On February 25, 2013 we sailed 5 nights on board Royal Caribbean's "Liberty of the Seas" from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Port visits were Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica.
This Cruise Conference truly was a one of a kind, life-changing experience for many of the families and the speakers. Following were the fantastic line up of speakers:
Nathan Purdy, 21, self-advocate with Down syndrome, has benefited from biomedical intervention from age 5 as well as various educational and speech therapies such as neurotherapy. He attended Montessori preschool, then public school through the sixth grade, then was homeschooled through high school. He now has his learner's permit and a job that he loves. Nathan is a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan and enjoys Bible study. Nathan is very excited to speak to cruise guests.
Kent MacLeod, the founder of NutriChem, an award-winning pharmacist with over 30 years of experience in delivering patient centered complementary health care based on an Orthomolecular approach to health and wellness. He has researched, formulated and tested a broad range of nutritional formulas and supplements including a NutriChem vitamin line formulation for Down Syndrome. Author of Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy.
Dr. Norm Schwartz, Integrative medicine specialist with over 30 years experience and an extensive background in treating complex chronic health problems. Formerly medical director of Integrative Medicine for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee, WI, he is now in private practice helping individuals and families dealing with ADHD, autism, Down syndrome and neurodevelopmental disorders using biomedical treatments.
Dr. Teresa Cody, founder of Changing Minds Foundation, parent of teen with DS, worked with doctors and scientific research to create a treatment protocol. Travels extensively to educate parents and doctors. Learn more at Changing Minds Foundation
Dr. Gregory De Silva, surgeon, clinical researcher and parent, will discuss evidenced based medicine and how it relates to DS treatment. He will also discuss DS cognition research, the current findings and the inadequacies of NIH funded DS research.
Kristen Morrison, parent to child with DS, author, creator of informative website: Naturally Better Kids, founder of the Grow Foundation for Naturally Better Kids shares methods which make it possible for children with neurological challenges to achieve potential beyond traditional expectations.
Laurette Janak, parent to adopted teen with DS and Autism, independent researcher, speaker and advocate. Part of her work included coordinating a study on metabolic biomarkers and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004.
Geralyn Spiesz, parent to child with DS, Master's level Occupational Therapist, author of Redefining the Reality of Down Syndrome; Baby's First Year and blogger of The Down Syndrome Action Plan.
Cyndi Ringoen, parent to son with chromosomal disorder, neurodevelopmentalist, President of The International Association of Neurodevelopmentalists (ICAN) and owner of CAN-DO. Cyndi's has a wide-range of education including two degrees in psychology, The Bowen Technique, Rhythmic Movement and Samonas Sound Therapy.
Linda Kane, Neurodevelopmentalist, parent of adult with DS, believes the potential of an individual is determined by the opportunities presented to them. Linda travels extensively around the USA & Canada seeing families, lecturing and teaching. She has worked with thousands of individuals during the past seventeen years. Learn more at hope-future.org
Brea Maday, Speech Language Pathologist, is an instructor of Oral Facial Reflex Integration Level I for the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute. As a Core Specialist in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) program, she is a member of the team doing research on their protocol and its impact on the development of oral motor skills.
Shannon Desilets has a BS in Physical Therapy, Shannon later went on to receive extensive training in CranioSacral Therapy and has served as an assistant teacher with the Upledger Institute. She has trained directly with Dr. Masgutova in Poland and throughout the U.S. She is also part of the research team investigating the changes that result in children's proprioceptive awareness, coordination, and overall cognitive organization. She has worked in pediatrics for over 15 years as a PT. She dedicates her private practice to providing MRNI and CST as a support.
Lori Burgess has a BA and MS in Communicative Disorders; Interpreter for the Deaf - fluent in ASL, PSE, SEE and Cued speech;. Lori presently works in pediatrics with Down Syndrome, ASD and other learning disorders and disabilities. She is a Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Core Specialist, Instructor for MNRI Oral Facial; Local Area Coordinator for MN, and she travels the country working at the MNRI family conferences.
Please join us for the next Mission Possible Cruise
2014 Mission Possible Down Syndrome Cruise Conference
7 nights round trip to Alaska !
On board Celebrity's Solstice Ship – the Jewel of Alaska
Departs July 4, 2014 from Seattle, Washington
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