Posted by: ugleepen | September 12, 2017

Back to School Anxieties and Your Autistic Child

Education expert and mother of an autistic child Priscilla Gillman offers some insights into the causes of anxiety that your autistic youngster may be facing now that it’s back-to-school time.

Understanding what can trigger anxiety in your autistic child can go a long way to helping you learn how to work with your child to make the back to school transition a little more gentle for everyone.

1. Novelty. Children with autism typically struggle with novelty, and a new school year brings just that – new teachers and classmates, a new physical space to become acclimated to, a new schedule and routine, and new demands and expectations both academically and behaviorally.

2. Seasonal Changes. The change in seasons also affects children with autism who can be acutely sensitive to temperature and textures. Less outdoor and active play time as the weather gets colder leads to an increase in irritability, along with the loss of summer time therapeutic activities such as swimming and time in nature.

A change in textures can include going from being barefooted or wearing filp-flops as the child may have done through the summer, to the unaccustomed feel of socks, as well as enclosed shoes.

3. New Routines. Having to go to bed and wake up earlier can be hard for autistic children, who tend to have disordered sleep. And the pressure to move quickly and efficiently in the morning to make is all the more stressful for autistic children who may struggle with everything from feeding themselves to tying their shoes.

With all of these factors creating anxiety for an autistic child, the last thing you want is for your child to also feel frustrated just trying to do school work because he or she can’t hold a pen properly.

Many children with autism have weak fine motor skills that affect movements of the hand such as grasping, gripping, and pinching.

The UGLee Pen is a scientifically-designed ergonomic pen that is easy to grasp and grip because actually it grips you. This “comfort pen” relaxes the hand, and the easy-flow ink prevents any drag on the paper. It’s the best pen to allow your autistic child to have a positive experience with handwriting.

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Posted by: ugleepen | August 28, 2017

It’s Time for that Back to School Routine Again

It’s Back-To-School time. Unbelievable, but true.

The care-free days of summer pass too soon, and here we are, facing getting back into The Routine again.

Educator Bob Schulties offers some tips on how to make the transition easier (or at least less painful).

  1. Good Sleep Habits. School days start much earlier than lazy summer mornings, and with the extra time needed after dinner for homework, kids often get to bed late.

Starting the school year with good sleep habits is essential.  Suggestions are to stick to a routine, limit electronic stimulus, and watch out for sneaky caffeine which can show up in sodas and chocolate.

  1. Avoid the Morning Rush. Helpful hints for this common problem is to do as much as you can the night before.

For example, not only are there a number of things that go in the lunch box that can be prepared the night before (and packed), but you can also make some breakfast items ahead of time such as making waffles, cutting up fruit, mixing orange juice.

Have your children choose their clothes the night before. This will also head off the last minute morning discovery that something needs to be washed or ironed.

  1. Make the Morning Routine a Way of Life. Schulties suggests that the school day routine should be non-negotiable, with a discussion of consequences if the routine is not met.

In addition, simple management will go a long way, such as designating one area where backpacks, shoes (and socks), coats, cell phones, etc., are put the night before.

And having your children do only what is important to get to school instead of tacking on extra morning chores.

A good school day morning routine will go a long way toward giving your children the head start they need for a happy and productive day at school.

Making sure they also have the best pen will help, too.

An ergonomic pen such as the UGLee Pen will support your student in being able to write notes, papers, and do homework without stress on the tendons of the hands and fingers, allowing a more relaxing experience.

Posted by: ugleepen | August 14, 2017

It’s Back to School – Here’s How

Back to School is now imminent for most kids through-out the U.S.

It’s not always easy at the beginning for kids to make the transition from care-free summer days to disciplined school hours and the focus required to be a successful student.

Parents, here are some tips from experts at Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health for your students, to remind them how to get into the student mode.

Planning can go a long way.

It’s easy to keep organized and know when various assignments are due by getting a calendar or day planner and using it from the very first day.

Every assignment and test for which you have a due date – put down immediately so you don’t forget; as well as other activities such as sports, drama, club meetings, etc.

This device will also help you keep from getting over-booked. When the days fill up, learn to say no.

 

Don’t get frustrated.

For your school year to flow smoothly you must try to keep ahead, but everyone has a class or subject that they find difficult, and if you see yourself falling behind, address the problem immediately before you get frustrated.

Talk to your teacher and get help right away, and you’ll get yourself back on track.

 

Pay attention in class.

You’ve heard this mantra over and over, both from teachers and from your parents, and there’s a good reason – it’s the best and easiest way for you to help yourself be successful in school.

You’ll find that doing the assignments and studying for the tests are easier if you’ve listened to the information in the first place.

There’s no sense in making school harder than it needs to be.

 

Take good notes.

Taking notes does two things for you – you have information about the subject readily available and straight from the teacher; and, in reading over your notes, you’ll easily see what you don’t understand, and can ask your teacher specifically about that point.

In order to take good notes you need an ergonomic pen that writes easily and keeps your hand relaxed.

My UGLee Pen is the best pen for your note-taking and school work. It’s comfortable and was designed so that the repetitive stress caused by handwriting is diminished.

You’ll enjoy taking good notes when you have the UGLee Pen!

 

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Posted by: ugleepen | July 25, 2017

Arthritis Common In Children But Often Misdiagnosed

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children, yet it often goes undetected or misdiagnosed when symptoms first appear.

This July, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation is focusing on increasing awareness of early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and resources available for families affected by the disease.

In a continued effort to reduce the heavy burden of juvenile arthritis, disability and cost of this chronic disease, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer this disease through increasing:

Awareness and Support:

Juvenile Arthritis Conference – Taking place each July at the Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel in Anaheim, California, the nationwide conference is held annually for families affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents teens/young adults, children affected by arthritis and their siblings. In addition, the conference offers families a chance to network with each other and learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Advocacy:

Eleven states do not have a single specialist to treat children with juvenile arthritis. Arthritis advocates speak out for federal support to train more pediatric rheumatologists and for more research funding to help children with all forms of juvenile arthritis.

Research:

Advancing the Quality of Life for Children with Arthritis — For more than 60 years, the Arthritis Foundation has been a leader in  advancing treatments and a cure for juvenile arthritis.

Currently, the Arthritis Foundation funds researchers working in the field of juvenile arthritis, totaling a commitment of more than $3 million.

These researchers are investigating a wide range of topics, from how environmental and genomic factors might play a role in triggering juvenile arthritis, to collecting data and evaluating the efficacy of standardized treatment plans, to the development and testing of a smart phone app to help children cope  with pain.

The Arthritis Foundation also is proud to provide $4.2 million in grant money to date to support the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists who have joined together to answer critical research questions.

Juvenile Arthritis Registry — Efforts to track drug side effects and establish treatment benchmarks through a registry aim to benefit future juvenile arthritis treatments.

More information on juvenile arthritis and resources for families is available on the Arthritis Foundation.

Source: Arthritis Foundation

Posted by: ugleepen | July 12, 2017

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month – when the Arthritis Foundation focuses on increasing awareness of early signs and symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis (JA)and resources available for families affected by the disease.

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children, yet it often goes undetected or misdiagnosed when symptoms first appear.

Often a child complaining of achy joints is diagnosed as having “growing pains,” a phenomenon believed to be the result of the natural growth process.

However, studies are showing that joint pain, stiffness and swelling in or around the joint, may be early signs of a serious, inflammatory rheumatic disease.

“When joint pain, swelling or stiffness occurs in one or more of your child’s joints for at least six weeks, it’s important not to assume these symptoms are temporary, and to get a proper diagnosis from a pediatric arthritis specialist,” says Arthritis Foundation Vice President of Public Health Policy and Advocacy, Dr. Patience White.

“Early medical treatment of Juvenile Arthritis can prevent serious, permanent damage to your child’s joints and enable her to live an active, full childhood,” White explains.

Contrary to general belief, infants, children and teenagers can get arthritis. Approximately 300,000 children are affected by Juvenile Arthritis.

In a continued effort to reduce the burden of Juvenile Arthritis,  disability, and cost of this chronic disease, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer this disease through:

  • Awareness and support
  • Advocacy
  • Research

While there is no known cure, there has never been a more optimistic outlook for children with juvenile arthritis. Advances in research have produced new treatments that moderate and even stop the effects of Juvenile Arthritis, preventing significant disability in later years.

Source: Arthritis Foundation

Posted by: ugleepen | June 27, 2017

Raising Your Ergonomic Awareness

If your employer is aware of the benefits of ergonomics in the work place, count yourself lucky. If your employer is not, there’s a lot you can do for yourself.

In his book HR for Small Business (2009), Charles H. Fleishcher discusses ergonomics as “the science of relationship between workers and their work environment.”

The purpose is to create a safe, comfortable and stress-reduced work place. Study after study has shown that repetitive motion and poor positioning over prolonged periods are cumulative – and can result to discomfort, pain and even disabling injury.

Ideally the working environment should ensure that every employee takes a number of preventive measures to reduce the risks of fatigue, stress, and work-related injuries.

You can achieve this for yourself by carrying out a diagnostic test of your work area to identify any potential risk factors that may cause you discomfort or stress. On the basis of this new awareness of potential problem areas, make the changes necessary.

Use the info pic diagram below to help you in your assessment.

The benefits that ergonomics can bring to companies include improving production and efficiency levels and quality of service,  and reducing staff turnover and insurance premiums.

Benefits to employees include increased motivation and job satisfaction, less pain and fewer injuries, reduced absenteeism and a greater sense of general well being in the workplace.

Boosting your ergonomic awareness is important whether you work in a company office, or a home office, and whether you sit for prolonged periods at a computer for work or for entertainment.

Raising your ergonomic awareness should be a top priority – for your health and well-being.

Source: SMB Tech Guide

UGLee Pen print date: 10-03-2013

Posted by: ugleepen | June 12, 2017

5 Surprising Symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis

Nearly 300,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with various types of arthritis, which are grouped together under the name “juvenile idiopathic arthritis.”

These types of arthritis can appear any time before the age of 16 and, like rheumatoid arthritis in adults, are thought to be caused by autoimmune reactions in the body.

This means that the child’s immune system is mistakenly attacking healthy cells. We do not entirely understand why. It does seem to happen more in some families. Infections, stress or other illnesses may also play a role.

You may be surprised to learn that some symptoms of juvenile arthritis are similar to those that a child might also have with a cold or flu, though they will often be prolonged or recurrent. Consider these five:

 1. Pain

Usually worse right after waking in the morning or from a nap and improves with activity. It is most common for pain to be in the knees, hands, feet, neck and jaw. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may not help lessen the pain.

 2. Stiffness

Stiff joints are also more noticeable after waking. A child may show limpness in a limb or hold a limb in one position. In very young children, normal activities, especially ones recently learned, may suddenly become difficult.

 3. Fever

Frequent fevers without any symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infection. Fevers frequently come and go quite suddenly. Sometimes fevers are seen at the same time every day.

4. Swelling

Painful joints may swell and become red, sometimes feeling warm to the touch. A joint or several joints commonly feel hot. Swelling from juvenile arthritis will seem to come out of nowhere, unlike swelling from a fall or injury.

5. Rash

Faint, pink rash on the knuckles, cheeks, bridge of the nose, trunk, arms or legs can last for days or weeks. Such rashes might not ooze or be itchy.

It is often not possible to distinguish between a common childhood ailment,  such as a cold or flu, and juvenile arthritis. Most children with these symptoms will not have juvenile arthritis; however, symptoms persisting for weeks, recurring symptoms and multiple symptoms are all reasons to seek evaluation from your child’s health care provider.

 

Source: Dr. Alisa Hideq/ Riverfront Medical Center, Spokane

Original UGLee Pen publish date: 12-31-2014

Reprinted by popular request.

 

Posted by: ugleepen | May 24, 2017

Make Your Handwriting Legible Again

The ergonomic UGLee Pen can help eliminate hand and writing pain, but did you also know that it can improve your handwriting?

Those who have challenges with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or arthritis often find that because it is so difficult and painful to hold a pen, their handwriting becomes illegible.

Other pens that claim to be ergonomic are really just cumbersome and uncomfortable to use and do not aid in legible writing either. Sufferers find that their writing looks nothing like it should and this can be frustrating.

With the UGLee Pen, not only will you find that writing is tolerable and even enjoyable again, you will also be pleasantly surprised at how clear and readable the words are that you write.

You can recognize your “old handwriting” again, looking just like it used to before you began experiencing problems with your hand.

Pain free writing. Legible writing. Comfort writing. The revolutionary UGLee pen, designed, created and used by a real physician, is redefining the way people view ergonomic pens.

Posted by: ugleepen | May 9, 2017

Computer Use and Extremity Pain

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 80% of all households have at least one computer, and well over half of employed adults work on a computer on the job.

Dozens of studies have evaluated musculoskeletal symptoms and disorders of the hands and arms in computer users, yet the long-term effects of numerous hours at the keyboard remain uncertain.

To determine the incidence of conditions developing from workplace computer use, over 600 recently hired employees who used computers at least 15 hours per week were asked to complete diaries on the hours they worked, hours they spent on the computer, and presence of symptoms in their necks, shoulders, hands, and arms for up to three years.

Researchers sought those with symptoms requiring medication or scoring high on a pain scale; the results of their study were published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

Over 50% of the workers suffered from musculoskeletal symptoms in their first year at the new job. Almost one-third suffered a new onset of neck or shoulder symptoms, and a quarter of the individuals suffered new onset of symptoms in the arms or hands.

Carpal tunnel syndrome, one of the best-known conditions related to long-term keyboard use, was surprisingly one of the least likely disorders seen in this study – only 1% of the workers developed it.

Women and those over age 30 were most likely to exhibit symptoms from computer use.

If you spend many hours in front of a computer, either at work or at home, be sure to use the proper form and follow basic ergonomic guidelines to avoid injury:

  • Maintain an upright posture
  • Keep your keyboard even with or slightly below elbow level
  • Be sure your mouse and other devices are within easy reach
  • Be sure to get up and walk around regularly to stretch and get the blood flowing to your extremities.

This is Part 2 on the topic about Children’s Activities that Develop Handwriting Skills.

Before a child is ready to write, there are significant skills that must be accomplished from infancy through the preschool years.

Part 1 discussed fine motor skills. Part 2 will cover games and activities that support and promote visual motor development.

Practice of these skills and even the use of a light, comfortable, ergonomic pen, can increase a child’s printing and handwriting success.

Ocular Motor Control
This is how the eyes work together to follow and keep an object within your line of vision.

  • Flashlight fun: With your child on his/her back, shine the flashlight from left to right, top to bottom, and diagonally and have them follow the movement with their eyes.
  • Mazes: Search online or buy a maze activity book for your child to follow and find the correct path visually and with a writing instrument.
  • Seek and find books: Having your child search for images in hidden picture books. There are many books of this type available in bookstores.

Eye-hand Coordination
These activities involve accuracy in direction, placement and spatial awareness.

  • Catch: Play catch with your child. Start with a larger size and as their skills improve, work toward a smaller ball. A rubber “bumpy ball” works well.
  • Bean Bag Toss: Make a circle on the floor with a string, or use a hula hoop if it’s handy. Have your child stand up and toss bean bags into the circle. Gradually increase their distance.
  • Balloons: While standing, have your child keep the balloon afloat in the air by hitting it up with their hand.
  • Bowling: Practice hitting bowling pins with a ball using a plastic toy set. (Or, you can make your own with soda bottles and a small ball.)
  • Bubbles: Bubbles are great for infants. Allow their eyes to follow them as they float around.

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