Treatment of the Baby Continuing Education Course

This three-day workshop, taught by Gail Ritchie-OTR, C/NDT, Pediatric NDTA OT Instructor, is designed for physical, occupational, and speech therapists working with infants from birth – three years of age who have known or suspected neuromotor disorders such as Cerebral Palsy.  A major emphasis will be placed on handling techniques and treatment strategies.  These will be presented through lecture, extensive handling labs and …Read More >

Mealtime Miseries

MOSAIC Rehabilitation is hosting a 2-day continuing education course on feeding, Mealtime Miseries:  Management of Complex Feeding Issues, through the Pediatric Feeding Institute.  The course will be held August 18th and 19th at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Belgrade, MT. How does feeding, a process so integral to the child’s health and well-being, go awry? The focus of …Read More >

Feet!

Children’s feet come in all shapes, sizes, and positions.  It is difficult to know what is typical and what is not andwhen to refer to a physical therapist or when to get orthotics.  Common physical therapy (PT) referrals include:  “toeing in”, “over pronation” and “toe walking”.  Interestingly, all of these issues can be normal depending on the age of the …Read More >

What’s the Difference Between Speech and Language?

We often hear the phrases, “Your child needs speech,” or “My child receives speech therapy,” but it’s not as common to hear, “Your child needs language therapy,” or “My child receives speech and language therapy.” This has led to a lot of confusion for individuals who are not speech-language pathologists. Did you know speech and language are actually two completely …Read More >

Gross Motor Milestone Series: Jumping

By 24 months of age, 50% of children can jump with both feet off the ground. By 27 months of age, 75% of children can jump with both feet off the ground. Jumping helps to develop leg strength and balance. It requires coordination of upper and lower extremity movements, is used during childhood games, and plays a large role in …Read More >

Helping Hands In Haiti

In March, Tia Pester, one of MOSAIC’s physical therapists, went on a medical mission trip to Haiti. Haiti is considered to be the poorest country in the western hemisphere and after the earthquake in 2010, access to routine medical care and clean drinking water became even more scarce. The average life expectancy in Haiti is 50 years of age due to poor nutrition …Read More >

“What’s Going On In There?”  Oral Motor Skill Development

Did you know a baby’s basic oral motor skills, such as sucking and swallowing, develop in the third month of pregnancy?  Development of these skills will help a baby move from liquids (milk or formula) to solid food. Also, oral motor movements of the jaw, lips, tongue, soft palate, and cheeks are needed for speech development from when baby first …Read More >

Babywearing

What is Babywearing? Babywearing is the practice of keeping your baby close to you while utilizing one of the many baby carriers that are available to buy. There are many benefits to babywearing including bonding with family and caregivers, ease of skin-to-skin contact (which can aid in breastfeeding), good alignment of developing joints, it keeps babies off of their backs …Read More >

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