Synergy Therapeutic Group - December 2018

HOW PEDIATRIC THERAPY CAN HELP YOUR CHILD GROWING PAINS

You love your kid, and there isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for them. But for some parents, it can feel like their kids aren’t developing as they should, and nothing they do helps. There are many reasons why a child may be lagging behind their peers, but proper support and therapeutic solutions can help kids live happy, healthy lives. At Synergy Therapeutic Group, we utilize our expertise in pediatric occupational therapy to help children grow into healthy adults. Below are a few ways our professionals can help your child. Sensory and Brain Diagnoses Children with sensory integration disorder, autism, and similar disorders have a hard time perceiving what they see, hear, smell, and touch. Everything is heightened to the point of overstimulation. Other kids struggle to pay attention because of their overloaded senses, while kids with visual processing disorders may struggle to perceive the world around them because their brains are decoding information from their eyes incorrectly. These can be lifelong conditions, but most people can live successful lives.

Pediatric occupational therapy can help your child develop their fine motor skills while working through their sensory sensitivities. Therapists work with you and your child to develop a plan that is best for their sensitivity, helping their body progress as they grow with their sensory sensitivity. Therapists can also help you as a parent understand your child’s diagnosis and provide you with exercises to do at home. Coordination and Muscular Disorders For children with muscular or coordination disorders, the most basic activities are more challenging. This makes normal activities, like chasing friends, getting dressed, climbing into bed, or putting puzzles together, extremely difficult because their strength and mobility is weakened. Much like therapeutic exercises can help kids with sensory disorders master their motor skills, therapy can help kids with muscular disorders develop stronger bodies. They can train their bodies to function at a regular rate, and in the process, you’ll see the confidence in your kiddo skyrocket as they master more and more movements. Again, just like children with sensory challenges, most can lead happy lives.

GET BACK TO L I V I NG YOUR L I FE

Learn more about the pediatric programs Synergy Therapeutic Group can offer your child by calling (618) 529-4360 .

LEARN HOW TO MANAGE BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS, OR SURGERY.

BUTTERY ROASTED CHESTNUTS

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INGREDIENTS

• 2 pounds fresh chestnuts, unpeeled • 2–3 sprigs rosemary • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste • Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 450 F. 2. Place a large sheet of foil on a rimmed baking sheet. 3. On a large, flat workspace, place chestnuts flat side down. Using a sharp knife, carve an X on the rounded side of each chestnut. 4. In a large bowl of hot water, soak chestnuts for 1 minute. 5. Pat dry and transfer to a medium bowl. Add rosemary, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Toss to coat and transfer to baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Gather the edges of the foil together, leaving an opening at the top.

SOLUTION ON PAGE 4

6. Roast until peels curl up, about 30–45 minutes. 7. Transfer to a platter and serve while hot or warm.

Inspired by Bon Appétit

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