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The Importance of Intensive Therapy and the Research Behind It

Friday, 13 May 2016 09:54

UCP-Cleveland-D1-68Twenty 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.

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Special Education Law Update

Friday, 04 March 2016 14:13

ninth circuitOn 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.

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The Importance of Exercise

Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:09

UCP Blog 3.3.16We 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):

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Cool Adaptive Clothing for Kids

Friday, 26 February 2016 00:00

thumbs upAnyone who buys clothes for someone with special needs knows how difficult it is to find fashionable clothes that work.  The good news is that another big retailer, Tommy Hilfiger, has introduced a line of apparel that is made specifically for those with special needs! Their adaptive clothing line is just as fashionable as the rest of their clothes, except it has Velcro/magnetic closures and adaptable pant lengths. Very exciting! Nike recently came out with an adapted “cool” looking shoe too: The LeBron Soldier 8 Flyease opens up wide to accommodate braces, making it easier for those with fine motor challenges to put on their own shoes.  That’s what I call moving in the right direction!

- Posted by Attorney Linda Gorczynski

Anyone who buys clothes for someone with special needs knows how difficult it is to find fashionable clothes that work.  The good news is that another big retailer, Tommy Hilfiger, has introduced a line of apparel that is made specifically for those with special needs! Their adaptive clothing line is just as fashionable as the rest of their clothes, except it has Velcro/magnetic closures and adaptable pant lengths. Very exciting! Nike recently came out with an adapted “cool” looking shoe too: The LeBron Soldier 8 Flyease opens up wide to accommodate braces, making it easier for those with fine motor challenges to put on their own shoes.  That’s what I call moving in the right direction! 
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