Children and Parents

How To Make Sure Your Child Eats Well: Part Two

Eating used to be a family affair, a time when everyone came together to talk, share, and enjoy each other’s company. We’re nourished by each other’s presence when we sit around the table. Nowadays, many of us catch meals on the run and don’t spend enough quality time together while enjoying good food.

What is GMO?

Of growing concern is the prevalence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in our food.  The question is GMO safe for us to eat?

GMOs are organisms that have been created through gene splicing and biotechnology, also called genetically engineered (GE) foods.  GMOs are created and cannot occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding.  Most GMOs are bred to withstand heavy pesticides.

Can a Standard Classroom Meet the Needs of the Gifted?

It is widely known that gifted students have special needs, yet few schools provide daily programs designed to meet these needs. While many schools have what they refer to as a “gifted program,” this program usually only consists of a weekly, pull-out class. Thus, the vast majority of a gifted child’s school experience occurs within the walls of a “normal” classroom. This begs the question -- can a standard classroom meet the needs of gifted children?

How to Protect Your Family from the Sun

With the weather getting warmer and kids taking breaks from school, families are sure to spend more time out of doors and in the sun.  We all know we should put on sunscreen, but which kind is the best and how often should we put it on?  How do we protect our eyes as well?  Get some tips before a fun family afternoon.

Help for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that typically begins in late adolescence and early adulthood.  Symptoms of schizophrenia include “negative” and “positive” symptoms.  Negative symptoms refer to a lack of an emotion or characteristic, and these symptoms include flat affect (lack of facial expression), poor eye contact, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest, inability to take care of oneself.  Positive symptoms, on the other han

Histamine Invasions

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, grass is green and Mother Nature offers her rays of warm sun as a relief for the winter’s chill. For some of us, flowers and grass can give rise to pollen sensitivity. Pollen present, high levels of histamine can surface and result in the sudden onset of sniffles, sneezing and irritability. Or can they?

When the Chips are Down, Say "Thank You"

Cayden was referred to “The Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children’s Health (QA) before he hit his 3 month mark.  Already, my little man was exhibiting difficulties meeting milestones; he was not responding to faces, auditory or visual stimuli and he had no head control whatsoever. It was also discovered that he had Gastro Esophageal Reflux on a grand scale -- think regurgitating his milk upwards of 25 times per day.

What is Respite Care?

Caring for a special needs child or adult becomes a part of daily life for many parents and caregivers.  It’s a demanding and difficult job, and many parents don’t get the breaks they need to stay healthy.  It is critical for parents and caregivers to get care of their own in the form of respite, which is a short-term break that can relieve stress, re-energize your life, and give you a sense of balance

How to Make Sure Your Child Eats Well: Part One

We all know how important nutrition is to a child’s health, but it’s doubly important for children with learning difficulties. Children can’t learn when they’re malnourished or if they’re eating too much junk food.

Diabetes on the Rise in Teenagers

According to a study by the CDC published in Pediatrics journal, diabetes is significantly on the rise for teenagers.  Nearly one quarter of American children and adolescents has type 2 diabetes or is developing the disease.