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Smoother Back-to-School Transitions

By |2024-05-10T08:36:45-04:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Health A-Z, Pediatrics|Tags: , |

For kids, nothing beats summer’s bright and balmy months for rest, rejuvenation, and fun. But the season is always fleeting – and back-to-school concerns may soon present themselves, especially for adolescents transitioning to new schools. According to CentraState child and adolescent psychiatrist Ankur Desai, MD, the transitions from elementary [...]

Learning Life Skills through Pediatric Rehab

By |2024-05-10T08:36:46-04:00May 1st, 2023|Categories: Health A-Z, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy|Tags: , , |

Five-year-old Mikey Mendez loves sea creatures and is obsessed with letters and numbers. His brother, Max, lives up to the term “terrible twos” by being a bit mischievous; he enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together. Their mother, Lauren, says both of her boys are very smart, [...]

Is a Family Medicine Physician Right for Your Child?

By |2024-05-10T08:36:47-04:00July 11th, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z, Pediatrics|Tags: , , |

Family medicine physicians serve as the hub for a patient’s care—and often, they are the center of an entire family’s health and well-being. These specialists see patients at every stage of life, including newborns, children, and teens. “We want our pediatric patients of all ages to know that their [...]

Preschooler Finds His Voice with Speech and Occupational Therapy

By |2024-05-10T08:36:50-04:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Health A-Z, Pediatrics|Tags: , |

Before Chandler, age 3, started speech and occupational therapy at CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center, he spoke very little and communicated primarily with pointing, despite having early intervention services. After months of intensive therapy, this now-talkative child has found his voice. Chandler suffered from recurring ear infections that made hearing, [...]

Helping Your Child Manage the Emotional Impact of Coronavirus

By |2024-05-10T08:36:51-04:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Pediatrics|Tags: , |

By Ankur Desai, MD Empty shelves in the grocery stores. Schools closed. Social distancing. The global coronavirus outbreak has hit home, leaving parents in uncharted territory. These factors can raise the overall level of anxiety for both children and adults. Here are some tips for parents to help address [...]

Occupational Therapy Benefits Children with Sensory Integration Disorder

By |2024-05-10T08:36:52-04:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Pediatrics, Pregnancy and Parenting|Tags: , , |

Occupational therapists help children and adults acquire or regain the skills essential to perform activities of daily life. They help patients develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills necessary for a successful and fulfilling life. A growing area of our pediatric clinical work is treating children with sensory processing [...]

Keeping Students Safe: Advice for Parents on Both Sides of a Bullying Conflict

By |2024-05-10T08:36:55-04:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Pediatrics, Pregnancy and Parenting|Tags: , |

Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks as a parent is consoling a child who’s being bullied at school. But what if your child is the bully? More than half of all children experience some form of bullying during their educational careers. Bullying is defined as any situation where [...]


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