Our Pediatrics

Mindfulness

The new “it” word is everywhere these days – even causing a special edition of TIME magazine, and for good reason.

We at Legacy Pediatrics have seen a huge need for mindfulness practice in today’s children. Mindfulness/Meditation is an evidence based educational practice. Studies find that youths benefit from learning mindfulness in terms of improved cognitive outcomes, social-emotional skills, and well-being. In turn, such benefits may lead to long-term improvements.  Benefits are shown in:  Attention and focus, grades, emotion regulation, behavior in school, empathy and perspective-taking, social-skills, test anxiety, stress, post-traumatic symptoms, and depression.

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Teaching Kids the Giving Spirit

holiday-joyIt’s that time of year again!!!  Let the snow fly and the frantic trips to the mall start!!!  My house has already been bombarded with holiday gift catalogs WAY before November even hit.  It all seems too soon.

So how do we manage the gift craze as parents? Limit the number of presents they get every year? Limit the amount we spend? But then how do we tell family and friends to reign it in (pun intended). Sometimes it seems like the craziness is just too much to try to control.
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Is This ADHD?

Busy Child

As we embark on a new school year (where did the summer go?), you may be experiencing excitement, anxiety, and for some of you, even a little bit of fear as kids move on to the next academic level. Consider yourselves fortunate if your child enjoys school, likes to learn, and does homework without a fight. Many others have a very different experience of school. Academic demands are heightening and, as early as pre-k, we are seeing a shift in the expectations of our kids. While this is true, this is often a time when parents and teachers alike are surveying for any barriers to learning, which may include concerns for ADHD. In fact, some of you may have already been encouraged by a teacher or counselor to explore this possibility.

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Sleep Training

Baby Sleeping at Night

Photo By Seth Baur

“Are they sleeping thru the night?”

This is the age old question that is asked of new parents by family, friends, and healthcare providers alike.  Up to 45% of mothers reported infant sleep problems over the age of 6 months.   So what can you do about it?   This is usually when the conversation turns to sleep training.  How do you do it?  Will it work?  Is it ok to put my child (and myself) thru it?  Will it do any long term damage to let them “cry it out”?

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