An overview on how obesity is particularly present in the special needs community “We feel that the healthy weight issue for people with disabilities is every bit as serious as it is in the general population. There’s an epidemic, an endemic of unheal..
A short collection of stories from parents who are working with their children to work towards healthy weight. Alex is a 12 year old boy with autism who seemed to be a typically developing child until about age 4, when, his mother says, “He kind of fell..
An inexpensive and simple blood test to detect Down syndrome and other birth disorders is currently under research and development. This test could provide an improved alternative to current prenatal tests. (http://www.abilitypath.org/articles/article/hea..
An overview of risk factors that help explain the epidemic of obesity within the special needs community. “There are so many factors that have to be dealt with, particularly when you get into the more severe level of disability where there are physical,..
Down syndrome is a genetic variation that affects one out of 800 to 1,000 babies born in the United States. More than 350,000 people live with Down syndrome in the United States. Although all children are unique in their patterns of development, children ..
Five spheres of influence that can positively affect a child’s weight “It’s not just a matter of the individual making the right choices. We need public policies that support physical activity programs for people with disabilities. We need more inve..
A look at how anti-obesity programs can serve as an integral component in maintaining healthy special needs children. Special Olympics Health Promotion http://www.specialolympics.org/healthy_athletes.aspx Health Promotion, part of the broader Special Olym..
An examination of how obesity factors into particular disabilities “We find that many of the children who are overweight are still malnourished. They have sufficient caloric intake but not sufficient nutrients.” Verna M. Baker, M.S., R.D., L.D. Clinic..
El placer de observar a un niño disfrutar de su comida favorita o pastel de cumpleaños nos es familiar a todos. Las comidas son el momento en que usted puede asegurarse de la nutrición correcta de su niño, para promover la salud y el desarrollo, y es ..
Every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. This is especially true of children with Down syndrome whose rate of development is even more variable. Every time you take your child to the pediatrician, the doctor checks to see how your child ..