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How to talk to your children about consent and sexual assault – 12.19.16 – US News & World Report It's a delicate but crucial job for parents: teaching kids about healthy sexuality and boundaries, making them aware of the potential for sexual abuse, navigating issues of consent and helping them plan what to do if they witness something wrong. Tweens and teens may roll their eyes and say they're bored, but a parent's voice still resonates. However, parents may find themselves freezing as kids reach their middle-school years, says Dr. Cora Breuner, a clinician and professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and head of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Adolescence.
Concussed kids who get active early seem to recover better – 12.20.16 – MedPage Today Children and adolescents who engaged in physical activity within 7 days after sustaining an acute concussion were less likely to manifest persistent symptoms than inactive kids, according to a multicenter study. “This study really opens the door to a lot of research,” noted Dr. Sara Chrisman of Seattle Children's Research Institute, and co-author of an accompanying editorial. “This is just the first step. The next step is ... to see if you randomize, do you have the same kinds of effects?” In the editorial with Dr. Frederick Rivara, also of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Chrisman wrote that “overall, this study was carefully designed and the findings support the concept that earlier physical activity after concussion may be associated with beneficial outcomes.”
Seattle Children's expands mental and behavioral health services in Benton and Franklin Counties with PAL Plus pilot – 1.5.17 – MarketWatch Seattle Children's has launched PAL Plus, a pilot program that increases access to mental and behavioral health services for underserved and economically disadvantaged children in Benton and Franklin counties. PAL Plus, the first program of its kind in the state, offers in-person counseling sessions with local behavioral health providers and will track the mental health treatment progress and outcomes of its patients. “Mental and behavioral health concerns have become increasingly common reasons why children visit their primary care providers,” said Dr. Robert Hilt, who led the design of the program and serves as the Director of Partnership Access Line (PAL) and Community Leadership at Seattle Children's. “Providing adequate mental and behavioral health support for children is a challenge everywhere, but especially in rural areas of our state. We are hoping to change that with PAL Plus.”
How much is too much? Setting limits on kids' screen time – 10.24.16 – CBS News. Children and teenagers are immersed in an environment saturated with electronic media, ranging from the TV on the wall to the tablet or smartphone in their hands. Recognizing this, parents need to work with their kids to develop a media use plan for the entire family, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a set of new recommendations. In general, any media use plan must balance healthy activities like exercise, sleep and family time against the use of media devices, said Dr. Megan Moreno, an associate professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children’s.