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December 2014

Volume 7 No. 2


Pg. 1

Improving Communication

Between You and Your

Special Needs Child

Pg. 2

How to Recognize If

Your Child Has Physical

Development Delay

Pg. 3

3 Teas that Help Reduce

Anxiety Naturally

Pg. 4

Health Holiday Recipe

Pg. 5

Our Brand New VitaPlus








Health in Motion director Natan

Gendelman talks about improving the

communication between you and your

special needs child.

I do not make any distinctions between

children who are special needs

and those that we call regular children.

All kids are special; the only difference

is that those who undergo normal development

explore their environment

on their own. Parents will teach them

not to do certain things (i.e. touching

a hot stove, playing with an electrical

socket, etc.), but for the most part,

these children will discover the world

by themselves. However, this is not

the same for children who are developmentally


Every special needs child is different,

and the degree to which they are

limited cognitively and physically will

vary. But in general, these kids may

have trouble discovering and interacting

with the world and people around

them. As a result, they may have a hard

time communicating with others.

So how can you begin to foster good

communication and encourage your

child to be independent in interacting

with their environment? I tell the

parents of my patients at the LIFE

program that communication always

starts with eye contact. Always ask

your child to look at you while you are

talking. Use simple instructions like,

“Turn to me. Look at me.” This is where

independence starts. Begin to develop

a vocabulary with your child by asking

simple questions. “Do you want to

wear the red shirt or blue shirt today?”

And show them which color belongs

to which shirt. By giving choices and

asking questions, you start to develop

communication between you and

your child. Start with simple questions

and then move on to more complicated

ones. By doing this, you can start

to develop an understanding of what

your child wants and why. It is through

the small and seemingly unimportant

directions like, “Look at me,” that communication

is built up.

When I teach my special needs patients

how to roll for the first time, I always

ask, “Where am I?” And proceed

to tell them where I am.

For example, “I’m on your left side.”

They don’t understand orientation

yet, so you must spend an enormous

amount of time showing them through

repetition. Your directions should be

very simple, explicit, and consistent.

Lastly, it is important to tell them

why you are asking them to move. In

the clinic it would be something like,

“Please roll to the left side, because

we are learning how to roll.” At home,

“Please roll to the table because we’re

going to eat now.”

Fostering good communication between

yourself and your special needs

child early on is so important. Not only

will they be able to express what they

want, but they will also be encouraged

to try things on their own and be more



Maggie receiving treatment at the

LIFE Program at Health in Motion.







As a parent, it’s natural to worry about

your child developing normally. Especially

when comparing your child with

other kids: For example, “Her brother

was crawling by this time, why can’t

she?” Please remember that every

child is different, and will

develop at different paces.

However, it is important

to be aware of the ‘red

flags’ associated with developmental


Here are some warning

signs to look out for:

• At 2 months: When

picking up your child, they

should be able to bring

their head forward. In a

developmentally delayed

child, their head will move

backwards because they are not able

to hold it up.

• At 2 months: If they are arching

their back and neck away from you

while being held.

• At 4 months: Watch how your child

mimics others and if they react to people

around them. If they don’t smile,

react, or try to copy others’ expressions

and movements, this may be a

sign of developmental delay.

• At 6 months: If your child is constantly

keeping their hands closed and

fisted. Also if they don’t try to grasp for

toys and have difficulty opening their


• At 7 months: They are unable to support

their head when they are helped

into a sitting position. They don’t grasp

or reach for their toys.

• At 9 months: They are unable to sit

without support. Normally developing

children will generally begin crawling

around this time and be able to stand

up by holding onto something.

• At 12 months: They are not crawling

and can’t stand by holding onto something.

You can find a more complete and

detailed list of warning signs here:


Please be aware

that this is a very general timeline,

and every child will vary in terms of

when they hit their developmental

milestones. If your child seems to exhibit

any of these signs, then consult

your doctor or a pediatric neurologist

so they can be assessed. Even if there

is no problem, it’s always better to err

on the side of caution.

“If your child happens to be diagnosed

with developmental delay, you

must understand that the diagnosis

is not a label. This is just a title for the

symptoms that the child is exhibiting.

As a therapist, it gives me certain information

to keep in my head so I can

lead this patient out from what he has.

CP and developmental delay is not a

life sentence. No one can predict your

child’s future.” –Natan Gendelman,



1) Soothes throat irritation and cough: In one study, eating buckwheat honey was more effective than dextromethorphan

(a cough suppressant) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine) in helping 139 children in relieving

their nighttime cough. It even improved their sleep! (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/medicinal-uses-of-honey?page=3)

2) Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties: The enzymes found in honey produce hydrogen peroxide,

which is a natural antibacterial agent. Honey has also been shown to effectively fight food-borne pathogens like E.

coli and salmonella, as well as many other bacteria. Because of its unique properties, eating honey may also be a

good treatment for stomach ulcers and food poisoning!

3) Allergy Relief: Exposure to small amounts of flower pollen naturally found in unpasteurized honey may help

build up the body’s immunity to seasonal allergies. Try taking two teaspoons of honey daily up to 6 weeks before

allergy season kicks in to help combat bad reactions. For serious allergic conditions, you should always consult

your doctor.



Have you been under a lot of stress

lately? Whether it’s meeting a new

deadline at work, kids misbehaving at

school, relationship troubles, or just

general apprehension about the future,

it’s perfectly normal for everyone

to feel the anxiety jitters from time to

time. However, if you find that your

anxiety symptoms continue to persist,

consider adding these natural

herbal remedies to your diet to soothe

your nerves.

• Chamomile: For centuries, chamomile

has been used as a medicinal

herb to treat a variety of conditions

such as eczema, rheumatic pain, indigestion,

etc. It was also regarded

as an effective sedative to treat anxiety,

hysteria, and even sleep problems

such as insomnia. A recent study has

shown that chamomile significantly

calms the human body by relaxing

its blood vessels and smooth muscle

fibers. Another 2009 study by the

University of Pennsylvania School of

Medicine found that patients diagnosed

with generalized anxiety disorder

(GAD) who were treated with

chamomile extract for 8 weeks experienced

a significant reduction in their

GAD symptoms compared to patients

who did not receive chamomile extract


• Lavender: Used in the ancient baths

and homes of Greece and Rome,

this herb has a long history of being

used to help remedy a wide range of

conditions including insomnia, anxiety,

depression, upset stomachs, and

headaches. Lavender is widely used

as an aromatherapy treatment for its

calming and sedative properties (this

is why you may find some doctor’s

office waiting rooms scented with lavender

oil), but it can also be made

into a tea. In a study published in the

International Journal of Phytotherapy

and Phytopharmacology, researchers

found that lavender administered orally

to adults with GAD effectively reduced

anxiety symptoms just as well

as lorazepam, a common medication

used to treat anxiety disorders. Since

there is no potential for substance

abuse with lavender, researchers concluded

that it could be a good alternative

to using certain medications.

• Peppermint: The menthol present

in peppermint leaves acts as a natural

muscle relaxant, which is excellent

for soothing the body when it is under

a lot of tension. It has been used to

treat stress induced headaches and

migraines, anxiety, nausea, diarrhea,

indigestion, and even symp toms of

the common cold and flu. According

to the University of Maryland Medical

Center, some studies suggest that

peppermint may have antibacterial,

antifungal, and antiviral properties.

When preparing these anxiety-reducing

teas, always use loose tea leaves

for best results! Also, consult your

health care provider if you are on any

medication before taking any herbal

supplements to prevent unwanted

side effects. And remember, it’s also

important to treat anxiety disorders

with a healthy lifestyle (nutritious diet

& exercise); surrounding yourself with

people who love and support you; and

consulting a therapist to learn proper

coping mechanisms.



People whose diets are rich in

potassium may be less prone to high

blood pressure. Besides reducing

sodium and taking other hearthealthy

steps, eat potassium-packed

picks such as bananas, cantaloupe,

and oranges.

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to contactu us. We hope you enjoyed this issue!

-The Health in Motion Team



Baked Stuffed Apples (4 servings)

Duration: 35 minutes


-4 apples (choose your favorite organic kind!)

-one handful of nuts, roughly -chopped (use your favorite


-one handful of dates, roughly chopped

-one handful of raisins

-one handful of figs, roughly chopped

-¼ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

-2 tablespoons of unpasteurized -honey for sweeter taste



Photo credit: Morsels Minus

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Slice off the top of the apples and scoop out the center

and seeds for each, so there is a hole where you can

place the filling. Should look something like an apple cup!

3. Save the apple bits you scooped out, chop them

up, and toss with the nuts, dates, raisins and figs in a

separate bowl with honey.

4. Stuff each apple hole with the honey-coated nuts,

apples, dates, raisins and figs.


“Since we’ve been

coming here, Poppy

has made so many

improvements and

has learned to do so

much. When we first

came 2 years ago,

Poppy’s movements

and skills were very

limited. She couldn’t

roll, she couldn’t pick

things up, she couldn’t

hold things, and she couldn’t sit without throwing herself

back. Now she can roll, she can hold things, use her

hands, and she can sit with minimal support. She’s almost

crawling, she can stand, and can even take steps with

support. The LIFE Program has taught Poppy so much and

she is now on her way to crawling, something we didn’t

think would ever be possible.”

-Haley Lyons, Poppy’s mother

Mini Program

For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke

Frequency: 2 times a week, 2 hours/day

Duration: Ongoing as needed

Maxi Program

For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke

Frequency: 5 times a week, 4.5 hours/day

Duration: 4 weeks

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