Child, Parenting, and Healthcare Provider Issues

Prioritizing Engagement and Effectiveness in Digital Health

Two overarching themes are beginning to emerge in digital health that are important to public health and align well with CIRP@CHOP’s own digital health research: engagement and effectiveness. Although not new to the digital health research field, they are becoming a priority.

Remembering Optimal Child Seat Safety at the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, visiting relatives may offer to help out with carpools and pick-ups while they are visiting. Although this is a great help to parents and other primary caregivers, it also may warrant a refresher in best practice child passenger safety recommendations.

Join CHOP Bullying Prevention Experts for 6ABC Web Chat

Stephen Leff, PhD and Christine Waanders, PhD of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) will be participating in a web chat hosted by 6ABC on bullying prevention in school settings. They will share knowledge and best practices cultivated over years of research and the implementation of VPI's Partner for Prevention program, which takes a whole-school approach to bullying prevention for vulnerable 3-5 grade youth in select Philadelphia elementary schools.

Consider This Framework for Treating PTS in Children After Acute Medical Trauma

Working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I have been impressed by our medical teams’ efforts to support children and families by paying attention to both their physical treatment and recovery, as well as their emotional recovery. In assessing our patients for medical treatment, many questions need to be answered for our team to help promote optimal recovery and to minimize negative emotional reactions such as posttraumatic stress. We recently developed a new model to help organize our thought processes and questions around recovery from medical events and to fuel future research in understanding factors that are associated with child outcomes.

New Resource Alert: Webinar on Safety in Children with Special Health Care Needs

Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.

Wandering in Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elopement, or wandering, is the most common "problematic" behavior related to safety that I encounter in my practice and can potentially lead to pedestrian traffic injuries. Learn what clinicians, schools, and parents can do.

New Resource Alert: After The Injury or Illness Tipsheets for Siblings in English and Spanish

To help families cope after a sibling has been injured, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) has created evidence-based tipsheets in both English and Spanish. These helpful resources were developed based on recommendations from the CPTS Family Advisory Board.

Autumn Safety

Pumpkins, Halloween, apple cider...fall is filled with fun foods and events. But as I drove home from work one day and became temporarily blinded by the setting sun, it reminded me of how we need to adjust our own safety awareness to the season. Tell children why being a defensive pedestrian and walking walk in groups on Halloween are good ideas. You can't assume drivers will see you in time to prevent hitting you.

Fire Safety for Individuals with Disabilities

Last week, a fire broke out at Elwyn Institute, a living facility for adults with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are at higher risk of dying in a residential fire--as high as 6 times as likely--according to some studies. Here are some fire safety precautions that every family of a child with a disability needs to know:

Concussion Diagnoses in the ED: Ensuring symptoms are not overlooked

In a patient with direct trauma to the head and who presents with clear symptoms, the diagnosis of concussion is generally straightforward. However, it can be much more challenging to diagnose a subtle concussion, particularly among patients with multiple injuries or non-direct head trauma.

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