National Physical Therapy Month, Screenings and Halloween!
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While the calendar tells us it is October, the weather outside feels a little like indian summer---and we LOVE it! This season, just like the weather, can be unpredictable---filled with ups and downs and odds and ends.  As the days cool down the momentum of school and myriad activities heat up.  May your tricks be few and your treats be plenty!

Happy Fall and Happy Halloween from all of us to each of you,

Sheila & Anne

October is National Physical Therapy Month!  To us that's just another great reason to raise awareness about what a Physical Therapist does. The role of a physical therapist is both dynamic and diverse with responsibilities in evaluating, restoring, maintaining, and promoting not only optimal physical function, but optimal wellness and fitness as it relates to movement and health. PTs work to prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries. At Pediatric Therapeutics, we strive to provide the best possible care for each and every child.  Learn more about physical therapy and our therapists by visiting our Facebook page this month!

It's that time again!   Speech-language and sensory-motor screenings will be conducted at area preschools including St. Andrew's Nursery School and Kindergarten next month. Thrilled to be invited to participate in this important community event, Co-Director Anne Toolajian, MA, CCC-SLP will meet with children to screen their speech and language skills on November 4th and Occupational Therapist Missy Briody, MS, OTR, will perform sensory-motor screenings on November 16th. Sensory and motor abilities provide a foundation for skill development and children's ability to thrive in response to daily events at school and home, and within the community.  

Screenings provide an opportunity for a child to briefly engage with a licensed/certified and experienced therapist who is then able to identify areas of potential concern which may warrant further inspection. They allow parents and educators to ask important questions and make appropriate outside referrals. Screenings help determine whether or not a child is on target for his/her age in development of sensory-motor (gross and fine), social/emotional, speech sound production and language skills.

We remain grateful for the trusted relationships we have with schools, educators, and administrators in our area which allow for this collaborative--AND FUN--experience.

Each month, the staff of Pediatric Therapeutics will answer a
question asked by parents, professionals or patients.

This month’s query is: How can I help to make the most out of Halloween for my sensory sensitive child?

With October being Sensory Awareness month, it’s a perfect time to recognize the strong influence that sensation has on behavior, not only for special occasions, but in ordinary daily life.

Children with sensory sensitivities are more sensitive than most other children to at least one type of stimulation and generally less comfortable with sensory events of daily life; most often more than one sensory system is involved.  Mysteriously, a person can be overly responsive to some types of stimulation and under responsive to others.  A common combination is heightened sensitivity to sound and to touch or texture (often known as tactile defensiveness).  And frequently, when a person with sensory sensitivities is overly responsive to one type of input, other sensitivities become more pronounced.   Food allergies, or sensitivities to certain foods or ingredients, may also serve to accentuate sensory sensitivity.  What’s more, the cumulative effect of sensory input over time is commonly seen with sensory sensitivity; in other words, the effect of sensory stimulation adds up over time, so by the end of the day discomfort or other adverse responses to sensory input may be demonstrated when everything may have seemed fine earlier on in the day.  And guess what? - Just as sleep impacts just about everything, lack of sleep or changes in sleep routine may also seem to worsen sensory sensitivities and the ability to cope with them.


Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday for many children but for those with food allergies it can be very difficult and for parents, a landmine to navigate.  1 in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.  FARE, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization, inspired by the efforts of a Tennessee mom, created the Teal Pumpkin Project to promote a safer, happier and more inclusive Halloween for all trick-or-treaters with food allergies.  All it takes is one simple act of offering non-food treats as alternatives to candy.  FARE provides ideas, printable signs and guidelines to raise awareness and promote inclusion.  Placing a teal pumpkin in front of your home indicates you have non-food treats available.  For more ideas and information go to
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