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  • Choosing Safe Caregivers

    Choosing Safe Caregivers

    In most cases of child sexual abuse, the abuser is alone with the child, has authority over the child, and takes advantage of the child’s trust. With this in mind, how can you choose safe authority figures and activities for your child? It starts with screening. Just as you would take the time to vet […]

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  • Courageous Conversations

    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became clear to me that it was unfair to put this burden on children, when we as adults are the ones responsible for keeping […]

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  • Young Boy Playing Basketball

    What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

    Concussions pose a serious threat to the developing brains of children and adolescents. Unfortunately, there is no single sign or symptom that positively indicates that a concussion has occurred. The most important thing to remember about treating children and student athletes who have sustained a blow to the head is that a loss of consciousness […]

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  • Concussion Symptoms

    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can experience a concussion during any sport or recreational activity, so it’s important for coaches […]

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  • Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the risk and seriousness of brain trauma for decades. The lawsuits were prompted by a growing body of research showing that […]

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  • The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes

    The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes

    Participating in sports can add an important dimension to a child’s life. In addition to boosting self-confidence and fostering a lifelong interest in physical fitness, lessons learned on the playing field can help children become cooperative team members and better leaders. Unfortunately, some sports carry a high risk of hard hits that can result in […]

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  • When Diabetes Strikes

    When Diabetes Strikes: A Mother and Doctor Shares Her Personal Experience With Childhood Diabetes

    As a pediatric specialist, and mother to a child who was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, I have a deep understanding of how parents strive to do everything they can to help their children. I also appreciate how dealing with a sudden and serious illness can bring on feelings of powerlessness. Many moms […]

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  • Making Sure A Childs Medical Needs Are Met

    Making Sure A Child’s Medical Needs Are Met During School Hours

    One of the hardest things to do as a parent of a child with an illness is to let go of control and have faith that the other adults in their life will take good care of them. This is especially difficult when your child is at school for 8 hours a day. So how […]

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  • From Serious Illness to Playtime

    From Serious Illness to Playtime! Maintaining A Sense of Wonderment After Your Child Falls Ill

    When a child falls ill, they are thrust into an adult world of doctor’s appointments, injections, medications and hospitals. Oftentimes a child struggling with illness doesn’t have enough energy to play – but playtime is an essential part of childhood and is beneficial both physically and mentally – especially when a child is ill. So […]

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  • Your Childs Illness

    Explaining Your Child’s Illness to School Administrators and Classmates

    So your child has been diagnosed with an illness – you’ve helped them learn all there is to know about their treatment and have set up a routine to ensure they are managing their symptoms. But your child still doesn’t completely understand their illness and certainly won’t be able to explain it to their teachers […]

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