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Home physical therapy is often effective for kids

Moira Melton's daughters are late walkers. But now, 3-year-old Essie and 18-month-old Maggie have found their footing with help from Harris Regional pediatric physical therapist Sandy Davis, who makes house calls. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Moira Melton's daughters are late walkers. But now, 3-year-old Essie and 18-month-old Maggie have found their footing with help from Harris Regional pediatric physical therapist Sandy Davis, who makes house calls.

"P-T is all about getting people functional in settings where they need to be," Davis explained.

"The girls are obviously more comfortable in our house, so that is a big plus," Tracy Melton, the girls' father, said.

"When they're so little, they don't know anybody. They're antsy about different places, and we went to the hospital for the first appointment, but it can be kinda scary," Moira added.

So, Sandy addresses the girls' low muscle tone -- or hypotonia -- in a familiar setting.

Strengthening focuses on everything -- from sitting to kneeling to walking.

Essie, the oldest, has caught up not only on mobility, but also cognitively, and has completed the program. Her sister isn't far behind.

"If they get a good base underlying strength, then the hypotonia may not be a problem ever again," Davis said.

That's putting the girls on target for a healthy and happy childhood.

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