CIMT is an evidenced-based intervention used for children with hemiplegic CP in which the non-affected arm is constrained for a period of time in order to improve mobility, lengthen tight or spastic muscles, increase strength, and improve hand function. Our 3 week long summer camp intensive includes 2 weeks of unilateral training followed by 1 week of bilateral training. Pre and post testing is included as is a removable custom fit cast.
Camp will run for 3 weeks from July 9th to July 27th, M-Fri, 8:30am-1pm, ages 3-10.
Many of you know that Paddy’s Road Race is one of my favorite days of the year. This year was no different with the exception of the fact that my long time Paddy’s running partner, Katie Corscadden wasn’t able to run due to some pesky knee pain she has been having. Luckily, Katie was still willing to join us at the BAC tent and help us give out our bags of BAC goodies!
Paddy’s is just a happy day. I love seeing our staff outside of the work setting – they are quite the athletic bunch! This year we had a number of BAC “graduates” stop by the tent, as well as so many current families participating in one or more of the day’s races.
I had the pleasure of running the 1K with Lily Adler, Melody’s 4 year old daughter who was kind enough to suggest we stop and catch our breath about half way through the race.
Race organizer Mark Kelly and his team do an exceptional job at making the day a success for athletes of all abilities. All of us at the BAC are truly proud to be part of Paddy’s Road race and to support Athletes Unlimited. Congratulations to Paddy’s, Athletes Unlimited and Newton Parks and Recreation for another fantastic event!
Courtney and her boyfriend, Anthony, took on the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. on October 22nd. This was their second marathon with Team Momentum, a charity team for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Over the last two years, Courtney and Anthony, have raised over $7,000 for muscle disease treatment and research. They have both been very passionate about this cause given the nature of their jobs. Working as an occupational therapist, Courtney knows and understands the importance of functional independence for children and adults, from playing catch with their friends to being able to sign their own name. Anthony, on the other hand, works as a researcher in drug discovery to bring about treatments to enhance overall quality of life in various forms of muscular dystrophy. Together, they will continue to dedicate their miles and time to fighting muscle disease one step at a time. Running with Team Momentum, they have had the opportunity to work with people directly affected with these diseases. It has been truly inspiring to see various therapies develop and seeing how quality of life can improve. Team Momentum’s motto is to “Live Unlimited,” to live with no limits. Overcoming 26.2 miles is no easy feat, but having the support of the MDA and all the families has made it easy to keep pushing through. A third marathon is definitely in the foreseeable future, so stay tuned and see what they will conquer next!
The Boston Ability Center has been participating in the Paddy’s Day Road Race for the past few years. Not only is it a wonderful event, but it is always great seeing old and new faces, and sharing our love for the community. All of proceeds from the race go to the Newton Special Athletes program.
We look forward to this year’s race on Saturday, October 14th and hope everyone can join the BAC team! Contact the BAC frontdesk at 781-239-0100 to find out how to join our team!
In the meantime, here are some fun memories from last year’s race:
Looking for a night out? Need a little break? We know just the thing for YOU!
One Night Out offers free babysitting for children with special needs and their siblings at the Boston Ability Center from 6-9pm the first Saturday of each month. The next event is scheduled on Saturday, October 7th. Sign up is required and space is limited. To sign up or receive more information, contact MacKenzie at MacKenzie@bostonabilitycenter.com.