USU Conference-Unlocking Your Child’s Potential

May 25, 2010 by cpehrson

Rachel Coleman will perform an interactive show for adults and children learning signing with song.

The Up to 3 Early Intervention Program and other local members of a coalition of organizations called Meeting Challenges and Creating a Healthy, Rich Childhood are hosting a unique conference for parents, care givers, educators and those who work with families.

Unlocking Your Child’s Potential will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the USU Conference Center, Logan, UT from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Morning speakers and workshops are for adults only and include the following topics:  Gifts and Challenges; Child Nutrition and Learning; Behavior; Parent and Family Stress; Childhood Obesity and Picky Eaters; Sensory Processing and Its Effect on Development and Learning, and Fun & Functional Activities to Get Kids “In Sync.”

The afternoon session includes a large expo in the Taggart Student Center International/Sunburst Lounge with fun activities for parents and children in literacy, stress management, physical health, safety, music, art and much more.

The conference will end with an interactive concert by Rachel Coleman, creator of the Signing Time Songs, a series of CDs developed for young children to reinforce the use of sign language in everyday life.

Registration is required and there is a small fee to attend. You can find out more about this Conference and register for it at the Child Resource website.

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Take A Break: and find some balance

May 24, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Here are some suggestions for regaining balance in your life.

This week’s Take A Break thought is about finding ways to boost your physical and mental well-being.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Meditate
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Exercise
  • Eat well-balanced nutritional meals
  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, nicotine,etc.)
  • Develop a consistent sleep routine
  • Take a nap
  • Spend time with others
  • Set realistic goals for yourself
  • Give yourself permission NOT to be super human.

Or list your own favorite way to find that peaceful place inside yourself. How do you find balance? Leave us a comment.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

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Accessibility guide for medical service providers

May 19, 2010 by cpehrson

Accessibility of doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals and other health care providers is essential in providing medical care to all people with disabilities.  Due to barriers, some individuals may not be able to receive routine preventative medical care.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in every day activities, including medical services.  The ADA requires that medical care providers make their services available in an accessible way.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, has issued a new technical assistance publication titled, “Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities” that provides guidance for medical care professionals about the ADA’s requirement to provide accessible health care to individuals with mobility disabilities.

The guide includes an overview of general ADA requirements, commonly asked questions, and illustrated examples of accessible facilities, examination rooms, and medical equipment needed to provide equal and adequate medical care to those in mobility devices.

This guide in available online on the ADA website.

Take A Break: and remember, you can’t do it all.

May 17, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Is your "things to do" basket overloaded? Here are some tasks you can delegate.

This summer, the CPD will begin posting “Take a Break” advice for caregivers of people with disabilities–or anybody who needs a relaxing thought for the week.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

This week’s advice is to remember: You can’t do it all.

So if you feel restless or irritable, your energy is low, you’re unable to sleep or get out of bed, or you feel angry, resentful, frustrated or abandoned, remember the things you can delegate:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Laundry
  • Vacuuming
  • Changing bed linens
  • Preparing  meals or cleaning up
  • Cleaning the bathroom
  • Taking out the trash
  • Taking a family member for an outing
  • Finding respite care

Or you can add your own ideas. Leave us a comment.

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CPD Legacy Story: Heidi Hill

May 17, 2010 by cpehrson

Our next CPD Legacy Story was written by Heidi Hill.  She is 46 years old and attends the Bear River Activity and Skill Center (BRASC),  a program at  the Center for Persons with Disabilities at USU.

BRASC is a day program designed to support adults with disabilities by training and maintaining the skills necessary for their greatest independence and encouraging their inclusion into the community.

By Heidi Sue Hill

My name is Heidi Sue Hill. I like coming to BRASC to see my best buds. I have been coming to BRASC for many years.

When I get to BRASC by bus I get unloaded. I stow my lunch and drink in the fridge until lunchtime. After I do this I have juice and on Tuesdays and Thursdays I watch “The Price is Right”. On Mondays and Wednesdays, and after “The Price is Right” on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I type documents on the computer. My favorite things to write about are rescues, Nancy Drew, and my family.

After the computer I have lunch. After lunch we have group activitieswhich include music/story time, watching movies, food fun where we learn to cook, bowling, rocking out to Nick and friends, and making crafts.

I enjoy writing computer documents, checking my electronic mail, facebook, and watching rescues and Scooby Doo.

BRASC is important to me because I get to learn a lot of different things!

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