Blog Category: Kids


Splish Splashin' Good Times! MMPT Ruston Water Day

Last week we had our annual Water Day in Ruston. Over the years it’s become a summer tradition. We set up a waterslide and we always have a cool treat. This y...
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Camp MMPT 2013

In the past, we have had several different summer camps, each with a different focus such as handwriting, friend building, sensory integration, etc. This year, ...
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Patient Spotlight: Tiser Lusk

Tiser Lusk has been a patient at MMPT Shreveport since April 2012. He has a condition called kernicterus, which is a brain injury caused by excessive jaundice a...
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Patient Spotlight: Hannah Cook

Guest blogger alert! Ashley, speech therapist in our West Monroe clinic, wrote and submitted this special success story. Meet my friend, Hannah. She just celebr...
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Superheros vs. Nerds: MMPT Halloween Costumes Rocked!

One of the best things about working for this company is that we are totally encouraged to go all out with fantastic Halloween costumes! In the West Monroe clin...
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Something Wicked This Way Comes!

Spiderwebs and goodie bags, this is how MMPT prepares for Halloween. Everyone knows we love holidays around here, and Halloween is one of our absolute faves! We...
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Pajama Day

Sometimes you just gotta be comfy! In preparation for the Girls Only Pajama Party (separate post coming soon!) we invited all of MMPT's staff and patients to co...
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The Twin Cities Mayor's Committee on Disabilities Awards Dinner

July 17th, a few of us from the West Monroe clinic attended the Twin Cities Mayors’ Committee on Disabilities Awards dinner. We had several different members ...
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Boys Only Movie Night: Part Two

Boys Only Movie Night 2012 was a success! Thanks to all the little guys (and bigger guys too) who make our lives such a joy. And don't worry girls, we have some...
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Boys Only Movie Night: Part One

In case you didn't know, we treat some of the coolest kids ever here at Melanie Massey Physical Therapy! Even though we see most of them on a pretty regular bas...
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Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing Disorders

Feeding your baby is one of the most important aspects of child care.  When it does not work as you expect or is a stressful event, it can be of great conc...
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Patellofemoral Pain: Treating Painful Kneecaps

Patellofemoral pain is a type of knee pain that effects 25% of the general population every year. Patellofemoral pain is often known as “kneecap pain” or ...
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What is Crossing Midline?

If you draw a line straight down the middle of your body from your head to your toes that is your midline Midline divides our body into LEFT and RIGHT halv...
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What Can Be Done About Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a common complaint in the United States affecting millions of people per year.  Neck pain causes are varied but can include: Weakness in shoul...
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When is your baby ready to use a spoon?

Transition Feeding Introduction of a spoon and cup drinking are big steps for a baby. Giving your baby his or her first taste of semi-solid baby food is a major...
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What is Dysphagia?

At Melanie Massey Physical Therapy, our Speech-Language Pathologists work with individuals experiencing swallowing disorders to increase swallowing safety and p...
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Sippy Cups and Their Effect of Speech Development

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIPPY CUP Is your child ready for a sippy cup? As parents, we all look forward to this milestone for our children, but did you know that pick...
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National Play Catch Week

Playing catch is a great way for children to learn social skills, reciprocal play (taking turns), hand-eye coordination, and depth perception. It also works to ...
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Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex: Could it be making your child's school work harder?

Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions. Babies are born with several primitive reflexes to assist with birthing and development, and they integrate or di...
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The Importance of Nutrition Pre & Post-Op

Imagine you are preparing for a marathon. You can not start training the day of, right? You have to start training months in advance to maximize your performanc...
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