Amy - posted on 12/26/2012
Both my son and my daughter have physical therapy. It has helped in so many ways. Your child really has to click with the therapist though. The first one we had was very nice and knowledgeable but just didn't click with my daughter so my daughter (the strong headed one) refused to do anything for her. The one we have now is so completely awesome. She does a lot of games and songs, etc so the kids don't realize they are working hard they think they are playing! The way I look at it is that it can't hurt and can only help!
Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012
My daughter was born 9 weeks premmie, weighed 3 pounds & 11 ounces, stayed in hospital 4 weeks, she had many challenges. She was not able to walk un-assisted, she needed support to sit up, drooled constantly, developmentally delayed, frequent body tremors, some seizure like episodes, kind of in a daze all the time, clenched left hand, choking on her food, speach problems, left side weakness etc. She was elevated on her toes when holding her to walk, she was splinted for a leg brace & they wanted to give her botox, but after researching botox and discovering how it’s made and there were no long term studies I decided against it. Her life was restricted & so was mine ...and it looked this way for the rest of her life ... & mine. I felt hopeless.
We were attending all sorts of treatments and therapies which cost a lot. A friend told me about some special wellness supplements from a particular company, she started taking them in her yogurt, after one week she was up walking un-assisted, it made an immense difference to her brain function, memory, balance, mood & cognition in a short space of time. She began to thrive. I was elated!
I am so grateful to the person that told me about this incredible technology. She now has a life now ….. and so do I. It’s now over 14 yrs later and she continues to take these special nutrients, she has attended normal public schools, she is almost 16, in a few weeks she begins driving lessons and has just started an after school casual job in a fast paced food takeaway. Now she is taller than me.
Amanda - posted on 12/09/2010
my daughter and my son both have physical stuff... My daughter (3 1/2) has pigeon toes so they have her in orthodics until her feet are not longer flexible then we will cast them :(. My son (2) just finished physical therapy a little while ago and is in a hip brace at night for developmental hip displasia and also was wearing orthodics for pigeon toeing. He also didn't walk till he was around 20 to 24 months.
LaKedra - posted on 05/24/2010
My daughter started physical and occupational therapy when she was 11months(9months adjusted age) for stiffness in her right leg which caused her to kind of drag it and it was preventing her from standing long periods and/or taking steps. She was under care for a few months at a pediatric clinic called Simple Strokes Therapy and they did good work. All is well with her and she's been running every since...Good Luck to you and your girls.
Brandy - posted on 05/14/2010
my daughter has been recieving pt and ot since i brought her home and shes 15months now its actually a blessing because they make sure shes right where she should be and weve recently discovered she may need orthotics or braces for awhile but i am so glad that we caught it early on.
Ann - posted on 05/12/2010
My twins were 26 weekers. We started with OT at about 4 months old 1 month corrected. It has truly helped me to keep them on track. Both girls were on oxygen when it all started. there were times I totally thought the OT was crazy. However my girls have really been thriving and now that they are about 2 there is no question in my mind that the OT has helped with getting them to their milestones and helped their bodies through some very tough times. One twin will have another surgery soon and the OT is already preping her for it. PT/OT can only help even when you don't understand it. Over time you will learn so much.
Andrea - posted on 04/29/2010
My son was born at 30 weeks and he just turned one. We are just embarking on physical therapy and occupational therapy as he has fallen beind with his fine and gross motor skills. We have an assessment next Wednesday. Good luck to you!
Becky - posted on 04/29/2010
My son was born at 30 wks. He started pt as soon as he got out of hosp. He also received ot. When he started school he didn't need pt any more but still gets ot. When he was in k he started speech and just stop getting that. He in now 10 yrs. and has been wearing braces on both legs since 3yrs. Don't worry it WILL help them.
Pip - posted on 04/29/2010
My twins were born at 30 weeks and started PT at 12 weeks. All preemies, 35 weeks and under, have PT where we live right up to 1 year corrected. Mine benefited from it definately, they both had high muscle tone but they are both fine now.
Erin - posted on 04/29/2010
My son, who was born at 30 weeks, needed PT for high muscle tone, for about a year. I believe he was 10 months when we started. We got services through a state run program called First Steps, and I believe most if not all states have such a program. They evaluated our son for delays across the board, and when it was determined that he had a physical development delay (he could sit up, but wouldn't bend his knees, and wasn't crawling), they hooked us up with a therapist who came to our house 1 hour a week. It took about a year to catch him up, and he's 3 now and doing marvelously.
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