JOIN US: Club NF Participates in the Go! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon

RRRM LogoClub NF hits the pavement! The Washington University NF Center, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Go! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend have paired up to provide our families the perfect event to jump start fitness. Being an active family has benefits that are far reaching; children who are involved with sports and activity consistently perform better in school, have increased attention and improved peer relationships. Running offers an easy, affordable, and flexible way for everyone in the family to be active. Although running can be intimidating, sometimes all it takes is signing up for an incredible event like the Read, Right & Run Marathon to get started.

The Go! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon challenges children to read 26 books, perform 26 community rights (good deeds) and run 25 miles before April 9. This means, as of today, you can achieve this goal by running just over one mile per week (which can be done in one run or via multiple outings throughout the week). On April 9, the children will run the final 1.2 miles of a marathon as a team in Forest Park, celebrating an amazing accomplishment as a group. Then, the party will continue after the race with our April Club NF Event. We will be hosting a family picnic in Forest Park with games, food and fun – the perfect way to make connections, celebrate and enjoy great company!

If your entire family wants to take on a fitness challenge, Go! St. Louis offers a variety of activities throughout the weekend, from a silver streak for grandparents to a 5K for new runners, and a half or  full marathon for those wanting to go the extra mile. Starting a running regimen is easier than you think, and the “Couch to 5K” program outlines an easy way to take the first steps. Our St. Louis Children’s Hospital Physical Therapist, Courtney Dunn, PT, DPT, is an avid runner and had this to say about her experience with running, “I began running about eight years ago and can’t imagine my life without it today. I remember the first time I tried to run – I was only able to get to the end of my block. I remember the pride I had when I was finally able to run a mile without stopping. And now, with my friends and family by my side, running many miles passes quickly. I find it to be a great stress reliever, providing both quiet time to reflect and chatting time to maintain great friendships, all while taking care of my health.”

We would love for your child to join us in the Read, Right & Run! Our team will be providing support every step of the way, from answering questions to cheering you on should your motivation drop. We have worked with the Go! St. Louis Marathon Team to make sure all of our runners are successful and get to feel the pride of setting a goal, working hard and achieving it. If your child needs additional support to complete the final run (a running buddy, a modified distance) we will accommodate it.

Go! St. Louis RRRMWhat: Go! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon (final 1.2 mile run) and April 2016 Club NF
When: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Forest Park in St. Louis, MO 63112 (near the Visitor’s Center)
Register: Sign-up is simple (and free for our families)

  1. Go to: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/14932 and select ‘CONTINUE AS A GUEST’
  2. Select READ, RIGHT & RUN and follow the prompts to enter your child’s information
  3. Select JOIN EXISTING TEAM and enter your team name: ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL and password: SLCH Runs
  4. Contact Kirsten Brouillet at brouilletk@neuro.wustl.edu for the coupon code for free event registration (for Club NF families only)

For additional information, please review our event flyer (pdf) or contact Kirsten Brouillet at brouilletk@neuro.wustl.edu.

Nicole’s Nook: Easily Share Files on Your iPad

Google Drive Overview

As we are now well into the school year and parent/teacher conferences have just been (or will soon be) held, many families may be reevaluating their student’s progress and ability to accomplish their school-related tasks. The iPad may play a key role in your child’s school day, but printing and sharing work is often a challenge. Many school districts are working to minimize printing requirements and move toward cloud-based sharing of documents with services like Google Drive.

Google Drive is a free app that allows you to share files that were created in a different app. To utilize this document sharing app, you will need to download it first and sign in or create a Google account. Once you are in My Drive, you may want to create separate folders for each class (separate folder for Language Arts, Math, Science, etc.). Then, go into each folder and Add People, making sure to also add the affiliated teacher for each class by using his or her email address. For elementary school children, you may still want to create separate subject folders even though there is only one homeroom teacher. This will encourage organization and keep all subject-related documents together. Another helpful suggestion is to name your documents with your initials, the date and subject, which will allow you to opening each document individually to identify it. Fortunately, many of my favorite productivity apps allow sharing via Google Drive.

  • SnapType: When sharing a worksheet, share as a PDF, then select the Google Drive app (Copy to Drive). The document/worksheet will then upload into your drive and will be listed under your Files. If you would like to put it in a specific folder, hold and drag the file to the folder you want.
  • iAnnotate PDF: In order to share via Google Drive, one of your toolbars must include the tool Open in External Application. Select this option and select the Flattened version of your worksheet. Then select the Google Drive app (Copy to Drive). It will then upload to your files and you can hold and drag it to the folder you want. While SnapType is a bit easier to use, iAnnotate offers many more annotation tools such as the pencil, highlighter, stamp, etc.
  • Co-Writer: This app works a bit differently with Google Drive as it uploads its own ‘Co-Writer’ folder vs. your files. If you would like to move it to a different folder, simply open the Co-Writer folder, select your document on the far right side where the three vertical dots are located and select Move from the menu. Then select the folder you want to move it to.
  • myMemoir: Documents in this journaling app can be shared as a PDF, then exported to the Google Drive app. To do so, select the arrow icon in the upper left corner and select Share, then select PDF. Scroll to the bottom and select Export. Once the export is complete, select Open In and choose the Google Drive app (Copy to Drive). Save and upload the file and then hold and drag it to place it in a folder.

I hope this information will make your iPad even more functional and productive this school year!

-Nicole Weckherlin, OTR/L