Disability Skills Laboratory update: springing into summer

May 21, 2018 by JoLynne Lyon

sliced watermelon

This month we celebrated many birthdays here at DSL!  Many of our friends had birthdays and we were able to celebrate each birthday. Now that the weather has started to warm up we are all about being outside. We were able to have our first picnic at Willow Park for the season.  We had sandwiches and chips, and watermelon and soda.

We also had a renovation!  We no longer have a ramp coming into the building downstairs—they sloped the cement so it is much easier to get in and out of the building.

We went to the arcade and went bowling, one of our favorite activities.  Some of us went to the movie to see I can only Imagine. It was a great movie!

Now that school is over, we said goodbye to some of our favorite staff.  We will miss Sarah, and McKell.  One of our staff left for China to study abroad for one month; we hope she will have many stories to tell us when she gets back!

We have lots of fun activities planned for May:  We had a barbeque on our quad last week.  We are planning our big field trip to go to the aquarium in Layton on May 25th.

Living Well with Chronic Pain begins June 4 in Brigham City

May 11, 2018 by JoLynne Lyon

Young beautiful woman is drinking carcade tea and looking through the window.People living with chronic pain in the Brigham City area will soon have a free option to learn more about managing their condition. A workshop begins June 4 that helps participants reduce their pain, increase confidence in managing it, decrease emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and increase their quality of life.

Living Well with Chronic Pain is a six-session, evidence-based workshop that teaches management of pain and fatigue, problem-solving, dealing with difficult emotions, effective decision making, communicating with your health care provider, healthy eating and physical activity. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

Living Well with Chronic Pain is part of a suite of chronic disease self-management education programs. They are offered through community partnerships, including the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University and the Utah Department of Health.

The two-and-a-half-hour sessions meet at the Utah State University in Brigham City.To register, call Deanna at 435.723.2171.

Living Well with a Disability starts in 2 northern Utah locations

May 7, 2018 by JoLynne Lyon

Older man, smiling, with sad eyes

A free workshop that promotes reduced health care costs, reduced limitations due to secondary health conditions and better daily living begins this month in two northern Utah locations. Living Well with a Disability begins Monday, May 14 in Ogden and Tuesday, May 15 in Logan.

While the workshop is free, registration is required. Topics include goal setting, problem solving, healthy reactions, beating the blues, healthy communication, seeking information, physical activity, eating well to live well, self-advocacy and maintaining healthy behaviors.

Living well with a Disability is based on the independent living philosophy that emphasizes personal choice, self-determination and peer spport as essential components for living independently in the community. The 10-session event is facilitated by peer-trained instructors.

Living Well with a Disability is part of a suite of chronic disease self-management education programs. They are offered through community partnerships, including the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University and the Utah Department of Health.

To register for the Logan workshop, call Options for Independence at 435-753-5353. For the Ogden series, contact Karen at Roads to Independence at 801-612-3215.

Living Well With a Disability. Mondays and Thursdays, May 14-June 18, Ogden. Registration: Karen @ RTI, (801) 612-3215 Tuesdays May 15-July 31, Logan. Registration: Options for Independence, (435) 753-5353. Living Well With Chronic Pain: June 4-July 11, Brigham City; Registration: Deanna, (435)723-2171

URLEND survey finds future teachers largely unprepared for children on the autism spectrum

May 1, 2018 by JoLynne Lyon

Amanda Hagman, a PhD student in in Experimental and Applied Psychology at USU, presents some of her URLEND group’s findings to participants in 5 states, via teleconference.

When it comes to teaching students on the autism spectrum, a recent survey of future teachers in eight states found most could be better prepared. The preservice teachers were in their third or fourth year. Their average score on the autism knowledge scale was a D.

That’s significant, since the odds are teachers will have a child with autism in their classroom at least once in their careers. According to Autism Speaks, autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States, affecting 1 in 68 children.

The Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities trainees who conducted the survey presented some of their results in the video below. Their project, Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preservice Teacher Preparation, was reported via videoconferencing in five states. The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University is one of several university entities in the URLEND partnership.

The team is now looking to publish their results in an academic journal. During their presentation they advocated for improved teacher training and support.

The URLEND program  brings together graduate students and professionals across many educational and health fields. Multi-state, multi-disciplinary leaders are advised by families who experience disability in their everyday lives. End-of-year projects are one way they learn to approach their professions with an interdisciplinary mindset.  This unique experience is available to trainees in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota.

The autism inclusion leadership project team included Dr. Gwen Mitchell, Faculty Advisor, (University of Idaho); Nikki Baldwin, Education-Early Childhood (Wyoming); Shayne Barker, Occupational Therapy (Utah);  Melissa Crist, Education-Early Childhood (Idaho); Eric Desmarais, Psychology (Idaho); Amanda Hagman, Psychology (Utah).

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop starts May 1

April 16, 2018 by JoLynne Lyon

Grandson is hugging his grandmother looking to the camera

A free series of workshops designed to help people reduce hospitalizations, decrease their pain and symptoms and enjoy life more begins on May 1 in Logan.  Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a six-part workshop developed at Stanford University to help people of all abilities and all ages manage chronic health issues.

This series will also be offered in St. George at a later date.

Benefits of taking this course include increased exercise; ability to do social and household activities; decreased depression and worry about health; decreased symptoms, including pain; increased confidence; and decreased emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Workshops are conducted by two trained leaders; one or both of them are managing their own chronic disease. They welcome anyone with an ongoing condition such as asthma, arthritis, chronic joint pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure, COPD, emphysema, depression, chronic pain or other chronic health concerns.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays from May 1 to June 6, from 2 to 4:30 pm at the Cache Valley Senior Center. To register, call LaDawn at (435) 797-7412 or visit: www.livingwell.utah.gov.

The workshops help participants take an active role in managing their health by giving them the key skills needed to manage any chronic health condition. Family members and others who support people with a chronic health condition are also encouraged to attend.

Topics include:

  • Pain and fatigue management
  • Making an action plan to set and achieve attainable goals
  • Problem solving
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Decision-making
  • Healthy eating
  • Communication skills
  • Working with health care professionals

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is part of a suite of chronic disease self-management education programs. They are offered through community partnerships, including the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University and the Utah Department of Health—Arthritis Program.

For information on other self-management classes around the state, see the information below.

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