“My child is having problems learning in school. Is there something wrong with his eyes?” This is a very common question asked by parents and teachers alike when children seem to be struggling to learn at their grade level. Learning disabilities – including reading disabilities – are most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Perhaps as many as 2.6 million children are affected.
The official end of summer is usually celebrated on Labor Day or the first day of school. But for some people, the start of fall is signaled by an itch in the throat and a stuffy nose. The change of seasons can be miserable for kids (and parents) who suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever.
Teaching kids to cook is an important life skill, but when they want to do more than make ants on a log on their own, how can you make sure they’re ready to make the transition from prep cook to sous chef in the kitchen?
Even young children can learn how to do “grown up” tasks in the kitchen. And often, will take their responsibilities quite seriously. But it’s still important to provide supervision.
It’s summer and the kids are out enjoying their vacation time. And for older kids, it may mean they’re enjoying a little more freedom riding bikes to get between friends’ houses or other places around the neighborhood. While you can trust them to get to the places they need to go, do they know what they need to do if an accident happens along the way?
Even from a relatively young age, kids should know when and how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency (check out this fact sheet for kids on how to use 9-1-1). And, it’s important to stay calm whether it’s a small scrape or a bad spill on a bike.
Many families use the holiday season to teach their children about generosity and giving back to the community. Here are four simple ways your family can make a difference in the lives of the children and families at American Family Children’s Hospital.
In-kind donations (also known as the Child Life Wish List) are welcome at American Family Children’s Hospital all year long. Donated toys and gifts can provide distraction during a procedure or a clinic waiting area. They are also used to restock our playrooms, celebrate a birthday spent in the hospital or a completion of a treatment.