Metabolic Syndrome is the medical consequences of obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol (high levels of triglycerides), type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and several other serious health conditions. This is one of the main reasons the disabled community have poorer general heath than the general public. Many people with a disability have what they call normal weight obesity, which means their fat cells out number their muscle cells, so although they are not large in weight, they have the problems resulting from metabolic syndrome. Read more
It’s no secret that kids love to play and move about, and kids with mobility challenges are no exception! A child’s desire to play and interact with family or friends should be considered when prescribing a standing program. Mobile and dynamic standers can open up a world of possibilities for kids, not only physically but emotionally and socially as well. Physical therapist, Karen Good, explains these distinct types of standers and their immeasurable benefits. Read more
Play – something kids of all ages and abilities enjoy doing. Donovan is a sixth grader who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he loves to play video games and floor hockey. Jason Kelecic, DPT at Gillette Children’s, explains how standing benefits Donovan (and other kids with Muscular Dystrophy) physically and socially and helps him get back to play.
“For individuals with DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy)/BMD (Becker Muscular Dystrophy), a sit-to-stand stander may be the most practical. The stander itself should fit into the user’s physical environment, be it home or school, and also his lifestyle. Donovan himself identified that moving slowly to a fully upright position lessened any discomfort associated with the increased stretch felt in his legs. Read more
Kids love to move! Many times kids who use a wheelchair for mobility only move while in the seated position, unlike their able-bodied friends who usually move while standing. Mobile standers like the EasyStand Bantam Mobile allow kids to be independent and explore their environment. Cool, right? Check out these 20 fun, kid friendly activities to do in a mobile standing frame!
1. Set up an obstacle course in the rehab gym and wheel around cones, toss a ball…the possibilities are endless.
2. Stand up to wheel through the hallways between classes in school.
3. Grab snacks out if your kitchen cupboard on your own.
4. Sneak ice cream out of the freezer. sshhhh!
Morgan’s Wonderland is well…wonderful! It is the world’s first ultra accessible family fun amusement park! You will be in awe of the more than twenty park attraction areas and to top it off, they offer FREE admission to individuals with special needs and only $5-$15 admission for other visitors. So, why should your family take the trip to San Antonio, Texas to visit Morgan’s Wonderland?
Safety First-Upon entering through the gateway to Morgan’s Wonderland, guests will find themselves at the Welcome Center. There guests are assigned a special wristbands that identifies them and the family or group they are with. This special entry and exit procedure ensures a safe and worry-free experience at the park. Morgan’s Wonderland suggests that all guests pre-register before arriving at the park, for quick access. Read more
Educators are finding that children that have physical activity at school on a regular basis, have fewer disciplinary problems and have a better concentration in class. Also, some schools are experimenting with tall work tables, where students stand to do their school work. This is proving to be effective for students with learning difficulties and attention deficit disorders because they are able to work more effectively, alleviate their restlessness, and concentrate on their work.