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From 01/06/2003 to 01/20/2003, James Gleason, PT, MS answered questions on the topic 'Spasticity'.

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-Physical Therapist

James Gleason, PT, MS


Physical Therapist
Instructor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center.

Mr. Gleason completed his physical therapy training at Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions (now the Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences) in 1976. He received an advanced Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Practice in 1982 also at Boston University supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. His Masters thesis is on the Reliability of Physical Therapists Observations of Normal and Spastic Children. Mr. Gleason has been a practicing physical therapist in Massachusetts since 1976 working with children and adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including early intervention, schools, and adult community and residential programs. He has directed physical therapy and adapted physical education programs at the Wrentham State School under the auspices of Childrenís Hospital, Boston and has been the director of physical therapy at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center from 1987 to the present time. Mr. Gleasonís primary area of clinical interest is in the functional, developmental, and physical assessment of motor skills and impairments in persons with developmental disability. He has taught pediatric physical therapy courses at Boston University, Notre Dame College and Simmons College and is currently teaching public policy related content for the Leadership Education Program (LEND) at the Shriver Center.

"Ask the Expert" provides general guidance and serves as a forum for comments about issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. The information provided by the Expert is not intended, and should not be used, as a diagnosis or treatment plan. The information provided in "Ask the Expert" does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of any persons at the University of Massachusetts Medical School or the Shriver Center."

"Ask the Expert" is one component of an information exchange Website called the Developmental Disability Leadership Forum, hosted by the Shriver Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability at University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Forum was created to provide a place for consumers, family members, students, professionals and policy makers to share ideas, ask questions, take courses and generally find out what's going on in the developmental disabilities field. In this context, "Ask the Expert" provides general guidance and serves as a forum for comments about issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. It is not intended to provide a place where specific diagnosis or treatment recommendations can be made, nor will person-specific advice be offered. Instead, we hope that users of the site will ask questions that address broad disability issues so that the responses from experts can be used by a number of people who visit the site. For example, a question that "Ask the Expert" could respond to would be, "How has the federal special education law changed services for children in special education?" Another example of an appropriate question would be, "What are some of the indicators that a child might have attention deficit disorder? What should I do if I think my child is showing these signs?" "Ask the Expert" would not be helpful in a situation in which one asks the question, "My daughter gets angry when I ask her to do her chores. Should I take her to a neurologist?"

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