Let’s Talk About STRESS

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT Don’t wait! Get moving – even if only for 10 minutes! It will help manage your stress, and decrease depression and anxiety. It seems like we are getting busier by the year, and less equipped to handle the load. Everything is moving faster, we have devices that imply we are available at any time, and this has resulted in a blurring of the distinct lines where work […]

Caring for Yourself is Caring for the Family

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If you get sick or injured, then everybody loses, right? You cannot perform your job, and the person who relies on you is also now in trouble. Parenting is tough. It is a non-stop job, and you do not get sick days. Parenting for a child with a disability can be even more challenging because you may not be able to find a sitter who can help […]

What’s Your Goal?

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT Can you break the goal down into three smaller goals you can work on to get toward your big goal? Now give a timeline for those three goals. Giving a time frame will hold you accountable. Think of a goal you would like to accomplish – is it that you would like to lose five pounds? (or 50?) Would you like to lower your cholesterol by 30 […]

Exercise: It’s All About Intensity

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If you have a disability, it is even more important to get enough exercise because your ability to move throughout the day while doing daily activities is limited, which increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes. I’m sure you’ve heard about the importance of incorporating exercise into your life, but do you do it? If you have a disability, it is even more important to get […]

Caring For Children With Special Needs – Allergies And Asthma

We don’t usually think of children with allergies or asthma as children with “special needs,” but they certainly are. In fact, children with these conditions are probably the most frequently encountered “special needs” children. Child care providers can do a great deal to help individual children manage their specific allergy or asthma needs and feel more comfortable in a child care setting. Allergies Children with allergies face the same social difficulties as do adults, but […]

Celebrating Our Men And Women Of Service

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU As we move into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we are looking to honor all men and women of service. At this time, we are featuring two fathers who have encountered difficulties in their own lives, yet have shown up to serve their communities in heroic fashion. We honor Tony DeLeon, serving Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (LASD is the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Department and the second largest law enforcement […]

Fitness for Children with Physical Disabilities

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, DPT, MBA, ATP Exercise can also lower risk for complications associated specifically with spinal cord injury and spina bifida, such as the development of some forms of cancer, respiratory illness, and UTI. Are you an Exceptional Parent of a child with a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or cerebral palsy? It is important to encourage your child to get a sufficient amount of exercise! Even if it is difficult, […]

Tripp Halstead Finds Happiness

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU All across the country, fall is in the air. When we think of fall, typically the first thing that comes to mind is the gorgeous changing colors of tree leaves and the foliage across the country that can be breathtaking. The air feels crisp, clean and for many people it is their favorite time of year. § For one family I had the pleasure of interviewing this month, the colors of fall […]

Disability Groups Claim Crucial Medical Equipment is “Under Attack”: Urge Congress to Pass Corrective Bill

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Rep. Zeldin says Congress must now act again to ensure that a more permanent fix is granted. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) is spearheading an effort to protect people with disabilities by ensuring they have access to essential medical equipment, such as specialized power wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment (collectively called Complex Rehabilitation Technology or CRT). To this end, he has introduced legislation (H.R. 3229) that […]

Don’t Ask Taxpayers to Support Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “Don’t ask taxpayers to support disabled children: When I was 10 years old, I chose to be child-free because I knew that I would not make a good parent, and at 38 I’m still content with my choice… Parenthood is a choice, not a divine right, and all […]