Making Mobility Happen - May 2009

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Spina Bifida: Making Mobility Happen
By Miki Fairley


"He will probably never walk, never talk, and will be completely mentally disabled." Kevin Felton, CO, LO, FAAOP, wraps fiberglass casting tape around the right leg of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patient, Grace Plue, 5...

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


« Previous This is the second of seven interviews: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » Diana Connell, RN A lively blonde, blue-eyed first-grader, Diana Connell's daughter Alayna is an outgoing, articulate first-grader. She loves to read; specia...

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


« Previous This is the third of seven interviews: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » Jeanne Markowski Jeanne Markowski has a "full plate" indeed. She is the mother of two sons with spina bifida—first-grader Grayson, age seven, and Gabriel, age...

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Challenges in Spina Bifida Care
By Miki Fairley


Orthotic management is just one part of the big picture of caring for children with spina bifida (SB) and helping them to have high-quality, successful lives. Managing bowel and bladder function is a major issue for children and parents alike. Mos...

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


Love, closeness, and a "can-do" spirit are the qualities that stand out most when talking with families who have a child with spina bifida. Life with spina bifida isn't a Sunday walk in the park—challenges they may confront include mobility diffic...

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


« Previous This is the fourth of seven interviews: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » Vikki Vikki is the mother of Olivia, age three, who is technically her oldest child—born two minutes ahead of her twin brother Erich. Like many children with...

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The Missing Link: How Dialogue Can Transform Hip Dysplasia Care
By Morgan Stanfield


There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation. -James Nathan Miller, American author Violet Josten enjoys a sunny day in her Spica cast.

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A Dynamic Solution for the Pediatric Symes Amputee
By Daniel Record, CP, LP, RN


Taylor Mcleod is like any other 20-month-old child. He is full of energy and eager to explore the world around him. He climbs, toddles around, and gets into everything.

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


« Previous This is the fifth of seven interviews: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » Kristy Tanquist Kristy Tanquist's son Mitchell is five years old and attends half-day kindergarten. He has an older sister Megan, age eight. Mitchell sees a n...

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


« Previous This is the sixth of seven interviews: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » Amy Thomason Amy Thomason is the mother of first-grader Sean, 7. He has a younger sister, Kelly, 4, and two younger brothers: Brady, 3, and Zachary, 5 months....

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Starting from Within: Growing the O&P Research Base
By Karen Henry


The call for evidence-based research is getting louder. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains $1.1 billion for evidence-based research—or what the Obama administration has termed comparative effectiveness research (CER). Accor...

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Today's Consumer

Julie Suttles: Daring to Leap
By Jane Albritton


Julie Suttles. Julie Suttles understands what the kids who come to the Adventure Amputee Camp, Bryson City, North Carolina, are going through. The camp counselors also understand because they, too, have been campers.

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Families Help Spina Bifida Kids Succeed: Interviews with Parents
By Miki Fairley


« Previous This is the seventh of seven interviews: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Johnna Throckmorton Johnna Throckmorton is the mother of Chase, 16, a freshman in high school. She also has a daughter, Karis, 12, in the seventh grade. (Editor's...

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Stepping Out

Treating Pediatric Clubfoot and Pes Planus
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


The word orthopaedic has two ancient Greek roots : " orthos " meaning straight or right, and " paideia " referring to the rearing of children. Thus, the original term pertained to the treatment of disorders of the bones and joints and the correcti...

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Industry Leader

Tom DiBello, CO, FAAOP
By Morgan Stanfield


Tom DiBello and his family enjoy a vacation together. Photographs courtesy of Tom DiBello . When people say, "I'm too busy," to do something, I tell them about Tom DiBello because there's no one busier than Tom, but he always has time to participa...

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Sports

Sports Clinic Helps Vets Feel ‘Free’ Again


The National Disabled Veterans Sports Clinic celebrated its 23rd anniversary event with 370 veteran participants, more than 200 certified adaptive ski instructors, and 461 volunteers at Snowmass Village, Colorado, March 29-April 3. Though the even...

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Industry Review

Academy Meeting Thrives Despite Shaky Economy
By Morgan Stanfield


Despite a shaky national economy and gloomy financial forecasts, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) showed a positive outlook for O&P by boasting booming attendance at its 35th annual meeting and scientific symposium...

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Residency Report

Navigating 'Ground Zero'
By Sara Pschigoda


On this particular Monday morning , I find myself smiling with glee as I'm riding the bus to the hospital for my acute-care rotation. Most people will tell you that they don't enjoy spending time at a hospital because going to one usually means th...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Don Buethorn, CPO


Don Buethorn, CPO, is the owner of Cascade Prosthetics & Orthotics and Cascade DAFO, Bellingham, Washington. More than 25 years ago, the multitalented clinician, entrepreneur, and designer met physical therapist Nancy Hylton, PT, who requested tha...

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Got FAQs?

Billing and Collections Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The O&P profession becomes increasingly complex every year, and billing for O&P is just as complex. Count on 'Got FAQs?' to help make your billing processes a little less complicated. This month's column tackles your questions about documentation...

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Progress on Parity

Activist Spotlight: Tami Stanley
By Morgan Sheets


Maryland, Iowa, and Virginia all passed parity bills during the 2009 legislative sessions. The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is thrilled about the progress it is making across the country. But we're not only celebrating the passage of legisla...

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My Personal Best: To Heartbreak Hill and Back Again
By Beth Deloria


"I'm not out to change the world; I'm out to change mine." After 800 miles of training over 16 weeks—which translates into thousands of foot strikes consuming two pairs of running shoes—I was finally ready for the Boston Marathon. This race takes...

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Viewpoint

The Importance of Communication
By Karen Henry


Communication is a cornerstone of humanity— it's at the core of who we are and what we do. From the moment we enter this world, we start reaching out to others, making our needs known, and seeking comfort in a world shared by others who speak our...

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