Personal Experience: My Interview With Mrs. Rothenaeger

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2. My interview with Mrs. Rothenaeger went really well. I was able to introduce myself and ask her a couple of the questions that I had planned for her. I first ask her generally what Ryan was like. She enjoyed talking about him and telling me about his likes and dislikes. Ryan really enjoys music and television, and Mrs. Rothenaeger said that I should try to use his enjoyment of music as an incentive to get him to perform activities that I want him to do. She also mentioned that he is not very verbal, and will point at things that he wants. Also, he really wants instant results.

I asked her about some activities that they were working on with Ryan as well as things that she would like him to be able to do. She told me that she would like
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She said that he uses floatation devices, and that she would really like to work on basic floating and “survival skills” in the water so that if he were to fall into the water, he wouldn’t drown. Ryan is able to walk in the pool, so that is something that I will consider using to increase endurance. Mrs. Rothenaeger also encouraged me to try to work on Ryan’s legs in the pool through kicking and through lower limb …show more content…
Theis, Korff, Kairon, and Mohagheghi in the Journal of Clinical Biomechanics showed that there is an actual increase in muscle and tendon length after a bout of stretching the muscle. They hypothesize that the transient increase after an acute session of stretching could be increased if the protocol was continued over a period of time (4). This increase in muscle length might be a great importance to a person with spastic cerebral palsy in lessening the amount of tension placed on joint structures and allowing them to have a greater range of motion. However, the clinical applications of this evidence are still unclear. Wiart, Darrah, and Kembhavi, in their review of the research on stretching in children with cerebral palsy, find that there is no clear consensus about how the muscle contracts and how stretching can benefit the muscles. They propose a model of clinical intervention with stretching that is much more activity based through the integration of activities that rely heavily on stretching (martial arts, riding, and dance) instead of more passive stretching (5). The main point here seems to be that activity and exercise provides people with cerebral palsy with tangible, scientifically backed ways to improve their independence and quality of

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