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Childhood Anxiety

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If your child has a disability, there may be more situations that are frustrating, and this may also lead to feelings of anxiety. Does your child have anxiety? It is okay to not be sure. Many children who have anxiety tend to be well behaved, and their anxiety is keeping them quiet. Some signs that you may see are excessive worry, trouble sleeping, restlessness or fatigue during […]

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Obesity In Children With Developmental Delays

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT You get to influence your child’s health and set the pattern that, when your child grows, another caregiver will accommodate. Does your child participate in physical education class at school? How much screen time does your child get every day? Does your child eat any vegetables? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) finds that children with developmental disabilities have a higher prevalence of obesity than […]

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Addressing Chronic Pain: A Five-Step Team Approach

BY GRACE L. FRANCIS AND VICTORIA MCMULLEN Living with someone who has chronic pain is difficult; living with someone who is in pain and also has challenging behavior and limited communication abilities can be downright miserable for all involved. Ron, age 35, has numerous educational and medical diagnoses, including mixed type cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disability, and autism. He also experiences many types of chronic pain related to conditions such as osteoarthritis, tempomandibular joint […]

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The Dietary Supplement Decision

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY CLAIRE MENA While dietary supplements do give reason to consume with caution, certain supplements, particularly vitamins, can play an important role in a child’s health. Throughout my life I have gone through bouts of anemia. When I disliked meat as a child, my iron levels dropped and the pediatrician recommended a diet filled with leafy greens, whole grains, and my least favorite—cream of wheat. The iron levels continued to fluctuate with diet […]