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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Stop Drinking Soda

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT Don’t beat yourself up if you cheat! But cutting back is a great start. Soda is still the second most consumed beverage to water in the United States and it is making us unhealthier by the year. It is time that you make healthy habits for your children, and lead by example. Stop drinking soda. Let’s look at what it does to the body: Soda’s high sugar […]