Children and Teens

Back to School

By Stan Martin Summer is winding down in Western New York, along with hot days, vacations, and the slower pace of learning. As many head back to school, we need to be more cognizant of the math around teen pregnancy in our community. Buffalo has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States. In 2012, the average teen birth rate was 61.3 per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 1... »

What Athletes Need to Know About Shin Splints

All Athletes, Especially Runners, Are at Risk of Developing Shin Splints By Dr. Matthew Zinno, M.D. This summer’s weather in Western New York is pretty amazing. Along with the beautiful warm days many people are exercising more, especially those interested in losing weight or involved in summer endurance sports like running and triathlon. Athletes typically increase volume or intensity as a compet... »

Children Are Not Small Adults – Youth Sports Injuries

Children are not small adults when it comes to youth sports injuries. by Peter L. Gambacorta, D.O. A dramatic increase in the number of youth involved in organized sports took place in the 1970s with the enactment of Title 9, which prohibited sex bias in school sports. While Title 9 equalized opportunities for kids, it also resulted in an increase in the number of injuries. The National Youth Spor... »

Teaming Up to Reduce Childhood Concussions – PUCCS

Teaming Up to Reduce Childhood Concussions – PUCCS is Raising Awareness through Fun, Funding and Partnerships By Anne McCooey “Community outreach” is what staff and volunteers of PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke) focus on daily. Pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Renee Reynolds, and Vice President of PUCCS board of directors, says, “Going out into the community to sh... »

Kids Summer Camp at the Gardens

Buffalo, NY – The Botanical Gardens announces a summer full of fun creative and educational camps for kids.  Children may partake in a morning Art Camp, attend the afternoon Junior Botany Camp, or choose to participate in both camps for a full day of learning and fun. Art Camp is appropriate for kids ages 5-12 and will focus on different topics each week.  Art Camp from July 11 through July 15 and... »

What Is Apraxia?

by Annette Pinder In 2012 Carly Fleishman, who has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) posted three questions on her Facebook page: What do you know about apraxia, and did you know I have it? Did you know one in five people with autism have it? Do you know what it is? Carly says people talk a lot about autism, believes they aren’t talking enough about apraxia, saying, “Every person I meet asks me wh... »

Getting Ready for Back-to-School

With the final days of summer upon us, back-to-school items are already popping up on store shelves, pediatricians at Catholic Health remind families that getting their child scheduled for back to a school physical should be on their checklist. The annual physical allows the pediatrician to monitor your child’s height, weight, hearing, and vision, as well address any emotional, developmental, or s... »

Communication Café for Teens: Brewing Your Potential

Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center and UB’s Speech-Language Pathology Clinic are proud of a new program called “Communication Café for Teens: Brewing Your Potential.” The goal of the program is to help teens ages 16-19, develop social language skills in a dynamic social environment. Program instructors use research based techniques that are a blend of creative arts and individually tailored... »

Children on the Autism Spectrum Bring Me Joy and Hope

  By Bridget Palmer I am a speech language pathologist in the Buffalo Niagara region. For the past 18 years I have had the extraordinary opportunity to find joy and hope in the interactions I have with children on the autism spectrum. I provide speech language therapy for children in their homes with their parents and caregivers and at their daycares and preschools. These children have made m... »

Tips for Keeping Kids’ Minds and Bodies Active Through Cooler Months

(BPT) – The sunny days of summer may seem like a distant memory, but as tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they’re home, it’s important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity. Whether your child is a bookworm, an artist or an athlete, here ar... »

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