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January 2015

Volume 7 No. 3


Pg. 1

Improving Trunk Control

During Child Development

Pg. 2

How to Stay Healthy this


Pg. 3

3 Tips on Adapting Art

Projects for Your Special

Needs Child

Pg. 4

Honey, Garlic, Lemon: A

Natural Cold Remedy Recipe

Pg. 5

Foods to Avoid When You

Have IBS

Pg. 6

Our Brand New VitaPlus






Health in Motion director Natan

Gendelman talks about how to

improve trunk control in your child.

In terms of physical development, the

trunk is the king of the body. In order

to maintain a certain position or to

move properly, we must be able to

control our trunk. Trunk control also

determines how well we hold our head

up and how well we move our hands,

arms, and legs. Since every single system

(digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory,

nervous, etc.) is present in the

trunk, it is also the mechanism through

which we get nutrients to the rest of

the body.

During child development, when a

baby begins to flip from their belly

onto their back and roll from side to

side, they are unknowingly stimulating

their trunk and developing control.

This is why going through the stages

of development is so important for

every infant. All of a baby’s developmental

milestones (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/c25004227/developmental-milestones)

should occur in

order. For example, if your infant can’t

roll properly yet, then their trunk is not

ready to transfer to a more vertical position,

like sitting upright. The same is

true for going from sitting to kneeling.

This requires much control of the trunk,

head, and limbs. In order for your child

to move on to standing, which is a highly

functional position, it will require a

huge amount of balance since they

need to stand on a narrow base of support

(their feet). Each stage of development

prepares a child for the next one.

A good way to help improve trunk

control is by working with your baby

on the floor. Guiding them through

rolling and crawling on the ground before

they’re ready to move into a more

upright position is a great way to start.

It’s important that there’s no fear of

falling down and that your baby feels

comfortable and safe.

Another thing to note when helping

your baby improve trunk control is

that there should be no exercises, only

functions (http://enabledkids.ca/looking-at-the-differences-between-exercise-and-function-in-treatment/).


means you are repeatedly asking

your child to roll over and over again

without any goal in mind. Rather, it

would be better to show them a clear

purpose for why they need to roll. For

example, guiding your baby to roll to

the table, to the bath or to their favorite

toy are forms of complete function. By

guiding your child this way, they will be

encouraged to be more independent

in their daily routine and it will help

improve their trunk control drastically!

Please remember that every child is

different, and so the rate at which they

develop good trunk control will vary.

For children who are born prematurely

or are developmentally delayed, it

may take longer. Your child is capable

of things no one can predict, so try

to remain positive and focus more on

building your child up in their current

developmental stage rather than on

how fast they reach their milestones.





As we welcome the winter weather

into our daily lives we also enter into a

vulnerability to sicknesses. It’s important

to keep in mind what kind of foods

we should consume in order to keep

our bodies healthy so we can prevent

from catching anything that will hinder

us from our day to day schedules.

It’s extremely vital to pay attention to

what kind of foods provide the vitamins

we need and might be lacking as

the seasons come and go.

One thing that many people lack

during this season is Vitamin D which

helps you activate your immune system.

When your body is exposed to a

pathogen, your T cells ( a type of white

blood cell ) extend a receptor to search

for Vitamin D. If you don’t have enough

of it, however, the T cell will not be able

to activate and your immune system

will not be able to take action appropriately.

Vitamin D is also important

for bones, as it can increase calcium

absorption when the body signals that

it needs calcium. Populations with calcium

intakes similar to omnivores in

the United States, vitamin D is more

important than calcium for preventing

osteoporosis. Naturally, a great

source of Vitamin D would be sunlight,

if you have some time but if you don’t,

finding replacements in food is fine

as well. Great examples of sources

of this essential vitamin are portobello

mushrooms and fatty fish such as

salmon and tuna.

Vitamin C is another essential

vitamin to be aware of and unlike Vitamin

D it’s a lot easier to find great

sources of this in foods. Vitamin C

helps protect against immune system

deficiencies, cardiovascular disease,

prenatal health problems and eye disease.

It’s even hailed as one of the

most effective nutrients and higher

levels of Vitamin C may be the ideal

nutritional marker for overall health. If

you’re looking for great sources of Vitamin

C try kiwi and mandarins as both

have high concentrations of it.

Another tip to keep sick free this winter

would be to eat antioxidant rich

foods. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet

is one of the best ways to curb free

radical damage in your body while also

optimizing your immune system. Ideally,

try to include a wide range of fruits

and vegetables in your diet, as this

will give you an equally wide range of

antioxidants, which is important since

each antioxidant has a slightly different

impact on your immune health. For

example, glutathione, found in whey

protein, asparagus, avocado and parsley,

has been described as the “most

important antioxidant” because it empowers

your immune system to exert

its full potential by quenching free

radicals, recycling vitamins C and E

into their biologically active forms and

regulating DNA synthesis and repair.

To summarize, eat healthy and be

aware of what essential vitamins you

need in your body and how much of it

you are intaking daily! After all, in order

to fight off possible illness you need to

have a strong body that is prepared for

the brutal changes in winter weather.

Keep in mind to stay active and eat the

foods your body really needs.


Green tea is the healthiest beverage

on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants

and nutrients that have powerful

effects on the body.




Art is a great medium for children to

explore their creativity and express

themselves without fear of doing it

the ‘right or ‘wrong’ way. Some parents

and teachers may shy away from doing

traditional art projects with their special

needs children or students because

they find it difficult, but there is no need

for this. With a few modifications, any

special needs child can participate in

art activities comfortably.

Comfortable Positioning: Modifying

your child’s surroundings so that

they can do their artwork comfortably

is important if they have a physical

disability. Some children will have no

trouble sitting up, but others may need

to work while lying on their stomachs.

The main thing is to stabilize their

position so that they are able to work

with their hands easily. Make use

of special chairs, swings, and even

cushions and blankets to help prop

them up. It is also helpful if all the

art tools they will be using are within

easy grabbing distance from them.

You could try taping or tying down the

art tools to the area where your child

will be working in.

Use the Right Art Supplies: For

children who have CP or other

neurological conditions, they may have

difficulty with their hand functioning.

Try giving them thicker and heavier

Finger painting is a great medium you could try with your child

brushes, markers, or crayons to use,

since they may be easier to grip. You

could also consider using assistive

devices to help them hold these tools

in place. According to the teachers

at Bright Hub Education (http://www.


“Some children may need

Velcro wrapped around to hold the

brush or marker in place. Children with

tremors or coordination problems will

benefit from heavier art. They may

also do well with a weighted cuff on

their forearm, wrist or shoulders.”Play

dough sculpting and finger painting

are also great mediums you could try

with your child!

Group Art Projects: It’s great for

children to work on their own individual

projects by themselves; however,

try changing it up once in a while by

making it a group activity! Invite your

child’s brothers and sisters or friends

to join in on the art fun. It can be very

helpful when you put children with

different levels of abilities together,

especially if your child with special

needs is unable to do certain parts of

a project by themselves. Not only will

they have fun expressing themselves,

but they can also learn how to work

with others!

Giving children thicker and heavier crayons to use will make it easier to grip.




1. Thoroughly wash the lemon and cut into wedges. Make

sure to leave the rind on!

2. Peel garlic cloves and chop finely.

3. Fill jar with lemon wedges and chopped garlic. Pour the

honey over the mixture.

4. The honey, garlic, and lemon mixture is ready to use right

away! It’s best to use this on the same day since it will lose

potency after 24 hours. Make a new batch fresh each day for

as long as your cold and flu symptoms last.


• 1–2 tablespoons honey (Use the raw, unpasteurized kind!)

• 5–8 cloves of raw garlic

• One whole lemon

• A clean jar

Now you have your own go-to natural cold medicine prepared!

When you’re feeling the symptoms of a cold, eat

a small spoonful of honey from your ‘medicine’ jar (don’t

forget to include the chunks of lemon and garlic!) about

every hour. Or you can make a nice soothing tea by adding

a spoonful to some hot water.

Boost your immunity this winter by trying this simple, but

effective home remedy! Honey, garlic, and lemon are all

great at fighting off infections because they each act as an

antibacterial. The antiviral properties of honey help protect

against viruses like the flu, and the vitamin C found in lemon

helps strengthen the immune system.


Our daughter, Maggie,

was diagnosed with

Cerebral Palsy when

she was 17 months

old, though we expected

this diagnosis

much sooner. In the

four weeks that we’ve

been here, Maggie

and we have learned

so much and she has

accomplished amazing

things. She can roll, sit and crawl – all the things that she

tried her best to do before but not properly. She can now

transition from the floor to sitting, to being on her knees,

to stand and she is even taking steps with very little support

both with and without a walker. We were told to get a

wheelchair before we came! Overall, we can’t say enough

about Natan and the staff here at Health in Motion. From

functional rehabilitation, to massages, communication and

diet advice, they have it all covered. We’re so grateful God

led us here to support our little Maggie. Thank you so much!

-Daniel + Amanda, Nashville, TN, U.S.A

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

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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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Irritable bowel syndrome is a common

disorder of the colon that affects 1 in

7 Canadians and nearly 1 in 5 Americans.

Depending on the severity of IBS

that a person has, living with frequent

symptom flare-ups such as abdominal

pains, cramps, bloating, constipation,

and diarrhea can be a very painful and

inconvenient experience. Although

the cause of IBS is still unknown and

there is no proven cure, simply changing

your diet can help prevent many

of these painful symptoms and lead

you to live a more comfortable life.

Here are some common food triggers

to avoid that can cause IBS symptom


Grains: Eating grains such as rye,

wheat, and barley are heavy for digestion

and may be too much for those

with IBS to handle. Grains will sit in the

digestive system and highly ferment,

which can aggravate IBS symptoms

like bloating and cramping, and even

cause damage to the intestinal lining.

Dairy: Consuming dairy (i.e. milk,

cheese, etc.) may trigger a variety of

IBS symptoms such as constipation,

diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence due

to the fat and lactose contained in

these products. If you are lactose intolerant

and have IBS, you may want

to consider reducing the amount of

dairy you eat.

Fried Foods: Most would agree that

fried foods are incredibly tasty, but

very unhealthy, even for those who

don’t suffer from IBS. The high fat content

found in fried foods is hard on

the digestive system and may trigger

or worsen diarrhea and abdominal

cramps in those with IBS. Coffee, alcohol,

and soda: These 3 are digestive

stimulants that can worsen cramps,

bloating and diarrhea for IBS patients.

Carbonated drinks like soda and beer

will increase the amount of gas in your

gut. Fructose, an artificial sweetener

found in many sodas, can also produce

Coffee is a powerful irritant to the digestive system.

gas. Coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated,

contain components that are powerful

irritants to the digestive system

that may cause increased stomach

acid production. This can be especially

problematic if you have IBS.

Spicy Foods: Heavily spiced foods

can irritate the digestive tract of those

with IBS and aggravate abdominal

cramping and diarrhea. Try to avoid

spices such as pepper, curry, ginger,

cinnamon, and turmeric.

Problematic Vegetables: Although

vegetables are healthy for you and

should be incorporated into everyone’s

diet, there are many that will cause

excess gas and bloating in those with

IBS. Some of these gas-producing


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veggies include broccoli, beans, onions,

cabbage, garlic, celery, cucumbers,

carrots, and Brussels sprouts. All

of these foods will not trigger symptoms

in all IBS patients. It will be different

for everyone. You can figure out

which of these vegetables cause the

most gas by eliminating them from

your diet for a few days and then reintroducing

them one-by-one slowly.

Baking or cooking these vegetables

instead of eating them raw may also

help prevent IBS flare-ups.



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