Resources for Parents

Helpful facts, books, support organizations, videos, and other resources for understanding symptoms, navigating your child's diagnosis, and more.

Common Terms

Learn more about common phrases used in pediatric physical therapy.

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Hypotonia (Low Muscle Tone)
Often associated with a feeling of heaviness or floppiness of a child’s limb and/or core muscles.

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Motor Control
The planning and execution of movements.

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Motor Learning
Internal processes associated with practice and experience leading to changes in capability for motor skill.

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Motor Planning
A child’s ability to conceptualize, organize, sequence and direct movement in a coordinated manner.

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Sensory Processing
The way the nervous system receives messages from the senses.

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Toe Walking
A pattern of walking in which the balls of the feet contact the ground, but the heels do not.

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Torticollis (Head tilt)

An abnormal position of the head and neck that is common in infants.

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Tummy Time

Tummy Time is when you place your infant on their stomach while supervised.

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CIMT/HABIT

Intensive Therapy Approaches for Children with Hemiplegia.

Support Websites

These sites offer useful resources for parents.

Pathways.org  >

Free online resources to make sure your child's development is on track.

CanChild  >

A research center dedicated to generating knowledge & transforming lives of children and youth with developmental conditions and their families.

Children's Hemiplegia & Stroke Association  >

Friendly and supportive online discussion groups for parents (mostly moms) of children who have hemiplegia or hemiparesis.

Recommended Providers & Partners

Trusted professionals and partners in the field of pediatric physical therapy.

Baby Begin  >

Specializing in cranial (head) molding in young infants with plagiocephaly.

Little Feet Therapy  >

Fun, illustrated flashcard sets of physical therapy activities available for purchase and download.

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Video Library

In this video, speech therapist Gabriele Nicolet talks with Terryl about the connection between motor planning, sequencing, balance, coordination and executive functioning.