical work here, as well as outside of the office.  Her work outside of C&FD includes an exercise and therapeutic activity app for kids and a children's book about autism and an upcoming book about Down syndrome:

A Is For Autism
iTunes pediatric physical therapy app
iTunes pediatric physical therapy strengthening exercises for back
• iT
unes pediatric physical therapy knee extension

Follow her Pediatric Physical Therapy Exercises page on Facebook and Twitter too!

In the office, Amy has started a new trend in her care- telling jokes to her clients and co-workers! 

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Physical Therapy & Riding a Bike: Summer 2017 offering

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT is an experienced and highly trained physical therapist at Child and Family Development in Charlotte. 

 

 

During Amy's 20+ year physical therapy career, she has helped kids, teens and young adults reach their potential with everything from learning to crawl, stand, walk, run, ride a bike, and much more.

This summer, her goal is to help young people get rolling! 

She shares, "Parents may not think of all that goes into riding a bike. I often address the necessary skills separately before working on all the skills together."

 

  • A child needs to be able to steer pushing a shopping cart and a low riding toy when they are being pushed before he or she should be expected to steer and pedal a bike.  
  • Balance is important too. Typically a 5 year old can learn to ride a bike.  A 5-year-old can balance on either foot for 10 seconds with hands on hips.  Keep the training wheels if your child can’t balance 10 seconds well on each foot.   
  • Many children have trouble monitoring their environment.  I work a lot on the child practicing negotiating moving obstacle courses on their own 2 feet before expecting a child to do that on a bike. 
  • Pedaling is an alternating reciprocal coordination activity.  If  child can’t run, they are going to have a hard time riding a bike.  They need to have the coordination to  be able to do simple coordination jumps on the land before the child could be coordinated enough to pedal, steer, break and monitor his environment.

Read more about her Learning To Ride A Bike program here

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Physical Therapy helps infants with torticollis

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development physical therapists loves helping infants diagnosed with torticollis or plagiocephaly. 

Infants experience such rapid gross motor development in the first seven months of life and with just a few tips to new parents, there can be huge improvements in their overall development.

A diagnosis of torticollis means that there is a neck musculature imbalance, and the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) is the muscle involved. Plagiocephaly is usually a secondary diagnosis to torticollis. It is caused by the infant resting heavily on one part of the head which leads to a flattening of the head in that area.

A helmet is usually prescribed to improve head shape, but many of the cases I have treated by conservative measures have improved head shape and a helmet is not necessary.

The SCM is the large neck muscle that runs from the mastoid process (close to the ear), all the way down to the sternum. Its function is to rotate and tilt the head. When the SCM is tight on one side it causes the head to tilt in that direction and rotate to the opposite direction. For example, if the right SCM is tight, the child's head will tilt to the right and rotate to the left. Now, there are exceptions to every rule and sometimes a child's head will tilt and rotate to the same side, but for the most part, torticollis follows the previously mentioned pattern.

The cause of the musculature imbalance could be related to how the child was positioned in the womb, positioning following birth during sleep or resting, and/or if the child is not getting the necessary amount of tummy time. Most of the time, a parent or a pediatrician notice the child's head is flat on one side or on the back or notice a slight tilt of the neck/head in photographs.

The treatment for torticollis is effective. Weekly physical therapy usually takes 6-12 weeks, depending on the severity. There's also a home exercise program of daily stretching. 

Want more info or to schedule an appointment?

Contact our office to schedule a free phone consult with a Child and Family Development physical therapist. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

 Click here to read more about torticollis on the National Institute of Health website.

Click here and here to read more about tummy time on our blog. 

Click here to register for our June 8 New Take On Tummy Time free seminar.

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston, Blake Templeton

autism and physical therapy

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey, LPT, physical therapist at Child and Family Development- Midtown, is one of the most tenured and experienced pediatric providers here and in the Charlotte community.  With so much clinical experience and additional training and certification, she is a well-known PT who can help children and families improve the most challenging situations.  She has these ideas about autism and physical therapy:

Most people don’t know how critical physical therapy is for children with autism.  Often people tell me that gross motor skills are their child’s highest skills. Physical therapy is not a priority for them. 

Then I ask “What your child can do?”  I get a long list of how their child can walk and sit and run really fast. Often parents tell me they have trouble catching their child when he runs away.  I got it.  I ask the parents how is your child’s imitation skills?  Can he take turns when playing with other children?  Can she play team sports?  Can he walk and keep pace with you? Can she stop when you yell “Stop!” when a car is coming?  Can he play at all with another child or is your child just in his own world?  Does your child reference you to know if she is doing a good job?  Can he follow directional instructions?  Does she know how to slow down if she needs to be careful or speed up if she needs to be in a rush? 

Physical therapy can help with all of these skills.  Most children with autism have at least mildly low tone.  They often have a weak core. Their motor planning skills (the ability to do things on request or in imitation) is often severely limited.  In normal development, copying an adult moving happens before spoken language. Reciprocity occurs very early with gross motor skills.  Initiating physical therapy has been a missing link for many children with autism. It is time to re-think physical therapy and autism. 

Physical therapy has a lot to offer!

Check out Amy's work outside of C&FD including an exercise app for kids and a children's book about autism:

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Help Your Baby Stand with these tips from physical therapy

Friday, Nov 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Is your 14-16 month-old unable to stand alone? According to the Denver Developmental Screening Test- 2nd Edition: 

  • 25% of babies stand alone by 11 months
  • 50% by 11.5 months 
  • 90% by 13.5 months

After mastering sitting and crawling, most babies move onto to standing.  In order for your baby to stand alone, they must have sufficient muscle strength present in the legs, hips and core. If you have noticed your baby struggling with other milestones such as rolling, sitting, and crawling, your baby may not have properly strengthened these muscles over time.

WAYS TO ENCOURAGE STANDING

  • Put your baby in your lap with his/her feet on your legs. For more support, face your baby towards you leaning against your chest. For less support, face your baby away from you. Help your baby rock side to side or bounce up and down while supporting their upper trunk.
  • Look for opportunities for your child to play with children who are just slightly more developmentally advanced than your child. Watching other children as they figure out how to stand can encourage your child to try as well.
  • Help your baby crawl up stairs to strengthen their leg muscles.
  • If your baby avoids all contact between their feet and the floor, place them in a sitting or supine position. While in this position, gently pound their feet on the   floor so that they can get used to the feeling. You can also massage their feet using lotion or powder.
  • Lay your baby on their back. Grab their feet and gently jostle your baby by pulling and pushing them through their legs to get some “weight bearing” through their legs while laying down.  
  • Place your baby on a medicine ball lying on their stomach. Gently roll the ball backwards till their feet touch the floor and they are in a standing position. Repeat this sequence several times.

Typical child development follows a predictable pattern. Still, it takes time for babies to develop the necessary skills and muscle strength needed to perform gross motor tasks, such as standing. Certain babies simply take longer progressing through these milestones, especially babies born prematurely. If you are still concerned about your baby’s development, here are some early warning signs that should not be ignored:

EARLY WARNING SIGNS

  • Not rolling by 7 months of age
  • Not pushing up on straight arms, lifting head and shoulders, by 8 months of age
  • Not sitting independently by 10 months of age
  • Not crawling 10 months of age
  • Not pulling to stand by 12 months of age
  • Not standing alone by 14 months 
  • Not using both sides of body equally
  • Not standing when supported by 9 months or later

NEED HELP?

Contact our office to schedule a free phone consultation with a physical therapist.  Learn more about pediatric physical therapy here.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Physical Therapy Focus: Top 10 Tips For Helping Kids Succeed by Amy Sturkey

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

October is National Physical Therapy Month and we are celebrating with the APTA #choosePT

Each physical therapist on our staff of 6 will share a bit of expertise, including Amy Sturkey PT C/NDT!

Amy is one of the most tenured pediatric therapists on the Child and Family Development team and has almost 30 years of clinical experience! She is infamous around here for her fun-loving therapy sessions.

Here are her 10 TIPS for helping children succeed in treatment:

  1. Find something to adore in every single child. The more, the better.
  2. When you first see a child, show them you are excited to see them. My model is the family dog.  I fail at this regularly, but I really try.
  3. Honor each and every promise to the child. A child has to trust you to work hard for you.
  4. Say “Please” and “Thank you”. 
  5. Try to say at least 80% positive comments or encouragements to the child.
  6. Try to see life from the child’s eyes.  What does it feel like to be him or her?  What can I do to help that child be successful? That is MY job.
  7. Children are just like adults. They learn best when they are having  fun.
  8. Be interested in whatever the child is interested in. If you are not, fake it convincingly.
  9. For my hour with a child, I try to make sure that child feels that she or he is more important than anything else. Phone calls and distractions just have to wait.
  10. Celebrate every piece of progress with genuine enthusiasm. Show the child you believe in him, even on the tough days. You have to KNOW that she can do it. If you believe in the child unwaveringly, then he will start to believe in himself.

Learn more about our physical therapists on our website and our blog.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Charlotte Observer story of perseverance that includes C&FD occupational therapist & physical therapist

Monday, Oct 24, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Child and Family Development is so proud to be part of this story of perseverance!

Please read the piece by Scott Fowler in Charlotte Observer October 23 edition: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article109620807.html

Two of our pediatric therapists were included and the author did a beautiful job capturing the joy of small successes of therapy sessions:

  Read more about C&FD in the news here.

SEEN & HEARD

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Abbey Wash, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Testimonials

National Physical Therapy Month #choosePT

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

October is National Physical Therapy Month and we are celebrating with the APTA #choosePT

Pediatric physical therapy is not just rehabilitation of injuries or therapy for “little adults”. While it certainly includes rehabilitation from sports injuries, post-surgery, broken bones and other conditions, it more commonly addresses “habilitation” rather than “re-habilitation”. That is, we are working with children to develop gross motor skills for the first time, rather than regain skills after a loss.  This “habilitation” often occurs when there is a gross motor delay related to late crawling and late walking.  At times, a delay is present in conjunction with a medical diagnosis, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disorder and spina bifida, to name just a few.

STAFF:

MIDTOWN OFFICE

Gail Fennimore PT, PCS, C/NDT

Jill Pfund DPT

Amy Sturkey LPT, C/NDT

PINEVILLE OFFICE

Katie Eggleston DPT

Erin Krueger DPT, ATRIC

Jessica Turchin MPT, ATRIC

SPECIALTY SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Adaptive Equipment Assessment & Management
  • Aquatic Therapy at Harris YMCA
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • Karate Groups
  • Kinesiotaping® & Strapping
  • Learning To Ride A Bike
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment™ (NDT)
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Serial Casting
  • Sports Rehab & Training
  • Total Motion Release® (TMR)

Learn more about our physical therapists on our website and our blog.

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Topics: Amy Sturkey, Jessica Turchin, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Erin Krueger, Gail Fennimore, Katie Eggleston

Amy Sturkey, celebrates 28 years at Child and Family Development

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT C/NDT marks 28 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a physical therapist at the Midtown office.    

We are so very proud of her clinical work here, including a feature on an upcoming 8/23/16 HBO Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel story about the handsome young man pictured here. 

Amy has many professional achievements outside of the office.  Amy has developed a pediatric exercise application for Android and Itunes, several YouTube videos and is authoring a series of books--- all about helping people! 

A colleague shares:

Amy has an obvious and infectious passion for helping children and their families. She is a constant source of positive energy, knowledge, and laughter!

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Don't Take Our Word For It! Physical Therapy praise

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey, PT C/NDT is one of the most experienced and tenured physical therapists at Child and Family Development. 

A recent client survey provided this praise: "We are extremely pleased with our physical therapist and with C&FD!”

Read more about Amy's approach to pediatric therapy here.     

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Physical Therapist

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Learn to ride a bike in physical therapy

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT is an experienced and highly trained physical therapist at Child and Family Development in Charlotte. 

 

 

During Amy's 20+ year physical therapy career, she has helped kids, teens and young adults reach their potential with everything from learning to crawl, stand, walk, run, ride a bike, and much more.

This summer, her goal is to help young people get rolling! 

She shares, "I think people start too hard when they try to teach their child to ride a bike.  I often address the necessary skills separately before working on all the skills together."

 

  • A child needs to be able to steer pushing a shopping cart and a low riding toy when they are being pushed before he or she should be expected to steer and pedal a bike.  
  • Balance is important too. Typically a 5 year old can learn to ride a bike.  A 5-year-old can balance on either foot for 10 seconds with hands on hips.  Keep the training wheels if your child can’t balance 10 seconds well on each foot.   
  • Many children have trouble monitoring their environment.  I work a lot on the child practicing negotiating moving obstacle courses on their own 2 feet before expecting a child to do that on a bike. 
  • Pedaling is an alternating reciprocal coordination activity.  If  child can’t run, they are going to have a hard time riding a bike.  They need to have the coordination to  be able to do simple coordination jumps on the land before the child could be coordinated enough to pedal, steer, break and monitor his environment.

Read more about her Learning To Ride A Bike program here

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Riding a bike with Amy Sturkey, physical therapist

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT is an experienced and highly trained physical therapist at Child and Family Development in Charlotte. 

 

 

During Amy's 20+ year physical therapy career, she has helped kids, teens and young adults reach their potential with everything from learning to crawl, stand, walk, run, ride a bike, and much more.

This summer, her goal is to help young people get rolling! 

She shares, "I think people start too hard when they try to teach their child to ride a bike.  I often address the necessary skills separately before working on all the skills together."

 

  • A child needs to be able to steer pushing a shopping cart and a low riding toy when they are being pushed before he or she should be expected to steer and pedal a bike.  
  • Balance is important too. Typically a 5 year old can learn to ride a bike.  A 5-year-old can balance on either foot for 10 seconds with hands on hips.  Keep the training wheels if your child can’t balance 10 seconds well on each foot.   
  • Many children have trouble monitoring their environment.  I work a lot on the child practicing negotiating moving obstacle courses on their own 2 feet before expecting a child to do that on a bike. 
  • Pedaling is an alternating reciprocal coordination activity.  If  child can’t run, they are going to have a hard time riding a bike.  They need to have the coordination to  be able to do simple coordination jumps on the land before the child could be coordinated enough to pedal, steer, break and monitor his environment.

Read more about her Learning To Ride A Bike program here

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Karate-based physical therapy with Amy Sturkey LPT C/NDT

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT C/NDT is an experienced and highly trained physical therapist with more than 25 years of experience helping children, teens and young adults in Charlotte. For a limited time, she is offering KARATE-BASED PHYSICAL THERAPY at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.  

OBJECTIVES: This group has been a historic favorite in the community and our practice! It is led by a Black Belt instructor and Amy.  Groups are formed according to skill level with age and size taken into consideration to ensure the best opportunity for success and homogeneity.  A participant must be able to follow directions and not display aggression towards self or others. Groups are limited to 2 participants at this time.  Karate-based physical therapy addresses difficulties in:

  • Attention
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Motor Planning
  • Sensory Processing
  • Strength
  • Timing

SCHEDULE: Groups meet weekly for up to 12 weeks, starting in February 2016. 

COST: Families may use available insurance benefits for some services or pay privately. 

CONTACT: asturkey@childandfamilydevelopment.com, 704-332-4834 ext. 114

Click here for a flyer about karate groups.  

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Physical Therapist tips to help your little one stand

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 by Child & Family Development

 

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Baby using only one side of body? Here's a Physical Therapy list of concerns.

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 by Child & Family Development

  Is your baby only using one side of their body?

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Physical therapist, Amy Sturkey endorses RDI strategies to help children

Friday, Dec 4, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Amy Sturkey LPT is a physical therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development. Recently, she reviewed a piece on RDI Connect™, an online resource about Relationship Development Intervention and related stories.  The post is titled When “No!” Means “I’m Scared or Overwhelmed!” and aptly describes what many parents (and physical therapists!) experience during encounters with children. 

The author, Sarah Wayland, offers several practical suggestions and some other insights.  Click here to read the full post.     

When a child is overwhelmed, try these strategies: 

  • Use empathy
  • Give him something to look forward to
  • Communicate nonverbally
  • Remove all demands

When a child is scared, try these strategies: 

  • Help the child know what to expect 
  • Anticipate the unexpected
  • Meditate
  • Identify thinking errors
  • Help the child label his emotions
  • Brainstorm coping strategies during calm times

The information prompted Amy to examine her own practice and interactions. She shares, "Sometimes we are not quick to empathize and think about the reasons behind a “no” that is verbal or nonverbal.  I think I may do better at this with a nonverbal child actually. With a child who is verbal, it is easy to think that the child is being oppositional or disrespectful but there are a whole myriad of reasons behind “no”.  

Amy incorporates RDI™ philosophies and other motivational approaches into her physical therapy sessions, especially when kids present with anxiety or fear.  Most times, giggles and performance prevail!   

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