Professional Physical Therapy - October 2017

How to Help Your Kids Get Over Their Fear of the Dark

afraid of, whether by shining a light into the closet or taking a look under the bed — with the child looking too — to prove there’s nothing to worry about. Empower them to banish their fears themselves. If they get frightened and run into your bedroom, escort them back to their own bed and help them relax. Their own bedroom must become a safe space. Only give your child healthy snacks before sending them to bed. Sugars and processed foods activate brain activity, putting your kid on high alert. Try vegetables, nuts, or string cheese. Of course, adding more light is always an option as well. Get a lamp with a dimmer that goes on their night stand or plug in a few fun night lights. Over the period of a few months, steadily decrease the amount of light in the room. Eventually, they’ll be fully acclimated.

Success Stories Then, you need to ensure your child feels safe in the dark. Spend some time with them after the lights are off, calmly reassuring them that they’re safe in their bedroom. Show that there’s nothing to be For many kids, there’s nothing scarier than the unknown of a dark room. Luckily, there are ways to help your child overcome the terror they feel as soon as you turn out the light. You can chase the beasts away for good, just in time for the spooky Halloween season. The first step to curing a child’s fear of the dark is to find out exactly what they’re afraid of . Ask your child what scares them, using open- ended questions. Don’t belittle or dismiss their specific fears. As trivial as it may seem to you, it’s all too real to your kid. A simple statement like “I can see you’re really scared” can go a long way.


“After stupidly falling on ice on my cross-country skis, I could barely walk half a block without having to sit to relieve the pain in my right buttock. My PCP prescribed PT. At my initial evaluation, Dr. Patt diagnosed a sacroiliac misalignment,

“I found it very enjoyable to come

here due to the friendliness and

casual atmosphere. Initially, I was fearful of going hiking, but the therapists here gave me tools so that I was able to go on several

tweaked my spine, and set up twice-weekly PT sessions with Sue, Amber, and him. From those electric stimulation beginnings to the concluding spine checks, I loved coming to PT. Yes, I quickly became pain-free, but I also enjoyed the cheery environment and knowledgeable, personable staff. Who knew a medical procedure could be so positive?!”

hikes during my vacation without any problems. The exercises I learned here will help me become strong enough to continue an active lifestyle.”

–Jane Doucet

–Barbara Ligon

“‘Rehabilitation in the hands of caring professionals’ describes the Professional Physical Therapy team perfectly. Sue Koeller, Sue Fiske, and Amber have been amazing in their guidance and support to rectify the pain and discomfort in my bursa. They faithfully listen and

“I had a great experience at Professional Physical Therapy. I was suffering from core and hip pain

during exercise and numbness afterward.

Through the exercises I was taught at PT, my pain was significantly reduced and

address any difficulties that present themselves between therapy visits. They are true professionals, well-trained, personable, and always ready to share a story or a laugh. Upon arrival at therapy, standing up and walking after sitting was difficult and painful. I often walked with a limp. My progress was slow at first. Sue Koeller recommended strengthening exercises to support my core and stretching exercises twice each day. I am happy to report that her recommended exercises have made all the difference. My limp is gone! Thank you to a top-notch team!”

the numbness is almost completely gone. Through my work here, I feel stronger and more flexible. I also feel a reduction in the lower back pain I’ve suffered from for years. Sue Koeller and the other therapists are tremendously caring, thoughtful, and professional. The atmosphere at ProPT has been friendly and inviting. I would recommend Sue and the other therapists at ProPT to any of my friends.” –Kurt Marcinkiewicz

–Ellen Veelenturf

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