Daily Intervention for Toddlers With Cerebral Palsy in GMFCS Level V: A Case Series.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Abstract PURPOSE: To describe a daily physical therapy (PT) intervention program and outcomes for 2 toddlers with spastic quadriplegia, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level V, and to evaluate the feasibility of using a daily program in an urban children’s hospital outpatient setting. SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS: Two toddlers, GMFCS level V, received 2 hours of PT intervention based on motor learning principles 5 days a week for […]

Reliability and practicability of the straight leg raise test in children with cerebral palsy.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Abstract AIM: Preventing restrictions to lower limb movement is part of the treatment given to children with cerebral palsy (CP). Such restrictions can be assessed using the ‘straight leg raise’ (SLR) test. This study investigated the interrater reliability and practicability of the SLR test in children with CP. METHOD: Experienced physiotherapists examined 23 children with CP (6-18y; eight females, 15 males) twice. The SLR hip range of motion (ROM) […]

Providing Dental Care For Patients With Disabilities

BY CARRIE STETLER With a shortage of special needs facilities, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic serves a vulnerable population. Dennis Fitzpatrick had 17 cavities by the time he arrived at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s special care center seven years ago. Fitzpatrick, 27, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had regular checkups throughout childhood, but his dental decay had progressed so far, four of his teeth had to be removed. Because of his disability, […]

Best Clinical Practice in Botulinum Toxin Treatment for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Abstract Botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) is considered a safe and effective therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP), especially in the hands of experienced injectors and for the majority of children. Recently, some risks have been noted for children with Gross Motor Classification Scale (GMFCS) of IV and the risks are substantial for level V. Recommendations for treatment with BoNT-A have been published since 1993, with continuous optimisation and development of new treatment concepts. This […]

Lurasidone Improves Function in Patients With Autism Spectrum Disorder

As published in PracticeUpdate® May 18, 2015—Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Lurasidone has been proven effective in patients with autism spectrum disorder. This outcome of a retrospective chart review of the drug in seven patients from a developmental disability clinic was presented at the 168th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association from May 16 – 19. Aadhar Patil, MD, of St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, explained that his group’s report is the first on the use of […]

Autism: A New Theory

BY JOHN J. CANNELL, MD It’s time to look at autism a new way – with a new theory. If the CDC’s worst-case scenario of a 12 percent yearly increase in the incidence of autism proves to be true, we will be in serious trouble in terms of caring for these individuals. Over the past 20 years, scientists have assured us that effective prevention and treatment of autism are just a matter of time. However, […]

Autism in April

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN This April, I’m still going to drag out my autism awareness sign and plop it in my yard… I’ll try not to be as callous and put my best foot forward in the hopes of some good information sharing on our usual media channels, but I’m going to put my foot down on one thing. April is here. Another Autism Awareness Month has arrived. I don’t know why, but […]

Challenges And Resources For Military Families Touched By Autism

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D Jen Gerberding felt that the military lifestyle was better understood when surrounded by other military families; that being separated due to the military is common for training, deployments, or certain jobs, and not viewed as a hindrance to the family. One of the main challenges that you might first think of when hearing the diagnosis of autism is of rigidity, inflexibility, and consistent structure. However, a military family encounters unique situations […]

Looking Behind And Beyond The Screen

BY DR STEPHEN B. CORBIN Albert Einstein observed that if one does the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result, it is the definition of insanity. That seems like a man on the street type of observation that makes a lot of sense. There is a corollary to that observation, equally as true, but rarely stated – if you fail to take an action that could change or fix something, right […]

Birthday Parties and Kids with Autism

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY I love my birthday. Although I’m rapidly approaching 50 (how did that happen?) I continue to stretch it out for an entire month each year, enjoy being celebrated and eating lots of chocolate cake (a staple for me not only on my actual day.) When I was pregnant with both of my sons, I was so thrilled they’d each have their “own month” in our family, couldn’t wait to shower them […]