FITNESS FRIDAY: Bird Dog

What’s a “Bird Dog” you say?! CHECK OUT OUR BAC VIDEO OF THE EXERCISE BELOW!

But basically it is…..On hands and knees, lift opposite arm and leg off of the floor and extend them straight. Repeat with the opposite side. For added fun, place a toy in the middle of the back and hold the position without letting it fall to the ground! This exercise improves balance, lower back and abdominal muscle strength.

CHECK OUT BAC VIDEO OF HOW TO PERFORM EXERCISE

New Clinician Spotlight: Kelsey Bennett (OT)

If you had to be an animal, what would be it be?

A dog… they always look like they’re having so much fun!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Coffee Oreo.

What is your favorite children’s book?

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Favorite vacation spot and why?

My favorite vacation spot is East Boothbay, Maine where I spent every summer growing up. I truly believe that there is nothing better than a salty Maine breeze!

If given a superhero power what would you choose?

I would love to fly! So that I could visit friends and family all over the US and travel the world.

Kelsey earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Kelsey’s clinical experience includes both early intervention and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation where she has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses and abilities. She is passionate about working with children and helping them gain confidence and independence in their daily lives. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys baking, running, and spending time with friends and family. Kelsey is excited to continue working with children and families as a member of the Boston Ability Center team.

Ideas to Support Language Skills Using HeadBanz!

HeadBanz is another great and fun speech-language tool, especially for children with expressive language goals. The following ideas are listed below:

  • Encourage your child to ask relevant questions in order to guess the item on your HeadBanz. Using a tool such as the Expanding Expression visual posted below may help your child to generate questions. If the item on the HeadBanz is “hamburger” you can support your child to ask questions such as “What group does it belong to? Is it a food, animal, etc.?” or “What do you do with it? Do you eat it? Do you play with it?”
  • Model full length phrases with appropriate sentence structure while playing with your child.
  • Support your child’s word retrieval by helping them to think of items in similar categories to the HeadBanz item. If the item is “hamburger” discuss similar items in this category (e.g. French fries, sandwiches, hot dogs, etc.)


FITNESS FRIDAY: Bridges

Did you know that an infant under 12 months can perform a bridge during diaper change?

Start lying on back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Press up through feet to raise hips, and hold 10 seconds. There should be a straight line between shoulders, hips and knees. This exercise improves glut and trunk strength.

 Check out this BAC video of how to perform the exercise:

http://www.bostonabilitycenter.com/exercises/bridge.html (video)

Upcoming CIMT Camp

CIMT is an evidenced-based intervention used for children with hemiplegic CP in which the non-affected arm is constrained for a period of time in order to improve mobility, lengthen tight or spastic muscles, increase strength, and improve hand function. Our 3 week long summer camp intensive includes 2 weeks of unilateral training followed by 1 week of bilateral training. Pre and post testing is included as is a removable custom fit cast.

Camp will run for 3 weeks from July 9th to July 27th, M-Fri, 8:30am-1pm, ages 3-10.

To learn more, check out our 2018 CIMT Brochure