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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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Rain, BlogHer and child vs parent interests by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Ben's favourite weather is rain. When he gets up in the morning he looks for clouds and dark sky out his window. He's been known to appeal to ... Read on »
Families teach this OT student key lessons by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Eric Smart (white shirt, back row, on the right) is an occupational therapy (OT) student at the University of Toronto and a familiar face at ou ... Read on »
'I am one of them' a doctor with HIV says by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities You’re a newly qualified psychiatrist working on an AIDS unit in a hospital. You’re HIV-positive, but you’ve kept your diagnosis a secret ... Read on »
The invisible mom by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Sue Robins In the foyer of every elementary school there's a gaggle of moms standing in a tight circle, waiting to pick up their kids. ... Read on »
'Carly's Café' wins international award by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This video by Carly Fleischmann and her dad Arthur won the Silver Lion award in the cyber, public service category at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, h ... Read on »
Stories are 'companions' to patients in care by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Sociologist Arthur Frank gave a moving account of how stories allow people with illnesses and disabilities to imagine new positive identities. In his keynote at the I ... Read on »
A doctor struggles with her 'patient' shoes by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities What made this encounter unique was that Dr. Ruth Kannai from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has Gaucher's disease herself. The condition causes an enlarged liver ... Read on »
Stories convey the emotions of care for patients, doctors by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I'm in London, UK at a conference by the International Network of Narrative Medicine about the power of storytelling for patients and families and the doctors, nurses and th ... Read on »
A mom's passion for AAC eclipses her son's by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities   By Stacey Moffat My son Carter and I recently attended our first Breaking the Ice Conference  for p ... Read on »
When we can't take the pain away by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities A week ago I took part in a think tank to develop simulations that could be used to teach rehab professionals aspects of family-centred care. I sat at a table with a ... Read on »
A circus performer adapts to life with paralysis by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Carolyn Pioro talks candidly about the physical and social aspects of adapting to quadriplegia. Carolyn mesmerized everyone with her honesty and grace. Thank you Caro ... Read on »
When imagination fails by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities You have an eight-year-old daughter with severe disabilities. You and your partner have just brought her to the operating room for major surgery. But instead of setting ... Read on »
Life on the drawing board by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities But the joy that bounces from her drawings of cats and dogs—each coloured in bright, bold markers, floating on white space and with quirky facial expressions—has att ... Read on »
We waited 45 years for this? by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I don't like it (left). I was excited when I saw a story about a new icon for accessible parking, bathrooms or entry ramps that's been adopted by New York City. Ev ... Read on »
Questions about ability and neurodiversity by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Many of you responded to a BLOOM post about whether there are advantages to the way people with i ... Read on »
'I have to let go of my past' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities How do you adapt from a life of movement to one of paralysis? Come hear Carolyn Pioro talk about how her life as a circus performer and competitive athlete changed after ... Read on »
Jean Vanier on accepting who we are by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Last summer I visited L’Arche (The Ark) in Trosly-Breuil, France—the birthplace of a community that brings together adults with intellectual disabilities and young adult ... Read on »
Stepping out: Moms move from cautious to confident by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Five children who attend Holland Bloorview's Play and Learn nursery school are participating with their m ... Read on »
Let's give kids who don't speak tools to succeed by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities How many words would the average, middle-class three-year-old child hear spoken to her in the course of a year? "About 6 million," s ... Read on »
My son's climb is steeper than most by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By D. Christine Brown Our 4-year-old son is recovering from severe brain inflammation  20 months ago. Although he's now developmentall ... Read on »