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Perceptions of Self

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 “Prior to the twentieth century, social attitudes reflected the view that persons with disabilities were unhealthy, defective and deviant. For centuries, society as a whole treated these people as objects of fear and pity. The prevailing attitude was that such individuals were incapable of participating in or contributing […]

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Take Advantage of Summer

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If you have a gait trainer, the museum floors are flat and hard, and may be a great place to use the device! Summer is a great time to get outside and do more activities! The weather is warm, the days are long, and many children have more time off from school. Time can be spent learning and doing things that may not be opportunities offered in […]

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Special Needs Families: Creating Summer Fun!

BY ANGELA NELSON, MS, BCBA When a family member has challenges in the areas of learning, behavior, or mobility, going into a summer adventure can take more planning, thought, proactivity, and research. But that doesn’t need to be a barrier to creating fun for the whole family to enjoy. Summertime is synonymous with BBQ’s, swimming, stargazing, and sleeping in right? Well, maybe. For some parents, a lot of parents actually, summertime can mean searching for […]

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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 […]