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Physical Therapist Kristin Kahler

Pediatric Physical Therapy - Nashua and Waverly Clinics

At Taylor Physical Therapy, we have physical therapists that create specialized treatment programs for each individual child. We provide a fun atmosphere to learn and grow while making gains toward their motor milestones. Our Pediatric Physical Therapists help children develop muscle strength while coordinating those muscles to sit, stand, balance, walk, reach, and play. We promote independence along with increasing participation in their natural environment. We believe enhancing learning opportunities can lead to increased ease with challenges during daily activities. Our Pediatric Physical Therapists focus on helping children experience the world around them to the fullest capacity possible.

Our Physical Therapists can provide treatment for:

  • Gross motor skills and mobility deficits
  • Limitations in range of motion, strength, and endurance
  • Balance and coordination difficulties
  • Toe walking
  • Genetic disorders (ex: Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain trauma, injuries or seizure disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Hypertonia
  • Torticollis and plagiocephaly
  • General orthopedic injuries and surgeries
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Headaches
  • Sports-related pain or injuries
  • Post-fracture care
  • Low back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Sensory processing disorder

Physical Therapist Kristin Kahler

Indicators for Pediatric Physical Therapy

  • Head is tilted or rotated to one side or has a side preference at any age
  • Has difficulty meeting gross motor milestones
    • Sitting on their own by 6-8 months without significant support
    • Crawling by 9-10 months
    • Standing independently at 12 months
    • Cruising at a surface at 12 months
    • Walking by 16-18 months
    • Running by 2 years old
    • Jumping off the floor or off the bottom step by 3 years old
    • Throw, catch, and kick a ball by 3 years old
    • Walking upstairs alternating steps by 4 years old
  • "W' sitting 50% of the time or greater
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Poor posture in sitting or standing
  • Stiff joint or hypermobile joints
  • Toe walking as primary gait pattern
  • Excessive clumsiness or frequent falling 
  • Pain or swelling in muscles or joints
  • Not keeping up with other kids their age at home or at school

Physical Therapist Kristin Kahler

Tummy Time Tips

Why is Tummy Time Important?

  • Develops neck and back muscles as well as typical curves of the spine
  • Increases shoulder and arm strength and stability
  • Increases core strength and stability
  • Allows infants to learn head control
  • Helps develop depth perception
  • Keeps pressure off of your baby's head
  • Allows baby to explore their environment including different textures and sensory experiences
  • Helps develop hand-eye coordination
  • Develops overall foundation for all movement 

When should we do Tummy Time?

  • Tummy Time should be started as soon as baby comes home from the hospital
  • It should be completed for short periods of time routinely throughout the day
  • Try a couple of minutes after every diaper change or bath so baby expects it
  • By 3 months baby should be spending 1 hour total in Tummy Time throughout the day
  • Try to avoid Tummy Time for 30 minutes after baby eats

For more information please click here to download our Tummy Time Tips handout. 

 


Physical Therapist Kristen Kahler

Pediatric Support Group - Waverly Clinic

This support group provides a place for families of children with varying levels of specialized health care needs to meet, learn, support, share, and grow together. The goal is to provide a safe and open-minded environment where families feel comfortable to share their successes and disappointments.

Our meetings range from an open discussion format to having guest presenters in to discuss their areas of expertise in the care of children with special needs.

Anyone who is a family member or a care provider for a child with special health care needs is welcome.

For more information, call (319) 352-5644 and ask for Kayla or Kristin.

Click here to follow our Facebook page:  “Supporting Families of Children with Special Needs.”

 

Support Group Meetings

Location: Tendrils Rooftop Garden at Waverly Health Center

Time: Meetings take place on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm

Dates: February 4th 2020, May 5th 2020, August 4th 2020, November 3rd 2020.

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