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Toy Time!

Next Step Therapy - Monday, October 27, 2014
Toys! It’s that time of year again, the beginning of the holiday season when we start the search for the perfect gifts for our family and friends. As a pediatric physical therapist, I often get asked this time of year for toy recommendations. I decided to put together a brief list of t  ...Read More

The Monster Under the Bed

Next Step Therapy - Monday, October 13, 2014
DEALING WITH THE MONSTER UNDER THE BED It is very common for toddlers to become afraid of going to sleep in their bedroom due to the monsters under the bed and in the closet. You really can’t blame a little person for deciding that perhaps it would be in their best interest to have a   ...Read More

A Talk About Walkers

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, October 09, 2014
Let’s Talk “Walkers” First of all I have the word “Walkers” in quotes because that term is such a misnomer. (You know what I’m talking about when I say “walkers” - right? Those contraptions that have a seat and wheels with toys attached  ...Read More

Knowing Your Insurance Plan

Next Step Therapy - Monday, October 06, 2014
Knowing and Understanding your Insurance Plan: Insurance companies are a funny bunch! Dealing with them is like potty training a 2 year old! You don’t know what the outcome will be when you start and every case is different! You may have success the first go around or you may deal  ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Thursday, October 02, 2014
DADS ARE GOOD IMPORTANT PARENTS TOO There has been a tremendous amount of daddy-bashing on the internet lately. I am a woman, and I’m sure that I’ve done my share, too. The reality for many of us working moms is that we put in a full day at our job, and then come home to   ...Read More

The Working Moms' Lament

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
THE WORKING MOMS’ LAMENT As the owner of Next Step Therapy, Inc., and a Speech Pathologist by trade, I have been a working mom for 13 out of the last 16 years. By “working mom,” I mean a woman with kids who has a paying job outside of the home, in addition to all of   ...Read More

Bedtime Tips

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, September 09, 2014
BEDTIME TIPS Many parents find bedtime and naptime challenging! Honestly, there is nothing that can prepare a new mom for the sleep deprivation that she will face with a newborn or a feisty toddler. I recall going through my maternity leave in a bit of a fog due to sleepless nights! When  ...Read More

Speech Therapy & Swallowing Disorders

Next Step Therapy - Thursday, September 04, 2014
Swallowing and Speech Therapy? Like most students fresh out of high school I was undecided on the route I wanted to take in college. After much consideration, I decided to be a speech therapist. Speech therapist I thought…… hmmmmm… It seems fun. I had this picture   ...Read More

Back to Sleep Part 2

Next Step Therapy - Friday, August 29, 2014
Back to Sleep/Belly to Play Part 2 The next condition that can result from all this “back laying” and sitting is torticollis. Now let’s think again of a newborn baby. Do they have much head/neck control? Not usually. So if they are always placed on their  ...Read More

Back to Sleep

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Back to Sleep/Belly to Play Part 1 Before we go any further - let me say one thing: THE SAFEST POSITION FOR YOUR BABY TO SLEEP IS ON THEIR BACK. However when a baby is awake and in a “playful” mood the best position for them to be is ON THEIR BELLY. There has been su  ...Read More


We accept most major medical insurance plans including:

  • Highmark
  • UPMC
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Health America
  • Medical Assistance Plans: Amerihealth Caritas, UPMC for You, and Coventry Cares
  • Medicare