Asthma – questions answered

by Jacqueline Watts, B.S., P.A. student What is asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It affects the airways leading to your lungs. Airways become sensitive to allergens and triggers which irritate the airways causing them to get tighter and become inflamed. Asthma is a very common reason for missed …

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Executive Function Issues

Some children evaluated for ADHD are found to not have ADHD but rather executive function problems. On the other hand, many children with ADHD also have executive function problems. What are some clues that your child has executive function problems? Their backpack/bedroom looks like an explosion They cannot keep track of what homework is due …

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ADHD: assessment and treatment

Diagnosing ADHD:  A parents guide to the process 1.Talk to your provider if you see that your child is having difficulty concentrating, paying attention to tasks, or completing assignments at school 2. ADHD Diagnosis involves collecting data from 2 sources: HOME and SCHOOL Your provider will ask ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to fill out the VANDERBILT QUESTIONNAIRE …

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When you live with the bear – ACEs

Some children present to me with complex problems or multiple problems that fail to resolve after the typical interventions. I recall a child with severe abdominal pain. He had tried numerous medicines and had had scopes and studies galore. It had reached the point where he was being scheduled for exploratory surgery to try and …

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Volunteering can help teens with and without emotional challenges

Many teens have the classic teen angst and some have a dissatisfied attitude. Others face true depressive feelings. One way to work through this is to help others in the greater community. The Dalai Lama tweeted about this topic as seen below. Teens can learn a great deal by helping others. Whether a teen volunteers …

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The turkey hunt – sharing values and joy with children at Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and those who celebrate are dashing around with errands. There are gifts to be bought, cookies to be made, school plays to attend and more all demanding your time and attention. At the same time, it is a season where we can reflect on the values and traditions of Christmas – giving, togetherness, and …

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