I'm not just a PT, I'm also a parent!

I'm not just a PT, I'm also a parent!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Music and Movement Song Ideas
Tana Jimenez, PT, MPT

I know  that a lot of you are finding yourselves in a situation where you need to be providing Telehealth PT services.  To help make your sessions fun and productive and to give some HEP ideas, here is a list of songs to help promote gross and fine motor skils.  They also help with development of imitation skills, following directions, and body awareness.

Gross Motor

Fine Motor/Fingerplay
  • Baby Shark” by PINKFONG
  • BINGO” (The KidZup Toddler Tunes version is my favorite)

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 Gift Guide

Are you looking for a gift for a child who struggles with gross motor skills?  Look no farther!


Rody is a fun alternative to a peanut ball for working on balance skills and trunk/leg strengthening.  His legs offer more stability and his ears are a handy place for kids to hold on while they bounce.  Not only is Rody super cute, but they come in all kinds of fun colors. 

Teeter Popper

This toy is similar to a standard rocker or balance board, but with one fun feature -- it's suction cup bottom provides great auditory feedback!  The suction cups also provide a bit more stability for those who struggle with their balance.  WARNING:  This may not be the best choice for those who are sensitive to sound.  For them, try a standard rocker board.

Wobble Deck

For a different type of challenge, try the Wobble Deck.  By playing one of its 3 games, kids' balance is challenged even further.  Because it moves in multiple planes, this toy is more appropriate for kids 4 and up with good balance.

Magic Moves Electronic Wand

Not only does this toy encourage movement, but it also helps kids to follow simple commands.  Kids will move like animals, dance, or freeze -- perfect for motor group activities, as well!

Cat in the Hat "I Can Do That!" Game

This is a quieter option to encourage movement and following directions.  Some of the activities are quite silly, which just makes them more fun!  It also comes in a smaller card game version.

Twister Moves

This is another fun game to encourage gross motor skills, balance, and following directions.  The CD will instruct players to step on the colored circles to dance along with the music.  It's a bit fast-paced, so it may frustrate beginners.  And because the instructions ask the players to step on certain colors, it may be difficult for those with visual impairments.

Hopscotch Rug

This is a way to bring hopscotch indoors during inclement weather and to add some cute decor to your home at the same time.  These are a fun way to learn numbers, sequencing, counting forwards and backwards, jumping, and hopping.

Bean Bags

Bean bags are a painless way to learn throwing and catching.  Throw them into a bucket, play corn hole, throw them into hula hoops laid on the ground or taped to the wall, try to strike a target -- the possibilities are endless.  And as a bonus, they come in really cute colors and shapes that can add to the learning by teaching colors and letters.  "Throw the bean bag with the letter A."  "Catch the green frog!"

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun Ways to Encourage Tummy Time

Tummy time is important for an infant's development.  Here are fun ways to encourage tummy time with your little one:

1.  Put baby on your chest 

Babies enjoy being held, so lay back and put baby on your chest to enjoy some face time.  Seriously, who can resist their child's sweet face?   If baby can't tolerate being all the way on his or her tummy, lay on an angled surface.

2.  Use a Biddy Belly

I reviewed this nifty toy in a previous post: Products I Love - Biddy Belly


3.  Find a fun tummy time mat

When I had my first baby, I questioned the necessity of a tummy time mat.  However, if your child is resistant to tummy time, there are some really neat tummy time mats out there! Some have flat mirrors, while others have different textures.  Some have toys attached and others have a water-filled insert.  Find something that will capture your little one's attention and have some fun!

4.  Sensory Play

Give your little one something fun to do while on his or her tummy that also encourages sensory integration.  Here are some fun ideas:
  •  Put a toy that lights up and/or plays music in front of baby to encourage her to push up and reach while on her tummy.
  • Put a cookie sheet in front of baby and put some water or whipped cream into it to encourage exploration and splashing.  Supervise your child all all times during this activity!
  • Put a mirror or light box in front of baby to encourage visual stimulation and pushing up on his forearms or palms.
5.  Use a therapy/exercise ball

If you have an exercise ball or a peanut ball, lay your baby on the ball on his or her tummy.  Roll baby forward and back toward your face or a mirror to give him or her something interesting to look at.  On a regular ball, you can also rock baby from side to side.  Oftentimes, baby will extend his or her trunk while on the ball, encouraging prone extension for strengthening.  Please hold your child at all times while he or she is on a ball! (unlike the photo below)

photo from http://www.especialneeds.com/straight-roll.html

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Diastasis Recti (Part 5) - Postpartum Exercise

I just wanted to share an interesting article with you.  It's about postpartum exercise, particularly following a C-section, but I was impressed that diastasis recti was mentioned.

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