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AUCD - Poster Symposium: Improving Physical, Mental and Emotional Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities

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Monday, November 10, 2014 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Location: Grand Ballroom South Salon

Session Description

New in 2014, eight AUCD poster symposia seek to deepen levels of engagement and connection between those interested in common topics. Posters have been hand-selected by a review committee and grouped by room according to theme. Facilitators will open each poster symposia with broad thoughts about the room’s theme, and attendees will be allotted ample time for in-depth exploration of the information presented and make connections with others in the room. Attendees are free to select one symposia to attend as space allows; pre-registration is not required.

 

Over 52 million adults living with a disability, yet many health promotion programs do not include people with disabilities in their program design.  This symposium will discuss innovative approaches and strategies to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people with a disability.



Featured Presenter(s)

 Facilitator: Ilka Riddle, PhD, University of Cincinnati UCEDD, Cincinnati, OH



Presenters

The Use of Nutritional Supplementation in Children with Autism in Puerto Rico
A. Alonso, Psy. D. , Institute on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD
G. Torres, MHSN, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR;
M. J. Gonzalez, Ph D., Graduate School of Public Health, Nutrition Program, University of Puerto Rico,, San Juan, PR;
V. Reyes, Ph Dc., Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR;
M. C. Torres, MHSN, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR;
J. L. Losada, MHSN, Graduate School of Public health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR;

The use of nutritional supplements can affect the nutritional adequacy of children diagnosed with autism. This poster will present researching findings from the study Use of nutritional supplements in children with autism attending the Autism Center of Puerto Rico.


Effective Treatment for Alcohol Misuse and Its Negative Behavioral Consequences in Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Mary OConnor, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Tarjan Center UCLA, UCEDD
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This presentation describes the results of a 6-week brief intervention, Project Step Up, designed to reduce alcohol misuse and its negative consequences in adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Parents attended separate but concurrent sessions. This manualized treatment, designed specifically for individuals with developmental challenges, was effective in reducing alcohol misuse and its high risk consequences. Teen and parent satisfaction with the treatment was highly positive.

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Engaging Childcare Centers in Promoting Healthy Weight among Children with Special Health Care Needs
Ruby Natale, PhD, PsyD, Associate Professor, Mailman Center for Child Development, UCEDD/LEND
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There is an extensive body of research that demonstrates a higher prevalence of obesity among children with special health care needs versus children without disabilities. The purpose of this project was to conduct a 3-year randomized controlled trial to test the initial efficacy, feasibility and acceptability of an intervention program designed to reduce excessive weight among preschool children with special health care needs.


Engaging Partners to Create Nutrition Supports for Persons with Disabilities Living Independently
Kathleen Humphries, PhD, PI, University of Montana Rural Institute, UCEDD
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Development of a nutritional support system for individuals with disabilities living independently in the community.

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MENU-AIDDs
Kathleen Humphries, PhD, PI, University of Montana Rural Institute, UCEDD
Bethany Rigles, MA, UMT Rural Institute, Missoula, MT;

Results from an efficacy study of the MENU-AIDDs nutritional support program in New York and North Carolina will be presented.

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Making the Grade: The Southeastern Health Equity Report Card
Mina Li, M.D., Ph.D., Dr., University of Southern Mississippi
Amirah Abdullah, Southeastern Health Equity Council, Lexington, KY;
Pamela Hull, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN;
Meka Sales, M.S., C.H.E.S., The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC;
Ronny Bell, Ph.D., Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC;
Renee Frazier, M.H.S.A., Healthy Memphis Common Table, Memphis, TN;
Keecha Harris, Dr.P.H., KHA Inc., Atlanta, GA;
Alfred Yin, Georgia Asian Pacific Islander Community Coalition , Atlanta, GA;
Korana Durham, M.P.H., Barren River District Health Department, Bowling Green, KY;

"Making the Grade: The Southeastern Health Equity Report Card" will present the findings of the Southeastern Health Equity Report Card, a comparative grading system to identify where health disparities exist for indicators related to three priority areas: 1) Health Care Access, 2) Healthy Food Access, and 3) Cultural Competence.

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Cardiovascular Risk and Accelerated Aging among Adult Athletes with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Examining State-Level Variation
Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, MSW, Doctoral Candidate, UCLID Center, LEND
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This presentation will describe a research study that examined state-level variation in the relationship between age and cardiovascular risk among adult Special Olympics athletes. Findings indicate that there is significant variability in cardiovascular risk and in the relationship between age and cardiovascular risk by state, suggesting that possibilities exist for improving cardiovascular risk and longevity through advocacy and engagement efforts at the state- and national-level.

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Wellness Inclusion Nursing is an outreach nursing program for adults with cognitive disabilities promoting community inclusion, wellness and health equality.
Marcia Stickel, BSN, Wellness Inclusion Nursing Director, Waisman Center, UCEDD/LEND
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Wellness Inclusion Nursing RNs team with individuals with cognitive disabilities to decrease health disparities. Nurses work together with individuals, families and support teams to connect with community resources thereby enhancing intercommunication. Nurses provide: 1) health education to consumers and their supports 2) education and advocacy with medical professionals to enhance understanding of community living for people with disabilities 3)advocacy and planning for quality end of life in the community.

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Teaching Safety Skills to Young Children With Autism: Learning And Sharing Evidence-Based Intervention.
Susannah Poe, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
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Safety is a critical concern for children challenged by autism. Many children with autism have difficulty identifying threats in the environment, lack sensitivity to pain, and have trouble communicating and/or attending to the concern of others. This presentation will review our clinic's efforts to teach safety skills using individualized, evidence-based safety skills to the children in our care.

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Equal Access to Safety: Navigating the Intersection of Disability, Mental Illness and Domestic Violence
Beth Mineo, Ph.D., Director, Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD/LEND
Jane Donovan, M.Ed., Project Coordinator, Newark, DE, DE - Center for Disabilities Studies, UCEDD;

This session details the collaboration among a UCEDD, organization serving individuals with mental illness, and a statewide coalition focusing on domestic violence as we sought to improve services for those who are experiencing intimate partner violence. The three-year collaboration explored the intersection of domestic violence, disability and mental illness and tackled issues of respect, accessibility, empowerment and cultural competency, as well as differing perspectives on key definitions and practices.

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Taking Charge of My Health: Partners in Health Transition New Website for Teens & Young Adults with I/DD and Families
Barbara Levitz, MSEd, Director LEND Family Partnerships Training, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND
Marilyn Vitale, MA, Valhalla, NY, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Mitchell Levitz, Valhalla, NY, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Katie Borras, MS, Valhalla, NY, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;
Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, Valhalla, NY, NY - Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD/LEND;

Experience a hands-on introduction to Taking Charge of My Health: Partners in Health Transition, a new web-based learning site providing information, tools and guidance for teens and young adults with I/DD, family members and caregivers who wish to effectively navigate the health transition process, access health services and ensure a healthy lifestyle. Explore nine self-paced, parallel learning modules with content based on a self-determination and health self-management framework.

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Using a Family-Centered, Multicomponent Intervention Package to Promote the Food Acceptance of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Julie Brunson, Master of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Graduate Student, Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND
Deirdre Muldoon, CCC-SLP, BCBA, Center for Development and Disability, Albuquerque, NM, United States, NM - Center for Development & Disability, UCEDD/LEND;
Joanna Cosbey, PhD, OTR/L, University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, Albuquerque, NM, United States;

This poster examines the efficacy and social validity of a family-centered intervention package designed to increase the acceptance of less preferred foods and/or food groups by young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study included four parent-child dyads and targeted behaviors identified collaboratively by the parent and investigators. The intervention package was individualized, family-centered, and that addressed multiple dimensions of mealtimes.

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Come home to your body: engaging body processes brings us to fuller life learning
Melanie Schmich, MA, Behavior and Licensed healthcare practitioner, Behavior Analyst/Licensed Massage therapist, Council for exceptional children
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Selecting this poster session will provide fundamental steps for participants to experience firsthand how breathing, bodymind, processes opens up new possibilities for all life learning. Combining well established behavioral change patterns and bodycare processes, I will share beginning steps that everyone can adapt for their benefit.

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Youth and Parent Perspectives on the Perceived Benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Youth with Autism
Julie Christensen, PhD, LMSW, Director of Employment Programs, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
Dana Olzenak, DPT, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, United States;
Susan Taylor-Brown, PhD, EquiCenter, Inc., Honeoye Falls, NY, United States;

This exploratory study aims to describe the perceived benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for youth with Autism, comparing and contrasting the experience from the youth and parent perspective. Results of this study will allow the EquiCenter, in partnership with Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, to assess the ways in which Equine Assisted Therapy may be a useful piece of the treatment plan for youth with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

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Effects of a Community-based Treadmill Program for Pre-ambulatory Children with Developmental Disability
Dian Baker, PhD RN , Professor School of Nursing , UC Davis at the MIND Institute, UCEDD/LEND
^Katrin Mattem-Baxter, DPT, CSU Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, United States, CA - UC Davis UCEDD at the MIND Institute, UCEDD;
Christian Swanson, MS, DPT student, CSU Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, United States;
Autumn Huey, MS, DPT student, CSU Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, United States, CA - UC Davis UCEDD at the MIND Institute, UCEDD;

The achievement of walking is the most frequently stated goal of families of young children with developmental disabilities. Intensive treadmill protocols have been shown to accelerate walking onset in this population, but access to pediatric treadmills is usually limited. A free community-based and family-supportive treadmill walking program was used successfully in children with developmental disabilities under the age of five years.

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Effective Collaboration between a UCEDD and a Local Health Department: Assessing BMI Among Children in Special Education in Missoula, Montana
Rebecca Morley, MA, Nutrition Services Eat Smart Program, Missoula City County Health Department
^Meg Ann Traci, PhD, Research Associate Professor, University of Montana Project Director The Montana Disability and Heal, Missoula, MT, United States, MT - University of Montana Rural Institute, UCEDD;
Jennifer Li, MHS, Director, Environmental Health/Health and Disability, National Association of County and City Health, Washington DC, DC, United States;

Learn about an effective partnership between a UCEDD and a local health department in Montana. The two organizations worked together to conduct BMI screenings of students with and without disabilities in Missoula County and evaluate the collected data. Through this collaboration the health department and UCEDD were able to learn more about how to conduct BMI screenings and the prevalence of obesity and overweight among children in special education.

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Engagement-Communication-Exploration Snack Time Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND
Karen Burkett, PhD, RN, PPCNC, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, OH - University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND;
Pon Trairatvorakul, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, OH - University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND;
Katie Felts, BA, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, OH - University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND;
Hollyn Zammit, BSN, RN, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, United States, OH - University of Cincinnati UCE, UCEDD/LEND;
Evelyn Koski, BS, S/OT, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States, OH - The Nisonger Center, UCEDD/LEND;
Katie Walton, PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States, OH - The Nisonger Center, UCEDD/LEND;
Michelle Long, BS, S/OT, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States, OH - The Nisonger Center, UCEDD/LEND;
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States, OH - The Nisonger Center, UCEDD/LEND;

It has been well established that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have selective eating behaviors which may potentially lead to nutritional deficit, poor cognitive development, learning and behavioral difficulty. This poster presents a snack time intervention approach in which preschools may incorporate play-based, child-centered snack time to improve social engagement and eating behaviors for children with ASD utilizing a multiple baseline design.

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Perspectives on Feeding Interventions: Family System Engagement from a Collaborate Outlook
Jan Marson, OTD, OT Faculty, Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Linda O'Neil, MS, NvLEND Faculty, Sparks, NV, United States, NV - Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND;
Maureen DeLongis, MS, OSHU LEND, Portland, OR, United States;
Hope Willis, MA, CA-LEND, Los Angeles, CA, United States, CA - The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, DBP;
Patrice Yasuda, PhD, CA-LEND, Los Angles, CA, United States, CA - The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, DBP;

This poster is a collaboration between three LEND programs: CA-LEND, NvLEND, and OHSU LEND. Over the past several years, a working partnership has been focusing on feeding interventions for children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Literature reviews, professional surveys, visits, and trainings have been conducted as part of LEND leadership projects. Our special emphasis has been to better understand and support a variety of diverse family systems with complex feeding concerns.

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Creating Opportunities to Improve Health for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Laura Robinson, MPH, Coordinator, Training and Outreach, Adults with ID, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD/LEND
Onolee Stephan, MPH, Special Olympics New York, Rochester, NY, United States;

Health is determined by more than access to the health care system. Health is achieved through a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle, and social well-being. The UCEDD at URMC and Special Olympics New York sought partnerships with existing community resources to create opportunities to improve oral health, physical fitness, and healthy behaviors of people with IDD outside of routine health care visits.

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Gynecology Exams in Women with Disabilities: The New Castle Delaware Experience regarding Gynecologic Problems and Techniques to address them.
Arlene Smalls, MD, OB GYN, Christiana Care Health System
Deborah Jastrebski, Practice Without Pressure, Newark, DE, United States;
Jennifer Lecomte, MD, Christiana Care, Newark, DE, United States;

Poster Presentation: Gynecologic Health Issues diagnosed by Women's health providers to a population of Women with disabilities within Delaware. Several sites of gynecologic services for Women with Disabilities in Delaware: Transitional Care Practice and Women's' Health Group Special Needs Gyn clinic of Christiana Care and "Practice Without Pressure", a community clinical care site will provide their data regarding gyn-related diagnoses for patients with disabilities across the reproductive age spectrum.

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