Wellness Briefs, September 5, 2008 | TheUnion.com

Wellness Briefs, September 5, 2008

wellness briefs, September 5, 2008

Special needs workshop


A movement workshop for children with developmental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and brain damage will be held Friday in Nevada City.

The workshop will help develop and optimize balance, flexibility, coordination and movement skills. Parents will learn how to continue the movements with their children at home.

The workshop will be conducted by Jackie Mason, a movement specialist working with special needs children 3 to 13 years old. Her technique provides an option along with physical, occupational, speech and other therapies to increase the possibility of disabled children becoming more independent later in life.

The workshop will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Core Movement, 578 Searls Ave., next to Wild Mountain Yoga in Nevada City. Cost is $40 per child. Reserve a space 478-9547; for more information, visit http://www.DesignedforMovement.com.

For the record

Jackie Mason makes the following statement regarding an article she wrote about special needs children that was published in The Union in this section on June 23:

“The article ‘Movement for Life, a link for children with special needs’ contains inaccuracies about one of the chidren profiled in it.

“Abby had the use of her right arm with some limitations. She has walked independently since she was 6 years old and only needs assistance with rough terrain. Abby plays sports tailored for children with special needs and does so with lots of assistance.

“Her mother has pursued many different approaches with her. The work I did with Abby regarding pelvic movement offers speciric outcomes regarding balance and coordination; it is relevant, but just one element of a total solution. I apologize to Abby and her mother for the inaccuracies.

Avoiding adverse drug effects

By Brittney Johnson

Washington Post

Do you regularly use over-the-counter medication to treat your headaches and allergy problems? If so, be mindful of the potential adverse side effects, and food-drug or drug-drug interactions.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends knowing the ingredients found in prescription drugs if you’re taking them along with over-the-counter drugs, including vitamins and antacids. Also be aware that some foods that you eat with over-the-counter or prescription drugs can change the way that the medicine works in your body. AAFP offers these tips to reduce the risk of adverse drug effects:

– Make sure you know what ingredients the product contains and understand any warnings or possible adverse effects.

– If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.

– If you take any prescription drugs, ask your doctor before taking an over-the-counter drug.

– Don’t stir medicine into your food or take capsules apart (unless your doctor tells you to.)

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