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The Importance Of Strength Training In Children With Down Syndrome

The Importance Of Strength Training In Children With Down Syndrome Down Syndrome is a chromosomal or genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21, trisomy 21. Individuals with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21 rather than two like their neurotypical peers.  Children with Down Syndrome have physical and …

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hydrotherapy for children

Hydrotherapy for Children

Hydrotherapy for Children Aquatic emersion or “Hydrotherapy” has been used as a holistic alternative therapy for centuries. Hydrotherapy can target general aches and pains of the body as well as aid in the management of many chronic conditions and diseases.  At COM our Accredited Exercise Physiologists utilise the warm water environment to provide therapeutic benefits …

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Cerebral Palsy and Intensive Therapy

Rotorua toddler Greer Rodda was born with a severe brain injury. Her vision is impaired and she will probably need to use a wheelchair or walking aids. Her parents, Jacque and Thomas, have seen ‘amazing results’ with her neurological development with intensive therapy.

Occupational therapy and Functional Hand Use

Occupational Therapy Functional Hand Use Childhood disabilities have historically been approached with a focus on ‘fixing’ impairments, often driven by societal expectations. For example, in conditions like Cerebral Palsy, the goal has been to equalise functionality. However, a new perspective is emerging, challenging the traditional definition of health and emphasising adaptability and self-management as key …

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How “The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk,” by Karen Pape changed our practice.

How “The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk,” by Karen Pape changed our practice.

How “The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk,” by Karen Pape changed our practice. Karen Pape, MD, is a pioneer, rightly demanding that colleagues integrate the new science of brain plasticity as it applies to children with neurological disorders. She speaks of starting a REVOLUTION… that following a stroke up to 30 percent of …

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