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PTA Kids

Welcome to PTA Kids, a collection of articles sponsored by Pediatric Therapy Associates. With over 60 creative therapists on staff, we hope to use this page to share and discuss our ideas, strategies, activities, and resources with the Triangle community and beyond.

Although postings on this page will be offered by licensed therapists, they do not replace the quality and individualized care that a child receives as part of the traditional evaluation and treatment process with a licensed medical professional. If you have concerns regarding a child’s development or skills, please consult with the child’s pediatrician, or contact our office directly at 919-781-4434. When attempting any of the activities or ideas suggested here, please exercise appropriate judgment regarding the child’s developmental readiness and provide adequate supervision at all times. The authors and Pediatric Therapy Associates disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities suggested on this site. Unless otherwise noted, Pediatric Therapy Associates maintains legal copyright of all material on this website, and it may not be used, reprinted, modified, or published without our written consent.

Idiopathic Toe Walking in Young Children

February 7, 2019 | by Joann Flaherty, graduate intern in Physical Therapy under the supervision of Kelly Walsh, DPT

toe walking

Have you ever noticed your child tiptoeing around the house? Walking up on toes is a normal occurrence in children age 3 and under, as they continue to develop their ability to walk. However, if you are noticing that your child prefers to stay up on their toes while they are walking past the age of 3, they could have Idiopathic Toe Walking (ITW).

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An Introduction to Torticollis

February 8, 2018 | Guest Contributor: Ben Stephenson, PT graduate intern


Have you ever heard of a condition called torticollis? At Pediatric Therapy Associates, we often see infants with this condition and have very successful outcomes.

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Encouraging Speech Development Through Imitation of Animal and Vehicle Sounds

March 2, 2017 | Diane Winner, MS CCC-SLP


Did you know that animal noises—those moos and baas and neigh-neighs that are so sweet from our toddlers—are helping to encourage speech to develop?

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Staff Spotlight – Megan Watson, MS CCC-SLP

January 19, 2017 | Pediatric Therapy Associates

Megan Watson, MS CCC-SLP

Megan is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist at our Raleigh Location.

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Make a Modular Sensory Board

September 22, 2016 | by Michelle Larson, MS OTR-L and Ashley Houser, MS OTR-L

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Two of our creative and crafty Raleigh occupational therapists teamed up to design awesome modular sensory boards for our office.

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