Helping Kids who are Afraid of the Dark

By: Heather Rotolo, LCSW, Clinical Director-Behavior Clinic, Penfield Children’s Center It’s very normal for a young child to be afraid of the dark. While you as the parent might continually assure him there are no monsters under his bed, that reassurance does little to quell his fears in the middle of the night. And, if …

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The ABC’s of IEP’s

Some children need an extra boost to succeed in the classroom. If your child requires special education, an Individualized Education Plan will be written to help your child with his special need.

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Teaching Children to Share

By: Patricia Newton-Powell, Assistant Director of Child Care Services, Penfield Children’s Center Sharing is difficult, but a normal development process. It helps a child learn how to be a generous person. In a world where we want what we want, when we want it, how on earth is it possible to teach a young child …

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Yoga for Kids

Yoga for kids is therapeutic and FUN! It can also help increase focus, reduce anxiety and improve self-confidence. Try these animal and nature-inspired poses with your little one.

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5 Tactics to Help your Shy Child Cope

By: Caroline Kupchella, Co-Founder, The Indika Alliance Every child has a different personality, and some are just innately shy. Children who tend to be shyer can be uncomfortable in social interactions, and may exhibit signs of clinginess. Self-confidence and comfort in social situations doesn’t come easy to all children, which is why it’s important to …

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Understanding Disabilities

A disability affects a person’s body or brain. Some people have disabilities that you can see and others have disabilities that you cannot see. No matter the person’s abilities, everyone has special talents to share!

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Nutrition Challenge: Eat the Rainbow

By: Olivia Johnson, RD, CD, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center We all know it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day. But, are you feeling stuck in a rut, eating boring iceberg lettuce salads and munching on apples or bananas for a snack? Not only are there a variety of fruits and vegetables …

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Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers

By: Caroline Kupchella, Co-Founder, The Indika Alliance After spending hours escaping the cold with your preschooler, here are some fresh ideas to keep your little one active and outside during the winter months. These activities will teach children a wide range of skills, including fine and gross motor skills, strategic thinking strategies, and ways to …

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We Bust 5 Common Myths About Breastfeeding

By: Veena V. Gonuguntla, MD, Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic To help give new mothers clear guidance about breastfeeding, we want to clarify some myths on the topic. But first, let’s look at some facts about breastfeeding: a wonderful, nurturing connection between mother and child. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found breastfeeding rates …

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Shoo the Flu

By: Mel Hendrickson, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Achoo! It’s that time of year again; everyone seems to be sick. The flu is easy to catch and easy to spread to others. Here are some tips and tricks for lessening your chances of catching the influenza virus and what to watch for when your little one …

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How to Raise an Adaptable Kid

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Every child has his/her likes and dislikes and feelings toward what is exciting and what is stressful. From the moment your little one is born, he starts to develop his own personality characteristics. Is he easy-going, constantly fussy, comfortable with others holding him or prefer only mom? While some …

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How to get Rid of Diaper Rash

By: Shelli Samson, NI, Penfield Children’s Center’s Special Care Nursery Ouch! One of the most unpleasant and ever-occurring problems for babies is diaper rash. While a slight red bottom might go unnoticed by your little one, a more extensive rash can itch, burn or even hurt. There are many reasons why diaper rash occurs. Your …

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