Good Nutrition Starts At Home

BY ERIN VLASAK – IF YOU EAT RIGHT AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BURNING OFF THE CALORIES! IT TAKES THE GUESS WORK RIGHT OUT OF THE PICTURE.   BY ERIN VLASAK, M.S. AND GINA FRISINA M.S.E.D   People choose what food they will eat for a variety of reasons. Some people eat out of stress, while others mindlessly eat in front of the television. Regardless of what food we […]

Allergies and Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD, KRISTIN COMPTON, DMD AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) The ADA legislation can help people with asthma and allergies obtain safer, healthier environments where they work, shop, eat and go to school. “It’s 1 p.m. at Mercer Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Lena Paskewitz’s kindergarten class is filled with the happy hum of kids getting ready for […]

Have You Heard About Hearing Screening?

Hearing screening is both part of Newborn Screening and is one of many Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs that tries to identify anyone with hearing loss as soon as possible in order to prevent further loss of hearing and assist the child in his or her development. BY JESSICA HANDY Did you know that one to three out of every 1,000 children are born with some degree of permanent hearing loss? This is […]

The Effects Of Legislative Enactments On The Education Of The Deaf

As future legislation is enacted, the success of deaf children should not be measured by how closely they emulate their hearing peers, but that they are given an education that will enable them to become successful human beings, not imitations of hearing people. When examining federal laws that have had significant impact on the education of the deaf child, one can begin with the sweeping educational acts of the 60s, then move to P.L. 94-142 […]

Youth Participation In Transition Planning

BY VALERIE LEITER In 2004, Congress added new transition requirements to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), striving to improve youth outcomes after high school. These new requirements say that the Individual Education Program (IEP) must include “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals” and the “transition services… needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.” They also give students the right to participate in planning once their IEP meetings focus on transition from school. It […]

Epilepsy & Seizures Series • PART 4

It is very important for everyone to appreciate that the burden of care and the effects of the disease on the child necessitate adjustments in virtually all aspects of the lives of all family members. THE IMPACT OF LENNOX-GASTAUT SYNDROME ON FAMILIES Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood epilepsy that not only has a major impact on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of the affected children, but on their caregivers as […]

An Endless List Of Role Models

BY H. Barry Waldman, DDS, MPH, PhD & Steven P. Perlman, DDS, MScD, DHL (Hon) These heroes are living proof of the saying, “It is better to try and fail, than to fail to try.” Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.1 Aspiration is a strong desire, longing or ambition.1 Hope and aspirations are the twin pillars which maintain the drive of […]

An Essential School Supply: The IHP

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY MONICA KORTSHA Discussing an individualized healthcare plan (IHP) with your child’s school nurse is one way you can prepare for the school year and make sure their special needs are addressed accordingly. It’s back-to-school time again. And whether your child will be enrolled in a traditional classroom, inclusive classroom or special education, it is important to ensure that your child’s educational environment will be the best fit for their unique needs (having […]