Child, Parenting, and Healthcare Provider Issues

New Resource Alert: Trauma-informed Clinical Care Guide

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress now offers reliable tools based on the DEF protocol to help identify, prevent, and treat traumatic stress responses at the time of need and within scope of practice.

Acceptable Concussion Risk in Professional vs. Youth Athletes

Probably along with many of you, our household cheered when the United States won the Women’s World Cup championship last month. Amidst the excitement for the win, however, one moment in the tournament stands out for me- a controversial decision in the USA vs. Germany game to allow two players back into the match following a head to head collision. Regardless of whether that was the correct call, I think it’s important to recognize that when it comes to concussion risk, coaches and clinicians should take a more conservative approach for youth athletes.

Best Practices for mHealth App Development

Learn about the best practice approaches and steps for developing mHealth apps that have the best chance of improving health from Linda Fleisher, PhD, who leads the Digital Health Initiative at CHOP.

ERs See More Concussion Visits, Order More CT Scans

New CIRP@CHOP brief report describes increase in rates of concussion diagnosis in ERs that correspond to increase in rates of CT scans, which is counter to best practice for neuroimaging.

One Kind Word Training Applied

I recently went through training in One Kind Word alongside my CIRP@CHOP co-workers. At its core, it teaches folks to positively intervene when they see a parent-child conflict in a way that is helpful and supportive to both parent and child. It actually sounds harder than it really is-- as I learned just hours after my training.

Inside the Mind of a 10-year-old: An ED Doctor's Perspective for Pediatricians

After a child has experienced a traumatic medical event involving a visit to the Emergency Department, the follow-up pediatrician visit is crucial to the patient's emotional recovery. Here's what pediatricians should know.

Preventing Injury in Special Olympians

This past weekend, Special Olympics New Jersey held its 2015 Summer Games. Any physical activity does carry risk of injury for my patients with developmental disabilities and parents have to take some extra precautions. One issue that almost always comes up for my patients with Down syndrome is why they need neck x-rays prior to participating in Special Olympics.

New Resource Alert: Video Demo of a Concussion Evaluation

As part of a CHOP series demonstrating various Pediatric Exams, Christina Master, MD, Minds Matter co-director and sports medicine physician, walks healthcare professionals through a typical diagnostic concussion evaluation.

Playground Safety- A Balancing Act

To reduce risk of a trip to a playground resulting in an injury, counsel parents to provide supervision and visit playgrounds that have loose fill materials under equipment rather than grass or soil. Learn other practical tips to share so kids can safely enjoy the adventures of the playground.

Can Injury Pain Predict Posttraumatic Stress in Children?

New research from CIRP@CHOP suggests pain assessment using the Color Analogue Pain Scale, even during acute medical care, can play a role in screening for risk of ongoing Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.

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