Advancing Children's Health

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May 16 2018

Teens helping teens: Emotion skills group for gastrointestinal conditions

Debilitating stomach pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, dietary restrictions – As though the teenage years aren’t challenging enough, adding the symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions to the mix can make navigating adolescence especially difficult. When licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Alyssa Ward joined our gastroenterology and nutrition team two years ago, her teenage patients began asking for a support group almost immediately. “Kids with conditions causing abdominal pain and impacting bowel function... View Article


May 16 2018
College
May 8 2018

Staying healthy at college

In the next few months, many teens will be preparing for college. Part of this transition includes college-bound students taking over management of their own health care. To be sure they know the steps to take, share the following health care to-do list from adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Richard Brookman. These steps can help simplify the process and ensure good health when away from home. Health care checklist Before you... View Article


May 8 2018
African American Father Helping Daughter Move
Apr 26 2018

Is your child emotionally prepared for college?

Not all kids are college bound after high school, but many are. For parents who are sending a child off to college for the first time, reactions are often a mixed bag of pride and worry as they contemplate where their “precious baby” is going to land! For the teenager, excitement, confusion and a lack of planning are usual. Oh! The fantasy of leaving childhood and becoming a bona-fide adult,... View Article


Apr 26 2018
Gakeyce And Mom
Apr 24 2018

April calendar kid: Sharing his voice with the world

In the five years he’s been using his communication device, Gakeyce Kearney’s vocabulary has expanded exponentially. He’s grown from being able to say four pre-set phrases to being able to answer questions when he chats with friends. What’s most impressive, though, is that this engaging 10-year-old does it all using his eyes. Gakeyce has cerebral palsy, which affects his ability to control certain muscles and to form words. The effects... View Article


Apr 24 2018
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Apr 16 2018

Start with a smile and say hello:
Conversation tips for assistive technology

Technology is in every hand, every car, every home. We don’t think twice when we see others pull out a cell phone, drive a Segway or type on a laptop. We may hesitate, though, when we see someone driving a power wheelchair in the park or ordering a Big Mac at McDonald’s using a communication device. Though these devices have much of the same technology we are familiar with, we... View Article


Apr 16 2018
Excited Little Girl On The First Day Of Preschool
Apr 12 2018

Getting ready for kindergarten: 6 tips from a pediatrician and mom

Families throughout Central Virginia will register their little ones for kindergarten on April 19. Then, the countdown begins! This first step into the world of formal learning and increased independence can bring mixed emotions for both parents and children. What can you do to make sure the whole family is ready? “Preparing for kindergarten involves more than learning the ABCs, although that’s important too,” says Bergen Nelson, MD, who has... View Article


Apr 12 2018
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Apr 5 2018

Happy birthday, CHoR FAN!

Our Family Advisory Network (aka CHoR FAN), is celebrating its second birthday. What began as a small group of parents and caregivers coming together to provide feedback on their experiences has turned into much more, for both the families and the hospital. “The Family Advisory Network is an avenue for caregivers to have a voice in the care we deliver at CHoR,” said Jan Kirby, RN, pediatric patient advocate and... View Article


Apr 5 2018
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Apr 2 2018

CHoR docs among the best in Richmond magazine’s 2018 ‘Top Docs’ list

Each year Richmond magazine asks doctors in Central Virginia to nominate fellow ‘Top Docs’ in the region. They’re asked to think about which local care providers they would visit themselves or recommend to family members. An extraordinary 78 of our CHoR physicians and surgeons made the 2018 list! “I am proud to see so many of our physicians and surgeons named Top Docs by their peers,” said Elias Neujahr, CEO of CHoR. “We have... View Article


Apr 2 2018
Mother Helping Her Daughter While Studying
Mar 29 2018

How to help your grieving child

How do you help a child through grief associated with the illness or loss of a loved one while you yourself are grieving? There’s a special team at CHoR that can answer that difficult question and provide kindness and support along the way. Mental health professionals at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children specialize in helping children experiencing grief at all stages. When families are initially faced with the illness,... View Article


Mar 29 2018
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Mar 26 2018

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish:
Dr. Seuss skill-building fun

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” From these opening lines, the Dr. Seuss classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish brings together simple rhymes, whimsical illustrations and the promise of fun in a book that’s considered a great learning tool for beginning readers. Describing the book as both “fantastic and fun,” our therapy team recommends reading this type of book often –... View Article


Mar 26 2018