Benefits of Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dogs

For those of you who know me, I can imagine you are thinking “of course she would write an article like this”…. But really. I’ve heard from many parents that there are therapy dogs that visit the schools on occasion and how wonderful of an experience it is for their children. While many may think…

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Comforting Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Soup

Alright, so it’s getting pretty cold out and we’ve already had our first snow, which for me, means that it’s officially time to start making soups! There’s something so comforting about a hot bowl of soup in the winter and I have the perfect recipe to start the season! Italian Orzo Spinach Soup **recipe from…

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Two Main Reasons WHY Your Child Might Navigate Stairs UNSAFELY

Stair Navigation

I was inspired to write about navigating stairs after one of my recent marathon runs but specifically my one in Corning, NY. The day after my 26.2 miles, I decided it would be a great idea to hike…😃 So…that’s where this leads me. I was sore, my muscles didn’t want to work properly and I…

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A Valuable Lesson – Research is Key

Research

When thinking of the future for a child with Cerebral Palsy or any disability, it can be scary. Daunting, even. A series of thoughts can go through one’s mind: denial, immediate future, long-term future, and maybe even thoughts of a cure. For Cerebral Palsy, there is no cure, although for people with Spastic Diplegia or…

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Breakthrough Eats: Lasagna Rollups

Cheesy Veggie Lasagna Rollups Veggies, veggies, veggies!  Personally, I love ‘em, but I know that not everyone does…especially kids.  I’ve heard from so many parents that fitting vegetables into their kids’ diet can be a daunting task. So how do you do it?  Hide them? Slather them in butter and cheese to make them more…

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Melissa’s Journey

Melissa

Melissa is one of our clients here at Breakthrough. She is an amazing, determined, and motivated woman who has inspired us since the day we met her. She wanted to share her story here and we thought you may find it inspiring too! We thank Melissa for her contribution and for sharing her unique point…

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Yummy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Tacos

We’re officially in the Fall season and although we’ve only had a few days of cooler weather, I am ready to trade my grill in for the crockpot!  When I get home from a long work day, I have no motivation to start cooking a meal, which is why I love crockpot meals.  They’re super…

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Resources for Adaptive Clothing AND Shoes!

Adaptive Footwear

I’ve been talking with some parents who needs new shoes for their child to fit with the good ‘ol clunky and wide AFOs. Are you also one of those parents that have trouble finding shoes? Well, I recently sent a few of my families over to this site:  >>Nike Fly Ease<< BEFORE you click… here’s what…

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What Did You Say? Body Awareness

What is body awareness? I have this discussion all of the time with parents…especially in evaluations when describing observed movement patterns and mobility in the environment. I was recently describing what this term meant to a parent after noticing her hypotonic/“low tone” daughter was stumbling when trying to walk around and navigate the gym environment.…

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Yoga For Neurologic Conditions

Yoga

So I am pretty certain that you reading this knows what yoga is, or you have a pretty general idea. And no, putting on a pair of yoga pants doesn’t mean “you do yoga”…if that was the case, I would have been doing yoga every single day for a veryyyyy long time. It’s what many…

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