We chat with a local physical therapist about mom life and her best tips for keeping a child’s development on track.
Cincy Chic: Why do you love being a pediatric therapist?
Campolongo: I love being a pediatric therapist because the kids I get to work with are amazing and they teach me something new everyday. I cherish the relationships that I have built with my patients and their families. I most of all enjoy watching these children become more independent and succeed so that their personalities can shine.
Cincy Chic: What’s your biggest tip for parents?
Campolongo: When I first became a mom, I had a delusion that because I work with kids everyday, and grew up with kids, that I was going to have an easy time raising my own kids. Wow, was I wrong! I thought I knew so much and yet when I brought my daughter home for the first time, I quickly realized just how much more I needed to learn. You don’t know what you don’t know and everyone is just rolling with the punches. As a mom, I want as much information as I can get so that I can make educated decisions about my child’s care. I appreciate opinions and tips from others that may help make my life easier. I also like to talk with my doctor and peers to get more information. Luckily, there is access to gross motor, speech and occupational therapy checklists through ABC’s website so I can have it on my fridge at home and check things off as my kids are doing things to make sure they are staying on track. I also listen to my motherly instinct. If I feel something is not quite right, I go to the doctor and see if I need to be referred out for further consultation.
Cincy Chic: What do you do in your free time?
Campolongo: I love to do outdoor activities with my family like going on walks, hiking and going to the park. I also love spending time with my extended family.
Cincy Chic: Why is ABC the best place for therapy?
Campolongo: I think ABC is a great place to receive therapy because we listen to your concerns and work collaboratively to treat the whole child in order to achieve goals. We work with the family to make a plan of care that is realistic to the family situation and work to problem solve in efforts to help your child make the most progress. Every child is different and unique in their own way which requires an individual tailored plan of care. I know that when I have questions or concerns about my own children I am able to get reliable, effective information that I can use immediately to help my child conquer a task.
Cincy Chic: If someone reading this article has a question, would you share your email?
Campolongo: You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org