2. ICF- What is a Biopsychosocial Model?

This second post on the ICF takes a moment to reflect on the Biopsychosocial model. It is the current trending concept in treating the whole person.  The ICF is described as a biopsychosocial model of disability.  Most simply and obviously, this means that it simultaneously considers biological factors, psychological factors and societal factors. By incorporating these three factors,  this model is able to create a unique picture of an individual as they manage a health condition.  In contrast, the biomedical model is limited to the biological aspects only.  The biomedical model often overlooks important individual details, increasing chances that the clinician and child’s family have lack of alignment in their goals. Continue reading “2. ICF- What is a Biopsychosocial Model?”

1. What is the International Classification of Functioning?


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.      Aristotle

Question: Why would you want to use the ICF as a tool in pediatric PT?

Answer:  The ICF will help you access and organize your knowledge on a whole new level.

I was first introduced to the ICF during a section at the 2001 NDTA  conference.  I came away from that conference and immediately restructured the way I was approaching my more complicated clients.  I was a fairly new PT at that time and goodness knows I needed some help prioritizing.  Continue reading “1. What is the International Classification of Functioning?”

The Sprites

The sprites were the inspiration for this blog.   I wanted to make a home program of sprites doing typical childhood activities.  These activities also have tremendous therapeutic value in building strength, agility, and balance.    My hope is that kids can see themselves or their friends in the drawings and find inspiration.   The sprites can be found doing regular kid-like movement in the Activities and Exercise category.  Moving and enjoying movement are the first steps to increased fitness.  I hope this makes it a little more fun.

Magic Hands

While in the presence of pediatric physical therapists you might hear “Wow, she has magic hands!”  This is often whispered after someone has done the seemingly impossible; laying their hands in the perfect place at the perfect time.   Alternately, you might hear “It’s not like he has magic hands, anyone can learn to do that”.      I’ve always bristled at the mention of “magic” while secretly believing in it.  What is the magic, anyway? Continue reading “Magic Hands”