American Heart Month: Putting the Spotlight on Congenital Heart Defects

February 14, 2017

congenital

When you hear about heart attacks and heart disease, the first things you may think about are risk factors such as diet, obesity, or unhealthy lifestyles. However, there are a significant number of children born yearly with a heart defect who are already at risk. According to the CDC, 40,000 children are born each year with a congenital heart defect, which equates to 1 in every 100 births. What is a Congenital Heart Defect? A congenital heart defect (CHD) occurs when part of the heart or blood vessels does not fully develop or abnormally develops during pregnancy, affecting the flow…Read More

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Five Steps to a Healthy Heart

February 6, 2017

Healthy Heart

If there was a disease that was responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country each year, what would you do to prevent that disease? Unfortunately, there is such an ailment in America: heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease accounts for about 25% of all deaths in the United States. It is the number one killer of both men and women, taking 610,000 people each year. These statistics can be startling and terrifying. However, you should take some comfort in knowing that there are ways you can protect yourself and…Read More

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Stop Infection Before it Hits

October 25, 2016

infection prevention

How You Can Break the Chain of Infection You know the feeling: you wake up and everything hurts. Your head is splitting, your nose is running, and your body aches. Despite all the plans you had for the day, you slowly come to terms with the fact that you have an infection. If you’re a parent, you start wondering if the kids already have it and how to prevent it if they don’t. One thing’s for sure: waking up sick is not a great way to start the day. Whether it’s the flu, the common cold, or something more serious,…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 1: Trick or Treating with Special Needs

October 20, 2016

trick or treat

Halloween!  What an amazing time of the year!  Halloween is a time when kids all over the country get dressed up, knock on neighbor’s doors, and say “trick or treat!”  People decorate their homes, visit haunted houses, and attend costume parties.  This is a time that everybody loves, right?  However, imagine this Halloween scenario instead.  Everyone is getting ready to go outside to begin trick or treating.  Everyone has their costumes on except for Billy.  Billy is refusing to put his costume on because the tag is itchy and he doesn’t like to wear a mask.  Or maybe he is confused…Read More

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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

down syndrome awareness

Knowledge and understanding of Down syndrome has come a long way. The first confirmed case of the disorder was found in a person who lived about 1,500 years ago and it wasn’t accurately identified until 1866. Despite all we know about its causes, risk factors, and the wonderful people who live full lives with it, many myths still surround Down syndrome. Here are a few of those myths and the facts that bust them: Fiction: Life with Down syndrome is sad Fact: People with Down syndrome can live full, productive, and happy lives. Parents of children with Down syndrome often…Read More

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How Routines Lead to Success

October 14, 2016

Routines

How Routines Lead to Success As a parent of a child with special needs, your life may sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Although your children light up your world, simple things like getting the children ready for bed can feel impossible some days. What would you do to get a little order in your home? Setting up some family routines may be the game changer you need! Creating routines can be a foundation of security for children and a much-needed source of peace for parents. It may seem counterintuitive, but a predictable schedule and routine gives children the structure they…Read More

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3 Steps of Motor Planning

October 2, 2016

Motor Planning

Have you ever noticed or wondered why some children are able to ‘pick up’ skills and do things after trying them only a few times so easily, while other children practice these skills over and over and never seem to get it? While there can be multiple reasons for why some children have more difficulty with these tasks, motor planning is a skill that has a great effect on a child’s ability to do everyday activities. In fact, every activity we do that uses muscles requires some level of motor planning. 3 Steps of Motor Planning It may seem as…Read More

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The 8 Senses of the Body

September 27, 2016

all 8 senses

Using All of Our Senses We use our senses to tell us what is going on in our environment and the world every day. For most of us, being in busy, stimulating environments, like carnivals, malls, or schools, isn’t a challenge. However, many children are not able to process sensory information easily, especially if more than one of our senses is stimulated at the same time. Our sensory systems do many things for our brain and body, and when there is a miscommunication between the two, it can greatly affect a child’s ability to engage and interact with others. What…Read More

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Newborn Screenings 101

September 12, 2016

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening 101: History and Key Facts In the hours immediately following birth, new parents face what may seem like an endless stream of doctors, nurses, consultants, and other medical professionals who are there to ensure the child’s health and well-being. Amidst the chaos, wonder, and magic of the post-delivery days, new parents will meet a few medical professionals who will perform life-saving newborn screenings. To understand why these simple screenings matter so much, it’s important to look at the history of newborn screenings, what babies are being tested for, and what the procedures are. With a fuller understanding, it’s…Read More

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Using Data to Improve Development

September 8, 2016

Washing Hands

Johnny’s Hands are Always Dirty: Why Data Matters You are trying to teach Johnny how to wash his hands, but every time you tell him to wash his hands, he ends up with wet hands that are still dirty. What do you do? Do you know which steps Johnny is missing when he tries to wash his hands? Do you know what to change to help him wash his hands correctly? When asking the question, “How can data help?” this story is a perfect example. If we are trying to teach Johnny to wash his hands, but he is just…Read More

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