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GLOSSARY ing the people, animals, nature, and situations therein, emphasizing emotional, mental, social, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Frog (horse anatomy): Wedge-shaped substance in the sole of the hoof which acts as a cushion.

Gerontology: The scientific study of the process and problems of aging.

Hackamore: Circular device fitting around a horse’s muzzle, an alternative to a metal bit in his mouth, by which the rider communicates signals.

Half-halt: With a rider mounted, the horse is slowed almost to a stop, and then abruptly urged back to normal speed.

Harrington Rod Insertion: A procedure to stabilize the spine by fusing together two or more vertebrae, using either metal (Harrington) rods or bone grafts.

Hemispherectomy: Excision of one cerebral hemisphere, undertaken due to intractable (not adequately controlled by medication) epilepsy, and other cerebral conditions.

Hippotherapy: From the Greek word for horse, hippos, literally meaning therapy with the aid of a horse.

Infantile Spasms: Brief (typically one to five seconds) seizures occurring in clusters of two to one hundred at a time, with possibly dozens of episodes per day.

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21 Action

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Lou waited. “Okay, what is it?” he asked. “What is this final step you’re talking about?”

“Gwyn,” Yusuf said, “do you remember your dad’s favorite word?”

“Too well, I’m afraid,” she smirked.

“What does her father have to do with it?” Lou asked, impatiently.

“Actually, Lou, he has everything to do with it.”

“How so?”

“Gwyn is Ben Arrig’s daughter.”

Lou wouldn’t have been more surprised had the Easter Bunny come through the door. Jaw muscles went slack around the room.

“Don’t be too impressed,” Gwyn said in the silence of the gawking gazes, “Sometimes our parents are the last people we can hear, you know?” she said, mostly to herself.

Heads nodded everywhere.

“My ears have been closed to my dad’s ideas for years. ‘Don’t try to feed your philosophy to me,’ I used to tell him when he tried to suggest that I think of things a different way. He thought I should give up the hate I have for my former husband, forgive a sister who has wronged me, and rethink my opinions on race. But he was my dad. What did he know?”

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Chapter 15. Progressing

Kathryn U. Hulings University of North Texas Press PDF

Progressing

About two years ago, if anyone had told us that Michael would soon

be gainfully employed and working ten hours a week, with little to no supervision, Jim and I would have appeared decidedly doubtful. I would have bitten my lip and cast my eyes downward, the way I do when I am about to cry because I feel like I am stuck in the middle of a bad joke at the expense of an innocent being. Jim would have crossed his arms in front of his chest and repeatedly cleared his throat, the way he does whenever he gets nervous or is trying to formulate a counterargument. Eventually, one of us would have murmured something to the effect of, “Hmmm. Well. Maybe. We’ll see.”

What we now see is extraordinary. Somehow, between making errant 911 calls about his mean mom or his broken heart, performing sanctioned erotic dances at talent shows, posing as Spiderman, charming his way through school, and figuring out how to be a proper boyfriend/fiancé to Casey, Michael actually got the hang of not only how to navigate, but enter the work world. By the time he graduated from Project Search in May of 2012, he had already been hired by a

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Chapter 16. Thanking

Kathryn U. Hulings University of North Texas Press PDF

Thanking

I gladly offer my heartfelt thanks to the following people, without

whom I would not have been able to complete this book: my adored husband, Jim Hulings, who has the patience of Job, and my beloved children and their significant others, Nathan, Sean, Joedy & Dave, Edie

& Jeff, Michael & Casey—the nine of them are my life and my muses; my parents, Marsha Udevitz and the late Norman Udevitz, my sister,

Jane Miller, and my brother Andrew Udevitz, who all taught me how to see, cherish, and celebrate both a simple moment and the big picture; my mother-in-law, Alice Hulings, and my late father-in-law, Russ

Hulings, for helping me believe I could write; Cindy and James Pursel for unyielding friendship; Casey Lord for bringing Michael the miracle of her love; all my dogs who, at the end of the day, still think I am grand even if I haven’t written a word; Professor John Calderazzo, a gem of a man, who daily inspires me and countless others to do things we never thought possible; my dear friend, Janelle Adsit, for sharing her laughter with me; Professors Pam Coke and Karla Gingerich for giving me their care and advise; Patryica Hatten for bringing play, light, and joy to our lives; Foothills Gateway Inc. for providing ongoing support for people with disabilities in Northern Colorado; the Poudre School

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2. Voluntary Action for the Public Good

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Most readers of this book can surely come up with at least a tentative answer to the question “What is philanthropy?” Chances are that these answers will vary widely, from “giving money” to “giving to help others” to the more literal and more general “love of mankind.” In fact, the same would be true if we asked scholars of philanthropy for their definitions.

We said in the previous chapter that to get at the “Why” questions about philanthropy, we will explore some of our answers to this question, “What is philanthropy?” And we have already given our primary (though not our only) answer: “Philanthropy is voluntary action for the public good.” The purpose of this chapter is to unpack that definition. In doing so we will have a chance to discuss many of the features of the broad and diverse subject of philanthropy and to clarify just what is distinctive about philanthropy and what is special about its mission.

We started this book with the assertion that the concept of philanthropy is a multiplicity. In fact, when we dig deeper we see that our basic definition itself embraces this multiplicity. “Voluntary action,” as we define it, encompasses both voluntary giving and voluntary service, the former usually referring to gifts of money and the latter to gifts of time. But we also include voluntary association as a third form of voluntary action. Voluntary association is the vehicle or instrument for philanthropic giving and service; it organizes gifts of money and time to accomplish public purposes. Philanthropy’s impact on society is only possible because of voluntary associations.

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Chapter 10. Flying

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Flying

For a moment, suspended over an expanse of nothingness, their col-

lective breath only a speckle in the span of totality, my family flew. Of course, I wasn’t with them; I am permanently grounded by my abdomen full of internal adhesions. So, when my family took to the skies without me on a clear summer day in Southern Colorado, it was meant to be a secret. It was a secret for more reasons than just a kindness to spare me any feelings of envy; those motivations would become clearer as the story unfolded. Regardless, I wasn’t supposed to find out—but all covert adventures eventually find a voice. Someone always rats.

Michael, who was fourteen at the time, was the rat of this particular frolic in the wild blue yonder.

“Mommy,” he whispered into the phone from the comfort of a cozy room at a Holiday Inn, “I have a secret.”

Michael, Jim, and Edie had traveled to Cañon City to compete in the Summer Swim Club State Meet. They’d left me home to relax, to find my bearings after a hot, sweaty July filled with physical challenges.

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Secret 11:Go Confidently with Expert Encouragement

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SECRET 11:

Go Confidently with

Expert Encouragement

Ina May Gaskin, C.P.M.

Founder and Director of The Farm Midwifery Center, Author and

Founding Member of Midwives Alliance of North America

Spiritual Midwifery, by midwife Ina May Gaskin, inspired the collecting of natural birth stories from women of today for this book.

The Farm’s Midwifery Center delivered 1723 births over a nineteenyear period with an outstanding safety record: zero maternal mortality and only ten neonatal mortalities, three of which being lethal abnormalities.The majority were home births with 4.2 percent in a hospital. Only

1.4 percent of the births were C-sections.

So far, Ina May Gaskin is the only midwife that a birth maneuver has been named after. The Gaskin Maneuver is a position of the mom on all fours—hands and knees—for assisting shoulder dystocia. If a baby’s shoulder becomes stuck during delivery, moving the mom into this positioning allows gravity to open the way for the gentle birth.

Another term coined by Ina May is the “Sphincter Law.”The circular muscles of our body stay closed until they need to release the contents of the organ. “You can’t order a sphincter to open. Why don’t we call the cervix a sphincter?” Ina May asks. In dilation for labor, the Sphincter Law explains when a woman may be dilated but suddenly closes to a smaller opening because of being afraid or sensing the anxiety of someone in the room. Understanding how much the setting and her vulnerability affects the birthing mom means offering privacy, access to food and drink, and allowing her to labor with love instead of fear for the best outcomes.

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Ben At School

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Ben At School

On the home front, Ben was making good progress in his discrete

trial program. He’d mastered catch and throw ball, flush toilet, hang up coat, stack dominoes, chain paper clips, blow up balloon, fold wash cloth, pour water, nod yes and no, spin quarter, empty trash, hang up picture, kick ball, and zip pants.

He’d also learned to imitate the vowel sounds in saw, see, and up, and the consonant sounds M, S, F, Wh, B, and P. My student therapists were rehabilitating him like a polio victim, restoring his atrophied neurological system.

Best of all, he had learned to imitate. I could show Ben what I wanted him to do—make a fist, stick out his tongue, cover his head with a blanket—and he would do it. He no longer needed food as a reward: “Good job, Ben!” was reinforcement enough for him. I was confident that he could learn anything we had the patience to teach him. At age eight, he was ready, I thought, for school.

But I was apprehensive about the Dallas Independent School

District. They’d fired the only teacher who’d made a breakthrough with Ben. When I picked him up or dropped him off, I often stayed for a few minutes to observe and to chat with the pupils. Jason, a bright, attractive boy, about a year older than Ben, was bouncing on a foot trampoline.

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PeopleSmart Skill 2

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Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.

—JR. TEAGUE

The manager says to the assistant: “I’m looking at our unpaid bills. Would you check on the number for Acme?” The assistant replies, “We owe them $200.” “No!” replied the manager. “What’s their phone number?!”52

Have you recently said something to another person that was absolutely clear to you, but a mystery to the listener? It happens to all of us. We sometimes assume people can read our minds. We simply don’t appreciate that the approximately 800 words we use in daily conversation have, in total, about 14,000 meanings! Every time we use a word, we run the risk that the listener will misinterpret what we say.

Good communicators don’t force others to be mind readers. They express themselves clearly and colorfully and make a point succinctly. People with poor communication skills are hard to listen to and understand:

A truly terrible communicator who stands out in memory (let’s call her Marcia) infuriated the members of a work team over a period of months with her endless, meandering, circumstantial speech. Marcia never came to the point. People aged visibly waiting for Marcia to finish a sentence. By the time Marcia did finish a sentence, they had forgotten what her original point was. Marcia was self-absorbed, oblivious to the effect she had on other team members. On one occasion, after a lengthy monologue about how overworked she was, Marcia wondered aloud whether she ought to just take a sabbatical and go to an island for some rest. When team members expressed concern, Marcia went right on talking, explaining that she couldn’t go now because she had library books due.

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Chapter 5: Owners, Community, and Volunteers

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Chapter Five

Owners, Community, and Volunteers

Instructors and therapists conduct the actual sessions but facilities, and a lot of support, are also necessary.

A good example of a NARHA center is Rocky Top Therapy Center, established in 1990 by Doug and Vivian Newton, at their Rocky Top

Ranch, Keller, Texas. The center has achieved NARHA premier accredited status, and has grown to annually serve two hundred physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged individuals.

“We struggled to get started,” Doug recalls. “Therapeutic riding was not widely known, to the disabled, or to the community at large, and there were few instructors in the country. We were busy getting educated on the process, giving speeches to anyone who would listen, raising the necessary dollars to make our programs possible, and improving our facilities to accommodate those with special needs. Now we are finding that keeping up with growth is an even greater challenge. Because of our successes, demands for expansion are ever increasing.”

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Chapter Thirteen Please and Thank You: Moral Development

Blanchard, Ken Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

KNOWING THAT what people called “good manners” were simply ways of treating others with respect and kindness, Amy and Matt wanted to instill those attitudes early on in their child. Having observed other small children acting rudely, they decided it was time for Josh to learn politeness before a problem arose.

In discussing how best to teach the behaviors they wanted from him, they came up with a Whale Done way of practicing them. Matt said he wanted to be the point person, so that Saturday he and Josh sat down on the living room couch, and Matt set a bowl of Cheerios®—Josh’s favorite cereal—on the coffee table.

“You and Daddy are going to play a game, okay?” Matt announced.

Josh nodded, eyeing the Cheerios hopefully.

“The game is called ’Please and Thank You.’” Matt took one of the Cheerios and held it up. “Can you say please?” he said. As Josh reached for the cereal, Matt continued to hold it out of his reach and repeated, “Say please.”

This time Josh said, “Pease,” while continuing to reaching for the Cheerio.

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Secret 2: Get Informed and Shop Around

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SECRET 2:

Get Informed and Shop Around

In a perfect world, you could trust that all things are safe for you. In reality, we have been blessed with a curious and discerning brain and a woman’s remarkable intuition to help us make safe decisions for ourselves.You have a choice in pregnancy and birth: either get informed and make decisions or remain naive.

If you favor natural birth, do you want an experienced caregiver, personal service or straight-forward care? In selecting the right physician or midwife at the right hospital, birth center, or a home birth, consider the following questions.

Having a Baby? 10 Questions to Ask

Have you decided how to have your baby? The choice is yours.

First, learn as much as you can about all your choices.There are many different ways of caring for you and your baby during labor and birth.

Birthing care that is better and healthier for mothers and babies is called “mother-friendly.” Some birth places or settings are more motherfriendly than others and that’s important to your outcome.When you are deciding where to have your baby, you can choose from different places such as a:

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PeopleSmart Skill 5

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Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.

—KOREAN PROVERB

Dale Carnegie captured the wishes of millions of people when he entitled his best-selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. We don’t just want to have friends and loved ones; from time to time, we want to be an influence in their lives.120

Influencing others has to do with getting them to be receptive to your views, advice and recommendations. It is not about getting them to admit you are right or forcing them to do as you wish. You can’t make someone see the world as you see it, but you can sometimes open their minds to new attitudes and effective courses of action.

Unfortunately, many people are intent on making people over in their own image. Typically they get nowhere:

Maureen is one of the brightest people we’ve ever met. And one of the best read and best informed as well. She can be interesting to listen to—until the point when she wants you to agree with her. If you see things differently, she barrels ahead, stating with complete certainty how right she is. She does provide facts and figures to support what she’s saying, but if you still have misgivings, her posture is that “you simply don’t understand.” Maureen also has little patience when others express views that she disagrees with. You seldom get the impression that she considers what you think or feel. The net result is that she rarely influences the views of others. She may be admired for her brilliance, but people keep her at arm’s length. Sensing the rejection of others, Maureen retreats until the next time she is intent on changing people’s minds. Her efforts are always short-lived and unsuccessful.

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Chapter 12: Private Riding Program—with profile of Erika

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Chapter Twelve

Private Riding Program— with Profile of Erika

Riding a horse can be a gateway to relief of pain, strengthening of muscles, and heightened self-esteem. The warmth of the animal, the reassuring touch of sidewalkers, and soft words of encouragement from an instructor or therapist create a separate world having its own rules and standards of normalcy. In this world, the challenged find new hope and raised expectations.

Unfortunately, in many areas there is no accredited NARHA center within a manageable driving distance. This might lead to the temptation to try riding therapy for a loved one in an environment lacking professional expertise. This could be a good thing, but in certain situations, it could be dangerous.

High on the list of inherent pitfalls is the possibility that riding a horse might actually harm someone who has a fragile skeletal structure.

The NARHA guidelines (Precautions & Contraindications) delineate conditions which render it unsafe for a person to ride, even with the guidance of specialists.1

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