January - February 2006 • Genetic Disorders
Volume 13, Issue 1

Treating Cavitt
Family Perspective on Coping with Therapy for a Blind Child
Part I By William F. Cavitt; Part II By Nelson, PT, with Kathleen Majka, MS/CCC/SLP; and Stacy Thomas, OT/L
As an infant, Cavitt was diagnosed with bilateral microphthalmia, low tone, and developmental delay. His grandfather and therapy team talk about how his family and his therapists have helped Cavitt become a happy, healthy child despite his blindness. Click for more

Chiari Malformation Type I
Diagnosis and Treatment
By Gina M. Best, PT, MS, NCS
CMI is characterized by a wide range of clinical manifestations from mild headache to severe sensory and motor disturbances and/or brainstem-related symptoms. This variability in symptoms may result in the assignment of an incorrect diagnosis such as multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, or fibromyalgia. Click for more

Infant Movement Repertoires
What Ever Happened to the ATNR (and all its reflex buddies)?
By Janet Howle, PT, MACT
Back in the old days, therapists and physicians describing babies’ movements focused primarily on the reactions (reflexes) that were elicited through the sensory system. As the Bobath’s had more opportunity to observe typically developing babies and children with less severe impairments, they became aware of the artificial nature of reflexes in infants and adults. Click for more

Therapy Talk: The Gift of Speech
Nine Big Questions about Alternative and Augmentative Communication
By Patti Murphy
The tens of thousands of individuals around the world are unable to speak and must rely on some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to express themselves. Here are some of the big questions that arise as an individual prepares to adopt an AAC system to serve as his or her voice. Click for more

President’s Message
Hats Off to the Caregivers: How Can We Help?
By Wendy Drake-Kline
Relationships can be difficult under the best of circumstances, let alone when illness, fatigue, and the ramifications of motor, emotional and cognitive disability are thrown into the mix of family communications and interactions. Caregivers demonstrate incredible patience and tolerance. Click for more

By-Laws Change: Your Vote Needed NOW!
Please vote on the following by-laws change
A Message from NDTA
Read up and download the ballot to vote. Click for more

Congratulations to...
Kim Westhoff: Regi Boehme Scholarship winner
Congratulations to NDTA™ Instructor Candidate, Kim Westhoff, OT who has been awarded the Regi Boehme Scholarship Award for 2006! Click for more

NDTA Financial Report
State of the NDTA Pocketbook
By Linda Markstein, NDTA™ Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.” —Henry Ford (1863-1947) Click for more

NDTA on a Roll!
A snapshot of our accomplishments in 2005.
Message from the board Click for more

A heartfelt thank you from NDTA to all the members and other industry professionals who made financial donations to NDTA in 2005. Click for more

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