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    PT SCHOOL CLOSURE IDEAS

    During this unprecendented time, we all have the opportunity to get "back to basics" in terms of Physical Health for our children.  Take the time we have now and take a walk, explore nature, play ball in the yard.  Kicking and throwing a ball with your child activates their core, develops hand eye coordination, improves balance and most importantly is a lot of fun.

    Now can be the time that your child may discover new skills, new interests and a new love that may carry with them throught their life!

    Do you very best to limit your child's "screen time" during the school closures.  They may be getting a lot of computer time working on their school work so other screen time should be limited.  awhile they are working on the computer, watching tv or just playing on an iPad, try to encourage different positions such as tall kneel, half kneel, planking etc to get those bodies more exercise even while they may be stationary.  Encourage your child to play more active games when they are on these devices.  The internet, as well as cable tv have a ton of free resources for physical activities for children and adults.  A few links are provided below to get you started.  Explore them together and cherish this time. 

     

    https://www.gonoodle.com/

    https://www.cosmickids.com/

    https://qalo.com/blogs/qalo-life/12-at-home-workouts-to-do-with-your-kids

     

    WELCOME TO PT!!!

    Hi!

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of the parents and students that I will be working with this year.  My name is Rob Matthews and I am the School Physical Therapist at McKinley, Intermediate and the Primary Learning Center.  I am so excited to work with all of the children this year and help them to achieve all of their goals while having a lot of fun in PT. 

     

    I have been a Physical Therapist for over 27 years and have been working in Pediatrics for over 17 years.  I have worked in a variety of settings with children including hospitals, orthopedic clinics, and in many different school districts.  Along with Stafford Schools, I currently work in Outpatient Pediatrics at Seashore Pediatric Therapy Center.  I find nothing more rewarding then helping a child strive for their very best while supporting their educational experience.

     

    My wife and I have three wonderful children of our own and are so happy to also call Stafford Township our home.

     

    I hope to make PT a fun, functional and super experience this year and hope to make a difference in the life of your child!

     

    Making a Difference!