S.M.I.L.E-Sensory Motor Integration for Learning Efficiency: A Parent and Teacher Training

Environments and Activities for Helping Kids Achieve Their Full Potential

This training for parents, day-care providers, preschool and kindergarten teachers, will explore how to help kids from birth to age seven develop the sensory motor foundation needed to make learning easy.  Topics include activities to facilitate child development, activities to avoid, the “Learning Pyramid”, developed by Margaret White, OT, concepts from the book “Building Babies Better”, by Roxanne Small, PT, and environmental adaptations.  The format will be presentation, open discussion, and hands-on application.   

Presented by Trish Barnes, OTR/L

 When: Thursday, October 7, 2010: 7:00-8:30pm

Where:  St. Luke’s Meridian, Lower Level Conference Rooms

To sign up, please call 208.706.5548

Heat Illness

The Human body is made up of approximately 70% water. In order for our muscles to function properly, we need to keep a balance of electrolytes and water in our system. When we are active and begin to sweat (the body’s way of cooling off) we are losing electrolytes and water, which leads to dehydration.

There are three types of heat illnesses, all of which can be prevented with proper hydration and recognition of the signs and symptoms listed below.

Heat Cramps: Caused by fluid loss and electrolyte imbalance.  Signs and symptoms include extreme sweating and muscle cramping of the extremities and/or abdominal muscles. Treatment for heat cramps is fluid, electrolyte replacement, rest in a cool area, and light stretching of the muscles involved.

Heat Exhaustion: Caused by continued fluid loss with extreme sweating, lack of fluid intake and/or vomiting. Signs and Symptoms include extreme sweating, weakness, extreme thirst, light headedness, headaches, skin can be cold and clammy, and a body temp up to 103̊. Treatment; fluid and electrolyte replacement, rest in a cool area with fans blowing, ice towels or ice bags to help with cooling.

Heat Stroke: A medical emergency call 911. Signs and Symptoms include hot dry skin, no sweat, glassy eyes, rapid pulse, and falling blood pressure. Treatment; call 911,  extreme cooling with ice towels, ice bags and fans (place ice bags in armpits and groin area) transport to hospital emergency room.

It is important to make sure you are drinking enough fluids throughout the day. Everyone has different needs and you will know you are properly hydrated when your urine is a pale yellow to clear color.  Remember if you feel thirsty you are already partially dehydrated make sure you drink extra water on days that you will have an increased activity level.

A good rule of thumb is to weigh in before and after activity then replace your weight loss with an equal amount of fluids.

Kevin Taylor, MS, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Idaho Stampede-NBADL

Anger Management for Youth: Parent Training

Presenter: Jennifer Darling, LCSW

Date: Thursday, Aug 5th

Time: 7-8:30pm

Location: St. Luke’s Meridian, lower level conference rooms

Cost: Free

Brought to you by St. Luke’s-Elks Children’s Rehab


During this in-service, parents/caregivers will learn how to identify the motivation behind their child’s behavior, how to use themselves as an effective intervention tool to help their child and about anger in children.  They will have the opportunity to learn about and practice anger and stress management skills they can teach their child.


Call 706-5548 to sign up! 

AAC Camp: Advancing Adventures in Communicating!

On June 21st, 24 campers and 24 counselors will come together on the NNU campus to socialize, tell jokes, play games and produce works of art.  For some of these campers it will be the 1st time they have ever experienced camp.  For some it will be the 1st time they have seen another child who talks like they do.  For these children, communicating has always been a struggle.  Their “voice: has not always been heard”.  They rely on technology to communicate their wants and needs.  They use “talkers” as their “voice” to express themselves.  The technical term for “talkers” is speech generating device or voice output communication aids (VOCAS).  These children are often the only one in their school to have such a device.  For some they are the only one in their town.  Their parents have often fought long and hard to get such a device for their child.  Because they are incredibly expensive and insurance is often used to help pay for them.  So it is even more important that the child learn to us it, his/her family learn to support it and the educational staff facilitate its use.

            AAC camp integrates these areas of need and emphasizes use and learning while also having fun!  With a 1:1 ratio between campers and counselors, campers will be able to maximize opportunities to communicate using their talkers.  AAC camp is where the pace slows down and people both understand and want to learn more about speech generating devices and the people who use them.

            This is our first year on the NNU campus and we have a lot of exciting things planned!  Our theme this year is “Science!”  Campers and counselors will be “experimenting” all week, culminating with a science fair on Friday.  Swimming and rock climbing compliments of Nampa Rec Center, along with arts and crafts and games will make AAC camp a fun-filled week of activities.

            Campers need to own a speech generating device and have a need to use it.  Counselors must come with energy and enthusiasm to learn more about augmentative communication.  If you are interested in finding out more, go to our website:  www. Aaccampidaho.org or contact Anne Kuhlmeier at akuhlmeier@elksrehab.org

Anne Kuhlemeier, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP

Summer Conditioning and Agility Camp

Developed and led by St. Luke’s – Elks Rehab Certified Athletic Trainers for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede and our Sports Outreach Program, this camp focuses on dynamic training drills that help develop fundamental skills required to succeed in all sports. The camp is designed to break athletes out of their regular training routines, teaching them new exercise techniques in a fun environment. Camp will be a group setting with age specific activities. All sports are welcome! Camp will focus on:

• Injury Prevention

• Balance & Coordination

• Core Strength

• Proprioception

• Speed

• Agility & Reaction Time

• Power

• Endurance


 Who: Athletes ages 7-14

When: Boise Camp June 8- July 1  /  Nampa Camp July 13-August 5

Camps will meet Tuesday and Thursday with the option of : 9am-11am or 6pm-8pm

Cost: $115 a late registration fee of $25 after May 28 (for Boise Camp) and July 2 (for Nampa Camp).

To register, contact Lorie Allison @ 484-0730 or email lallison@elksrehab.org

Camp Speak Week 2010

A Summer Camp for School Aged Children Who Stutter

Monday – Friday

August 2nd to 6th 2010

 9:00am – 1:00pm

Elks Rehab Hospital, Boise, ID

Apply early as space is limited!

Registration Fee: $100

Speak Week presents an opportunity for children/young adults in elementary, junior high school, and high school to work on fluency.  Activities will target an integrated use of fluency strategies.  Skills will be used in peer interaction to increase knowledge and self confidence in a supportive learning environment.  Therapy and activities will take place at the hospital, as well as supervised community locations.


The camp will be led by licensed speech-language pathologists, Brian Cavanagh, M.S. CCC-SLP, Kate Harding-Swartley, M.S. CCC-SLP and Chelsea D’Addabbo, M.S. CCC-SLP.  Camp instructors may be assisted by 2nd year Speech Pathology graduate students and a Pediatric Counselor.

Camp Objectives:

1) Communication opportunities with peers in a fun learning environment.

 2) Practice integrated techniques/strategies with peers in various speaking situations.

 3)  Individual, small, and large group interaction with licensed Speech-Language Pathologists.

4) Participate in recreational activities to help transfer fluency skills outside the camp setting.

5) Pediatric counseling regarding communication situations.

6) Family members and caregivers are welcomed to participate.


Tuition for the 5-day program is $100 per student.  Lunches will be provided.  Financial assistance may be available- request an application by contacting Brian Cavanagh at bcavanagh@elksrehab.org  

 Application will be availble here soon.


Parent Training: Voiding Dysfunction in School Age Children

Wendy Rouse will present on the topic of voiding and eliminating dysfunctions in school aged children, including bedwetting and constipation. She will discuss normal voiding and eliminating patterns; types of dysfunctional voiding and eliminating; and what the PT, doctor and parent can do to help. (Sorry, this topic does not cover potty training.)


Presenter: Wendy Rouse, DPT


Date: Thursday, June 3rd


Time: 7-8:30pm


Location: St. Luke’s Hospital in Meridian, lower level conference rooms


To register please call 706-5775

*Childcare is no longer available, sorry for the inconvenience

Blackberry Thumbs

Everyday there seems to be a new device on the market that makes communication easier and quicker. Our phones are instruments that we can use to text or type a message and get a response in a matter of seconds. For those of us that need this fast paced interaction, the world is literally at our fingertips. Speaking of fingertips, thumbs, wrists…. to communicate on these devices encourages one to use their thumb or index in tiny little repetitive motions over and over which could lead to a repetitive strain injury (RSI).   An RSI can be caused by these repetitive tasks, sustaining an awkward position, or not allowing sufficient rest time after an activity. Specifically, the thumb is not meant to be held in the position that it is in when rolling the small ball on the Blackberry. This posture of the thumb can lead to tendonitis or arthritis. “Blackberry thumb” has been coined to describe the symptoms of pain and inflammation.  Will there be an iPhonitis next? The average person does not appreciate the importance of hand function until they are unable to do simple tasks without pain. The message is clear: we must be aware of how we use these small muscles and joints in the hand and have respect for the possibility of injury. To follow are some tips.

  • First, be aware of your posture. Avoid rounding your shoulders and looking down at the device for long periods of time. As with any activity, take a break every 20-30 minutes and stretch in the opposite direction from the working posture. See below for simple stretches.
  • Change the way you use your device:

-Can you use your index finger for some of the input instead of just the thumb?

-Can you use a stylus?

-Use shortcuts and abbreviations.

  • Sync your device with your computer

-Save the heavy texting or typing for emails for computer use.

-Use a mini keyboard that you can plug into your PDA.-

  • Change your thinking pattern:

-Do you have to use this device as much as you do?

-Could you use this device only for emergencies, or check it only 2 times a day?

Stretches. These can be done intermittently throughout the day:

(Hold all for 10 seconds)

  • Interlace your fingers and turn your palms away from your body as you extend your arms forward.
  • Repeat the above, but this time extend your arms overhead.
  • Place your hand just above the back of the elbow and gently push your elbow across your chest toward the opposite shoulder. Stretch both the right and left arms.
  • Raise one arm overhead. Bend the elbow. Place the opposite hand on the bent elbow and gently push the elbow back further. Stretch both the right and left arms.
  • Extend an arm in front of you, making sure the elbow is completely straight. With your palm down, take the opposite hand and bend the hand down toward the floor. Then turn the palm up, and stretch the hand up toward your body.
  • Open up hands and spread the fingers as far as possible.

The prevalence of RSI’s is on an increase with the growing base of technology. Realize that our hands are our livelihood and are an extension of who we are. It is worth it to have an awareness of how we do things throughout the day and to save our hands for the fun things that we enjoy doing.

-Kristin Biggins, OTR/L CHT, Ketchum Clinic Manager

Picky Eater or Problem Eater? We Can Help! Parent Training

Does your child refuse to eat? Are there only certain foods your child consistently eats? Is your child a messy eater? Are you concerned about your child’s weight gain?  If so, this presentation will help determine if your child has a musculature concern or a sensory concern. We will discuss ways to both help treat and increase your child’s food repertoire and ensure safe swallowing. Exercises and resources will be shared, and questions are encouraged.

Presented by: Laura Ursillo MS, CCC-SLP & Jennifer Hietala MS, CCC-SLP
Date:  Thursday, April 1, 2010
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: St. Luke’s Meridian, Lower Level Conference Rooms
To Register, Please Call: 706-5549
Registration Deadline: March 26th
*Limited Childcare is Available

Eyesight to Insight: Visual/Vestibular Assessment and Treatment Seminar

We are excited to announce that St. Luke’s-Elks Children’s Rehab is bringing a 2-day sensory integration workshop ‘Eyesight to Insight’ to Meridian, ID.  The workshop will take place on May 7th and 8th, 2010 (Friday and Saturday) and will be held at St. Luke’s Hospital Meridian, ID. This is the 3rd year that we are bringing nationally known workshops to the Boise area! For more information, please Contact Kavita Patil at kpatil@elksrehab.org.
We thank you in advance for your continued support to make this upcoming workshop a success! Please spread the word….
Kavita Patil, MS, OTR/L
Lead Pediatric Occupational Therapist
St. Luke’s-Elks Children’s Rehab