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8 Ways To Get The Best Medical Care For Your Kids

BOOK EXCERPT TIPS FOR PARENTS FROM HEALING CHILDREN: A SURGEON’S STORIES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE BY KURT NEWMAN, M.D. Over the years I’ve found myself giving advice to parents about how to tackle the confounding range of decisions involved in finding the right doctors and medical care for their children. A good guiding principle is that the more you use experts and facilities that specialize in pediatric care, the better your child’s experience […]

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How Shared Care Plans Help Children With Special Needs And Their Families

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Shared plans of care are records of health information communicated with the medical team and patient. This allows primary care providers, specialists and others to communicate with each other, as well as allowing access to essential medical information to families of children with special needs. Why Does Your Child Need a Shared Care Plan? Sometimes children with special needs have multiple conditions which could be affected by each other. For example, […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

BY JAMIE VALIS, PHD A coach stands on the side-lines, providing messages of strategy and tactics to an athlete. A referee blows the whistle to signal the stoppage of play. A teammate yells encouraging words on the field. The fans roar with applause after an athlete scores a goal. Athletes rely on hearing for direction, encouragement, teamwork, and safety. “The prevalence of hearing loss for adults with intellectual disabilities is higher than for persons in […]

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In Someone Else’s Shoes

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN She knew these parents care for their children each and every day, knowing the difficulties they face. These parents may struggle each day to do something as simple as transporting them to school. I’ve always wondered if there would be more empathy in the world for people with disabilities, or for families who are raising children with disabilities, if those not affected could live in our shoes for a […]