Posts Tagged 'Cerebral Palsy'

Paralympian for Life

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Born and raised in the small town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, its probably not the place you would look to find a Paralympic swimmer. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, I was introduced to sport and activities from my friends that were able bodied (AB). The thought of wheelchair and adaptive sports were only introduced in an annual competition. All competitors were truly weekend warriors! I was happy just to participate with my friends and family. I am blessed because I was never treated differently in my neighborhood. I was one of the gang who happened to use a wheelchair and walker to participate in the same activities as my friends.

Posted by Aimee Bruder Feb 24, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Skill-building and Accountability

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As a former English Major, I read a lot.  I read an article that had a quote which saidExercise has one spelling, but how it is applied is extremely diverse.” [i] The quote made me think of a point my Movement Specialist frequently makes, that one fitness approach may work well for one client but only partially work for another.  Any developed fitness routine needs to be tailored and customized for the individual.

Posted by Kerry May 14, 2013 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Principles of Professionalism

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In December 2009, I began a journey with a new Fitness and Movement Specialist to advance my goal to walk without assistive devices.  At the time, I had no way of knowing how hard I would work, how far I would be pushed, or how much I would achieve. While I have a long history of working with professionals from multiple disciplines, through my work with James R. House, III, I would come to understand what a true working alliance is— a shared partnership between a client and a professional.

Posted by Kerry May 09, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Communities, Belonging, and Authentic Inclusion

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Regardless of whether a person has a disability or not, we all want to connect.  We all want to have a ‘place’ where we belong.  When I refer to the concept of place, I do not mean the bricks and mortar of a building.  I did not join the Fitness Center I go to because of the physical space or equipment.  I joined because from the first day I walked through the door, I was treated as a member of the larger group.  Community in the broadest terms creates a sense of belonging for members of a group.[i] 

Posted by Kerry May 07, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

One Size does not fit all: Experience, Assessment, and Learning from Industry Leaders

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In this article, James R. House, III, discusses the development of his professional expertise as a Movement Specialist and the application of his training in his work with clients.

Posted by Kerry May 03, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

My Walking Journey and Lessons from Robert Frost

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Robert Frost writes about choices and decisions in the famous poem “The Road Not Taken.”

My favorite lines in the poem are:

Posted by Kerry Apr 08, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

Principles of Effective Teaching

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I recently read a book entitled, The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, by Robert J. MarzanoThe book defines effective teaching as “a dynamic mixture of expertise and a vast array of instructional strategies that combine with an understanding of an individual and their needs at a particular point in time.”[i]  

Posted by Kerry Apr 02, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

If they build it, will I purchase?

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I recently became aware of a nationwide campaign aimed at the world’s top athletic shoe maker, and I must admit that I applaud the company for responding.

Posted by Josh pate Mar 19, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Left Arm, Right Leg… Re-set”: The Importance of Interlimb Coordination

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It is 9:00 AM on a Saturday morning.  I am on my hands and knees in a crawl stance at the beginning of several mats which have been put down ahead of me. 

Posted by Kerry Mar 05, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Coats and Buttons: Accommodation and Independence in a Professional-Client Dynamic

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My self-reliance was continuously fostered and encouraged.  I grew up with a “Do it yourself” mentality. 

Posted by Kerry Feb 26, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments