Emotional health: Promote self-expression through art journaling

Jan 31 2016

Scared? Stressed? Sad? Emotions can be overwhelming when faced with life-changing events like illness, death of a loved one or trauma, or even the ups and downs of daily life. For a young person, emotions are a relatively new experience and can be intense. Channeling these feelings can be tough and even viewed as something to avoid. Among other benefits, art journaling can help children and teens better understand their emotions and help them de-stress (or let go of intense emotions). The act of creating has been proven to reduce physical and emotional effects of illnesses and to encourage self-expression, communication, social interactions and self-discovery. Pablo Picasso once said: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life... View Article

Kids Come First Files:
The other side of the stethoscope

Jan 25 2016

The latest addition to the Kids Come First files comes from two physicians who recently found themselves on the other side of the stethoscope when their daughter needed comprehensive care from a team of pediatric immunology experts. Dear Dr. Rubin, One of the burdens of your job must be to receive complaints and critiques regarding organizational problems and patient care concerns. Thankfully, this letter contains neither. Rather, we are writing to thank you for the excellent care our daughter has received from Drs. Ward and Irani in the pediatric immunology clinic, and the deep gratitude we feel for having access to the professional and caring staff at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. We have been impressed not only with... View Article

Start the New Year on the right note:
Renew your parent-child communication habits

Jan 18 2016

The start of a new year is a natural time to renew – or start – healthy habits, and here’s one that affects many aspects of a child’s life: positive parent-child communication. How adults interact with children is so important in showing children they matter and are loved. Teaching children they are cared for and appreciated builds self-esteem and self-confidence, helps children learn to love themselves and others, and makes every day a bit more joyful for all. Consider these tips for positive parent-child communication as you start the coming year. The importance of honest praise Children pay attention to positive parent interactions. When praise is incorporated as part of daily parent-child interactions, children respond with improved compliance and learn... View Article

Research study checklist: answers to have before enrolling

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Jan 12 2016

As a parent, it is very likely that at some point you’ll receive information about the opportunity to enroll your child in a clinical trial or research study. Clinical trials study new and promising treatments for serious illnesses like cancer or chronic conditions like allergies, while research studies focus on gathering information for analysis. Whether you have a child experiencing a medical issue and your child’s doctor approaches you about participating a trial, or information comes home in your child’s backpack about a study on a general health topic like childhood nutrition here are some important things to consider from Dr. Henry Rozycki, CHoR’s Vice Chair for Research, before agreeing to allow your child to participate. Understanding trials and research... View Article