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Paper Plate Birds: Hands-On Craft for Fine Motor Skill Development

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Jun 26 2015

With the school year coming to a close, we encourage you to find some time to get creative! Crafts can be a great way to spend time together – they provide a special opportunity for creative fun, the chance to develop new skills, and the satisfaction that comes with completing a project. Here’s a crafty idea from CHoR Occupational Therapist Jessica Z. Lynn with details about the specific skills this simple activity can help develop and how to use an activity like this to further enhance fine motor skill development. The benefits of gluing, tearing and folding The Paper Plate Bird Craft described below offers an opportunity to work on a variety of valuable fine motor skills that are often... View Article

Take Gun Safety Precautions: Preparation = Protection

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Jun 24 2015

Due to a rise in gunshot-related injuries and fatalities seen in our trauma center and hospitals across the country, CHoR’s Children’s Trauma Center has identified gun safety as an area of special focus for children in Virginia. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that about one-third of households with children under age 17 have a gun in the home, so it is highly likely that at some point your child will visit a home where guns are present. All children – whether they live in a home where guns are present or not – need to be prepared and know what to do should they encounter a gun. Talking to children about this important safety issue is critical to keeping them safe.... View Article

VA Peaches are in Season from July to August

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Jun 18 2015

July and August are peak months for fresh peaches in Virginia and summer is great time to enjoy this heart-healthy fruit. The peachy tips and recipes below can help your family get started!   Peaches provide a heart-healthy punch Peaches are sometimes called the queen of fruits.1 One cup of sliced fresh peaches contains about 293 milligrams of potassium and 60 calories. Potassium is an electrolyte essential for a healthy heart. Peaches are also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids. Some studies suggest that higher flavonoid intakes may significantly reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Tips for selecting and storing peaches Fresh peaches will have a rich color and may still have a slight whitish color.... View Article