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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Apr 29, 2021

Episode 87: All Things Physical Therapy With Guest Lucia Montuonto

In this episode, guest Lucia Matuonto discusses physiotherapy! Physical therapists (PTs) work in rehabilitation and accident prevention. Their goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life. A child needs a PT when there are developmental delays, the child is not meeting milestones, or when there are birth defects, cerebral palsy, accidents, spinal cord problems, spina bifida, hypotonia, down syndrome, ataxias, dystonia, and peripheral nerve issues, as well as many others. If there is a difference with your child, PT might be useful. Parents should bring their child to a PT as soon as they see that the child is having a developmental delay or struggling to reach a physical milestone. The sooner they begin, the better the chance that the child can recover completely.

They use joint mobilization, strengthening, stretching, gait and vestibular training, ultrasound, and using other devices to help the children. They educate patients to prevent falls, fit them for wheelchairs, and provide orthotics training. PTs use tools and methods to help with balance, coordination, fine and gross motor, and wheelchair trainings. They can use methods like the Swiss ball, weight training, Pediasuit, and “monkey cage.”


To help engage the children, Lucia started telling the children stories. This led to her writing and publishing her stories. Reading stories about children or animals with special needs can help teach children, lead to compassion, and help with inclusion.



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