Scott Price: Hello! I am Scott Price, President of the Spina Bifida Foundation. I serve as a National Advocate for Spina Bifida related issues, and I am also the proud father of an adult son, who lives with Spina Bifida.
Today, thanks to medical advances. About 90% of children born with Spina Bifida, live to be adults, nearly 80% have normal intelligence and 75% are able to play sports and participate in other recreational activity. These are especially encouraging statistics for a community in which 40 years ago, very few children with spina bifida survived into adulthood.
Recent research, into spina bifida treatment and care has begun to address some of the more common social and mental challenges such as learning disabilities and depression. Interventions such as an individualized educational plan or physical or recreational therapy, or support group discussions can help to mange these issues.
If you are the parent of the child with spina bifida, I encourage you to contact your local Spina Bifida Association chapter to tap in to the valuable support, that's available for both you and your child.
In the next segment, we'll consider how you might minimize the risk of having a spina bifida affected pregnancy.