How to Use the 30-Second Walk Test

Walking from class to the school library, Josh falls to the back of the line.   Shortly thereafter a gap forms between Josh and the rest of his class.  He is last to arrive and gets the half-functioning computer that everyone else avoids.   As his PT,  you are there to observe, problem-solve and treat.   The computer lab is a half-minute walk from class.    His teacher comments “Is that really as fast as Josh can walk? Has it always been that way?”.  Do you have an answer for this question?

Josh’s slow walking speed was a major concern at the begining of the school year.  At that time you did the thirty-second walk test (30sWT) and the result was clear; he was below the 5th percentile for boys his age and off the low-end of the chart.   Although you are having this conversation right now, you think he has improved because he has propulsion and a more efficient gait. Continue reading “How to Use the 30-Second Walk Test”

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Recreation Opportunities for Children With Special Needs in Sonoma County

Have you ever wanted to try out a whole selection of adapted trikes?  Try a new swimming experience? Enroll in a summer camp?

A few years ago I started compiling a list.  Every time a parent or child came in beaming from a new community experience, I wrote it down.    In the ICF, Participation is defined as anything that involves friends, family, future, fitness, fun, or function.  The activities below promote structured play, meeting new friends and exploring new interests.  So here is the list with links included… let me know if you have any other additions.  I hope you find something here that provides an enriching experience!

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One Child’s Response to “What is Your Favorite Thing to Do?”

 

Exciting changes are happening in the field of pediatric physical therapy.  While participation was once off the list of important things, it is now at the very top of the list.  Also, while therapists were once the consultants, we are now the collaborators with parents and the children themselves.  I find this is so refreshing! Continue reading “One Child’s Response to “What is Your Favorite Thing to Do?””