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Avoiding Guardianship Fights Over Your Adult Child with Disabilities

Friday, 02 June 2017 11:22

Guardianship Article PhotoLike many older parents of adult children with disabilities, you are probably concerned about what will happen to your child after you are gone. You may have also done extensive planning to make sure your child’s needs are met. You are comfortable that there is a good team in place when needed. So can you rest easily? Unfortunately, not always.

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What's Happening to Services in the DD System?

Friday, 09 December 2016 10:57

Couple 2016The past three years have seen developments which are leading to sweeping, radical changes to the system of services for persons with developmental disabilities (DD). Many families have become confused and anxious about these changes. While we cannot remove anxiety about how the system will evolve over the next few years, we can offer some clarity about why the changes are happening.

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The Importance of Intensive Therapy and the Research Behind It

Friday, 13 May 2016 09:54

UCP-Cleveland-D1-68Twenty years ago, strength training in children with cerebral palsy was discouraged, as it was assumed that it would increase spasticity (tight/stiff muscles and the inability to control them). However, this was not supported by the results of earlier studies, which showed that strength training can actually improve lower-limb muscle strength in children with CP, without increasing spasticity.  Current research supports that intermittent bursts of intensive therapy during development is beneficial to children for them to learn and re-learn movements.

Research shows that time and duration of these bursts can vary and be effective from as little as 45 minutes per session up to three hours per session, and can range from two weeks to 16 weeks. Shorter sessions do not allow for body preparation prior to active functional strength and neuromuscular re-education type activities. While typical, traditional therapies ranging from 45-60 minutes, one to two days per week address these issues, an intensive program has shown to build on current skills and takes clients to another level of function toward independence.

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The Importance of Exercise

Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:09

UCP Blog 3.3.16We are pleased to present the first in a series of blogs written by the staff of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland.

The American Physical Therapy Association initiated a branding campaign around the “Move Forward” motto several years ago. Pediatric physical therapists live this mantra, encouraging infants, children and young adults to move their bodies, explore their environment and be part of their communities.

It is well known that physical activity and exercise is beneficial to our bodies, specifically heart and lungs, brain, muscles, bones and joints and the gastrointestinal tract. Like adults, kids need regular exercise. The CDC recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity per day, including aerobic, strengthening and bone building, with vigorous activity three times per week. Many activities cover more than one type of exercise, and doing them regularly helps children (and adults):

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