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The Importance of Teletherapy Today

By: Erin Imsland, Occupational Therapist Teletherapy is the online delivery of therapy services through a live video connection. As many of you know, Red Door has moved to teletherapy services for a little while due to the concerns regarding COVID-19 in hopes of slowing the spread and keeping our community safe. Some of us had the opportunity to provide these services over the last week and I wanted to share what I learned.  Why is teletherapy important? Children and adolescents are missing their daily routine and need to maintain a

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Planning for Your Child’s Future

By: Jessica Oswald, Occupational Therapist Parents wonder about their children’s futures at a very early age. Questions they ask may include: What will my child be when they grow up? Where will they live? Will they attend post secondary education of some kind? Parents of children with medical diagnoses or disabilities consider many of these same questions, but also find themselves asking: What supports are available if I am not around? What skills are required for independent living? What skills are required for employment? What living options are available? Early

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Health Insurance Policies: Questions you should ask!

By: Jessica Oswald, Therapy Coordinator Insurance plans and policies are all different and can be so confusing! Let us give you some basic facts and terminology so that you are better able to understand the jargony language of insurance and third party payers. Keep in mind that therapy services (speech, occupational, and physical therapy) and counseling services are often handled by different departments and often have different rules. Habilitative vs. Rehabilitative services Rehabilitative: Services provided to help a person regain previously acquired skills that were lost due to an illness,

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Physical Therapy and Infants

Why do some infants need PT and how do I know if my child is one of them? By: Laura Kendall, DPT How do you know your child is meeting motor development skills on time? How do you know if your infant needs Physical Therapy (PT)? Difficulties in infancy can be tricky to identify! Many parents are overwhelmed by the other life changes that come with having an infant and identifying missed milestones can be hard to do. This blog article aims to help by sharing common reasons physical therapy

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Torticollis

By: Laura Kendall, DPT Exploration of the world starts in infancy. Some infants, however, have limited motion, specifically with their neck. This is often due to a tight neck muscle, typically the sternocleidomastoid, and is called torticollis. Torticollis is a condition that occurs in infants and can be diagnosed shortly after birth. Torticollis can also be identified in the first few months of life. Torticollis is observed when an infant rotates his or her head one direction and tilts the head, bringing one ear towards the shoulder; this is an

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Early Communication Skills

By: Mandy Griffin, MS, CCC-SLP Parents seek the advice of Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) when there is concern that their child isn’t talking. There are several early communication skills that SLPs observe well before a child’s first words appear. These skills emerge shortly after birth and continue to develop beyond their first birthday. What skills should emerge in the early phases of development? Eye contact is one of the earliest forms of communication. An infant uses eye contact as a greeting and as a means to interact. When a baby

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