Babies with mobility issues, such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy, can’t explore the world like babies who can walk or crawl. Since babies explore and learn as part of infant development, mobility is linked with cognitive development.
Like most people who have a disability, I want to be involved, active, and participate. I have always refused to be isolated and my parents constantly supported my full participation. They knew I wanted to be “in” and included, so they helped me find the methods for that to happen by means of modified equipment or a modified approach.
It is November and the holiday season is officially here! For many people the holidays are a joy filled time with family, friends and food – lots of food. Between shopping at busy stores for gifts, taking the always-anticipated annual family photo, making yummy treats and traveling to visit relatives, people become consumed with the chaos of the season. The result of chaos is loosing sight of what should be priority #1 – taking care of yourself!
Looking back on my experience in high school, my fondest memory is being part of the swim team. Being that I have cerebral palsy I could not not swim the same times as other swimmers, but I practiced and competed with my peers.
Holiday time can literally tear a family apart, when there is a child in the family who’s active, noisy or withdrawn behaviors make hosts ask anxiously if you are bringing your child along.
Figure skating season is in full swing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year…a new competition to watch almost every weekend. Memories come flooding back in, and I always have a persistent urge to get back out on the ice. Figure skating taught me so many things physically, psychologically, and socially. As corny as it sounds, it has definitely shaped who I am. I think most importantly, for a girl who was sometimes shy, a bit self conscious, and often so wrapped up in her own thoughts, figure skating was a way for me to release and express myself.
At 10-years-old, Zahra Baker had proven to be a survivor. She survived two bouts with cancer which resulted in an amputation below her knee. She learned to walk with a prosthetic leg and to use hearing aids. Little Zahra had moved from Australia to America with her father, Adam Baker, after he met a woman over the Internet. In North Carolina, this young survivor’s story changed to a tragedy with a heart-wrenching ending.
Often times we sit in our chairs slouched over. We do not think about it, we just sit the way we do. However, we may develop bad habits if we don’t sit in proper alignment. For example, at my job I usually sit at a computer all day. I am usually sitting up with shoulders rounded forward, which puts strain on my neck and shoulders, or slouched back in my chair, which puts strain on the low back. After work I sometimes feel pain in my neck, shoulders, and/or low back.
I find it amazing how much more a video can impact an individual than simply reading a story in the newspaper. I am constantly finding myself intrigued at the YouTube videos posted by my friends, family and co-workers. Some of the most touching and motivating moments caught on camera and posted online for millions of viewers to see can be thought provoking.
I recently took a trip to Montana, and I don’t know if it’s just that I have never noticed this before or that I have just not been to the right places, but right up front at a cute little rustic pizzeria in downtown Missoula there was a well-placed sign that said “Braille menus available”.