2016 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp

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Since 2000, the Amputee Coalition has provided a safe place for kids to learn more about living with limb loss and limb difference. Today, it has evolved to traditional summer camp, complete with canoes and campfires. Most importantly, the focus is on them.

Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Adaptive Sports Programs

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Created 02/2017 –
This fact sheet focuses on nationwide, sport-specific resources that provide an overview of the adapted version of a particular sport; there may be leagues or teams located closer to your area not listed below. Some Web sites include a team or league locator to help you find a team near your location. Other Web sites have information and trainings for local schools and recreational centers that discuss how to set up adaptive sports programs. Perhaps you can be an agent of change for your community by working with a local community center to develop an adaptive league in your area.

LLEAP Curriculum

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Published 10/12/2015 –
LLEAP addresses a key problem: the social stigma of children with disabilities, particularly those with a limb difference. The curriculum is based upon the premise that children can be taught to recognize and appreciate differences in themselves and others.

Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Resources to Help Children Understand Limb Loss

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Last updated 7/2012 –
Reading encourages children’s imaginations to grow, and opens their world to new people, places and possibilities. Reading books about difficult concepts, such as limb difference, is a safe and familiar way to introduce children to the topic.

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Fitness for Kids

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Volume 20, Issue 5 September/October 2010 –
As you prepare your children for school, you should also think about how active your children are. Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic. Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese, with the highest percentage of obesity among children of low-income families. One-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.

Surgery For Young Children

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Volume 19 · Issue 4 · July/August 2009 –
by Clayton Frech –
I will always remember the image of my almost 3-year-old son lying helplessly in ICU after his surgery, with dozens of tubes and wires connected to him and a huge oxygen mask over his face. The feeling of anxiety while wheeling him into the operating room has stayed with me like a shadow. The fear that we made the wrong decision has only recently begun to fade, nearly a year later. Although we had almost 3 years to get ready for our son’s surgery, I felt completely surprised by and unprepared for the actual experience.

Is Your Child Ready for a New Set of Wheels?

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Volume 19 · Issue 3 · May/June 2009 –
by Chris Dyas –
Self-expression is an important part of childhood development; kids experiment with all facets of life in their attempt to understand their place in it. Their wheelchair is an extension of their personality and one that others closely associate with them. For years the venerable wheelchair stubbornly remained fixed, unwilling to adapt to the individual.

Prostheses for Children With Limb Differences

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Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 –
by Douglas G. Smith, MD, and Kellye M. Campbell, MN, ARNP –
Children with limb differences tend to adapt remarkably well to a prosthesis, far better than adults in most cases. But there can be bumps in the road, just like there are with almost every childhood and developmental issue.

Growing Up With Limb Loss

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Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 –
by Élan Young –
Men and women, young and old, all suffer the effects of amputation, including its physical and emotional scars. Adapting successfully to life with limb loss depends not just on one’s inner resolve or outward physical strength – sometimes it’s a matter of environment. Men may also suffer socially because of limb loss, but women are more often judged on appearance and are more likely than men to be identified socially with their bodies. However, concerns about unattainable expectations might be even more painful in light of the permanent and noticeable fact of a missing limb. Messages from society are often internalized, and have an impact on how people see themselves. The further women feel from society’s inflexible standard of beauty, the more likely their self-image will suffer. Growing up as a female with limb loss provides a unique perspective on how to adapt successfully through the many challenges of youth. The three women interviewed here may help other girls and women see how a positive self-image is worth so much more than the pursuit of an idealized image of perfection.

A Mother’s Perspective

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Volume 19 · Issue 2 · March/April 2009 –
by Jennifer Peterson –
I cried with joy when the ultrasound technician told me that we would be having a baby girl. A few moments later, I cried again – this time, with grief when I was told that our baby girl would be born missing her right hand and part of her forearm.