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Augmentative Communication provides options for speech

Augmentative and alternative communication can literally help to give a voice to individuals with diagnoses or conditions that can include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Down syndrome. In Mary Free Bed’s Augmentative Communication Program, a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist work with…
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Members of Mary Free Bed Staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You see the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over the internet lately, staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital decided to take up the challenge…and donate. Follow #ALSIceBucketChallenge via social media or go to www.alsworldwide.org for more information.

ALS Clinic inspires patients to raise money

by Kate Snider JJ Bouma’s life changed in an instant when he was given the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. On the afternoon of September 16, 2005, JJ’s doctor met with him and his family to discuss the results of tests that had been taken to determine the…
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Mary Free Bed ALS patient’s husband receives Caregiver of the Year Award

It was Mary Free Bed’s privilege to provide treatment for Sally Langerak, an ALS patient who recently died from the disease. But it was Sally’s husband, Steve, who had the truest honor of caring for his wife of 40 years until the very end. As reported in a recent article on www.MLive.com, Steve welcomed the…
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