Alternatives To Out-Of-Home Placement For Families

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Families and individuals need to visualize what they want as goals to see if the program is a good “fit” and if they can picture the person in that environment. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just published “Out of Home Placements for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities.” This document provides compassionate but incomplete guidance on a difficult decision for families, and presents out-of-home placement as a last resort. Some placements […]

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY Dr. Margaret Souders called the author regarding participation in a study whose goal was to see if kids with ASD sleep better with a home-based program adjusted to their individual needs. I will share with all of you that for a long time I was in pursuit of this elusive dream, first with my eldest son who is severely autistic, and then with my youngest son, who is on the mild […]

Have You Heard About Hearing Screening?

Hearing screening is both part of Newborn Screening and is one of many Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs that tries to identify anyone with hearing loss as soon as possible in order to prevent further loss of hearing and assist the child in his or her development. BY JESSICA HANDY Did you know that one to three out of every 1,000 children are born with some degree of permanent hearing loss? This is […]

You’ve Heard About it Many Times, But There Have Been Changes

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) THINGS YOU’VE HEARD 1. The prevalence of children with disabilities has continued to increase. 2.Male children have higher prevalence of disabilities than female children. 3. Children living in poverty experience the highest rates of disability. 4. Compared to children in households with advanced education, children in households with education less than high school […]

PLANNING AHEAD FOR HEALTH

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY SHARON ROMELCZYK, MPA AND JESSICA HANDY Staying healthy through the holidays and winter months can be a challenge, especially with all the travel, stress, and germs that usually come with this time of year. Staying healthy requires more than just good hygiene, healthy eating, and exercise. Did you know your family can play an important role in your preventive health? The holidays are an ideal time to talk to your family about […]

Going Solo

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY To the casual onlooker it was not a remarkable scene. A middle-aged mom trudging through the rain, huge beach bag slung precariously over her shoulder while clutching the hands of a ‘tween and a younger son, heading for the relative paradise of a movie theater overhang. If anyone had cared to look they would have viewed a grim determination in her eyes, a desire to reach her destination etched into the […]

A Primer On Spinal Stenosis

BY DR. JEFFREY M. DAVIS There is a need to educate our youth, and society in general, on proper spinal hygiene. I would like to address the subject of spinal stenosis, acknowledging that this indeed is a condition that affects patients most of the time that are already 50 years of age. The most important issue to discuss with all patients, but especially those not yet affected by this condition, is to educate them about […]

Sunlight Isn’t Enough

BY SUNIL J. WIMALAWANSA, MD, PHD, MBA, FACE, FRCP, FACP, FRCPATH, DSC Optimal Intakes of Vitamin D for Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities: Almost Everyone Needs Vitamin D Supplements. Adequate vitamin D is essential for optimal health. In addition to the well-known effects of enhancing mineral metabolism, irrespective of the age, gender, or health status of the patient, vitamin D has beneficial effects on many other conditions, including neuromodulation, muscle strength and coordination, autoimmune disorders, […]