Kids/Teens

Summer Activities for Kids on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Summer Activities for Kids on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Summer break is right around the corner and the last thing you want is the hear the kids say is, “I’m bored!” This morning we got the chance to stop by the studios of WZZM’s My West Michigan to talk with Catherine Behrendt about beating the summer blahs and keeping kids active and injury-free all summer long!

Diana Painter and Gina Otterbein talk with Catherine Behrendt of WZZM Grand Rapids

We were excited to be able to share our summer kids programs, including Boot Camp, Handwriting Clinic, Swim Lessons, and RunCamp. We’re offering great discounts for RunCamp right now – sign up by July 1 you can save $20 with the early bird discount code RUN. Plus, groups of 5 or more can sign up for just $75 per student! Get details on all the current kids programs here.

Check out the entire segment below, and if you have any questions on kids injuries or summer programs, feel free to give us a call.

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Treating Kids with Physical Therapy

Treating Kids with Physical Therapy

Dave Sefton, physical therapist and team leader at our Cedar Springs clinic, works with two very sweet, young sisters

“One of my daughters has special needs and we’ve had a few therapy treatments in the past that didn’t go well. Not long after starting at Northern we saw tremendous growth in both girls. You made my daughters feel like part of your family and for the first time they looked forward to therapy. Persephone has microcephaly and hypoplasia of the cerebellum, both of which are neurological impairments that she has had from birth. We’ve seen her gain more in the last 6 months than in the last couple years. She is stronger, more stable, more aware of the world around her, and we’ve seen an increase in her independence. Serenity, who has neurological impairments that effect her balance and coordination was born with neurofibromatosis. Throughout her therapy we’ve seen her gain self esteem. Your commitment to my children and willingness to listen has made a huge impact. David and Anna always went the extra mile. The girls are sad they’re being discharged because they’ve had such a great experience.”

Marissa, mother of two daughters who received physical and occupational therapy at our Cedar Springs clinicThat story couldn’t make us happier. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to help these two sweet girls and to hear their mother discuss such immense progress was the absolute best outcome we could have hoped for.

Treating Kids with Physical Therapy
Helping Kids Grow – Physically and Mentally
It’s never easy to see your child in pain. Whether they’ve had an accident, an injury on the field, trouble keeping up with their peers on the playground or playing field, or are having trouble with fine motor skills, you want to do everything you can to protect them and keep them safe. Physical or occupational therapy can help kids feel better and improve their athletic performance, and even their age appropriate skills. When we treat kids and teens we try to make the experience fun so they like coming in to see us and they want to do their exercises and get back to feeling good again. In the process we always educate families on how to keep their kids safe, while still allowing them to have fun and do the things that kids do.
Treating Kids with Physical Therapy

What are the most common injuries we see in kids?
In younger kids, we often see them after sprains and strains, broken bones, and what we might commonly call growing pains or muscle imbalances. Sometimes kids struggle with fine motor challenges in school like cutting paper and handwriting, and our occupational therapy team works with those kids. In teens we get into concussions, sprains and strains from playing sports, and back and shoulder pain due to poor posture. We see a lot more of this due to texting and gaming.
Treating Kids with Physical Therapy
back pain in Kids
We actually see a lot of kids that are suffering from back pain and believe it or not, sometimes we can trace that back to an ill fitting backpack. We offer free backpack fitting assessments at our 6 of our locations, all you have to do is stop by with your child and their backpack and we’ll get them all set. A few things to look for when fitting your child for the backpack include:
– Adjusting the shoulder straps so the pack fits snuggly on the child’s back
– Checking where the pack rests on your child’s back
– Does the pack have a waist belt? This can be used to distribute the weight more evenly
Treating Kids with Physical Therapy
When you’re looking for a compassionate, knowledgeable team to care for your kiddos, look no further than Northern. Our experienced therapists, occupational therapy programs, youth summer camps, and athletic training programs – all geared towards kids – are designed especially with young ones in mind. Let us help your kids grow!
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Kids and Concussions on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Kids and Concussions on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Sports season is among us and as the kids go back to playing football and soccer we see an increase in the number of student athletes who have suffered a concussion. As a parent, you’re not sure what to do and this can be a very scary time. Our goals is to educate you on the correct protocol and what to expect if your child does suffer an injury on or off the field.

Gina Otterbein and Keith Slenk stopped by the WZZM studios to talk with Catherine Behrendt of My West Michigan (formerly Take Five and Company). We had a great interview and were really excited to be meeting Catherine, Lauren Stanton, and Jennifer Pascua for the first time!

We covered what signs parents should look out for when their child suffers a hit to the head, as well as how the aftermath of the concussion should be handled. You can watch our segment in its entirety below.

If you have any questions on concussions or sports injuries, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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