Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

Your First Experience with Pediatric Therapy: What Can I Expect?

Your baby is home from the hospital, everyday life is returning to a new “normal,” and you’re seeing positive changes in your child each day. However, you may still have concerns about their growth and development as a NICU baby. Every child’s development is dynamic and different problems may arise at any time. Upon further […]

Meet the Professional: What Does a Neonatal Therapist Do?

When a baby is born premature or with special health care needs, they require immediate, intensive care. With all the medical interventions and monitoring it’s easy to start seeing your baby as a patient, instead of the little person that they are. But we know that what we do in the NICU has long-term impact. As […]

{FB Chat} Therapy and Your Child

In our latest Facebook chat, we spoke to Doug Levine of Growing Places Therapy in Austin, TX. Doug has practiced therapy for 19 years and has provided services in the home setting, clinic settings, school districts, Early Childhood Intervention, and has worked closely with a variety of doctors. • • • • • • • Listen to NICU Now, Hand to […]

{Professional Insight} Choosing Your Child’s Therapist

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 11 a.m. CST on the Hand to Hold Facebook page for an informative interactive chat on physical and occupational therapy. Our guest will be Doug Levine, MPT, of Growing Places Therapy.

A prescription for physical, occupational, or speech therapy is like a prescription for antibiotics—you can have it filled wherever you choose. Unlike a medication, however, the therapist you choose will have an ongoing relationship with you and your child that your child may benefit from for years to come. You should choose carefully. Interview therapists and assess therapeutic settings to determine what will be the best fit for your whole family, as well as for your child. [Read more]

What Physical Therapy has Meant for My Preemie and Me

The definition for the word therapy is “therapeutic treatment especially of bodily, mental, or behavorial disorder”.  When you first discover that your preemie will need physical therapy (PT), you probably think it is only for the therapeutic treatment of something that has to do with his or her body. What I have come to realize, and […]