Summer Fun

BY PEG GRAFWALLNER “Summer fun” is an oxymoron for many parents of special needs children. In truth, the summer can be an anxious time for parents and child. The routine of school has ended and parents are thrust into the role of travel guide, event planner, taxi cab driver, and concierge – roles for which most parents are ill-prepared. The summer is spent, for most of us, finding opportunities and activities for our children that […]

Every Kid’s Yoga

BY SARAH ROTH A yoga instructor based in New York City has developed a school of inclusive yoga to provide group instruction in yoga and mindfulness for kids with a range of developmental abilities. Inhale, arms overhead. Exhale, forward fold. For many years, yoga has allowed practitioners around the world to improve breathing control, decrease physical tension, and discover the boundaries of the body. The practice of yoga can foster a sense of physical, emotional […]

Motivate Your Child to Move!

BY KAREN KABAKI-SISTO, M.S. CCC-SLP While external rewards like a prize or a special sweet treat can be effective for short-term gains, maximizing your child’s internal motivation leads to a more consistent desire for physical activities. Does your child enjoy the playground and sports, or would he or she prefer to sit on the couch engrossed in TV shows or video games? Brain-based research shows that physical activity can increase attention span and memory, prepare […]

All About Probiotics

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Doctors commonly prescribe taking probiotics to “repopulate” the digestive tract with healthful bacteria. Bottom line, the good bacteria help “crowd out” bad bacteria. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But did you know that your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad? Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. These organisms […]

Youth Athletes Likely to Return to Play Less Than 24 Hours Post-Concussion

HealthDay News — High school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their college counterparts; however, those who play in youth football leagues are the most likely to get back on the field less than 24 hours after a concussion, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.Zachary Kerr, PhD, MPH, from the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in Indianapolis, and […]

Wisdom From A Chair

THIRTY YEARS OF QUADRIPLEGIA BOOK EXCERPT BY ANDREW I. BATAVIA AND MITCHELL BATAVIA There was still one small matter: getting the job. I honestly cannot remember the interview, or even if there was a faceto-face interview. I am sure that there was some type of interview by the camp director, Lee Morrone, one of the most respected people in the area of intellectual disability at the time and the mother of a child with an […]

The Invisible Injury

BY ANGELO MARSELLA MA, ATC, USAW While a “concussion specialist” will know the most recent research and be able to guide you in the appropriate direction, be aware of the myths you may encounter Every four years, concussion specialists from around the world convene in Zurich to discuss the new research and the new clues into deciphering the world of concussions. New definitions are proposed and a consensus statement is released providing recommendations on how […]

Say Goodbye to Side Shows & Freak Shows

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, RICK RADER, MD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “For one hundred years (1840-1940) the freak show was one of America’s most popular forms of entertainment. Today the same shows would be considered unacceptable and cruel, or as one disability rights activist put it, “the pornography of disability.”1 “‘Freaks’ are public images manufactured by the disabled […]

Exercise and Autism

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT Studies have shown that vigorous exercise is associated with decreased stereotypic (self-stimulatory such as hand flapping or body rocking) behaviors, hyperactivity, aggression, self-injury, and destructiveness. Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for people with autism! There are a number of reasons why physical exercise should be part of a regular routine for a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will look at how exercise […]

Yoga for EVERY Body!

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT Yoga can help children manage stress and anxiety, which can reduce panic attacks in those prone to them. Yoga can also decrease anger, and improve focus. I am sure that you have heard about yoga, but have you tried it? Are you aware of all of the benefits it can have for the whole family? Quite simply, yoga consists of moving the body through various postures, and […]