National Oral Health Month
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
1y ago
Written by Dr. Siobhian Sprott, Dental Director It is National Oral Health Month and we want to share with you why we celebrate and share some helpful tips. It is well established that oral health is linked to overall health, but many of us still have daily challenges and neglect to prioritize our teeth, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past 2 years, we have all been entrenched in a global community-based struggle that affected every component of our lives and in the grand scheme of things, our pearly whites have suffered because of our diverted attention. We saw an increase i ..read more
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Better Speech and Hearing Month at Franciscan Children’s
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
1y ago
In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, check out the services provided by our Speech-Language and Hearing Department at Franciscan Children’s. “More than forty-eight million people in the U.S. experience some degree of hearing loss, and one in ten Americans have some type of communication disorder.” – Advanced Hearing Center Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. The outpatient Speech-Language and Hearing (SLH) Department at FC provides evaluation and ..read more
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New Balance Adaptive Sports Summer Camps 2022
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
1y ago
Written by Paul Ward, Director of Adaptive Sports Summer is right around the corner. I am excited not only for the warmer weather but also because we are getting closer to our Adaptive Summer Camp sessions at Franciscan Children’s. Camp at the hospital is a special time for kids and staff alike. It means singing, laughing, bonding, pushing, running, and most importantly leaving with a smile on our faces. This year is going to be even more phenomenal because we have increased our offerings this August! First, we are fortunate to have Kasey Noonan, our Recreation Therapist from Kennedy Day Schoo ..read more
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Behavioral Health Services at Franciscan Children’s
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
1y ago
Making sure that individuals have access to mental healthcare can improve lives and communities. Having access to mental health resources has been shown to reduce or eliminate the risk of suicide, legal issues, family conflict, employment issues, substance use and further mental and physical health problems. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Together for Mental Health, check out our incredible Behavioral Health Services program at Franciscan Children’s:   Behavioral Health Services (BHS)  Written by Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services, Dr. Kelly ..read more
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In-Patient Mental Health Programs at Franciscan Children’s
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
1y ago
Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. That is why it is critical for everyone to join together to raise awareness of and advocate for improving our nation’s mental health care system and resources. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Together for Mental Health, check out our incredible inpatient mental health programs at Franciscan Children’s: Inpatient Mental Health – Unit 1  Written by Director of Behavioral Health Nursing, Anne Barry ..read more
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School-based Mental Health Programs Provided by Franciscan Children’s
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
1y ago
According to the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, up to one in five children in the U.S. experience a mental health disorder every year. Symptoms often begin in early childhood, though some may develop during the teenage years. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Together for Mental Health, check out our incredible school-based mental health programs at Franciscan Children’s: Kids Healthy Minds Initiative (KHMI) Written by: Director of Kids Healthy Minds Initiative, Carol Nash Kids Healthy Minds Initiative (KHMI) is a mental health education program design ..read more
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Occupational Therapy at Franciscan Children’s
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
2y ago
Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to the fullest by helping them promote overall health and prevent, or live better with injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapists help patients improve their functional living skills despite any limitations they may have. These limitations can be physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and/or environmental. The goal of OT is to facilitate functional living skills across all contexts through the therapeutic use of meaningful activities (occupations). For the patients and students at Franciscan Children’s ..read more
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Coordinated Autism Service Line: Helping One Family at a Time
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
2y ago
CASL – Coordinated Autism Service Line at Franciscan Children’s The Coordinated Autism Service Line (CASL) at Franciscan Children’s is a program within the Behavioral Health Services Department that aims to identify autism in children as early as possible. The CASL also works with parents or guardians to find appropriate services to help children with individual needs. Research shows that providing early intervention and therapy for children with autism is critical for their progress and long-term well-being. The CASL program at Franciscan Children’s helps facilitate this process in several w ..read more
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A Day in the Life of a Child Life Specialist
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
2y ago
Day In the Life of a Child Life Specialist at Franciscan Children’s At Franciscan Children’s, our Child Life Specialists foster our patients’ emotional, social and cognitive growth during their stay through developmental play interventions and procedural support. Most of their time is spent with children and adolescents in our Inpatient Medical and Mental Health Units, Pediatric Rehabilitation program and Outpatient Surgical Services program. In celebration of Child Life Month and the wonderful work that they do, we asked them to walk us through a typical day in Child Life. 8:00 a.m. – Child L ..read more
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Accessible Boston: Know Before You Go – Museum of Science
Franciscan Children's
by Guest Blogger
2y ago
Written by Paul Ward As the Director of Adaptive Sports at Franciscan Children’s, I aim to find accessible outings for families and their children. As someone living with a disability, I understand the struggle of how time-consuming and tedious it can be to research a location’s accessibility before heading out on what you hope will be a worthwhile adventure with your child. All too often when you arrive at the location, the reality is that it is not as accessible as one had originally thought, or as the website claimed it would be.  This can be a frustrating and deflating start to what s ..read more
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