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Increasing Movement after Stage III Burns and Skin Grafts

Burns can occur from a variety of sources, including heat, electrical, chemical, friction and radiation and are classified as first, second or third degree. Most first and second degree burns can be managed easily. Third degree burns, however, are more severe and often require skin grafts.

Adaptive Eating Equipment for Enjoyable Meal Times

For children with disabilities or physical challenges, meal time can be a lot of work. Fortunately, adaptive eating equipment can improve function, participation and independence so that meal time can be a better experience for the whole family.

Adaptive eating equipment includes cups that are easier to pick up, plates and bowls that don’t easily move and help children capture food and utensils that are easier to grasp.

Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga for Kids

The use of yoga as a therapeutic tool is gaining popularity as research shows the positive physical and emotional effects of practicing yoga. Yoga can benefit children diagnosed with a variety of special needs, including one of the most common childhood disorders —attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Tips for Healthy Grilling

While grilling is a popular way to cook throughout the summer, proper grilling methods are necessary to keep you and your family healthy this summer season. When foods are grilled incorrectly, cancerous substances may form on the surface of your foods. These substances are called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs).  Here are some healthy grilling tips to reduce the damaging effects of these substances:

Summer Nutrition: Picnics and Farmers’ Markets

Summer is a perfect time to throw a picnic! Picnics are great places to enjoy the weather, eat, and relax. However, picnics generally offer a variety of foods that are high in fat and add unwanted weight to our waistline. Here are some tips for healthy eating at picnics:

Kids Should Stay Active in the Winter

Winter activities for kidsCold temperatures and falling snow should not keep children from exercising. Kids need to remain active all year long to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of indoor and outdoor activities to help keep kids active during the winter months.

Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids
Bundle up and exercise outside. When weather conditions allow:

Long-Term Acute Care: What to Expect

Long Term Acute CareLong-term acute care (LTCH) hospitals provide medical and rehabilitative care for longer periods to people with complex problems. A typical stay is 25 days. Acute and chronic conditions that may require long-term care include:

Planning a Day at the Beach for People with Disabilities

surf chairAdults and children who rely on wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or canes for mobility can enjoy all that summer has to offer – including sun-filled, sandy beaches. With a few clicks of the mouse or taps on the screen, you can plan a safe, fun and accessible vacation.

Physical Therapy Can Benefit Seniors

Seniors share many of the same health issues as other age groups, but they have some special needs of their own. Physical therapy can be an important resource for seniors to regain or maintain function and lead fulfilling lives.

Telespeech Program Closes the Gap from Allentown to East Stroudsburg

Thanks to technology, the distance between Good Shepherd’s Allentown campus and its site at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg seems to be growing smaller. The new Telespeech Program, using secure, two-way video-conferencing technology, similar to Skype, connects patients at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at Pocono Medical Center with speech therapists at the main campus in Allentown. 

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