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Westchester Therapy Solutions News Articles

August 2021

PREVENT AND REDUCE TOE-WALKING WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Causes of Toe-Walking:

  • Abnormal muscle tone (hypotonia or hypertonia)
  • The Vestibular system may not be giving the brain accurate information on body position and movement.

Or, sensory processing disorder can make a child oversensitive to touch.

  • Activities to prevent/reduce:
  • Walking up a ramp
  • Animal walks (i.e. bear walks)
  • Balance on one foot
  • Stand on a wobble board
  • Different texture exposed to feet.

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WHAT SCREEN TIME AND SCREEN MEDIA DO TO YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN AND SENSORY PROCESSING ABILITY

How long should I allow my child to use a screen:

  • In 2016 they issued a policy adjustment stating that pediatricians should discourage any media use under the age of 18 months
  • Between 18 and 24 months, if a parent wants to introduce screen media, then they should choose high-quality apps and use it together with their toddlers.
  • For children older than 5 to be viewing no more than 2 hours of media daily.
  • 2016 recommendations explains that in today’s world, when media is everywhere, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

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