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Active For Life

Posted on: April 10th, 2018 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

Lifelong activity is so important for healthy living. Learn how to raise physically literature kids.

Read more at activeforlife.com

Developmental Coordination Disorder

Posted on: February 8th, 2018 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

Do you think your child has coordination or motor planning challenges? Read this interesting article on Developmental Coordination Disorder to find out more….

https://canchild.ca/en/diagnoses/developmental-coordination-disorder

What is scoliosis?

Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

From Children’s Hospital Colarado, this patient and family-friendly video explains the condition, what patients can do about it and treatment options.

Although physiotherapy is not proven to affect the outcome of your curve, it can be very effective in maintaining good spine flexibility, postural awareness, and core strength!

Indoor Play Places in Calgary

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

Indoor playExercise year round is important for your child. See why below!

Also, see where you can find an indoor play place in Calgary for those frosty snowy days.

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/exercise.html

Adapted Physical Activity in Alberta

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

Is your child looking for a recreational activity but having difficulty because of his or her special needs?  Check out this list of recreational adaptive activities for the Calgary area!  This list is especially helpful as the activities are categorized by age for easier reference!

Keeping Your Child Active this Winter

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

Winter Play for Children in Calgary

WINTER…

GETTING YOUR CHILD STRONGER BY THE DAY WITH WINTER PLAY

…How to help your child have fun and make good gross motor gains over the winter months.

As winter comes upon us, and as the cold weather hits, a general desire to “cocoon” ourselves and our children presides. There is an easy contentedness that comes with staying indoors, sipping warm drinks, and thinking about the holiday season. Thoughts of getting yourself and your little one out for exercise can be dominated by the realities of heavy snowsuits, winter boots, icy roads, and getting a forever growing toddler in and out of a car seat. Just trying to get out of the house can become a major sweat fest for everyone involved!

Despite these challenges, we must remember that it is important for everyone’s mental and physical health to move, and socialize with others. Social play in a gross motor setting is great for our little ones, and watching them have fun while developing their gross motor skills can be very relaxing for us too! So, when outdoor play is not an option, how think about creating an environment for gross motor and social play in your life over the winter? Here are some suggestions:

STAYING IN…

Consider creating a gross motor play area in your home. This need not be an expensive prospect.

  • Soft springy low mattresses and old pillows provide cushioned and uneven surfaces to climb on and encourage balance, strength and jumping.
  • Balls or stuffed animals are good objects for rolling and for starting preliminary throwing and catching and kicking.
  • Cardboard boxes are great for climbing into and out of and make great “trains” to push or pull around. This promotes general balanced and core (trunk) strength.
  • Old sheets can be made into tents and forts, again good for climbing into and out of. They can also be used for makeshift parachute games to develop balance and arm strength.
  • Mount black boards, white boards, or rolls of paper to the wall and provide art materials. Pulling to stand and standing with wall support only is nice for hip strength and a great pre-walking exercise.
  • Ensure that there are no sharp corners near the area, or cover them with dense foam or another protective material.
  • Remove expensive lamps or vases from the area, as they are sure to become victims of the good fun!
  • Play lots of music that you enjoy and that you think your child might enjoy. Music has a way of making us want to move!
  • Invite another parent and toddler over, and make your own social event!

GETTING OUT…

If you are one of the brave souls willing to load the kids up into the car, snowsuits and all, there are lots of non-programmed destinations you can head to that are warm and that provide an area to move or run when our homes start to feel very small and cramped. Some suggestions are:

  • Find a warm pool. Some suggestions that I have heard parents mention are VRRI, and Killarney. If you have any other locations to suggest, please share it with other parents in your class.
  • Indoor malls are a nice place to stroll, walk, and they sometimes have play places for your child during the winter months.
  • Many private businesses now cater to parents and their children by offering a play space for children, and a somewhat social setting for parents to have coffee, etc. Usually these settings offer low climbing structures, mats, balls, and riding toys that are all attractive to children and give the child a chance to encounter new toys that you may not have in your home.

Have fun and stay warm!!

Happy Birthday Calgary Youth Physiotherapy!

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

Calgary Youth Physiotherapy is celebrating it’s 27th birthday!

Thank you for choosing us to serve your Calgary children for their physiotherapy needs over the past 27 years! 

South location is 27 years old and our north location is
celebrating it’s 3
rd birthday!

Thank you!

Christmas at CYP

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

xmas-tree

Balance, Body Awareness and Stability in Children

Posted on: December 15th, 2015 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments
Although this just looks like play and fun, we know that balance, body awareness and stability are very important in children. They are the major foundations and building blocks in the development of gross motor skills.
Challenge your children with games that involve balance!
Balance, Body Awareness and Stability in Children

Fun Gross Motor Activities for Children During Winter

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by Linette Lahey No Comments

snowman“GETTING STRONGER BY THE DAY”…

Help your child have fun and make good gross motor gains over the winter months.

As winter comes upon us, and as the cold weather hits, a general desire to “cocoon” ourselves and our children presides. There is an easy contentedness that comes with staying indoors, sipping warm drinks, and thinking about the holiday season. Thoughts of getting yourself and your little one out for exercise can be dominated by the realities of heavy snowsuits, winter boots, icy roads, and getting a forever growing toddler in and out of a car seat. Just trying to get out of the house can become a major sweat fest for everyone involved!

Despite these challenges, we must remember that it is important for everyone’s mental and physical health to move and to socialize with others. Social play in a gross motor setting is great for our little ones, and watching them have fun while developing their gross motor skills can be very relaxing for us too! So, when outdoor play is not an option, how can you create an environment for gross motor and social play in your life over the winter? Here are some suggestions:

STAYING IN…
Consider creating a gross motor play area in your home. This need not be an expensive prospect.

  • Soft springy low mattresses and old pillows provide cushioned and uneven surfaces to climb on and they encourage balance, strength and jumping.
  • Balls or stuffed animals are good objects for rolling and for starting preliminary throwing and catching and kicking.
  • Cardboard boxes are great for climbing into and out of and make great “trains” to push or pull around. This promotes general balance and core (trunk) strength.
  • Old sheets can be made into tents and forts, again good for climbing into and out of. They can also be used for makeshift parachute games to develop balance and arm strength.
  • Mount black boards, white boards, or rolls of paper to the wall and provide art materials. Pulling to stand and standing with wall support only is nice for hip strength and a great pre-walking exercise.
  • Ensure that there are no sharp corners near the area, or cover them with dense foam or another protective material.
  • Remove expensive lamps or vases from the area, as they are sure to become victims of the good fun!
  • Play lots of music that you enjoy and that you think your child might enjoy. Music has a way of making us want to move!
  • Invite another parent and toddler over, and make your own social event!

GETTING OUT…
If you are one of the brave souls willing to load the kids up into the car, snowsuits and all, there are lots of non-programmed destinations you can head to that are warm and that provide an area to move or run when our homes start to feel very small and cramped. Some suggestions are:

  • Find a warm pool. Some suggestions that I have heard parents mention are VRRI and Killarney. If you have any other locations to suggest, please share them with other parents in your class.
  • Devonian Gardens is a nice place to stroll, walk, picnic or play during the winter months. Entry is free, but parking cost is high as it is downtown.
  • Many private businesses now cater to parents and their children by offering a play space for children, and a somewhat social setting for parents to have coffee, etc. Usually these settings offer low climbing structures, mats, balls, and riding toys that are all attractive to children and give the child a chance to encounter new toys that you may not have in your home.

Have fun and stay warm!!
Linette Lahey
Physiotherapist

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