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Apr 16 2018

Start with a smile and say hello:
Conversation tips for assistive technology

Technology is in every hand, every car, every home. We don’t think twice when we see others pull out a cell phone, drive a Segway or type on a laptop. We may hesitate, though, when we see someone driving a power wheelchair in the park or ordering a Big Mac at McDonald’s using a communication device. Though these devices have much of the same technology we are familiar with, we... View Article


Apr 16 2018
Excited Little Girl On The First Day Of Preschool
Apr 12 2018

Getting ready for kindergarten: 6 tips from a pediatrician and mom

Families throughout Central Virginia will register their little ones for kindergarten on April 19. Then, the countdown begins! This first step into the world of formal learning and increased independence can bring mixed emotions for both parents and children. What can you do to make sure the whole family is ready? “Preparing for kindergarten involves more than learning the ABCs, although that’s important too,” says Bergen Nelson, MD, who has... View Article


Apr 12 2018
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Apr 5 2018

Happy birthday, CHoR FAN!

Our Family Advisory Network (aka CHoR FAN), is celebrating its second birthday. What began as a small group of parents and caregivers coming together to provide feedback on their experiences has turned into much more, for both the families and the hospital. “The Family Advisory Network is an avenue for caregivers to have a voice in the care we deliver at CHoR,” said Jan Kirby, RN, pediatric patient advocate and... View Article


Apr 5 2018
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Apr 2 2018

CHoR docs among the best in Richmond magazine’s 2018 ‘Top Docs’ list

Each year Richmond magazine asks doctors in Central Virginia to nominate fellow ‘Top Docs’ in the region. They’re asked to think about which local care providers they would visit themselves or recommend to family members. An extraordinary 78 of our CHoR physicians and surgeons made the 2018 list! “I am proud to see so many of our physicians and surgeons named Top Docs by their peers,” said Elias Neujahr, CEO of CHoR. “We have... View Article


Apr 2 2018
Mother Helping Her Daughter While Studying
Mar 29 2018

How to help your grieving child

How do you help a child through grief associated with the illness or loss of a loved one while you yourself are grieving? There’s a special team at CHoR that can answer that difficult question and provide kindness and support along the way. Mental health professionals at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children specialize in helping children experiencing grief at all stages. When families are initially faced with the illness,... View Article


Mar 29 2018
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Mar 26 2018

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish:
Dr. Seuss skill-building fun

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” From these opening lines, the Dr. Seuss classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish brings together simple rhymes, whimsical illustrations and the promise of fun in a book that’s considered a great learning tool for beginning readers. Describing the book as both “fantastic and fun,” our therapy team recommends reading this type of book often –... View Article


Mar 26 2018
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Mar 22 2018

Learning and fun abound at the RMHC Sibling Center

Tiffany Adams has gotten used to the drive from Norfolk to Richmond. So have her three children. They make the trip regularly so the youngest, Annabelle, can receive care at CHoR. Annabelle sees specialists in multiple service lines, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology and surgery. Appointments are coordinated and scheduled together as often as possible, so it’s not unusual for the family to have multiple appointments in one day.... View Article


Mar 22 2018
Father Touching Head Of A Premature Baby In Incubator
Mar 17 2018

When it comes to CLABSI – zero is our hero!

The smallest, sickest and most medically complex newborns in Central Virginia get the dedicated, specialized care they need right here at CHoR in our neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU’s quiet surroundings, 32 private rooms and advanced technologies create a healing environment for premature and critically ill newborns, and their families.  Central line infections – zero is our hero! Central lines are a key part of the care provided in... View Article


Mar 17 2018
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Mar 13 2018

Beyond picky eating: Anxiety-based feeding disorders, selective eating and solutions

Anorexia or bulimia may first come to mind when you hear the term “eating disorder.” However, there are other eating-related conditions parents should be aware of that can seriously affect a child’s weight gain and growth. Highlighting a recently defined trend, Feeding Program therapist Amaka Winslow explains anxiety-based feeding disorders, how these issues can severely limit what a child eats, and what can help. I’ve never heard of anxiety-based feeding... View Article


Mar 13 2018
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Mar 9 2018

March calendar kid: Navigating childhood with family and friends

Eleven-year-old Hazel loves Minecraft, scootering and playing outside. She’s also a black belt in tae kwon do. Assigned male at birth, Hazel (named Lachlan at the time) was the youngest of four boys. As she grew older, she didn’t identify with this assigned sex. To Hazel, she was a girl. By the end of her second grade year, she and her parents reached an important milestone in ensuring that the... View Article


Mar 9 2018