Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PHYSICAL THERAPY: INJURY, RECOVERY and WELLNESS

Written by: Jon Bissonnette- Lead Physical Therapist at T4K Adults in Weston, Florida



What is Physical Therapy and Why is it Important?

When a person experiences an injury due to performing daily activities, repetitive motion, motor vehicle accident, illness, or age, their physician will most likely refer the patient to a Physical Therapist.

While most minor injuries do not require therapy intervention, there are injuries that will not heal as expected and often require therapy to avoid lifelong disability. The therapist will assess the main cause of the injury and any functional deficits, and will prepare a plan, including both patient and therapy goals, for returning them to their desired lifestyle at the highest level of function.

What is Done During a Typical Physical Therapy Session? 

The Physical Therapist creates a plan for the patient that involves various exercises, stretching, strength training, and physical manipulation to help the patient recover.  There is also an allied approach given, with the inclusion of massage therapy and chiropractic care (as needed). As a health expert in movement-based-therapy, a patient will be educated about his/her condition, different treatments, and preventative techniques. The patient will be reassessed to track progress and report to their physician (as needed). The therapist will review a patient's daily activities (work and home) for body mechanic corrections and for future injury prevention, which plays an important role in general wellness. 

Who to Contact for Physical Therapy?

T4K Adults offers Physical Therapy in all six locations in South Florida (Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Coral Gables and Miami). 

Please contact (954)828-0425 to schedule an appointment and visit our website http://www.t4kadults.com or http://www.facebook.com/t4kadults for more details. 

We look forward to serving you!  


Thursday, June 15, 2017

PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: TRANSITIONING CHILDREN FROM 'ISOLATED' TO 'INCLUDED'

Posted on June 15, 2017 by Nelson Gonzalez





Nelson Gonzalez, Therapies 4 Kids' Lead Occupational Therapist, has been working in the field for over thirteen years. 

He wants everyone to know that "Occupational Therapists do not attempt to make clients like everyone else. They embrace their strengths and work on the areas that are weakened..."


What is an Occupational Therapist and Why are They Important?

Pediatric Occupational Therapists (O.T.'s) are life builders for children whose lives have been raided by disability, especially those with Autism and Cerebral Palsy. O.T.'s assist these individuals to be free of their isolation and help them to share their abilities with others. Osho says, “Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique. You are you, I am I.” O.T.'s do not attempt to make clients like everyone else. We embrace their strengths and work on the areas that are weakened which affect their everyday functioning. If a child has difficulty controlling his or her self-stimulating behaviors, we teach them how to satisfy that crave in supplementary ways so that it does not affect their functioning and those around them. We want them to share their uniqueness. If a child with Cerebral Palsy demonstrates impairments with his or her motor control and coordination skills which affect his or her activities of daily living including dressing, bathing, and social interaction skills, occupational therapist help re-mediate deficits and train clients and caregivers on compensatory techniques, as needed, in order to lead fulfilling lives. 


How can Occupational Therapists Help Children with Autism?


Various children with Autism may miss sensory information from the environment that provide signals about what is going on in their surroundings and may be referred to as having poor registration. The brain may not be getting what it needs to produce appropriate responses. Other children may be referred to as having "seeking behavior." These individuals are characteristically active and continuously engaged in their environments. They add sensory input to every experience in daily life. They may appear impulsive and the consideration for safety when playing, may be absent. Some children with Autism may display hypersensitivities to sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and textures. These children may have sensitivity behavior. They have over-reactive neural systems that make them aware of every stimulus that becomes available and do not have the appropriate ability to adjust to these stimuli. 



Children may also present as having avoiding behaviors which represent those who may engage in disruptive behaviors, especially in situations they know they are having difficulty with. They avoid circumstances by either withdrawing or participating in emotional outbursts that enable them to get out of the situation. The child may appear stubborn and controlling and prefer routines without any sudden changes. The child is creating a state to limit sensory input to those events that are known and therefore, easy for the nervous system to interpret. There is not a cookie-cutter treatment plan for these exceptional children. O.T.'s provide the children and caregivers with individualized recipes (treatment plans) called a sensory diet with ingredients (tools) to assist the child to regulate his or her sensory system for success at home, school, and the community.



How Can Children With Cerebral Palsy Benefit From Occupational Therapy Treatments?

Children with Cerebral Palsy characteristically demonstrate deficits with reflex, body movement, muscle tone, balance, posture, muscle coordination, and receiving and responding to information through the senses. These complications can considerably impair a child’s ability to successfully participate in his or her activities of daily living including, dressing, feeding, sitting, standing, socializing, and much more. These limitations can lead to isolation. O.T.'s encompass the skills necessary to improve their posture, reduce muscle tone and improve their range of motion. O.T.'s will improve a child’s self-care skills, visual motor skills, handwriting skills, and the ability to navigate their environment. These skills are imperative to improve a child’s functional independence to replace isolation into inclusion. But treatment does not end in the therapy clinic. A comprehensive home exercise and activities program and family education are vital to this process.

How We Can Help! 


O.T.'s are knowledgeable in numerous areas in pediatric care. The focus is on improving a child's functional independence. Through individualized treatment strategies and taking a family-centered approach, limitations can be altered into great expectations. 

Therapies 4 Kids offers 6 convenient locations in South Florida: Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coral Gables and Miami.

Stop by and speak with one of our Pediatric Occupational Therapists today or contact (954)356-2878 or contact@therapies4kids.com for more information. 

You may also visit our website for more details http://www.therapies4kids.com or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/t4kusa.


We look forward to serving you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

FROM SPEECH ISSUES TO BECOMING A SPEECH PATHOLOGIST


Posted on May 18, 2017 by Lisette Ponce


Wade Smith, one of our talented Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist, has been working in the field of speech therapy for over 6 years.
His personal story has fueled his passion to help others and Wade wants every parent out there to know that “they are not alone!”

Why did you choose Speech Pathology as a career path?

“As a child, I had struggled with speech disorders, where I would stutter my words and it made me feel very self-conscious around others. I went to speech therapy for many years and it wasn’t until I was 18- years old, when I met an incredible Speech Pathologist and my speech improved drastically. As a result, my self-esteem sky-rocketed and I realized at that moment the importance of this career. I, then, decided to dedicate my life to helping others with speech disorders.”

What training and experience do you have with autism?

“My training began in Idaho, where I later received my certification. I truly enjoy working with autistic children, as the speech methods I use with them are slightly different. For instance, instead of showing the child a ball and having them repeat the word “ball” back to you, I have found it impactful when I introduce it to them in sign-language first. The goal is not solely based on the achievement of saying a word, it is also a personal goal for the child to become familiar with the meaning of the word and then mastering the pronunciation of the word.”

What is one recent trend in Speech Pathology that you think is important?

“I believe that Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is crucial in proving when something is working by eliminating when something is not working. It is based on the parent’s perspective, scientific evidence, and the therapist’s opinion. I also use skilled-intervention, which are different techniques such as, role-play, chant talk, chaining, cycles approach, etc. These two methods are integrated and practiced daily with our patients.”

Describe one of your greatest accomplishments with a patient.

“Each and every patient’s case is unique and with that comes different accomplishments, but one general accomplishment that I love to be a witness of is playing a role in relieving frustration for the parents and helping them communicate effectively with their child. It is very difficult to see parents when trying to speak with their ‘non-verbal’ child, for instance. It is clearly very upsetting for the parent as well as the child. The fact that therapy improves the whole family dynamic by increasing communication, confidence and connection is my greatest accomplishment.”

What words of advice do you have for parents if they detect or are aware that their child has a speech, language or feeding disorder?

“They are not alone! There is a whole community of parents that go through this. The first step is recognizing and admitting that there may be an issue as opposed to holding onto fear and keeping it internally. Early intervention is the best and there are solutions when visiting a Speech Pathologist and receiving therapy treatments. If you visit any one of our offices at Therapies 4 Kids, we will be happy to help your child and give them the self-confidence they need to communicate effectively.”

Wade’s personal issues with speech helps him relate to his patients on another level!

If you would like to meet Wade or any one of our other talented therapists, please call Therapies 4 Kids at (954) 356-2878 or visit one of our clinics worldwide.

Don’t forget to visit www.therapies4kids.com for more details and make sure to LIKE our Facebook page to receive updates and information regarding all of our services.

We look forward to serving you!