Healing Source Physical Therapy  


Pediatric Clinical Specialists
Our Pediatric Clinical Specialists bring over 60 years of combined neonatal and pediatric experience.
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at WeeZee World
at Chappaqua Crossing!

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It offers an ideal complementary environment for our therapeutic approach.  

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Pediatric Program

At HSPT,  we have a proven track record in effectively treating a variety of pediatric conditions including:

  • Allergies
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Gait Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Movement Disorders
  • Oral Motor Issues
  • Post Concussive Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Foot Deformities/Flat Foot
  • and more.....  

Demonstrated outcomes include:

  • Increased attention
  • Improved sensory processing
  • Decreased neuro-aggressive behaviors
  • Improved eye contact
  • Decreased oppositional behaviors
  • Optimized motor skills
  • Reflex integration
  • Improved gait
  • Improved social skills
  • Normalization of tone
  • Elimination of hypersensitivities
  • Improved cognitive processing
  • Enhanced self esteem


In addition to Integrative Manual Therapy, our Pediatric Program includes:
  • Brain Gym
  • Reflex Integration
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment

Brain Gym

Brain Gym is a fun and easy way to augment brain function through movement.  Developed by Dr. Paul and Gail Dennison for use in education, it elicits immediate changes in cognitive, physical, and behavioral areas.  Brain Gym is referred to as  "whole brain learning", engaging multiple areas of the brain to enhance the child's learning experience.

Specific activities are designed to foster creativity, calmness, concentration, coordination, memory, communication, organizational skills, and academic learning.   It helps both the underfocused, inattentive child as well as the over focused, hyperactive child.  These simple tasks can be applied in any setting and can profoundly enhance learning and performance.


Reflex Integration Technique

All of us are born with early developmental reflexes that are important to the survival of the newborn infant.  They are automatic responses to an applied stimulus that achieves a desired outcome, for instance to enable the infant to turn his head toward food or to suck to receive mother's milk.  We refer to them as "primitive" reflexes; they are strongest during the developmental period that they are needed and then they lose their influence when they are no longer useful.  When this happens we described them as having been integrated. 

As these involuntary reactions gradually disappear, the child can then choose a different response to a stimulus.  Consider the stimulus for the reflex for finding food or "rooting".  The stimulus is stroking the cheek and it elicits a response of turning the head toward the stimulus and opening the mouth.  This is important before the child has learned to identify the source of food, ie: mother's breast.  Successful feeding readily reinforces the pattern of where to find food and the reflex is extinguished early in life.

Sometimes primitive reflexes are either incompletely integrated or not integrated at all and still strongly influence motor development.  A child who is strongly influenced by a persistent startle response, which causes the arms to raise and the fingers to open, may have a difficult time catching a ball if a hurtling projectile triggers that reflex.

With Reflex Integration Technique, the therapist assesses the child for evidence of persistent reflexes and utilizes exercises that facilitate the integration of the reflex.  This alleviates the obligatory response and allows the child to move freely to explore space and experience the kinesthetic feedback needed for normal development.

Neuro-Developmental Treatment

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) is a hands-on technique to facilitate recovery of function following neurological impairment.  Based on the work of Berta and Karel Bobath, it has become a mainstay of pediatric rehabilitation.  It incorporates positioning and handling techniques to restore normal tone and patterns of movement.  Facilitation techniques are used to encourage desirable movement patterns and inhibition techniques applied to those that are undesirable.  The focus of NDT is the restoration of optimal function through motor learning.
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