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Physical Therapy -> Strength -> Symmetry
When we look at a patient, we want the right side of their body just as strong as the left side. We also want their front muscles as strong as their back muscles. When all these things are equal, we are symmetrical. In babies, PT works on bringing both hands to the middle, making sure they use both hands to catch themselves, and making sure they are putting weight through both feet when in standing. For kids, we look at their ability to throw and catch a ball, jumping off a step with feet together, and how they walk up the stairs.
- Kara will stand on tiptoes, with minimal sway, for 10 seconds, 5 times over 5 sessions, to promote higher scores on the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale. 1
- Kim will safely perform 15 - jumping jacks, with min verbal prompting, 3/4 times per week, for 3 months, to improve extremity strength to join the playtime with her peers freely. 0
- Tommy will imitate the therapists movement with no verbal cuing, with 75% success, for 90 seconds over 5 sessions, to improve cognitive motor planning for receiving instructions. 1
- Caroline will sit upright, maintaining midline, with minimal support, hold 60 seconds for 8 sessions, to increase floor static stability for playtime functionality. 0
- After finishing activities for the day, Connor will perform static lower extremity stretches for 30 seconds each, 5 days a week, to improve flexibility and muscle relaxation. 0
Have fun with these animal moves as a great exercise and gross motor activity. This activity can help with sensory/emotional regulation, calming techniques, balance, coordination, and strengthening...