Nigeria:Physiotherapists Make Case for Children With Special Needs

[Leadership] Some physiotherapists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have called on governments, at all levels, to assist in training and rehabilitation of children with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism. In an interview with LEADERSHIP, as part of this year's World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day celebration, an occupational physiotherapist, Agbapuonwu Vivian, frowned that Nigeria government is not doing anything at the moment to assist in the training of children affected by cerebral
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ConclusionsInitial evaluation suggests that QI-Disability is a reliable and valid measure of quality of life across the spectrum of intellectual disability. It has the potential to allow clearer identification of support needs and measure responsiveness to interventions.
Source: Quality of Life Research - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe findings suggest that the stigma associated with parenting a child with disabilities may be one mechanism that places such parents at risk for poor health. Efforts to alleviate the stigma associated with developmental disorders or mental health problems may have beneficial effects on health of parents of individuals with such conditions.
Source: Social Science and Medicine - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, EarlyView.
Source: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities - Category: Disability Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effects of instruction on single-word reading of individuals who use aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). A systematic search identified nine single-case experimental design studies that involved 24 individuals who used aided AAC. Overall, the evidence indicated that instruction had positive effects on reading at the single-word level for individuals across ages and diagnostic categories (i.e., autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP), Down syndrome, and intellectual disability). The studies revealed that these effe...
Source: Augmentative and Alternative Communication - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Augment Altern Commun Source Type: research
This report would examine developments at the state and federal-level, court cases, and current views from stakeholders. Policy Questions Which states have PAS laws and what do those laws provide? What protections against abuse of PAS?What have the Supreme Court and lower courts held regarding individuals’ rights under PAS laws? The laws themselves?Is there evidence that persons with disabilities are being denied treatment by insurance companies but offered PAS instead, as NCD predicted?How is PAS viewed by disability organizations? Has this evolved in the past 13 years? If so why? If not, why?Are persons with disabi...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: A student-mentored community-based exercise program feasibly engages youth with disability in community-based exercise. Implications for Rehabilitation A 12-week community-based student-mentored exercise program for youth with disability is feasible. Exercising in a real-world setting with a student mentor has a positive effect on physical and psychological well-being of youth with disability. PMID: 29343130 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Abstract Close to 750,000 youth with special health care needs transition to adult health care in the United States every year; however, less than one-half receive transition-planning services. Using the "F-words" organizing framework, this article explores life course outcomes and disparities in transition-aged youth with disabilities, with a special focus on youth with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Despite the importance of transition, a review of the available literature revealed that (1) youth with disabilities continue to have poor outcomes in all six "F-words" domains (ie, fu...
Source: Pediatric Annals - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Pediatr Ann Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of disabilities in the child protection system suggests a need for awareness of the scope of issues faced by these children and the need for interagency collaboration to ensure children’s complex needs are met. Supports are needed for families with children with disabilities to assist in meeting the child’s health and developmental needs, but also to support the parents in managing the often more complex parenting environment.
Source: PEDIATRICS - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Children With Special Health Care Needs, Child Abuse and Neglect Article Source Type: research
Publication date: September 2016 Source:Research in Developmental Disabilities, Volume 56 Author(s): Melissa K. Ainsworth, Anya S. Evmenova, Michael Behrmann, Marci Jerome For students who have severe and multiple disabilities including intellectual disability, complex communication needs, physical and/or sensory disabilities, and autism, there are many barriers to literacy acquisition. The purpose of this study was to teach letter-sound correspondence to small groups of students with significant intellectual disabilities and comorbid communication disorders using the ALL (Accessible Literacy Learning) curriculum. Th...
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
One of my challenges in working with patients suffering from addictive illnesses is to help increase their motivation to stick with a long-term recovery plan. This is a significant challenge for many reasons, especially because the disease of addiction affects the brain's ability to value long term recovery. The one exception to this difficulty, in many cases, is when a female patient gets pregnant. I have witnessed women who struggled for years with an addictive illness discover they are pregnant and, when the pregnancy is wanted, are able to make incredible strides in their recovery. They are often able to maintain sobri...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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