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The Importance of Recess

On December 31st, 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement on the importance of recess during the school day. The policy statement appears in the association’s medical journal and it states “recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.” (You can see […]

Hand-eye Coordination

Most people think of hand-eye coordination as the ability to catch a ball or throw with accuracy. However, hand-eye coordination is much more and is used in everyday tasks. Simply put, it is the ability of the body to coordinate hand movement based on information from the eyes. It seems simple, but hand-eye coordination involves […]

Activities to Help Develop Balance

Good balance helps keep us upright throughout the variety of movements we experience everyday. Balance starts as infants learn to balance on their arms during tummy time, and as they learn to control their trunk in sitting, while working their way to independent standing and walking. Toddlers and preschoolers continue to improve their balance through […]

Safe to Sleep

Since the 1990s, families have been told about the Back to Sleep program to reduce the risk of SIDS. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatricians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many other groups updated the recommendations of the Back to Sleep campaign to promote a safe sleeping environment for children. Updates to […]

Signs Your School-aged Child May Need Physical Therapy

The school year is now well underway and many families are starting to have the first parent-teacher conferences of the year. During these conferences a child’s teacher might mention some observations regarding a child’s gross motor development that could affect their participation in learning and school activities, especially in elementary school-aged children. Here are some […]

Fall Activities with Children

With the weather changing, it can be challenging to find ways to incorporate physical activity into the day. However, the Northwest provides lots of opportunities for fun activities that can help a child be active while working on developmental skills. Here are just a few ideas of activities unique to the fall season: Take a […]

The Magic of Masking Tape

With cold weather approaching, it can be difficult to keep kids entertained and active indoors. There have been blog posts on the importance of encouraging physical activity in children of all ages, but what can be done during the rainy months ahead? Would you believe that masking tape can provide at least a temporary solution? […]

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Senior Falls Prevention: The Otago Program

 Beyond the Clinic is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division to assist with a CDC funded fall prevention program, known as the “Otago Exercise Program“.  Only three states in the nation (Oregon, Colorado, and New York) are participating in this exciting program. This is a research-based […]

September is National Obesity Prevention Month

Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States and more and more children are being counted as overweight and obese. Medical complications associated with obesity are also increasing in children. Older adolescents who are obese are more likely to have pre-diabetes and 70% of obese youths had at least one risk factor for […]