Entries by Judy Wang, PT, DPT

Common Physical Therapy Red Flags at Pediatrician Well-Visits For Baby’s First Year

First time parents don’t quite know what to look forward to when visiting their pediatricians during their child’s first year. Other than immunizations, growth measurements, and nutritional concerns, what else is there to discuss? Each well-child visit is a brief meet-up to assess the child’s growth and development. A red flag is an early warning […]

What is Kinesio® Tape and why is it used on children?

Physical therapists and occupational therapists often use Kinesio® Tape on their clients as an adjunct to therapy. So what is Kinesio® Tape? You might have seen this colorful tape on Olympic athletes in various locations and various patterns. It is an elastic tape that has multiple purposes depending on where and how it is applied. […]

World Health Organization Development Study Results: Gross Motor Milestones In the First Year

  The line between typical and atypical development can be a hazy one. There are standards that pediatricians, physical therapists, and developmental experts use to monitor growth and deviations from the norm, which allow us to recommend interventions when appropriate.  In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a whole new set of standards for […]

What a Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy Means for Your Child

For new parents whose children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and parents whose children with CP are nearing school age, understanding the diagnosis, prognosis, and the interventions available is often their top priority.  Being a first-time parent is challenging enough, and for many parents looking for answers, a medical diagnosis provided by a doctor […]

Gross Motor Developmental Milestones for Two Year Olds

Many pediatricians refer children to physical therapy around the 15th to 18th month of development. Most of these children are showing a slight delay in their development and pediatricians are hoping that, with the help of physical therapy, they could catch up by their 2nd birthday.  Though some of these children have been delayed since […]

The Rewards of Adaptive Bicycles for Children

Bicycle or tricycle riding is an important component of childhood. For certain children with medical complexities, there are special equipment that enable them to explore the world just like any other child. When I was working as a physical therapist on the pediatric floor of a rehabilitation hospital, I encountered many children and families impacted […]