Celebrating child life professionals this March

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“Children process information from the world around them much differently than adults,” explains the Child Life Council. “They have distinct needs for managing the effects of stress and trauma.” Child life specialists are pediatric health care workers who help kids and their families manage to deal with chronic illness, hospitalization…

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Meet Hawkins: two-year-old with hydrocephalus and joy for life

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September may be the turning point between seasons. Summer fades into the cooler weather of spring as leaves change and the air lightens. But the month is also an opportunity for people around the country to rally support for raising awareness of hydrocephalus during National Hydrocephalus Awareness month. Hydrocephalus is…

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Your Back to School Resources for Managing Epilepsy

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Although as many as 1 in 26 people in the Unites States will develop a seizure disorder, the condition is not as commonly discussed as food allergies among children returning to school. But the challenges can be just as great for children managing epilepsy and their families. Communication is key…

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7 Back to School Accessories for Children with Diabetes

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Back to school shopping is one of the busiest times of year for retailers. Parents re-evaluate what clothing fits and isn’t worn through, kids beg for the hottest sneakers and backpacks. But for children with diabetes, going back to school is also a time to think about how they will…

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Back to School with Chronic Heart Disease

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Back to school time is here, and for many families, there is an excited frenzy that accompanies it. While children’s faces light up at the thought of new clothes, backpacks and accessories, their parents simultaneously feel relief and stress. These feelings can be amplified for parents of children with chronic…

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A Mother’s Love: My Son has Chronic Heart Disease

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Submitted by Jodi Lemacks Mother’s Day is not just about getting Mom the perfect present; it’s about celebrating the relationship between mothers and their children. One mother recently shared with us an update on her son who has lived with a chronic heart disease his entire young life. Joshua Lemacks,…

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Autism and Wandering

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For parents and other caregivers of children and adults with autism, wandering is a major concern and cause for stress. Wandering, sometimes called elopement, describes when a person, usually someone who is cognitively, mentally or emotionally impaired or not developed, walks or runs away from a caregiving situation. Essentially it…

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