Mindful Awareness & The Healing Arts – A Therapy Paradigm Shift

BY JANICE K. RYAN, OTD, OTR/L How quickly can a television show change a culture? Has The Big Bang Theory altered societal perceptions, self-perceptions, and future possibilities for people with learning, cognitive or behavioral differences? It’s hard to believe that Sheldon Cooper and his diverse group of friends entered family living rooms over ten years ago. Kerry Magro, an Autism Speaks staff member and adult with autism, wrote about his feelings in a blog. He […]

Curing or Living with a Disability: Your Choice Would Be… (Commentaries)

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 “Everyone’s brain is different. Brains are like snow flakes – no two are alike.” 1 “There is tension within the disability community between curing the disability and living with the disability” 2 “…with Down syndrome, the general emphasis is to celebrate the strengths of the syndrome, whereas with […]

Practice Without Pressure

Practice Without Pressure™ greatly reduces and, most times, eliminates the need for sedation and restraint. The PWP model includes the individual, the family/caregiver, and the clinican, and introduces the PWP practice specialist into the paradigm. BY DEBORAH JASTREBSKI THE NEED You wake up one morning and your tooth hurts. Although it’s not your favorite thing you call your dentist, make an appointment and go get it fixed. You’re nervous but you tell the dentist that, […]

My Name Is Jackson Fukuda And I Have Arginase Deficiency

I AM A 26-YEAR-OLD GRAPHIC DESIGNER… BY JACKSON FUKUDA This is my story with arginase deficiency. A decent amount of information was told to me by my parents. I felt that they would be the best ones to tell my story when I was diagnosed and how life was for me at a very young age. At a young age they started to notice a big difference between other children my age and myself. I […]

A Holistic Guide For Families Who Have A Loved One With Special Needs

PUBLIC BENEFITS BY CALEB HARTY Many important benefits are outlined below, but not all. Also, effort has been made to point out important aspects of the programs, but outlining every detailed exception, rule, etc., is beyond the scope of this informational guide. For context, most of these programs are “means-tested,” which means they are usually not available until the child turns 18 because up until that point the parents’ assets and income are taken into […]

America’s Toothfairy

National Children’s Oral Health Foundation BY JILL MALMGREN Did you know that pediatric dental disease is the most common, chronic disease among children in the U.S.? More common even than asthma or diabetes? More than 40 percent of children experience tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten, and the decay rate for children with special needs is even higher. Because tooth decay affects millions of children, it is easy to believe cavities are inevitable […]

Archaeological Dig Uncovers the Remains of Disabled-institutionalus (Report dated: 2050)

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND RICK RADER, MD More than 35 years have passed since the investigative reporter Geraldo Rivera’s documentary on Willowbrook State School in New York City revealed the gruesome and neglected conditions in which individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities lived. Only recently has an archeological dig at the site located the remains of one […]

Alzheimer’s Disease In Down Syndrome

By Norberto Alvarez, MD Overview Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. AD is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain, strongly associated with advanced age. However, it should not be considered a part of the normal aging process. AD is characterized by a relentless progression of symptoms associated with defined neuropathologic changes. Individuals with Down syndrome (DS), or trisomy 21, develop a clinical syndrome of dementia with clinical and neuropathologic characteristics […]

Breaking Barriers Clinical Trial Program

HOPE FOR THE HUNTER SYNDROME COMMUNITY A clinical trial program is now enrolling patients for its second cohort in a Phase 1/2a study in Hunter syndrome, a rare, hereditary, lysosomal storage disease. The clinical trial is called Breaking Barriers, and explores AGT-182, an investigational enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) that utilizes the body’s natural system for transporting products across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) by targeting the receptor that delivers insulin to all cells of the body, […]

Creating A Family History Tree

Much like Kathleen did, families have the ability to trace their family health history. The tree can include everything from information on heredity, diet, work, activities and environment. GENETIC ALLIANCE BY BY CLAIRE MENA Dr. Kathleen Mimnagh, MD was doing a pediatric genetics rotation in medical school when a geneticist noticed her hand as she inserted an IV. He asked her to do a maneuver that stretched her thumb across her palm. Kathleen’s thumb, unlike […]