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Kid Healthy Week annual observance

Jessi Dolnik - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. This year the week is April 22nd - April 26th. this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn!  Read More

Practicing Wellness

Jessi Dolnik - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

We are practicing Wellness at Lowcountry Therapy. Various Wellness models exist to make up a basic concept, which is; your overall health is more than what you do for your body physically, but rather a more holistic approach is needed for you to be healthy and happy. While some concepts may apply more deeply to adults, kids need to have a sound focus on wellness too.  Read More

Autism Awareness Events

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, April 08, 2019

There are 2 big events happening on the same day. On April 27th both the Autism 5k Bubble run and Ales for Autism will be going on. Read More

Down Syndrome Awareness

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, March 18, 2019

World Down Syndrome Day is a day to raise awareness about Down Syndrome. It is observed annually on March 21st. Why March 21st? Down Syndrome is a genetic mutation that creates an extra 21st chromosome. This is why World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 3/21. Read More

Common Tips for Better Sleep

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, March 11, 2019

Lowcountry Therapy is joining the National Sleep Foundation in celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week, March 10 to 16, 2019. This year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals. Read More

Super Museum Sunday in Savannah

Jessi Dolnik - Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Georgia History Festival‘s Super Museum Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at participating sites throughout Georgia. Read More

Sensory Saturdays at the Sandbox

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, January 21, 2019

Beginning January 2019, on the last Saturday of each month, the Sandbox will open their doors an hour early exclusively for families with children who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (children with other developmental challenges are also welcome). Read More

Video Games and Physical Therapy

Jessi Dolnik - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Technology is becoming more present in people’s everyday routine. Whether it is phones, computers, video games, or tablets people are using technology more and more every day. So how do we get kids to be more active in this day and age when technology is so prevalent? One way is to limit screen time and encourage kids to play outside, but on rainy or cold days this is not always possible. Another option is to use technology to get kids more active.

Using active video games such as Xbox Kinect or the Wii are great ways to get kids up and moving. These games can help improve your child’s gross motor skills such as jumping, balance, and coordination. They can also be used to help improve your child’s body awareness. Active video games may promote physical activity in individuals striving to improve balance, undergoing rehabilitation, who have an acute or chronic illness, or who have a physical or developmental impairment, according to a 2014 study published by the NCBI. This study found promising results for improved health outcomes related to therapy, including significantly greater or comparable effects of AVG play versus usual care. 

Another study compared active video games to exercise. Japanese researchers measured the metabolic equivalent values (a standard method of estimating energy expenditure) of 12 people ages 25 to 44 as they played Wii sports games and did Wii fitness programs. Light-intensity exercise is less than three METs, moderate-intensity exercise is three to six METs and vigorous activity is more than six METs, according to the American Heart Association. The study found that 23 activities had two to three METs; nine activities had three to four METs; and five activities had more than four METs

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/active-video-games-count-exercise/story?id=9099087  Read More

4th of July

Jessi Dolnik - Monday, July 02, 2018

While many of us look forward to the parades and fireworks on the 4th of July, it can be overwhelming and stressful for children with Autism or sensory processing difficulties.  Below are some tips for making this Independence Day enjoyable for the whole family: Read More

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Jessi Dolnik - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed May 27 through June 2 to be South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week. SCEMD, county emergency managers and the National Weather Service urge citizens to take time now to prepare for major emergency like hurricanes by reviewing their family emergency plans, developing a disaster supplies kit and talking with family members about what could happen during a crisis. Read More

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