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‘Peds to Parents’ – The importance of a safe sleeping environment for infants

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Amanda GriffinClemencia MolinaSafe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, which is led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is launching a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to remind parents to keep their child’s sleeping environment free of clutter and encourage safe sleeping practices. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amanda Griffin, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, is joined by Clemencia Molina, regional coordinator of the Central New York Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center, REACH CNY, Inc., to share this important message and talk about the new sleep sacks they are making available to newborns and infant patients at Upstate. In conjunction with SIDS Awareness Month, Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently launched a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign.  For more information, call (315) 424-0009 x108

What Does Safe Sleep Look Like, from the National Institutes for Health
YNN coverage: Parents urged to practice crib safety 
CNY Central coverage: New warning about soft crib bumpers that could suffocate babies
WAER-FM88
coverage: Safe To Sleep Campaign Kicks Off at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers



The benefits of pre-kindergarten education

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Retired Syracuse University psychology professor Peter Knoblock, PhDPeter Knoblock, PhD, is a leading authority on autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Forty years ago, he founded the Jowonio School to serve students with special needs and advocate for inclusive classrooms. Knoblock shares his perspective on the value of a pre-kindergarten education, and his views on full-day versus half-day kindergarten.  Read the story.


Adapting physical education to include those with disabilities

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Nienka Dosa, MDPeyton SefickUpstate developmental pediatrician Nienke Dosa, MD, MPH, talks about the main issues that remain regarding children with disabilities in terms of access to physical education and sports activities. She is joined by Peyton Sefick, a Syracuse University graduate assistant and power wheelchair soccer player who has been highly active in promoting adaptive sports. They are both involved in the Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN), a collaborative initiative launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dosa is a senior fellow at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute and the first professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate.  Sefick was selected to play on Team USA, which won the 2012 FIPFA World Cup, and is the team captain for CNY United, which won the 2012 Champions Cup.

For more information about power soccer, call (315) 345-1941 or (315) 546-3706, or email seffam@yahoo.com or peytonsefick@gmail.com.
Resources: PEcentral.org - The premier site for health & physical education teachers, parents and students. The Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS)

Exploring doctor-patient electronic communications

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Jennifer G Christner, MD Pediatrician Jennifer Christner, MD, associate dean for curriculum at Upstate Medical University, discusses her research showing that parents want to have email communications with their child’s pediatrician. She is joined by Neal Seidberg, MD, Upstate University Hospital chief medical information officer, will talk about Upstate’s MyChart program.  The program was implemented in January 2012, beginning with Upstate’s Family Medicine practice, and will expand incrementally to cover all Upstate ambulatory patients. 
Read the article: What parents want from emails with their pediatrician: implications for teaching communication skills


Common sleep problems and treatments

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Zafer Soultan, MDDragos Manta, MDZafer Soultan, MD, director of pediatric sleep medicine at Upstate, is joined by pulmonologist Dragos Manta, MD, co-director of the The Upstate University Hospital Sleep Center, to talk about common sleep problems in children and adults. Upstate’s Sleep Center, a specialized facility providing accurate diagnosis and recommending treatment of sleep-related problems, will be relocating to a new state-of-the-art facility in November. The center, which will continue to see patients 7 days a week, will double in size, increasing from to 6 to 12 beds, and three of  those beds will be reserved for pediatric cases – a specialty of the sleep center. For more information, call (315) 464-8668


‘Peds to Parents’ – Special dental concerns for children with special needs

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Patrick Smith, DDSPatrick Smith, DDS, residency program director of the dental service and clinic at Upstate, describes the special dental concerns for children with special needs, and tips and suggestions to encourage good dental hygiene.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – Childhood cancers

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Sharon BauerSharon Bauer, RN, nurse manager in the pediatric hematology/oncology department at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, explains the different types of childhood cancers and what parents need to consider from the time their child is diagnosed going forward.  The Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – Improving immunization rates in low-income populations

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MD

Manika D Suryadevara, MD,Infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD and Manika Suryadevara, MD, will reveal the reason why immunization rates among our local low-income population are now way higher than other parts of the country.  The pair led an effort to provide free flu shots to parents and children who registered for the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy distribution, as part of a program designed provide education to participating families about the flu vaccine. Read the story

Read the study abstract: Community-centered education improves vaccination rates in children from low-income households
Estimated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage among adolescent girls aged 13–17 years, by number of doses— National Immunization Survey–Teen, United States, 2007–2012

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – MRI-laser guided surgery for children with brain tumors and epilepsy

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Zulma S Tovar Spinoza, MDDr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, director of pediatric neurosurgery, discusses a minimally invasive treatment for children with brain tumors and epilepsy, using MRI-guided laser, now available at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tovar Spinoza is a pioneer in this new technique and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is among the first in the country to offer this minimally invasive surgery that is producing encouraging results for patients and families.  Watch Dr. Tovar-Spinoza’s video on YouTube.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – What parents of young athletes need to know about concussions

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Brian Rieger, PhDPsychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, tells parents of young athletes what they need to know about concussions  – including the symptoms, myths, recommendations, and what the concussion legislation has done (and not done) in the year since it passed. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – Advances in management of pain in children

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Richard M Cantor, MD,Rachel Hannon, CCLSRichard Cantor, MD, director of the pediatric emergency departmentat Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is joined by Rachel Hannon, CCLS, certified child life specialist, to discuss the advances in pain management for children – both pharmacological and non-traditional. The child life specialist helps relieve the anxiety and stress associated with illness or injury for the child and their family through education, play, and imagery while in the emergency department. Cantor says the goal is a quiet room with a controlled environment, and a child who has no bad memory of the event.  

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


‘Peds to Parents’ – Ballet therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Nienke P Dosa, MD, MPHLisa Neville OTRUpstate developmental pediatrician Nienka Dosa, MD, talks about a new guidebook written by dancers for dancers, using ballet therapy for children with cerebral palsy. She is joined by occupational therapist and ballet instructor Lisa Neville, OT, who is collaborating to put the program into practice at Jowonio preschool, with the help of Syracuse Nottingham high school dancer students.  View the guidebook: Ballet for Children with Cerebral Palsy
The Center for Development, Behavior, and Genetics at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers

To donate to the Madeline Cote Endowment, a fund to support pediatric patients with cerebral palsy and their families during treatment at Upstate Medical University, go to the Foundation for Upstate Medical Universityand search for ‘Cote’.  For more information: 315-464-7561.