Disabilities in Children and the Loss of Spirit Causing It

This may be hard for parents to accept, but the Great Spirit of the Universe is the healer and those who seek to come to it in truth are healed. This has been my experience as my reincarnation and strong link to it has led to a commission to tear down the wall of deceit and bring in the harvest. We are at the end of the day and things are changing fast as signs of it. Miracle healings are everywhere and are an everyday occurrence for those opening their hearts and minds to the truth.

Religions and institutions that rob people of their link to the Spirit are to blame for the events of today. They block out the truth through the wall they have built up and strengthened and it is the source of blindness and the cause of disease and handicaps.

Those who are worship up in religious worship of false gods are being punished by God's retribution against them and one way to do that is through their children. Time and again when little ones so afflicted with a disability are supported by parents heavily involved with their church or with other false gods.

When Constantine established the Catholic Church in 325 AD and put up the image of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World he literally cut off the path to healing. Those who follow in his footsteps have done likewise and the retribution of God is often in the form of hurting through the children. In today's events the images of parents standing over the bodies of their children leave me cold when I see their religious background.

Spiritual healing can be instant and it has brought many to their senses as they realize the evil they have engaged in. There is a warning about this in the prophecies in the Old Testament that few can understand because the New Testament, compiled and written by Jerome in the 4th CAD, buried them.

“These two things will come in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood; … for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.” Isaiah 47: 9

Prayers written by men are enchantments and sorceries are rituals performed in the name of the false gods. They leave a mark on those who engage in them and the loss of Spirit follows. Many children are cured once their parents know the facts.

A man who attended a talk one evening arrived the next day quite distracted. His adult son was in a wheel chair as he suffers from Cerebral Palsy. He was cared for by his aging parents and the drag on them shown. During the course of the evening he was touched by Spirit power and now needed to know if his religion was the reason his son was in that state. He confided that he is Catholic but he willingly tossed everything aside for the chance of healing.

Only when the heart is pure and reaching to Spirit for truth and connection does God respond. That is something parents need to think about when it comes to their handicapped children.

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Improving Communication With Your Child With Learning Disabilities (Part 1)

Effective communication is an important characteristic of strong, healthy families. Research identifies communication as an essential building block of strong marriage, parent-child, and sibling relationships. Effective communication in general can be difficult for so many families; Fortunately it is a skill that can be worked upon. Communication skills which include empathy, reflective listening, and positive feedback are important for effective and successful communication with your child.

An open dialogue between you and your family members allows for support, clarification and sharing information more easily making it for a happier home at the end.

Specific Ways to Improve Communication

As simple as it may be – the first suggestion is “believe in your child”. Parent's attitudes about their children and their abilities have a powerful effect on how children view themselves.

If you view your child as someone who is capable and responsible, that child usually has similar views. However, children who do have learning disabilities many times have parents who view them as fragile, needing help, scared and other more negative characteristics. Children absorb that negative view too easily and many times can be easily accepting of low achievement and not wanting to try without help or try at all. That is where if you believe in your child, you are modeling the behavior for them to believe in themselves. If a child feels capable and accepts themselves for who they are, they are more willing to listen and follow through with what is being communicated to them.

It is important to find your child's strengths and play on those.

It is so easy to focus on the weaknesses our children have because we want them to be the best possible. If we even look at the word “learning disability”, it has the word “disability” that implies the child is disabled in some way and can not do something or somethings well. It is so easily forgotten that each child with a learning disability has some real interest, and unique attributes and characteristics about them that need to be focused upon.

Many times that attribute may be that child's energy and enthusiasm. Several children with learning disabilities excel in the arts, drama, music and other creative endeavors. Many of these children are imaginative. It is important to discuss the strengths that your child has on a daily basis with him or her on what they did well. When a child feels that they excel at something, they are able to “hear” things parents are saying more so. Conversations can go easier and smoother when a child feels good about themselves.

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Are You A Brain Injury Accident Victim?

Far too often, car incident victims incur severe brain injuries. Symptoms of serious brain damage may not be immediately apparent, but may start to show well after the victim has received medical treatments. If a victim starts to show any brain damage symptoms which are a result of a car accident, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney to help you with your potential case. After explaining the situation to the attorney, he or she will advise you on how to go about proceeding and whether or not you have a good shot at winning a personal injury lawsuit. By negotiating on your behalf, you may be able to receive monetary compensation and reach a settlement for current and future medical expenses. Your settlement may also include ongoing physical therapy sessions and a monetary amount for the pain and suffering you experienced.

You do not have to unnecessarily hit your head to incur a brain injury. A quick jerking to the body caused by a severe impact can result in this type of injury to a car accident victim. The compensation a victim should receive for brain injury after a car accident is normally higher than other types of personal injury compensation. However, a lot of work has to be put into such a lawsuit. It is important, therefore, to get the best accident lawyer there is to help you with such a case. The time to place a brain damage claim can be very limited. So seeking legal advice should be done immediately once a victim starts to show brain damage signs or has received a diagnosis of a brain injury.

The injury lawyer will carefully take you through the whole process, but it may not be a quick case. While it is understood to want the shortest time possible, with head injury accident victims, time may need to be given to proper evaluations and waiting to see the full extent of the damage caused in the accident. This is because if the injury is critical, the victim's life may never be the same again. Therefore, the settlement process could be very long and quite complicated. The injury lawyer works on the case right from the start, dating back to when the accident occurred. It is important to educate yourself on brain injury claims even before seeking legal advice. The accident lawyer will help you file a personal injury claim and gather all of the necessary resources needed. If the victim has a high probability of winning the case, a settlement more than likely will be reached before going to an actual trial.

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ADD Education – The Key To Understanding Your Own Unique Brain Wiring

One of the brain disorders common to childhood is ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a condition where the brain is delayed to mature which makes it difficult for a child to finish tasks and build good relationship with other children. ADHD may continue to adulthood with hyperactivity less but still with difficulty in paying attention.

While it is normal for growing children to be hyperactive, impulsive or inattentive, these behaviors occur more often to those diagnosed with ADHD. Symptoms of inattention may include daydreaming, inability to follow instructions, not listening, easily distracted, confused and bored with tasks, forget things, difficulty processing information and the trouble completing assignments. Hyperactivity is diagnosed with constant motion, nonstop talking, trouble sitting still, playing with anything and difficulty doing quiet tasks. Impulsivity is shown through blurting out inappropriate comments, interrupting conversations, and difficulty waiting for things they want.

With the symptoms above, more often ADD can be mistaken for other problems. Some adults think that their children displaying these behaviors have clinical problems and that these are but character flaws that needs action. There is no single test though to diagnose a child if he or she has this disorder. Licensed health professionals must gather as much information as needed. Aside from the child's behavior, family genes, environment factors, school and medical records, and even diet will be studied.

In treating ADHD, some give stimulant medications which can help children improve their focus and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. Side effects of these medications such as irritability, anxiety, reduced appetite, and sleep problems have also been reported.

For adults with this disorder, here are some copying tips:

Write things down when necessary. All the things you need to remember should be written in a notebook which you must carry at all times.

At work or in school, ask people to repeat instructions for you instead of making guess.

Choose to work in a quiet area. Remind yourself with the things you need to do by posting notes. It is better to break large task into small, easy to do tasks.

Organize. Similar things should be stored together so you can easily locate them. Do your routine.

Practice your coping tips daily in order to inject these new habits in your routine.

Therapy perhaps is the most useful tool to cope up with this disorder. Parents and family members must be educated as they are needed to guide and understand children with ADHD . Therapist will be able to teach them how to handle disruptive behaviors and how to encourage behavior changes.

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The Gift of Dyslexia

Today I am a successful leader writer, coach, and speaker, but it has not always been that way. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the 1960's. When my early teachers found that I could not read, I was labeled retarded and segregated from the rest of the class. So, until I was ten years old, I viewed the world from the short bus with my fellow outsiders. Then, in the summer between 4th and 5th grade I met a special education teacher who recognized my dyslexia and taught me to read. That summer was when my world changed. Today, I hold six college degrees including a Master of Science in Information Systems and an Ed.S in Education. After 35 years of followers and leadership experience in the military, industry, and government, along with mentorship from great teachers like John Maxwell, I'm giving back to those who feel they've spent a lifetime stuck on the short bus. The twist is, all of this would not have been possible without the gift of dyslexia.

From an early age I had a talent for pattern recognition or, what is known in the scientific community as perception causality. In other words, I had a keen ability to see when things were fishy, ​​not by looking at the details, but by looking at the big picture. Of course, for years I did not know that my way of viewing things was any different than anyone else. It was not until I took the armed forces aptitude tests at age 18 that I started to understand my dyslexia induced gift for spatial recognition. The recruiter was more than a little surprised that a student with a 2.0 grade average maxed out the military's general, mechanical, and electronics exams. The perplexed onlookers continued in college as the kid who flunked basic algebra in high school got top grades in physics and geometry. After completing a decade in the military assembling, dissembling, testing, and maintaining nuclear weapons I went on to another decade as a Special Agent where I excelled in solving investigative counterintelligence and counterrespionage riddles and reading people.

The point is that dyslexia, like many other “handicaps” is not a handicap at all; properly understood, it's a rare gift that can open the doors to great insight and achievement. In a recent interview with the British Sunday Times, a representative of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ – Britain's NSA) noted that the GCHQ employs over 120 dyslexic and dyspraxical individuals specifically for their talents and abilities to process and analyze complex data. Like the dyslexic code breaker Alan Turing (widely considered as the father of modern theoretical computer science), these dyslexic and dyspraxic employees lend their special gifts to the investigation of cybercriminals, foreign spies, and terrorists.

So, the next time you hear someone is dyslexic, do not consider them disadvantaged or handicapped, consider that they may see the world just a bit differently – a gift shared by folks like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci , Ansel Adams, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, George Patton, and even Cher!

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The First Mental Asylum’s for People With Intellectual Disabilities

The first Mental Asylum can be traced back as early as the 5th century in the Middle East. Prior to that, families who had members suffering from mental health disorders just kept their ill relatives at home. Even after the advent of the mental asylum, it was not until the 18th and 19th centuries that urbanization allowed for greater access to these facilities. Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum, built in New York at the beginning of the 19th century, was the first municipal mental hospital in the United States, according to the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The rise of institutional psychiatry began with the emergence of the lunatic asylum, its gradual transformation and temporary replacement by modern psychiatric centers. Previously there existed institutions where the mentally ill or insane were kept, but the invention of the concept of institutionalization as an accurate solution to the problem of lunacy proved to be an event of the nineteenth century.

At the turn of the 18th century, the amount of special institutional care and other provisions for the mentally ill had been extremely limited. While lunacy was viewed majorly as a domestic issue, families and parish authorities were central to regimens of care taking. Parish authorities provided various forms of outdoor relief to such families, which included the provision of parish nurses and financial aid. In cases where family care was not possible, the family member was often “handed over” to other members of the local community or sent to private mental asylums. The parish authorities would also meet the expensive costs of confining such lunatics to charitable asylums such Bethlem, and other correction homes if they were judged to be specifically disturbing or violent.

Although the names and conditions of these Asylums were horrific, change was encroaching. The age of science and reason would soon lead to many more changes in treatment.

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Reach for the Stars: Making Dreams a Reality in Human Services

Early in my career as a Case Manager for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I had the privilege to play a part in turning someone's dream into a reality. The person, we will call Joe, was a huge fan of cooking shows, especially Emeril Lagasse. Each year Joe wanted to see Emeril as he was Joe's favorite Chef and TV personality. During a planning session, Joe and I discussed hs desire to see Emeril. I posed a question asking Joe “What is it about Emeril that you love so much? Joe replied;” Emeril is a star, and everyone loves him. “The wheels began to turn in my head, and I had an epiphany. ask Joe If he would like to have his own own cooking show and be a star himself?

The first thing that we worked on was developing a plan. Joe's home had an open layout with an island between the kitchen and living area. So we settled on this as a perfect location for the show. Next I ask what materials and supplies we would need. Joe committed to making a list of supplies he would need. Joe also said he would come up with a set of menus for his episodes. I had recently purchased a camcorder, so I committed to filming and editing the episodes.

Joe's direct support staff was in attendance at his meeting. After the meeting had ended, she approached me and asked how I was going to make Joe a “Star”. I responded that I could not make Joe, a star alone. I explained that to make Joe's dream a reality we would have to have confidence in him and ourselves. I further explained that being a star was relative to Joe. His version of being a star was what he wanted to accomplish.

At our next meeting, Joe was prepared. He had his menu planned out in detail. He had his materials list ready to go. Joe was very excited. His direct support staff also expressed excitement. Joe said that he wanted to get a new apron and a chef hat to wear during his show. So we added these items to the list of supplies. I ask Joe to make a list of audience members he would like to attend his taping. We finished the meeting by scheduling a time to purchase the materials, supplies, invitations, and practice. Then we set the final show date.

Different task was divided out among Joe and his team. All materials were purchased, and invitations and flyers were sent out. Joe was so excited, and he stated that he could not believe he was going to be a star, just like Emeril. Joe and his support network finalized his script and practiced on delivering his message and preparing his requests. Our trail run was a success, and Joe was ready to tape his episodes in front of a live audience.

The day of the taping Joe was nervous. He said he hoped that people liked his show. Guest began to arrive and take their seats in the audience section. Taping had begun. Joe's Pecan crusted tilapia had turned out fabulously. As he plated the dish, he turned to the audience showing them his masterpiece. He then said, “BAM, It's Done.” The audience stand and erupted in applause. Joe was now a star, and it was all captured on video.

Close to a decade later, Joe still has his video series of cooking shows. It has become a right of passage to see its shows for any new support staff. I have long since moved on to other roles and am no longer Joe's Case Worker. To this day, every time I see him he says there is the man that made me a star. I always remember him that the star was always inside him, and I just captured a glimpse of it on video.

There were many people that made Joe's dream a reality. His direct support professionals were key in helping him stay motivated and providing the support and encouragement he needed. Support staff at first was a relationship, but soon realized that dreams can come true. Especially if we are willing to think outside the box and try. This fond memory is one of the many that I cherish. It reminds me that anything is possible and how much I love being a part of the human service field.

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The Present: Better Times for the Developmentally and Intellectually Disabled

The lives and times of developmentally disabled people began to change for the better during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960. What started off as protests by groups of headstrong and determined individuals, demanding rights for themselves and for others historically turned to to the ultimate turning point in the long history of torture and ill-treatment of the developmentally disabled. A significant change that this movement thought about was awareness among people that the developmentally and intellectually disabled were capable of living life on their terms. They did not require constant medical attention and neither did they have to be institutionalized. Adaptive technology was used to create a world that was better-suited for disabled individuals- one in which they could study, work, travel and care for themselselves independently.

History has shown us that the abuse and disregard for developmentally disabled or mentally retarded individuals in the past greatly stemmed from ignorance. The world today heavily depends on education, science and technology. Education has allowed us to understand disabled people and treat them with compassion instead of looking down upon them with fear or revulsion. Science has allowed us to set up medical treatments for the developmentally and intellectually disabled that are humane and legally appropriate. The disabled are no longer tied to beds, locked up in cellars or treated as guinea pigs for medical experiments. Numerous laws exist that not only protect but also work towards bettering their dignity and health. Technology allows us to create a world that is suited to the needs of disabled individuals so that they do not need to look for assistance for little things like moving from one room to another or simply using the bathroom.

The world that has spent years thoughtlessly abusing the developmentally and intellectually disabled has in the last few decades come a long way. Over the last few years, we have also witnessed witness to the miracles that equal opportunities can do for disabled individuals. Several of disabled people have attained extraordinary heights of success and are paving the way for a future where the developmentally disabled are respected for their strength and confidence instead of pitied for their condition.

Today, people with disabilities live in normal communities with other people of all abilities. The intellectual and developmentally disabled person works at some of the same places and completes the same task as any other person. The disabled are working diligently each and every day to overcome stereotypes and barriers to be recognized as valued and important members of their community.

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The Rise of Medication for Treatment of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The treatment of intellectual and developmental disabilities has a long history that is glaringly characterized by abuse, torture and malpractices. In the ancient era, the developmentally disabled were simply left to die. Caging them, isolating them and abandoning them were common practices since it was generally believed that there was no treatment for such individuals. Later, the concept of institutionalization and hospitalization came about but there was little change in the way people mistreated the developmentally disabled and were repulsed by them. For a long time trepanation and blood letting were considered effective treatments, but patients undergoing such treatments often died. It was not until the 1900's that the world was really exposed to the layout of the disabled and attempted to better their situation. The scientific and medical community spent more time and money researching developmental disabilities, and this was especially noticeable after the Civil Right Movement and the Disability Rights Movement during the 1950's. Psychotropic Medication for Developmental Disabilities is a concept that was closely researched after the mid-1900's and today is perhaps the most widely accepted and effective method for treating a wide range of developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The 1950's are considered the decision of development of antipsychotics. The 1960's were the decade of the antidepressants while the 19070's was the decade of anxiolytics, used for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Mood Stabilizers and Stimulants were successfully created to address a wide range of disabilities including bipolar disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia and narcolepsy. Psychedelics and hypnotics refer to a group of medical drugs that had strong effects on the patient and are consumed only under strict medical supervision. Today, the medical community is researching and working towards a new kind of psychotropic medication; commonly referred to as “second generation” drugs. These drugs are developed to treat specific types of illnesses. Modern Science and technology has allowed scientists to create “second generation” drugs that are much more effective and have fewer side effects than the ones that were earlier administrated to the developmentally disabled.

The hard truth remains that even the most advanced drugs and medication can not completely cure developmental and intellectual disabilities. Psychotropic drugs are administrated for two reasons: either to better a medical condition or to prevent it from getting worse. They can not be expected to cure a severe development disability or illness, but it must be remembered that this is still a great leap from the medical treatments that were being practiced only a few decades ago. Science has been progressing at a fascinating rate, and maybe sometime soon an accurate and effective treatment for severe and sometimes debilitating developmental disabilities will be created.

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The Renaissance: Understanding the Developmentally Disabled

Between the 14th and the 17th centuries, the Renaissance, a period that symbolized rebirth and renewal, saw a significant change in people's perspective towards the developmentally and intellectually disabled. The ill-treatment and disregard towards such individuals by no means ended completely. The disabled were still subjected to forms of abuse, mockery and mental harassment. However, the world was slowly but surely beginning to understand and empathize with the conditions of the developmentally disabled.

The first settlers in American Colonies would prohibit disabled individuals from entering the country, afraid that they would require financial support and would be unable to care for themselves. Even as American colonies shunned the disabled, they could not avoid having disabled babies being born in the colonies. Children who had already settled the colonies would at times to display some form of developmental disability. Ultimately a law was passed that allowed families to provide care and treatment for the disabled within their homes. While a step forward, the individuals were not allowed to be part or interact with their community. The Renaissance was the first time in history that disabled individuals were considered as capable of thinking and learning. Schools and institutions for the disabled were set up through America and Europe, and attempts were made to educate and treat them. Laws were passed that allowed disabled individuals to be educated, but in segregated schools, far from the main cities and towns. Almshouses were created to provide shelter and care for beggars, most of which suffering from some form of disability and the institutionalization of the developmentally disabled, especially those who suffered mental retardation, was encouraged. Most people suffering from intellectual disabilities were sent to such institutions or “correction houses” either for education, treatment or to live their own lives. The first hospital with a separate section for intellectual disabilities and mental retardation was founded in Philadelphia in the year 1771.

Even as the world was slowly awakening to the sight of the developmentally disabled; an attitude of ignorance, disregard and disrespect was still broadly prevalent among the population. Disabled individuals were still not allowed to be a part of the society and the institutions where they were treated inevitably inevitably turned into a place where people could go to stare at them and mock their oddities. At such asylums, institutions and hospitals; the developmentally disabled were kept in cells and displayed to the public; a shameful act that showcased a blatant disregard towards the sight of such individuals and violated their freedom. During these years, the world was beginning to show compassion towards the developmentally and intellectually disabled, yet there was still a long way to go before such individuals were treated with respect instead of mockery and revulsion.

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The Middle Ages: An Era of Widespread Ignorance

Evidences of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities date as far back as the 7000 BC. The percentages of malpractices and ill treatments experienced by the disabled during these early years can be blamed on a lack of scientific knowledge. Aristotle and Plato, two great Greek philosophers, reflected during their time, were both of the opinion that the disabled should not be allowed to live. However, even during the Middle Ages, a time during which scientific thinking was encouraged among the population, the developmentally disabled were still having a difficult time finding a place for themselves in the world.

Attitudes towards the disabled during this time ranged from fear to mockery to absolute loathing and revulsion. Still firmly rooted in religion, the people of the Middle Ages believed that a disabled baby was a curse from the Gods. The much venerated Catholic Priest and Professor, Martin Luther, is himself known to have denounced disabled people as “Filled with Satan” and recommended that they should be killed. As a result, disabled individuals were completely shunned from society and left alone to die. Countless disabled adults and children during this time were whipped or burned at the stake. It is common knowledge that more than a hundred thousand women were accused of being witches and practicing black magic during this period. Many were burned at the stake between 1400 and 1700 AD. A lesser known fact is that evidence indicates that most of these women were known to show some signs of developmental disability. The disability claimed in them being accused of black magic and extremely being killed. During this period of time, a disability was looked upon as a being evil and of the Devil.

During the 1600's, at the time of Queen Elizabeth, most developmentally disabled people were forced to live a life of poverty. The only way they could support them was by begging. The disabled were often mutilated as this made them more believable and successful as beggars. Many of them were looked down upon as a source of mockery and entertainment and had to suffer this embarrassment in return for alms. The developmentally disabled during these years were often referred to as “helpless poor” or “handicap”.

For no fault of their own, except that they were born different from most others, disabled people were termed as idiots, fools and lunatics. During these years, people with disabilities had to surrender to a life of suffering and torture that extremely ended in a painful and untimely death.

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Some Facts About Asperger Syndrome

There are many different stops on the autism spectrum train, where, since 2013 with a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, things like Autism and Asperger Syndrome all fall into one distinct range.

Where Asperger Syndrome was once a subtype of autism, it is now a part of the spectrum and we are learning more and more about it all the time. Asperger Syndrome is named for the Austrian pediatrician who brought it to the forefront as he worked with children who were experiencing autism symptoms and did much research into the disorder. He found that the area of ​​the spectrum that now bears his name was a higher functioning aspect of autism and one with many characteristics and exercises all its own.

Typically, those affected face most of their problems when it comes to social interactions. This means that they have limited or appropriate social interactions, robotic or repetitive speech patterns, challenges in nonverbal communications such as failing to understand gestures and facial expressions and an accessibility to understand emotional and / or social issues or cues. They may also have a problem learning to discuss others rather than always discussing themselves, they may have a lack of eye contact and they may develop an obsession with specific and sometimes unusual topics.

Some people with Asperger syndrome tend to have one sided conversations, not realizing that the people that they are talking to are not listening, have lost interest or have shown using other cues that they need the conversation to stop. They also may have trouble seeing things from another person's point of view, making communication a bit more tricky.

Other things that those with Asperger syndrome tend to display are a restricted range of interests, delayed motor development, and sometimes awkward movements or mannerisms. One thing that is also displayed that is a plus is intense focus on things, as they try to understand or make sense of what they are seeing.

This syndrome greatly goes undiagnosed until people notice a problem or difficulty in school or at work. While you may think you're an introvert or that you just do not like people, or you are anxious or you are worried all the time, you may in fact have Asperger Syndrome. People who are affected can have good relations with people and can hold jobs, go to school and be great members of their community, they just need a bit of understanding from others as to what they are going through.

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More About Downs Syndrome

How to Cope Well with Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is often considered as a lifetime problem, so patients really need a lot of support and to learn coping measures to deal with the different challenges. The response of patients will differ, as well as their personal, mental and emotional ability to handle the new situations. Find out the best approaches that lead to independence and wellness.

Expert Advice

It is important that you consult the professionals first, before determining the proper approaches that lead to a better and healthier lifestyle. You may belong to an online forum or local support group. Start to talk about the situation with others who share the same concerns and sentiments with you. It is important to know that patients' reactions can differ depending on their own personal experiences and abilities.

Find out the most reliable ways and coping measures that worked for most patients. Talk therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitative methods are some of the proven ways. There are also medications that may be prescribed, if other symptoms or conditions are present. These should only be used if truly recommended by the experts.

Help Starts Within

You need to start by finding the right coping measures for yourself to provide full support to your child. You may experience feelings of guilt, fear, shock and disbelief. Take note that your baby is the one who needs the most attention and support at this time. Take charge of your emotions and understand the ways to improve and adjust accordingly. You can start by rearranging the home to offer safety and security for the baby, changing your schedule to provide more time for him or her and knowing the right diet, toys and other tools for independence.

Family Support

Other members of the family should also help during the most critical stages of the child's life. Although milestones may be reached at a later age, every person in the house should contribute to boost overall wellness. If you intend to breastfeed your baby, you should ask your doctor first, since babies with Down syndrome tend to have low muscle tone or hypotonia. They may have difficulty breastfeeding properly. Breastfeeding can actually help in immunity and other functions for the baby.

Siblings can take turns taking care of the baby. Other relatives can also come over to help the child improve social skills and communicating. Take your child to different venues with different people to boost its confidence. The family should coordinate well to meet the needs of the baby until it is ready to do things alone.

Taking It Slowly

The coping techniques need to be incorporated slowly for patients to deal with the challenges and learn to become independent. Do not pressure the patient so much to reach new heights and give compliments and praise for small efforts. Parents should also be kind to themselves and stop blaming the wrong reasons. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that people really do not have any control over.

The effects and symptoms of Down syndrome usually usually a lifetime so individuals and families need to be ready for these. Parents should not also stop themselves from giving birth to more kids because they have a history of the condition. Although it is not entirely impossible, a lot of parents can actually continue giving birth to normal children despite the previous one being afflicted with Down syndrome.

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The Basics On Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is one of those disorders where we still do not know exactly how it happens and there is no known cure. It can occur in pregnancy, during birth or even in the first few months and sometimes even years of life. It is caused by abnormal development somewhere along the way or damage to the part of the brain that controls movement, balance and posture, and although it occurs in 2.1 out of every 1000 live births there are many different types, signs, symptoms and faces to the disorder.

Sometimes it is not evident that a child has cerebral palsy until they get a little older and are not meeting milestones like other babies their age. Babies may not be able to roll over, crawl, sit up unassisted or learn to walk. In other cases, it is evident right away that something is different with a baby with the disorder. They may have poor coordination, stiff or weak muscles and tremors. They may also have seizures and later in life problems with thinking and / or reasoning. While the symptoms may be more noticeable over time (when the baby gets older for example) the disorder does not get worse over time, so parents and therapists can then address what to do for each individual case.

While there is no known cure (yet) for cerebral palsy, there are many supportive treatments like occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy, medications that help to calm muscles and surgery to lengthen muscles or to sever overly active nerves may give the patient more comfort and relaxation within their body.

Parents will usually seek the help of many medical practitioners and therapists and even have a respite workers coming in to be with their child while they do the multitude of other things that need to be done on a daily basis. There are special schools that can accommodate those in wheelchairs and with cerebral palsy and other disorders, and of course a never ending stream of doctor's and specialist's appointments to attend.

Having a child with cerebral palsy or any other disease or disorder can be extremely difficult, but when we gather information we are less likely to fear what we do not know. The next time we see a little guy or girl in a wheelchair or walker a nice smile in their direction is a lot better than gawking or whispering. They are getting out there and conquering their affliction and they need all the support they can get.

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All About Spina Bifida

One of the most common disorders that children are born with is spina bifida. The name means split spine and it comes with a wide array of symptoms, from barely any at all to a form so severe it means that a patient may never walk.

Just fifty years ago, only 10% of babies with spina bifida made it past their 1st birthday. Today, that number has grown as we research ways to either avoid it happening in the first place or better treat those who are afflicted.

Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect, meaning that it is a problem involving the brain and spinal cord. Many with the disorder also have hydrocephaly which may require a shunt to drain the excess spinal fluid out of the brain. Although there are various types, the main category is myelomeningocele or 'open' spina bifida where there is an obvious hole caused by the incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord during gestation. It can not be cured but instead surgery and therapy is required to deal with the symptoms that may include leg deficiency, orthopedic abnormalities, poor kidney function, pressure sores and skin irritation.

There are some cases of spina bifida occulta that may go unnoticed for a lifetime. Here there is no obvious hole in the lower back or anywhere else, there may be a dimple, a dark spot, swelling or a hairy patch where the problem is, but it is so minor that many may not even notice. This is the 'hidden' form of the disorder and usually does not bring any significant challenges with it.

The meningocele type lies somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. It brings with it mild problems and is usually detected by a sac of fluid present at the gap in the back. Much study is still ongoing relating whether or not fetal surgery is better than waiting until the baby is born to close the opening. Tests like amniocentesis can check for spina bifida while the baby is still in the womb.

This disease can not be cured, but the symptoms of it can range wildly from one child to the next. With more research and study there may be hope for the future of the disorder, but until then we need to give kids affected by spina bifida all the support and help that they will need to ensure they live a fulfilling life.

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