occupational therapy

Keeping creative expression alive

posted on May 1, 2008 - 4:13pm
No matter how you look at it, the losses associated with the progression of ALS are always difficult and hugely significant. For artists, this loss goes beyond the inability to make a living or participate in a favorite hobby. Painting, writing, singing, playing music and other art forms are artists’ means of expressing themselves, thereby releasing their internal stressors and emotional energy.
posted on January 1, 2008 - 2:58pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 1
If you have a neuromuscular disease, is there anything more energy-draining than taking a shower or bath?

Getting your child to go with the flow

posted on July 1, 2006 - 4:42am
QUEST Vol. 13, No. 4
A wise teenager once said, “I think in order to motivate people, you have to kind of know how they work, and it’s different for every person.” Krista Fincke of Tarpon Springs, Fla., has experience with not wanting to do physical therapy (PT), take her medications or wear her ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs).

In the beginning — even before there was a Muscular Dystrophy Association — there was a clinic

posted on February 1, 2003 - 2:04pm
Located within New York Hospital, the clinic was established in the 1940s by Ade Milhorat as the country’s first laboratory and hospital care facility for study and treatment of people with muscular dystrophy. In 1950, Milhorat and a group of affected families — led by businessman Paul Cohen — formed the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America (MDAA). That year the group pledged $19,000 in...

Skills for school and play

posted on November 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
ln vol. 6, no. 5, we described occupational therapy for adults ("Skills for the Job of Living"). This story looks at OT for children, whose "jobs" are different and whose developing brains need special attention. I think we were in a big denial," says Faith Varcadipane of Satellite Beach, Fla., when she talks about the first year of her son's life.

Skills for the job of living

posted on September 30, 1999 - 5:00pm
This article, the first of a two-part series, focuses on occupational therapy for adults, in which the emphasis is on entry into or return to work, and social and self-care activities. Part 2 will discuss occupational and related therapies for children, in which the emphasis is on school, play and promoting physical and psychological development.