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Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) Launches New Parkinson’s Workshops

Where the Impossible is Possible!

On November 4, 2017, CECO launched their new Parkinson’s workshops which will run monthly through May 19, 2018. Workshops include an information session, workbook, 6 hours of conductive education, and a complementary follow-up consultation. Participants work to improve posture, tremors, balance, coordination, freezing, writing technique, and the control of involuntary movements.

Located in Winter Park, Florida and founded in 2001, CECO believes the impossible is possible and works to transform the lives of those with motor disabilities. CECO is the second-largest of 42 conductive education centers in the United States. In addition to the Parkinson’s workshops, CECO offers year-long private and after school programs, in-home therapy, and summer camps.

According to CECO, conductive education is a rehabilitative program started in the 1940’s by physician and educator, Andras Peto. The program employs a holistic motivational approach which embodies all aspects of human development, and aims to concurrently improve physical, cognitive, communication, social and emotional abilities.

If you, or someone you know, has a health condition such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, or brain injury and would like to acquire new skills and achieve greater independence, contact CECO at by calling (407) 671-4687, visiting their website www.ceco.org, or on Facebook or Twitter.

5 Augmentive Assistive Communication (AAC) Devices for the Communication Impaired

Imagine… someone you care about cannot communicate how they feel, express their needs, tell you they love you, or indicate they are sick or in pain.

We convey meaningful messages everyday without considering how hopeless or isolated we would feel if we were unable to do so.

It is through interaction that we create meaning and build relationships that are integral to independent living.

People speak at and for the communication impaired. All the while assuming they cannot understand or are somehow cognitively impaired. This is no way to live.

Augmentive assistive communication devices (AAC’s) bridge these gaps.

AAC’s provide the communication impaired, their family, friends and caregivers the gift of everyday interactions that many of us take for granted.

If you know someone who is communication impaired, please explore these options:

 

Ajit Narayanan’s FreeSpeech App Empowers Verbally Disabled

A 2013 TED Talk About A Word Game That Transcends Language

Shannon Conner | October 23, 2017

In February 2013 at a packed Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Invention Labs Founder and CEO, Ajit Narayanan, shares a chance encounter that inspires him to develop the Avaz and FreeSpeech apps.

The apps support, and translate for, verbally disabled children by converting pictures into speech. Communication support, that if not started early on, can result in “difficulties in: language development, social interaction, learning, development of life skills” (2017 Kim Bates and Katrina Macleod).

Narayan refers to a Daniel Webster quote when saying his passion is to “empower children with disabilities to be able to communicate and get all the rest back!” Getting all the rest back is exactly the mission of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO). Reach out to them at: www.ceco.org