There is overwhelming evidence that social factors have profound influences on health. Children are particularly sensitive to social determinants, especially in the early years. Life course models view health as a developmental process, the product of multiple gene and environment interactions. Adverse early social exposures become programmed into biological systems, setting off chains of risk… Read More »»
OBJECTIVE: This self-directed learning module highlights the equipment and assistive technology needs of children and youth with disabilities. This article specifically focuses on preparing families and patients for equipment transitions that occur over the course of childhood and adolescence including progressing from stroller to wheelchair to powerchair, as well as job training and use of… Read More »»
Participation in recreational and competitive sports at an early age has long been touted as a positive influence on growth and development, and for fostering lifelong healthy lifestyles. The benefits of an active lifestyle include not only fitness, but the promotion of a sense of inclusion and improved self-esteem. These benefits are well documented in… Read More »»
OandPBusinessNews (orthotics and prosthetics) Format Online news article This article is geared toward families of children with spina bifida and the practitioners who work with these children. It states that at least 50% of children with spina bifida have a likelihood of being overweight beyond age 6, and from adolescence through adulthood more… Read More »»
“Disability/Condition: Children with Disabilities and Obesity” National Center for Physical Activity and Disability Format On-line fact sheet This fact sheet states that children with disabilities are at an even greater risk for obesity than children in the general population because of their sedentary lifestyle. It describes the many medical problems that may arise… Read More »»
A pilot study of quality of life in children with cerebral palsy after intensive body weight-supported treadmill training.
PURPOSE: This pilot study was designed to examine the effects of a 2-week program of intensive body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) on clinical measures of perceived health-related quality of life and fatigue in children with cerebral palsy. METHODS: Six children with spastic cerebral palsy (aged 6-14 years; all classified as Gross Motor Function Classification System… Read More »»