While many young children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, ballerinas and astronauts, those who encounter people like Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST during their stay in the hospital often develop heroes of a different kind. During March, we celebrate heroes like Heather, a senior child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) who spends her time helping children and their families cope with the different health challenges and... View Article

Mar 31 2014

When children and families enter the Dental Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus, they are immediately greeted by the receptionist peering out of the ‘submarine porthole’ window. The child-friendly Dental Clinic is specifically designed to make children feel as comfortable and safe as possible from the moment they enter, until to the moment they leave.“Our dental team works hard to calm children by explaining... View Article

Mar 25 2014

From the big bright physical therapy gym filled with colorful balls and weights, to the ladders and plush mats children can “play” on during fun physical therapy sessions, the environment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Bon Air Therapy Center is welcoming, child-friendly and cheerful.The  Bon Air Therapy Center provides psychology services as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy. Services range from voice therapy and the treatment... View Article

Mar 25 2014

Sometimes a child’s ongoing health condition requires both medical and nursing care, and special equipment or services. The Tranistional Care Unit (TCU) at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus provides a friendly, supportive and comfortable environment for both children and their families. From the moment you enter the unit, you know this is a place just for kids!“Montana is 11-years-old and has been a resident at CHoR’s TCU for seven years,” said... View Article

Mar 20 2014

From registered dieticians and interactive cooking classes to the exercise specialists and fun teen support groups, CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center, a comprehensive pediatric obesity treatment and research center, could easily be mistaken for a fun community recreation center. With 1 in 3 U.S. kids considered overweight or obese, childhood obesity is not only detrimental to a child’s health, causing issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but... View Article

Mar 17 2014

Follow 10-year-old Jake on a virtual tour of the Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus. The bright and colorful spaces, ocean themed halls and pediatric focused equipment are specifically designed to meet the specific needs of children. Whether a child has a medical, behavioral or developmental problem that hinders their ability to eat normally, CHoR’s friendly interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists is dedicated... View Article

Mar 14 2014

Do you have a picky eater in your family? Specialists from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Feeding Program are sharing their tips for helping children overcome picky eating and develop healthier eating habits. Carol Elliott, Occupational Therapist, Brandi Watts, Speech Therapist, and Tamara Neiderer, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, regularly encounter these issues at the Feeding Program, and suggest a few ways to get your picky eater enjoying every... View Article

Mar 6 2014