4 Great Techniques To Help Your Baby Learn To Creep

Most babies typically begin creeping around the six- to seven-month mark. However, the range of age is wide in terms of when this may actually occur. Some babies begin to creep as early as five months, while others may take as long as eight or nine months. Creeping requires a reasonable amount of trunk and upper / lower extremity strength, so have some patience and do not rush your little one! We have provided a few techniques below to help you help baby get moving.

Please note: if you are worried that your baby is not as active as she should be, talk with your pediatrician. Trust your instincts!

Before we get to the techniques, let's define the difference between two terms that are often used interchangeably: creeping and crawling .

Creeping isdefined as moving around on the floor with the stomach in direct contact with the ground. Some babies develop the ability to creep in a circle first; while others, whose arms are stronger than their legs, are able to creep backwards first.

Crawling is defined as moving on hands and knees with the stomach up off of the ground. One type of crawling, known as commando crawling, may be seen when an infant moves around on the floor on forearms while dragging his hips behind him.

The following are some strategies for initiating and developing creeping skills in your baby:

Tummy Time

One often overlooked aspect of developing the ability to creep is time spent on the floor. As long as your baby has adequate head control then she should be spending at least one hour each day, every day, on the floor. This activity has many benefits such as building strength of the arms and chest muscles as baby pushes her chest up off the floor. While in this position, baby will also have an opportunity to strengthen her neck muscles as she lifts her head to look around the room. Some babies may not like or be able to tolerate tummy time for extended periods. If this is your baby, start small and gradually increase the amount of time spent on the floor. Your baby will be able to tolerate being on her stomach if she sees you doing it with her, so lie down on your stomach face-to-face with your baby and show her how much fun tummy time is!

Once your baby is able to tolerate being on her stomach for an extended length of time, you are ready to help her to start moving.

Creeping in a Circle

  • Position baby on the floor propped on her forearms.
  • Place a small, brightly colored toy directly in front of her just out of reach.
  • Move the toy towards your baby's side in a semi-circle so that she has to turn her head to continue looking at the toy.
  • Encourage her to shift her body weight from one hand to the other and try to reach the toy by pivoting on her stomach.
  • As she begins moving towards the toy, move it so that it is just out of her reach. Continue moving the toy until she has crept in a complete circle towards one side of her body. Allow her to play with the toy for a short amount of time and then repeat this process towards the opposite side of her body. Repeat this activity so that baby makes five complete circles to both the right and left sides of her body.

Practice creeping in a circle every day for about one week. Once baby is confident in her ability to complete this activity, she is then ready to attempt to creep forward.

Creeping Forward (Double Leg Assist)

  • Position baby on her stomach on the floor with a small toy just out of reach.
  • Once she is engaged with the toy, kneel behind her and slowly bend both of her knees.
  • Place your hands under the bottom of her feet and provide her with a firm surface from which to push off of.
  • Encourage her to reach forward to get the toy by dragging herself forward with her hands and pushing off of your hands with her feet.

When baby is able to creep forward using the above technique, she is ready to move forward and attempt to creep with assistance provided to one leg at a time.

Creeping Forward (Single Leg Assist)

  • Place baby on her stomach with a bright colored toy in front of her just out of reach.
  • Once she is interested in and focused on the toy, bend one of her knees.
  • Place your hand under the foot of the leg with the bent knee and encourage her to push off from your hand as she reaches for the toy by extending or straightening that leg.
  • When baby has moved forward, switch to her other leg and bend that knee and repeat the above process.
  • Continue forward alternating between her right and left legs.

After about a month or two of practice on the floor creeping in a circle and creeping forward, baby should be ready to start learning how to crawl. Stay tuned for future articles on techniques for helping your baby through this next stage of development.

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Jenn, Rachel and Cerebral Palsy

On a typical day, Rachel can be wearing, or trying to wear, a tutu; Jenn can be seen wearing one eyebrow raised much higher than the other questioning the sanity of either herself, or whomever she is talking to at the moment, I have not figured out which yet. I am not sure which people notice first, Rachel's tutu or her walker. Occidentally, Jenn admits to losing her temper and asking people if they have vision problems, it's one of the biggest challenges she deals with; people staring. The other is getting unsolicited advice from people who next-door-neighbors-brothers-cousins-kid has Cerebral Palsy (CP). Rachel has CP, having lived with it for 8 years, Jenn does not need any advice, she is doing just fine.

Relying on a walker and crutches to get around, each day contains 20 minutes of stretching in the morning and the evening with the help of her Mom or one of her siblings. Rachel's independence is limited, she has mastered using the toilet on her own but can not bathe or wash herself. She also needs assistance strapping on her braces, dressing herself, and performing most day to day tasks we take for granted. A self-proclaimed “sped” kid, Rachel is cognitively and socially on track, but behind in Math and Reading.

In May 2012, after attending her cousin's dance recital, Rachel declared that she would dance in a recital some day without the use of her walker, a year later she did and received a standing ovation. Her next goal is to “Run a Mile”, after today, she just may. Today Rachel is undergoing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston. After the surgery, Rachel will relearn how to walk and use her legs; she will spend one week at Children's Hospital and 3-5 weeks at Spaulding Rehab in Charlestown, MA.

This story is not supposed to be solely about Rachel, it's supposedly to be about Jenn, an incredibly strong woman that manages to keep her head above water. Somehow she has managed to raise 3 children, survive 2 divorces, climb the corporate ladder to Vice President in 2010 and retain her sanity with the help of her beloved wine. In addition to raising an 8 year old with CP, she also has a 16 year old daughter and a 14 year old transgender son. Yes, you read correctly, Jenn has her hands full!

Jenn is one of many examples of bad parenting gone good. When her parents divorced at age 12, her mother all but disappeared from her life yet somehow What a good mom should be, she exemplifies it daily. Although her job requires a lot of travel, most Moms would leave a night away in a different city, Jenn often flies out in the morning and back at night so she can be home for her kids. Exhausting? Yes, were it not for her funny Facebook updates about annoying travelers, you would not know she had gone.

In addition to having a wry sense of humor, Jenn's favorite way to insult someone is to call them a douchecanoe. I am thankful to her for this word, sometimes I say it just to make myself laugh. It never ceases to bring a smile to my face when I log in and see that someone has earned the name. Frankly, I think she's earned the right to call them whatever she wants. Unfortunately for me, she does not use it as much as she used to, she recently took up running as a way to alleviate stress and get in shape, she's become a little more forgiving of ignorant people.

Jenn has advocated for Rachel and is determined to give Rachel the best life possible. She has taken out several types of physical therapy, both conventional and unconventional. Some people may feel that Rachel is spoiled, having so many activities, but the activities are a filler, they are making up for thecoming of society. People do not just stare at Rachel, they exclude her.

This weekend, over 60 children attended 'Rachelpalooza', a pre-op send off complete with cotton candy, a magician and a bouncy house. Although she is very popular, Rachel was invited to 1 birthday party last year and the only homes she has slept over are those of her family. This is not because the kids do not want her there, it's because the adults have a hard time seeing Rachel. Jenn fears they see a broken child, not the joy she is. Having hosted Rachel at my house and shared a beach house with them, I have actually found Rachel easier to manage than my own kids.

I'll be honest, as adorable as she is, I was leery the first time she came over. She needed to be carried a lot, could not use the toilet and I had no idea how to manage a special needs kids, which included her daily stretching. What I found was a funny, engaging child who did not hesitate to tell me what she needed, when she needed it and if I was doing something wrong. She also has Brandon his most accurate nickname – Random. We should all be required to spend a day with a special needs child. It would make us more tolerant and realize they are people, not things.

Children see Rachel for what she is, another child. Adults see Rachel for what they do not want her to be, their own child. We all want our kids to be perfect – happy and healthy. What we do not realize is that each one of us, and our kids, is handicapped in some way, it's just not as obvious. They are neurotic, slow learners, emotional, uncoordinated, prone to allergies; you name it, someones got it. We all have a shortcoming, Rachel's is visible, ours may not be. Without you have been around Rachel, or another child like her, it's hard to explain. Rachel is genuine, she is does not know she is different and her earnesty is endearing. She can be difficult, demanding and moody, just like anyone else. But she is also more forgiving, less biased and incredibly loving. Like her mother, Rachel greets everyone with a hug and a smile; Unless you get the eyebrow from Jenn, then there is no hug or smile.

As you go about your day today, think about Jenn, she is waiting at the hospital to hear that the surgery was a success. She is about to embark on a 6 week journey that will take an emotional toll on her and her entire family. After weeks of preparation, she will find the courage and the strength to get up each day and push forward, not for herself, for her children. While you are angry that the line at the coffee shop is too long, she will be angry that her daughter is in pain. Do not be a douchecanoe, treat everyone kindly, you never know which child is in pain.

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How Does Early Intervention Make A Difference?

Deficiencies and problems in each autistic child are unique and can not be classified under broader groups. Here, the types of treatment for each autistic kid or adult is typically designed intuitively and creatively so that the person can take part in certain activities without having any adverse reactions. Treatment for autism variants based on each case, making it absolutely crucial to figure out as much about the patient as possible before designing the treatment chart.

Early intervention and early education can help an individual unravel his / her shortcomings and learn to deal with them in an effective way. Behavioral therapies or medicines, or a combination of the two can help in dealing with the child's problems. Autistic children usually have accompaniment problems such as seizures, gastrointestinal distress and sleep deficiency. Proper treatment of these disorders can help in improving the individual's attentiveness and focus while increasing his / her ability of retaining data.

In the early stages, behavioral therapy requires cooperation between the professional treatment group and the autistic individual's family. There are often cases when the sessions are held at an affected individual's home. Treatment programs involve parent training so that the parents can also hold sessions under the guidance and oversight of trained professionals. Sessions are otherwise carried out in specialized centers, preschool or classrooms.

Methods of therapy and intervention are often flexible and open-minded so that tweaking is possible so that it suits the particular requirements of the affected person. For example, when an autistic kid joins a school, he / she would reap the benefits of specialized teaching approaches while developing fundamental social skills. On the other hand, autistic adolescents are better treated independently, as they can learn well from voluntary skills which help them find the right modes of employment.

Autism early education can help an affected child learn a lot about their problem and help correct it in due time. Among the most popular treatment options for autistic children are the Early Start Model, and the Lovass Model. Other behavioral treatments include Floortime, Pivotal Response Therapy and Verbal Behavior Therapy – all of which have yielded excellent results.

While these treatment methods can help your child to deal with autism, it is essential that the child is diagnosed at an early age because it makes it easier for them to grow out of the disorder. Early treatment can help your child grow and perform to the best of their abilities and live a healthy life.

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Handicapped Grooming and Ordinary Tasks

Personal hygiene is keeping the body clean. It helps to prevent the spread of germs and is especially important for the disabled who may need help with this task. Grooming is caring for teeth, fingernails and hair. Some of these activities would have styling hair, shaving, trimming and painting fingernails.

Maintaining good health also includes the following areas: nutrition, leisure, recreation, sleep, and exercise. As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to feeling and looking good. Feeling and looking good is important to each individual's emotional and physical wellbeing.

If you are disabled it can be a challenge with upper body tasks such as brushing your teeth, applying hand lotion or holding a hairbrush much less tying your shoes, or cutting your meat with a knife or even using a pair of scissors.

If you have a disability that involves your feet or legs, you may find it difficult to get in and out of the bathtub or have a manicure or pedicure. There are many personal care aids available for someone who is disabled; hair dryer stands, toothpaste squeezers, lotion applicators, one-handed nail clippers and self-inspection mirrors are just a few of the items that a person with a disability might use to perform self-grooming activities.

I would think that one of the most frustrating things for many people with a disability is the loss of independence. Everyone wants to look their best but it's difficult to look your best when you can not brush your teeth, comb your hair or have proper hygiene. There are many grooming equipment items that can help you with everyday grooming so you can take care of these things for yourself so you have a feeling of independence and you do not have to rely on someone to help you with these tasks. There are many health aspects to good hygiene. It makes you feel good to be neat and clean and gives a feeling of self-worth.

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A stand for your hair dryer could be a useful item if you have trouble holding onto items. This item could provide a semblance of normalcy and allow you to do this task for yourself. Hair brushes for the disabled that have an extended handle helps those who are unable to reach that far. They often come in 12 or 14 inches in length. Brushing your hair regularly helps stimulate the circulation in the scalp.

If you are unable to wash a regular hair brush due to limited hand strength or arthritis, there are universal hand clips that you can stick to the hair brush. One side will velcro to the brush and the other is a clip that you put over your hand.

Taking care of your eyes is important. Getting the eyedropper to drop directly in the center of your eye without blinking can be difficult but it's easy to use. The guide fits over your eye and prevails your eye from blinking. No more missing and hitting the eyelid.

Good dental hygiene not only prevents tooth decay, it can promote overall health by preventing gingivitis, or gum disease. There are toothpaste squeezers that can help.

Feet scrubbers that can be attached to the shower floor and can remove dirt and dead skin when you move your feet back and forth.

Dry skin is uncomfortable and more likely to become irritated or break down under pressure, so the ability to apply lotion is important.

If you need access to products for people with a disability there are grooming aids available available from on-line specialty stores and internet sites. There are many handicap grooming aids out there and it is almost certain you will find one that will meet your needs.

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Asperger’s Syndrome: The Cure?

In the bible it says “I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which which is a fruit of a tree bearing seed; to you shall it be for meat” Genesis 1:29. As you're probably aware, there has been an explosion of information regarding alternative medicine. “Incurable” diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and many other found to actually have cures that are very simple. Asperger's syndrome is no different. Etiquette training is indeed essential. However, traditonal treatment excludes the significance on placing emphasis on diet. The food we eat is what gives our brain the fuel it needs to function. Hippocrates could not close to the truth when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be thy food.”

The brain uses fuel just like any other functioning organism. When fuels are depleted, it will begin to mal-function. If you have a car and you do not give it the gasoline that it needs, it will eventually stop working. Your mind is no different. Today's nutrition is filled with toxins and all sorts of things that are anti-brain friendly. So for people with Asperger's, their first step for change would be to change the foods they eat. You've heard of the term “junk food,” foods that are high and calories and low in nutrition. You're first step toward recovery will be to take the exact opposite, superfoods. Not only are there numerous pyschological benefits to nutrition packed foods, but there are tons of physical benefits as well. Below are a list of foods that a person with aspergers should prioritize.

1. Walnuts- Dubbed “The Brain Food,” walnuts have the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids which the main fuel your brain uses to function.

2. Leafy green Veggies- Broccoli, Spinach, and Kale in paticualr. These mighty superfoods are loaded with nutrients. I like to call the Gods of nutrition. Kale is considered to be the most nutrient pack food that exist. I recommend everyone include these into their diet daily.

3.Berries- This includes every kind. Blue berries, strawberries, Acai berries, etc. Not only are berries great for your brain, but they are great for improving motor skills. People with Asperger's have clumsy motor skills which makes it hard for them to have success in sports. Berries are great for improving this problem.

4. Beans- Beans are loaded with fiber. A lot of medical problems that people incure are really just a result of the colon being clogged. Beans are great for sending you to the bathroom and cleansing your body of the toxins it has accumulated.

5. Water- Water is the most nutritious thing you can give your body. You've Heard the saying you can survive 3 weeks without water but no more than 3 days without water. Our bodies are 70 percent water so it is nothing short of essential to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day.

6. Carrots. I would like to place a special emphasis on this food. As you may know, carrots are the riches source of vitamin A which is essential for eye function. What a lot of people are unaware of is the role it plays in repairing damaged cells. The 3 parts of the brain which seem to be the problem source for people with Autistic disorders are the Amygdala, the Cerebellum, and the Deep Stem. The cells in these particular areas of the brain appear to be damaged. Vitamin A can both help repair these cells bringing them to optimal function.

There are many nutritious superfoods that a person with Asperger's Syndrome can benefit from. These are just to name a few. Foods that are high-glycemic, have gluten, and dairy products should be heavily avoided. As time goes on, you'll begin to notice a significant change in your behavior thinking patterns and social skills. Purchase books on social ettiquete, learn the social norms, and do anything an everything that is good for your pysche.

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Assessment and Treatment of Learning Disabilities

It can be disheartening to learn that your child has a learning disability. It is, however, very important to know that this does not mean that the child lacks intellect. Your child can be smart, yet still experience significant cognitive difficulties. Learning disabilities are characterized by a certain level of brain injury to receive, store, analyze and process information.

Naturally, children with a learning disorder will grow up to adults with learning disabilities, which is why early intervention is always preferable.

There are different types of learning disabilities, but in general, they will affect one or more of a person's cognitive abilities such as reading, listening, reasoning, writing and doing basic math. Certain learning problems can also be linked to difficulties with motor skills. Almost without exception, individuals having a learning disability will also have problems concentrating, focusing and remembering certain information. Children with learning disabilities may hear, see and think differently as their brain operates in a different manner.

As a parent, it is important to identify your child's disability at an early stage so that your child can learn how to deal with the condition, or better yet receive specialized treatment of learning disabilities, which will make it easier for the child to process information . That, in turn, would improve all aspects of learning.

Types of learning disabilities

  • Dyslexia is predominately a reading disability. It manifests itself in a number of ways. The child may not be able to comprehend the correlation between alphabets or words and their sounds. Skipping words even sentences when reading is quite common. Spelling may also be a challenge. Other typical signs that characterize dyslexia include taking a long time to read, mixing up letters in a word, and ability to retain read material.
  • Dysgraphia is a writing disability, which can become very restrictive when a child or an adult suffering from this learning disability is having difficulty with penning down their thoughts on paper. The child will typically have problems with grammar and with writing complete sentences. This disability is characterized by grammatically unclear and incomplete sentences. Other symptoms related to this disability include: poor grip of a pen or pencil and messy handwriting. The person may express himself / herself verbally well but unable to write thoughts on paper, coherently.
  • Dyscalculia, is a math-related disability that affects the recognition of numbers and the understanding of simple mathematical concepts. The symptoms include: inability to recollect a number sequence, confusion with numbers that look similar, problems during money transactions like counting money or calculating change, difficulty with basic mathematical functions like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Even simple counting and telling the time could be difficult for those experiencing dyscalculia.
  • The auditory disability also called Central Audit Process Disorder (CAPD, or APD) involves a child's auditory competence, which affects understanding of information received verbally. The signs to watch out for include accessibility to follow instructions, inaccurate pronunciation, accessibility to understand conversations or part of them, sensitivity to background sounds, difficulty with processing any type of information that requires listening.
  • Nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) also referred to as nonverbal learning disability has to do with nonverbal skills. The condition manifests itself in poor fine motor skills and coordination, poor social skills, although the child may do well academically. This disability shows itself through signs that include the inability to discern facial expressions, questioning more than usual, complaining about being frequently misunderstood, difficulties with reading, writing, doing math and inability to handle any disruption in their daily routine.
  • Visual Processing disorder disables a child's ability to handle and process information received visually. The symptoms include: poor spelling, copying words and getting disorientated while reading.
  • Aphasia is a language-based disability that affects the child's ability to express their thoughts and understanding of both written and spoken language. Signs that indicate this disorder include difficulty with understanding written material, speaking incomplete sentences or unrecognizable words.
  • Dyspraxia also known as Sensory Integration Disorder and is a learning disability that affects fine motor skills (such as writing, using tools like scissors or buttoning a shirt) and / or gross motor skills (such as running, jumping, throwing, hitting or catching a ball). The condition is also characterized by poor eye-hand coordination.

A learning disability is often combined with attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADHD). Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems with kids (and adults) experiencing a learning disability, is that they suffer from low self-esteem and low self-confidence, which can have a detrimental effect on their performance and achievements in life.

Assessing your child's disability

Assessment of learning disabilities consists of various steps- testing of learning disabilities and specific aspects of the learning process. Lately, more modern neuro-cognitive assessment tools have been developed to point out specifically different cognitive deficits.

New technologies to assess frontal lobe function have helped in both assessing and evaluating all types of learning disabilities. While teaching kids how to improve and better deal with their shortcomings is important, correcting deeper neurological structures in the frontal cortex is very important. Neuro cognitive therapy and training have shown excellent results in the treatment of learning disabilities with marked improvement on all levels. Improving brain regulation combined with developing core cognitive skills such as visual processing, auditory processing, divided attention, multitasking, and working memory, can contribute to considering and permanent gains in cognitive performance and significant reduction in symptoms.

The ACEclinics in Toronto, Canada, headed by Bob Gottfried, PhD is a pioneer in this field. The clinic specializes in assessment and treatment of learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), non-specific neuro-cognitive deficits and memory disorders.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Treatment and Diagnosis

The number of diagnoses of people with ADD and ADHD has risen sharply in the past several decades, particularly due to a number of factors from doctors better understanding diagnoses, to technology playing a role in breaking people's concentration and abilities, to the simple fact that it may be over diagnosed in some circles and due to some issues.

Nearesthead, ADD and ADHD are serious and significant issues that people face when it comes to getting through to focus more on their work and their school, and as such they can be major and serious issues that must be taken into consideration and taken seriously for a wide variety of people seeking to improve their lifestyles and get the most out of their lives in spite of having to deal with ADD and ADHD while they are living.

The diagnosis surrounding ADD and ADHD can be complicated, as there are not a set and specific amount of guidelines or side effects that you can obsessively mediate and diagnose with blood tests, or other definitive scientific tests. As a result, there is not a set consensus on what constituents ADD and ADHD for a lot of medical doctors, and with it, diagnoses can come from around the world and can rapidly and consistently change relative to the doctor diagnosing the issue.

For that reason, among others, there have been a significant amount of concern in the medical community that ADD and ADHD are being over-diagnosed by some in the community, and that many people are being put on ADD or ADHD medications when they need not be on these medications as they do not address the root causes of their specific problems or issues.

Treatment for ADD and ADHD typically involves a medication or prescription drug, most often Adderall which can effectively treat issues and improve medical conditions surrounding ADD and ADHD for a wide variety of patients. Adderall can be strong, though, and many patients can still overtheless experience side effects from the drug as they work to treat their ADD and ADHD problems over time.

Other treatments can include therapy sessions regarding the improvement of habits related to focus and concentration, as well as therapy sessions and more for young people and children who suffer from the disease by putting them in classes and situations where there skills are more valued and they are more able to work through ADD and ADHD while still learning and getting the most out of life.

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Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: An Issue of Life and Death

For those who think electronic fetal heart rate monitoring (EFM) is unnecessary during labor and delivery, think again. Although this technology has been described by opponents as difficult to use, unreliable, and unnecessary, the facts prove otherwise. In actuality, use of EFM may save the lives of many newborns.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin conducted a major study on this issue. Looking over 1.7 million births in the US is n 2004, they found that EFM had consistently positive effects. Risk of infant mortality was lowered to an adjusted relative risk of 0.75 with use of EFM. There was also lower risk of early neonatal mortality (adjusted relative risk 0.50). In low-risk pregnancies, researchers saw decreed risk for low Apgar scores; in high-risk pregnancies, they saw decreed risk of neonatal seizures. All in all, the results were convincing: use of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring during labor and delivery is unambiguously beneficial to infant and mother.

EFM is used during pregnancy, labor, and delivery to track the heart rate of the fetus and the strength and duration of your contractions. It can provide minute-by-minute information on the status of the fetus, as heart rate can be a good way to tell whether it is under stress or not. When problems do occur, EFM can provide insight into the baby's reaction and its ability to tolerate the stress being put on it.

There are two types of electronic fetal monitors: internal and external. In external monitoring, the mother wears a belt with sensors. These record the baby's heart rate and the duration of the mother's contracts. The information is often printed on a chart. Internal monitoring is only performed close to delivery. For this, a sensor is inserted into the uterus and attached to the baby's scalp. Internal monitoring is more accurate but does come with somewhat heightened risks for the mother.

Given the data supporting the benefits of EFM, it appears that instead of questioning the technology, critics should focus their attention on helping doctors become better trained in interpreting the EFM output. In the past, many doctors and nurses have not received adequate training in EFM tracings, and terminology has not been standardized, leading to confusion and miscommunication. It has recently been suggested that computer-assisted interpretation could have improved the reliability and effectiveness of EFM. Whether the solution lies in computer assistance or improved training programs, EFM has proved its effectiveness and critiques need to acknowledge its power in preventing infant mortality and morbidity.

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Culture Centered Planning

Strategizing and implementing support for an individual with disabilities can be a difficult process for anyone family to deal with. Moreover, navigating medical resources and identifying community support can be stressful if the family is not informed. Individuals with disabilities face a multitude of challenges not only due to their limitations but the lack of support for the lives that they are entitled to. There are also external factors such as time management and budget cuts from healthcare organizations. For these reasons, it is essential for families to receive concentrated planning not only on an individual basis but also on a cultural basis.

Person centered planning strengthens the focus on individual needs and provides awareness to the circle of support. In this process, the person has preferences, goals and aspirations that need to be converted into a plan for optimum achievement. The purpose of the plan is also to build bridges and eliminate obstacles that society would present. The same process also facilitates a connection with community by infusing the plan with cultural preferences. In society today, cultured centered planning is as important a person-centered planning as many individuals with disabilities tend to stay in diverse communities. In addition, these individuals to tend to immerse themselves in their community or search for places to increase social acceptance.

Cultured center planning enhancements sensitivity and cognizance of a person's ethnic background as an opportunity for the health professional to provide better quality of care. There are many components of an individual's culture that affect normalcy such as language, favorite food, neighborhoods and overall comfort. Measured results and competency also help health professionals understand cultural differences. Working with an individual with disabilities and their family also require objectivity and the motivation to examine cultural labels. Although it is not typical for families and health professionals to share the same ideas, therefore it is very important that a compromise is met.

The devaluing of a person's culture can have a traumatic effect on their lives and lead to challenging behaviors or lack of participation in social activities. Different cultures have different expectations which require specific responses. For those reasons, the method in which a circle of support discusses valued measures, performance measures and common behaviors must be consider cultural implications in all facets. The greatest expectations can not become a reality without a healthy dialogue at team meetings. Without cultural centered planning, competency will never be attained.

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Fabrication and the Developmentally Disabled

Fabrication is defined as a person making a terribly false and improbable account of situation. Almost every adult in the world will say lying is wrong and inappropriate. Moreover, the same adults will tell children that they will be punished for lying. However, when it comes to protecting someone's feelings, evading trouble or using imagination, some people can find themselves lying unconsciously. Whether male or female, occasional lying can be considered harmless depending on the situation. Due to the fact that it is a human trait and primarily used to influence the way a person is viewed by others, fabricating stories are very common in today's society. Fabrication is deceptive but not always meant to hurt other people. Specifically, when a person fabricates that they are protecting them from any contradictions or embarrassments from telling the truth. A person may fabricate a story to avoid looking irresponsible, avoid conflict, to shift blame to someone else or for selfish reasons.

In society, individuals with disabilities have to manage limitations of physical ability, cognitive ability and IQ level. Conversely, some individuals with disabilities show a tendency to fabricate for similar reasons as other people. Furthermore, fabrication by individual with disabilities can be characterized as a defensive mechanism due to their ailment or environment. Another reason why an individual with disabilities may fabricate would be to make an allegation of abuse or mistreatment. Those individuals with an intense history of fabrication may not think of lying as being inappropriate and commit the act out of necessity. Quality of care, choices, adaptable environment and the circle of support are essential components in the life of an individual with disabilities. For those reasons, there are many policies and regulations implemented to not only protect but monitor that person's life. In essence, a person with a disability is entitled to the best care that can be provided. It is important for healthcare providers not to discriminate against these individuals though it is also important for these individuals to be aware of the difference between right and wrong. Within organizations specializing in developmental disabilities regulated by the state government, fabrication incidents are to be investigated without prejudice regardless of the person's history.

The ratione for fabrication by individuals with disabilities can be somewhat disputed. In some cases, the individuals feel that they deserve special treatment due to their circumstances and anything less is unacceptable. In other cases, individuals can be deceptive, vindictive and relish the opportunity to get others in trouble. Moreover, there are techniques that can health professionals manage fabrication allegations. In order to encourage the truth, a health professional should initially teach the person through social skills training about the importance of honesty and how being dishonest can affect a reputation. It is also imperative that the individual learn not to justify their actions due to circumstances, manipulation, and dislike of staff, peer or family members. Accountability is also a human trait but not a common trait therefore lessons of responsibility should also be the focal point of the social skills training.

In any case, an individual with disabilities should not be made to feel guilty or accused for fabricating but educated about the social consequences of their actions. It is not the position of a health professional to initially determine if the individual is lying but rather what is the reason behind the lie. If fabrication is considered to be a challenging or problematic behavior for the individual then counseling should be implemented immediately. Fabrication can become an area of ​​concern but not a crisis issue if controlled with a proactive psychological approach.

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Federal Funding for Cerebral Palsy Research

In March, National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day came and went as it commonly does, reliably unnoticed by anyone whose lives are not directly affected by it.

For those who may not know, cerebral palsy is an umbrella term referring to a (currently) incurable, non-progressive set of neurological conditions that produce physical and neurological abnormalities during human development. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage, either through injury or irregular development during the early stages of life. The damage usually occurs just before, during or shortly after the birthing process. Very few infections are born with detectalbe symptoms. Most will begin exhibiting them over the first few years of life as the child misses developmental milestones.

CP can disrupt a person's ability to walk, talk, stand, sit, swallow or perform other simple movements that healthy people take for granted. Exactly how and to what severity a person is affected can vary. Some patients suffer only minor difficulty with balance and fine motor skills, while others are naturally trapped in their own bodies with painfully rigid, useless limbs, unable to speak or swallow.

Cerebral palsy affects more children than multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, hemophilia, fetal alcohol syndrome, muscular dystrophy or childhood leukemia, however, research into the cause and cure of CP receives only a small fraction of government funding compared to these other disorders. These other disorders deserve every penny of research funding that they get, but that does not explain why CP warrants such low consideration. It's certainly not because it's a rare disorder.

One in every 303 US children have cerebral palsy. In the African-American community that number is one in every 270. Shockingly, in 80 percent of CP cases, the exact cause is never accurately determined. Even more shocking, is the fact that the legal community is responsible for determining the specific cause of individual CP cases more often than the medical or scientific community.

And it's not because CP does not cost US taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars in healthcare expenses.

The average lifetime “additional direct cost” for a single person with cerebral palsy is estimated at over $ 1.5 million above and beyond the comparable cost of living for the average, healthy American. Federal and state Governments, in the form of Medicaid and other tax-funded social services absorb the lion's share of these expenses. Back in 2000, it was estimated that the total lifetime medical and care expenses by all US citizens currently living with CP would total more than $ 13.5 billion. Those numbers have risen since then.

Additionally, 75 percent of people with cerebral palsy have at least one additional developmental impairment such as blindness or vision impairment, deafness or hearing injury, autism, arthritis, epilepsy and other intellectual disabilities that are direct result of the CP.

Currently, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has no funding appropriated for CP research. The National Institute of Health (NIH) provides some funding, but not for innovative, curative research.

If you know even one family that deals with severe cerebral palsy, then you should not require any further convicting about the compassionate nature regarding a need for federally funded research. If you do not, then the costs to you and other American citizens should be enough to get your attention.

In this time of budget sequestration, repeated natural disasters, debt and economy woes, it may not seem like the most opportune time to lobby the US government for money specifically targeted for CP research, but that could not be more wrong. Do not just take my word for it. Do your own research. A federal fund commitment for the cure, prevention and causation of cerebral palsy will allow scientists to develop effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of CP that will, in the end, more than pay for itself.

For more information about cerebral palsy, visit our cerebral palsy law firm website.

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World War 2: A Movement to Eradicate Weakness and Disability

World War 2 was a terrible time for several sects of people, including Jews, Gays and Lesbians. But it was perhaps especially horrendous for the developmentally disabled. Even as some semblance of humanity and empathy towards the disabled began to emerge during the 1800’s, no one could have foreseen the utterly inhumane and torturous practices that were characteristic of the Third Reich. In Hitler’s quest for a perfect world, Nazi’s believed it was their duty to eradicate anything that was considered a “genetic defect,” “feeble-mindedness” or an “imperfection.”

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Developmental Disabilities in the 1800’s

At the beginning of the 1800’s, science began attempting to replace religion. Society was encouraged to view the world scientifically, and communities began to hospitalize and medically treat the intellectually and developmentally disabled. The early medical practices towards the disabled were by no means satisfactory and led to several new humiliating experiments and malpractices. Although flawed, this was the first step towards change and a view that developmental disabilities could potentially be a manageable disease rather than a sin.

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Developmental Disability: A Curse in the Ancient Era

A blessing for developmentally and intellectually disabled people in the world today is that most of the general population believe in keeping an open mind and their attitude towards disability guided by a tolerant and informed perspective. With the rise of technology, people are more aware than ever. Almost every country has organizations and laws in place that allow disabled people to lead respectful lives. A meaningful life was not always the case, and the harsh plight of disabled people only began to look up a few decades ago.

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Common Warning Signs of Dyspraxia in Teenagers

An adolescent was already in a tough stage of his life, but when it comes to a teenager with Dyspraxia, it becomes even more difficult as all his actions are related to emotional, physical and educational needs. For them even more love, care, understanding and attention are required by the parents, teachers and friends. The condition may result in frustration, low self-esteem and impulsive behavior in the teenager due to inability to do many things like others. They mark dyspraxia symptoms in young Adults (Teenager).

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