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Louise

California
BLOOM is the #1 source for practical information on parenting kids with disabilities. We combine parent voices and the best professional advice from Bloorview Kids Rehab and beyond. BLOOM promotes the concept that every child blooms in his or her own unique way. My name is Louise and I have four... Full Bio
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'They are each so valuable and perfect' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Nikki Cochrane  I never thought that at 24-years-old I'd be a mother to seven children with special needs, but that is exactly where life has taken me. I live in In ... Read on »
Disability puts siblings at risk of mental-health problems by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The study at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) drew on data from a national, large-scale American survey. Researchers identified two groups of s ... Read on »
'My little doll is a fighter' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Sadia Qureshi rarely leaves her daughter Zoya’s bedside at Holland Bloorview, where a dip on an oxygen saturation monitor prompts her to suction secretions from her da ... Read on »
Simple questions that go unanswered by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In May 2012 my son was approved for funding for a laptop at school. The desktop computer he previously had at ... Read on »
Virtual exercise game connects kids with cerebral palsy by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Holland Bloorview is marking World Cerebral Palsy Day with a demo of the Cycle to Fun project that combines exercise bikes and a virtual video game to motivate kids with c ... Read on »
'I saw resilience,' summer research student says by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Masha Koroleva is a fourth year psychology student at York University. This summer she was a research student in the Bloorview Research Institute in the Ward Family Su ... Read on »
Be gone joy-thief by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I was elated when I read this blog post by Anchel Krishna at Today's Parent. It's about her daughter, who has challenges speaking, having a ... Read on »
Connecting the dots by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities On the weekend I was in Chapter's and noticed this memoir on a prominent display: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, xxxx, ... Read on »
Need for speed by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Riding an ATV on his own at camp this summer was a thrill for Ben. So I wasn't surprised when a message came home from his co-op place ... Read on »
Happy Friday! by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities BLOOM was ranked 33 out of 150 top non-profit blogs ! Thank you to all of our readers and contributors. Just a couple of items today. Has ... Read on »
Can storytelling improve care? by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Today I'm submitting a research proposal for ethics review on a narrative training group for nurses on one of Holland Bloorview's inpatient units. This stems from what ... Read on »
Henry starts school by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Columbia University professor Rachel Adams is the author of the just released Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery  about life with her son He ... Read on »
Connection with son eases one mom's focus on 'recovery' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By D. Christine Brown Today is a bittersweet anniversary for us. Two years ago our healthy son Lucas ended up in the intensive-care unit. He was two. He had a very hi ... Read on »
The therapy fund by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities We don't talk enough about the mental health challenges of raising children with disabilities.  There ... Read on »
What works in the clinic may not work in the real world by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Steve Ryan Most people assume that technology is a game-changer for children with disabilities. Using it helps kids to walk faster, ... Read on »
Poor health care a factor in early deaths by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities A  2013 inquiry into the deaths of 247 adults and children with intellectual disability in England and Wales found women with in ... Read on »