Preschool Without Walls 12.28.15 – New York Times. Founded in 2012 by Kit Harrington, a certified preschool teacher, and Sarah Heller, a naturalist and science educator, Fiddleheads is part of a larger national trend that goes beyond Waldorf education, which has long emphasized outdoor play, even in inclement weather. Whether the schools are emerging in reaction to concerns that early education has become increasingly academic or simply because parents think traipsing around in the woods sounds like more fun than sitting at a desk, they are increasingly popular. The article mentioned that Seattle Children’sDr. Pooja Tandon is the lead researcher in a study that looks at how much children in outdoor schools move compared to children at home or in traditional preschools.
A New Way to Curb Childhood Obesity 01.07.16 – KING 5 News. Back in 2010, the Rodriquez household changed their definition of fast food to mean a whole grain banana sandwich, a far cry from what they used to eat, and what their mother grew up on. "Soda and we could pick out all the Doritos, all the chips," said Rosa. She started worrying though after son Alfredo became overweight, because many of her family members have Type 2 diabetes. That's why she enrolled her family in an intensive five-month long study at Seattle Children's focused on healthy eating. The results were impressive and long lasting. "We have an intervention that we know is really effective," said Dr. Brian Saelens who led the study. Only one problem. "This treatment is so expensive and health insurance doesn't cover it and so families are stuck," he said. Now Seattle Children's is launching a bigger study with a twist. "Can we treat families and then have parents of those families go on to treat the next set of families in a peer to peer model?" Saelens asked. The SHIFT study (Success in Health: Impacting Families Together) hopes to enroll 300 eligible families over the next four years.
Sexting, Internet safety loom large as childhood health concerns 08.11.15 – Reuters. As more kids use mobile phones and surf the web at increasingly younger ages, sexting and Internet safety are becoming bigger childhood health concerns, edging out longtime worries like smoking and teen pregnancy, a new poll suggests. Many problems highlighted in the poll are health issues without clear cures, where some of the anxiety voiced by adults may be due to uncertainty about the best prevention or treatment options, Dr. Megan Moreno, of the Center for Child Health Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s, said by email.
Can You Treat ADHD Without Drugs? 08.05.15 – WebMD. Getting enough shut-eye can be a game-changer for kids with ADHD. Research shows that just an extra half-hour of sleep can help with restlessness and impulsivity. "A lot of kids with ADHD also have sleep disorders, and each condition makes the other one worse," says Dr. Mark Stein, an ADHD specialist at Seattle Children's. One of the most common sleep issues for kids with ADHD is that they can't settle down and fall asleep; then their exhaustion the next day makes their symptoms worse. While some doctors recommend sleep aids such as melatonin, you should start by practicing good sleep habits.