• Balance and Self-Efficacy of Balance in Children with CHARGE Syndrome

      Haibach, Pamela; Lieberman, Lauren J.; The College at Brockport (2013-01-01)
      Introduction: Balance is a critical component of daily living, because it affects all movements and the ability to function independently. Children with CHARGE syndrome have sensory and motor impairments that could negatively affect their balance and postural control. The purpose of the study presented in this article was to assess the balance and self-efficacy of balance of these children. Methods: Twenty-one children with CHARGE syndrome aged 6 - 12 and 31 age - and gender-matched sighted control participants without CHARGE syndrome completed the study. Each participant completed the Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) and a self-efficacy of balance survey, the Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC). Results: The PBS results revealed that the participants in the control group performed significantly better than did those with CHARGE syndrome (p
    • Balance in Adolescents with and without Visual Impairments

      Haibach, Pamela; Pritchett, Jennifer; Lieberman, Lauren J.; The College at Brockport (2011-07-01)
      Research has found balance to be significantly delayed in children and adolescents with visual impairments in comparison to their sighted peers, but the relationship between balance self-efficacy and actual balance is unknown. This study examined dynamic and static balance and balance self-efficacy in adolescents who are blind (B) and have low vision (LV); the role of visual experience upon balance; sighted (S) and sighted blindfolded (SB); and experience with vision (SB compared to LV and B); and the relationship between perceived and actual balance. The results revealed that the degree of impairment (Lv compared to B)and experience with vision (SB compared to LV and B)were significant factors in many of the balance assessments, but not the balance self-efficacy ratings. Main effects for self-efficacy ratings and significant correlations for self-efficacy and balance measurements were found for only a few of the more difficult tasks. In conclusion, it is important to examine both motor performance and self-efficacy in adolescents with visual impairments on a variety of familiar tasks and contexts to gain a thorough understanding of the individual's balance. This information is essential when developing appropriate and effective balance interventions for adolescents with visual impairments.
    • Balance in Adults with Visual Impairments

      Haibach, Pamela; The College at Brockport (2015-11-05)
      During this session, attendees will learn about balance, and it's role in performing activities of daily living and maintaining an independent lifestyle. Attendees will also participate in some basic assessments to better understanding your own balance, and finally, attendees will learn some at home activities to improve their balance.
    • Effects of Pollutants

      Wade, Suzanne; The College at Brockport (2006-07-18)
      Objectives: The objective of this lesson is to have students work with a working model of a watershed system that discharges polluted waters into a water basin. Within the watershed various land use areas are affecting the overall quality of the water being emptied into the basin. Students will be given the opportunity to manipulate the management techniques of various land uses to optimize water quality at the mouth of the watershed. Students will be able to hypothesize the effects that new techniques will have on specific pollutants. Students will become aware of the role that all land users have in keeping water quality high. This particular lesson is best suited for the Envirothon Team and the Living Environment Classes.
    • Group Differences in Balance between Individuals with and without Intellectual Disabilities Following a Progressive Overload Powerlifting Program

      Kozub, Francis M.; Collier, Douglas; Williams, Christopher; Rispoli, Thomas R.; The College at Brockport (2013-11-13)
      The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a core-lifting program on functional balance in persons with intellectual disabilities (ages 27 - 43). This study compared balance results from a group of young adults with intellectual disabilities to a comparison group made up of college aged, typically developing peers (ages 21-27). The intervention lasted six weeks and included one day of progressive powerlifting using three sets of six to eight repetitions as outlined by the Special Olympics Powerlifting Coaches Guide (Special Olympics, 2011). An important research question for this study was to determine if strength improvements in the target population were linked to balance. Results included a lack of association between task analysis scores and balance as measured by force plates (p > .05). Further posttest strength findings resulted in the comparison group significantly outscoring the experimental group on maximum squat rate of force development (ROFD), average squat ROFD, and squat maximum force, F(1, 15) = 5.19, p < .05, F(1, 15) = 21.99, p < .05, F(1, 15) = 28.02, p < .05 respectively. With respect to strength changes over the intervention, the experimental group did not improve in strength over the six week intervention (p > .05). Finally, no relationship was found between balance and strength during pre or posttesting which contradicts the notion that strength gains are associated with balance in these participants with intellectual disabilities. In summary, the intervention length was targeted as too short to achieve the desired strength changes.
    • Healthy Ecosystems

      Arrendell, Robert; The College at Brockport (2006-07-24)
      Objectives: Students will be able to show and explain the predator/prey population relationship between the Canada lynx and the snowshoe hare using the TI-84 graphing calculator. Students will understand the importance of species balancing each other out in order to establish a healthy ecosystem.
    • Physical activity interventions for children with Down syndrome: A synthesis of the research literature

      Petersen, Susan C.; Funk, Maleda; The College at Brockport (2017-12-18)
      This synthesis highlights the available physical activity interventions/programs for children with Down syndrome. More specifically, the literature review examined evidence-based research in the areas of dance and movement, balance and stability, two-wheel bicycle, strength and agility and barriers and facilitators. The literature review used peer-reviewed and scholarly articles in order to examine the most effective physical activity intervention/programs for children with Down syndrome. Results showed that all physical activity interventions/programs can be effective for children with Down syndrome, especially when developmentally appropriate modifications and adaptations are incorporated. Dance and movement programs, balance and stability exercises using virtual reality games, learning to ride a two-wheel bicycle and strength and agility interventions can enhance the whole child’s quality of life through participation and exposure.