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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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Who decides what's beautiful? by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Carly Fleischmann, a University of Toronto student with autism and a prominent disability advocate, has launched a brilliant Facebook c ... Read on »
Finding time to 'just breathe' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In my mid-20s, my father suffered a serious heart attack. One of the things he was prescribed to help in his recovery and dealing with stress was mindfulness. I didn ... Read on »
'I feel a sense of belonging' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Farrah Sattaur I went to my first Youth Drop In  dance in May. This was a big deal because in the past my anxiety prevented m ... Read on »
'I've always been able to push myself' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In an interview with The Guardian, Ade spoke about playing wheelchair basketball as a teen in London. “The disabled kids were just cooler, wilder, got up to crazy thin ... Read on »
'Nothing is permanent' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities When my son was two years old, he played like most toddlers I’ve known. He built block towers and yelled in frustration when they toppled down. He climbed every struc ... Read on »
'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 »