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Friday, 10 June 2016 14:33
So many of my clients ask for suggestions on alternative schooling options for their child with special needs. It can be very time consuming and often not very productive for parents to do Internet searches to find out what’s out there. So, as I have the opportunity to check some of these places out, I’ll send out little blurbs to give you my take on the look and feel of some alternate placements, as well as Internet links so you can dig a little deeper and get more information for your specific situation.
Friday, 13 May 2016 09:54
Twenty years ago, strength training in children with cerebral palsy was discouraged, as it was assumed that it would increase spasticity (tight/stiff muscles and the inability to control them). However, this was not supported by the results of earlier studies, which showed that strength training can actually improve lower-limb muscle strength in children with CP, without increasing spasticity. Current research supports that intermittent bursts of intensive therapy during development is beneficial to children for them to learn and re-learn movements.
Research shows that time and duration of these bursts can vary and be effective from as little as 45 minutes per session up to three hours per session, and can range from two weeks to 16 weeks. Shorter sessions do not allow for body preparation prior to active functional strength and neuromuscular re-education type activities. While typical, traditional therapies ranging from 45-60 minutes, one to two days per week address these issues, an intensive program has shown to build on current skills and takes clients to another level of function toward independence.
Friday, 04 March 2016 14:13
On March 3, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals released its opinion in A.G. v. Paradise Valley USD, No. 13-16239, a special education case. The Opinion has important implications for parents who are challenging a school district after the parents have agreed to the IEP or failed to make a specific request for services.
Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:09
We are pleased to present the first in a series of blogs written by the staff of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland.
The American Physical Therapy Association initiated a branding campaign around the “Move Forward” motto several years ago. Pediatric physical therapists live this mantra, encouraging infants, children and young adults to move their bodies, explore their environment and be part of their communities.
It is well known that physical activity and exercise is beneficial to our bodies, specifically heart and lungs, brain, muscles, bones and joints and the gastrointestinal tract. Like adults, kids need regular exercise. The CDC recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, including aerobic, strengthening and bone building, with vigorous activity three times per week. Many activities cover more than one type of exercise, and doing them regularly helps children (and adults):
- Cool Adaptive Clothing for Kids
- Notice to People on Waivers
- ESY Alternatives
- New Rules and Bad Decisions Make Medicaid Planning a Necessity
- Protecting People with Disabilities from Exploitation
- Beware Before You Sign – Avoiding the Trips and Traps of a Long Term Care Admission Agreement
- When is Modified Curriculum Appropriate and How Modified Should it Be?
- Divorce and Families with Special Needs
- Supreme Court of Ohio Decides: Home Titled in Revocable Trust is Not an Exempt Asset for Medicaid
- Genetics May Play a Role in CP, ASD
- Guardianship Update
- Lives of Two Ohio Children Saved by 2014 EpiPen Law
- FERPA Protections for Students
- Ohio Adult Guardianship Education Program
- Guardian Alert
- Probate Problems
- Legislators Introduce Bill Allowing ABLE Accounts for Ohio Residents!
- SSI Mobile Wage Reporting App
- Avoiding a Wasteful Land Sale Proceeding
- I've Signed My Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will: Now What?
- ABLE Act
- Sonja's Suggestions: Loneliness
- ABLE Act: Dream Come True, or Wake-up Call? Maybe Both.
- Sonja's Suggestions: Enjoy the Last Days of Summer
- My Community Meal
- Sonja's Suggestions: Planning for Your Pets
- EPSDT Program Update
- Dementia Self-Assessment
- Sonja's Suggestions: Caregiving
- Casey Kasem – What Did He Really Want??
- The Parental Right of an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
- International Sexual Predator Met Through Online Game
- Avoiding Foreclosure of a Reverse Mortgage
- Sonja's Suggestions: Dancing
- Movie Review: ALPHÉE OF THE STARS (2012)
- Sonja's Suggestions: Grocery Delivery
- The Perfect Marriage
- Accessing ABA Services Under Health Care Reform
- New Medicaid Program Begins
- Medicare and the Affordable Care Act: Separating Rumor from Reality
- Remedies Available to Persons Disenrolled from the Home Care Waiver
- Universal Design: A Guide to Becoming Master of the Universe!
- New Bullying Prevention Directives from OSERS
- Those Tiger Moms
- Pursuing an Appeal When Public Benefits are Denied
- Digital Assets (Other Than Fingers and Toes)
- The Face of the Future?
- Children with Disabilities Have a Right to FAPE During Teacher Strikes
- Improvement Standard is No More
- Access to Sports for Children with Disabilities
- Recognizing Excellence
- My Visit to the Cleveland Sight Center
- Transferring the Transition Waiver
- Be the Fuel … Or Be the Generator (It Doesn’t Really Matter Which)
- November is National Family Caregivers Month
- My Experience at the Ohio SIBS Conference
- Special Needs Trusts: To Spend or Not to Spend?
- Are You a Person with a Disability?
- How to Keep from Navel-Gazing: The Value of Donating Your Time
- Issues for Unmarried Partners
- How to Create Meaning in Your Life
- Changes Ahead for "Dual Eligibles"
- Medicaid for Long-Term Nursing Home Care
- Choosing an Assisted Living Facility that is Right for Your Loved One
- A Mother's Day Tribute
- National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
- 'Cookie-Cutter' Estate Plans
- What's Going on at Red Treehouse
- Power of Attorney
- Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- Sensory-Friendly Films
- But...Hey! I Wash My Face First!
- The Family Home: Is it in Jeopardy if I Turn to Medicaid for Help?
- Exercise Caution with Joint Accounts
- "Hope I Die Before I Get Old"
- Mediation Services
- Military Separation Papers
- Identifying a Care Provider for Your Loved One
- Too Much Stuff, Too Little Space
- OSEP Expands Enforcement of Special Education Rights
- Medicaid and Assisted Living
- Labor Omnia Vincit. (Virgil – Latin for “Hard Work Conquers All”)
- Ohio Trust Law News
- What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Why Does it Matter?
- Is Preparing Your Will Worse Than a Root Canal?
- CMS Approves Individual Option Waiver Amendment
- Gifts Ideas for Elders in Care Facilities
- U.S. Savings Bonds Options Upon Death
- The White House Monthly Disability Call
- The Beauty of Winter
- Making the Most of Your Doctor's Visit
- Federal Education Law Protects Gifted Students with Disabilities
- Health Care Reform and Families with Special Needs
- Monitoring Technology & Elder Care
- The Usual Bus Stop
- Veterans Benefits Factoid #2
- Choosing the Right Care for an Elder
- "Bereavement Exclusion" Exclusion
- Successfully Appealing Medicaid Waiver Service Reductions
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