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Autism: One Mother’s Journey

By , April 22nd, 2014 | News, Parenting | 0 Comments

Ness, Sparks Mom, Freelance Writer

I don’t think any mother is prepared to hear that her child has special needs. My son’s autism diagnosis jolted me out of parenthood complacency three and a half years ago, and at times I feel as if I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.

At six years old my Beckett is a wonderful little boy who delights in airplanes, loves his little brothers and writes his name on any piece of paper he can find. But Beckett has autism, and it has taken years and countless hours of therapy for him to be able to play with airplanes appropriately, show …

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22Apr

Recognizing and Treating Head Lice

By , April 10th, 2014 | News, Parenting | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

Now that warmer weather is here, we will likely see an increase in head lice infestations in school-aged children.  Lice are wingless parasites that thrive on human hair. This is a very annoying, yet common problem in children aged three to 12 years old. Head lice are highly contagious in this age group because of close contact with one another and a higher incidence of sharing personal items such as hats, combs and hairbrushes. Though lice are irritating,  they are not dangerous and do not carry disease. They can cause some itching of the scalp as they do tend to bite and draw small amounts …

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10Apr

Ella’s Story

By , April 3rd, 2014 | Parenting, Patient Stories | 0 Comments

In just 24 hours, Jennifer Marini’s infant daughter went from a healthy, thriving baby to completely paralyzed from the neck down. Ella was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder that has no known cure. Jennifer shares their story of courage and hope for the future.

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3Apr