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Interactive Games for Young Children
Everyone loves to play, including babies and young children with disabilities that limit their mobility. Interactive movement games engage young children, gently exercise their muscles, teach them about social interactions, and help you to have fun together. Get started with a couple of examples.
Influenza and Neuromuscular Disease
Individuals with neuromuscular disease are considered to be at high risk for complications from influenza. Make sure to talk to your physician about influenza and if you should be vaccinated against the flu.
Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains DVD Review
Yoga, a low-impact exercise, has been recommended for individuals with neuromuscular disease. While not specific to neuromuscular disease, the gentle yoga demonstrated in the DVD Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains would be appropriate and beneficial for many individuals with neuromuscular disease.
Handling Grief Over Health Losses
When diagnosed with health problems such as neuromuscular disease, people often experience grief. Learn about the five stages of grief and how they apply to grief over health problems.
Gratitude and Neuromuscular Disease
Gratitude, an attitude of thankfulness, does more than benefit the receiver. In individuals with neuromuscular disease, keeping a gratitude journal was found to improve energy, positive mood, feelings of connectedness, positive rating of one’s own life, and even sleep duration and quality.
Giving an Honest Answer to “How are You?”
I desire close, genuine relationships. Authentic sharing of my truth, even when I experience pain, must be part of that. I cannot foster close relationships while hiding behind empty words such as “fine” when someone asks how I am.
Genetic Testing - To Test or Not to Test?
Many neuromuscular disease diagnoses can now be confirmed by genetic testing. But many facing the decision to test or not to test may have questions about whether or not to pursue genetic testing. These questions may become even more complicated when children are involved.
Fun and Games at the Neuromuscular Diseases Site
While dealing with neuromuscular disease is not fun, that does not mean that people with neuromuscular disease do not like to have fun! That is why, with the help of BellaOnline.com, I have created several entertaining word games and puzzles for you to play at the Neuromuscular Diseases site.
Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) refers to a form of neuromuscular disease in which ataxia is the primary symptom. Bone irregularities, bladder control problems, and sensory problems can also occur. This disease was first described in 1863 by Nikolaus Friedreich.
Free Informational Resources from the MDA
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) offers a variety of free resources about neuromuscular disease. Updated regularly, these resources cover a wide variety of topics related to neuromuscular disease. Many MDA publications are available in Spanish as well.
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