What is Prader–Willi Syndrome?

By: Sherita Greer, Special Events and Volunteer Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center As the parents of a child diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), my spouse and I quickly became extremely knowledgeable in PWS management. Our son, herein referred to as Q, was born full term, during the spring of 2007. Given that he was our first …

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What is Croup?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Michelle Benz, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Typically occurring in young children, croup most often develops from a virus and causes a child’s airways to swell. A telltale sign of croup is usually a “barking cough” and a raspy voice.  While most cases of croup are not cause …

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Fire Safety with Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center It’s important to teach fire safety to children of all ages, as a fire in the home can happen at any time of the day, including in the middle of the night. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1,319,500 fires occurred in 2017 and 14,670 injuries were reported. …

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Strengthening the Family

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center According to fiveforfamilies.org, there are “5 strengths” that can help families weather the trials and tribulations of life. These “strengths” include assisting kids in understanding their feelings, learning to parent as children grow and change, building connections with others, working on inner strength and learning how to ask for …

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Holiday Toy Safety

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs The holidays are upon us and so is the lure of new toys and gadgets. While it’s fun to buy your little ones a few new surprises, it’s important to remember that even with toys, safety comes first. According to the Consumer Product …

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All about Colors!

By: Tina Yang, Early Head Start Teacher, Penfield Children’s Center For early learners, sorting activities are a great way to help children learn about colors. These five lessons also teach about shapes, textures and help increase fine motor skills. Bean bags and color cards: Fill a small bin with solid colored bean bags. Primary (red, …

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Mental Illness – How to Help your Child

By: Kari Walters, LPC-IT, Kohl’s Building Blocks Program at Penfield Children’s Center According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 7 children ages 2-8 years old have a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. Believing that a child’s behavior is simply part of the child’s personality or that the child simply has …

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Fall Treat: Healthier Caramel Apples

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the colorful leaves, visit the pumpkin patch and…eat lots of sugar? That’s right. With the arrival of autumn comes added sugar in your child’s seasonal snacks. While it’s always fun to celebrate the season with your favorite foods, here is a simple, …

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How to Take Care of Baby Hair and Skin

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Your baby’s skin and hair are unique. Was your little one born completely bald or with lots of waves? Baby hair and skin can even vary from sibling to sibling. While one sibling might suffer from eczema or other skin sensitivities, your other child could go through his early …

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