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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, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Promising New Stem Cell Clinical Trials Geared Towards Autism and Cerebral Palsy

The FDA announces expanded access to Duke University for siblings or autologous cord blood infusions for children with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, hypoxic brain injury, stroke, apraxia, autism and other brain injuries.
The newest new stem cell clinical trials geared toward autism and cerebral palsy are promising, “clinical trials involving 25 children using umbilical cord, resulted in observing major improvements in communication, social behavior, and overall symptoms.”
Taking into consideration that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASP) is on the rise globally and that cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability, in the United States, a breakthrough stem cell in stem-cell research technology is much needed. It would revolutionize the lives of many, those living ASD and their families and loved ones.
“We are already on the cutting edge of cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue stem cell technology, and every breakthrough means a better future for those impacted,” says Martin Smithmyer, the Founder, and CEO of Americord.

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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: