SHOOT — Physical Therapist Karin Van den Broeck provides services to a child during a recent Developmental Screening. The next screening will be held on Oct. 30. To schedule an appointment, call 454-5340.

October is National Physical Therapy Month! Each year we want to take intentional time to celebrate Bona Vista’s extraordinary physical therapy staff and provide you some tips on how to keep your children active and promote physical activity during the fall season.

The weather is turning colder. But, that doesn’t mean that your children can’t have fun outside! At Positive Results for Kids Therapies, a division of Bona Vista Programs, we believe that a child’s play is his or her work, so we want to give you some ideas for fall activities that focus on gross motor skills and can help with the development of your child.

· Take your child on a nature walk. They can work on their balance and ankle, foot, and leg strength all while enjoying the outside. And, go at their pace. Let them explore!

· Have your child help with raking the leaves. This task works on their arm, leg, hand, and trunk strength. And, if we are being honest as parents or grandparents, it also benefits you and offers them responsibility for being able to rake them into an organized pile(s)!

· Let your child jump into the pile of leaves that they have raked. By jumping, the child is working on their leg strength, running skills, jumping skills, and coordination. Plus, who doesn’t like to reap the rewards of their hard work with a little fun?

We know that there are many more ways to keep children active during the fall months (organized sports, etc.), but those are just a few of our favorites. By keeping your children active, even in the cold autumn months, it will help them develop many important skills that they need in life.

At Positive Results for Kids Therapies, located at 1220 E. Laguna St. in Kokomo, we have an amazing physical therapist and a physical therapy assistant that do an enormous amount of work that often goes unnoticed – Karin Van den Broeck and John Langley. They specialize in pediatric therapies in our outpatient clinic and have more than 20 years of experience. They also treat preschool students through our school-funded program and provide homebound therapies through Indiana’s First Steps program. We appreciate them! Their hard work and dedication to the pediatric services at Bona Vista and our mission does not go unnoticed or unappreciated!

“I have witnessed Karin help a child walk in a walker for the first time. I’ve seen John have a patient so excited for therapy that she ran across the room into his arms ready for treatment. I see firsthand each week how these two individuals change the lives of children and their families. I see the passion and dedication come across in their treatments. One month is not enough to celebrate them, and I am so thankful for all that they do at Positive Results for Kids,” said Brittnee Smith, vice president, therapies & public relations.

The therapy they provide helps children with developmental delays work on their gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling, walking, and more. Children vary on the age they achieve certain gross motor skills (crawling, walking, etc.), but some children may need assistance to achieve the next steps. Our licensed physical therapists will help with exercises and any necessary adaptations to help a child function independently. That’s the goal, and our therapists are amazing at doing whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.

If you want to make sure that your child is hitting all of their developmental milestones, join us for our free We Care Wednesday screenings each week between 8 and 9 a.m. and have one of our therapists do a quick assessment. Call Brooklyn Dugdale at 765-454-5340 to schedule an appointment that should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

If you have questions in addition to physical therapy concerns, take advantage of our Free Developmental Screening on Oct. 30. You must have an appointment to be seen on this day, so call Brooklyn now to get on the schedule. Thanks to funding from the United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties, during this screening your child also can been seen by an occupational therapist, speech therapist, and agency nurse (who checks vision). Our therapy team works together to make sure all of your questions are answered and that you leave with a plan or peace of mind knowing you’re doing everything you absolutely can as a parent/guardian. Sometimes that peace of mind is worth the hour you’ll be with us.

If you have any questions or would want to know more about your child’s developmental skills, call Positive Results for Kids Therapies at 765-454-5340.