Join us Monday, July 18th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, at Richmond’s newest accessible playground. ARCpark features include: three playgrounds, a treehouse, a sensory wall, misting stations, a shaded picnic pavilion, fitness equipment, a stage and family restrooms. Network with other families while watching your children play! (Parents must stay onsite.) Feel free to bring a picnic dinner for your family to enjoy while at the park! A member of the ASCV staff will be near the park entrance. Learn more and register here.
iCanBike. This is a great camp that teaches children with special needs how to ride a 2-wheeled bike. The campers have to be 8 years or older, and have to have the physical ability to ride a bike with training wheels.
Here is a list of some fun day trip ideas from RVA, some are closer than others, some you could turn into an overnight ,but I think you will find some fun here! I borrowed this from my other site.
We will be doing an article covering overnight trips in July and new ideas for RVA fun as well!
Study Finds Antidepressants May Cause More Harm Than Good in Children and Adolescents
A recent meta-analysis of 34 drug trials involving more than 5,000 patients was completed by Dr. Andrea Cipriani and colleagues of Oxford University. Of those 34, 22 were paid for by drug companies, leaving the reviewing scientists to remark on the quality of the studies as “very low”. Explaining further, scientists remarked on their findings being so poor they were unable to explain why this type of treatment is recommended, referring to antidepressants prescriptions for teens. Jon Jureidini of the University of Australia explains, “There is little reason to think that any antidepressant is better than nothing for young people.” One drug in particular, Effexor, was linked to an increased risk of suicide attempts and ideation in this population. Only one drug of the 14 reviewed demonstrated statistical significance above its placebo without significant side effects, Prozac; Reviewers caution, their findings should not deter physicians from prescribing these medications when necessary, but rather proceed with caution when using as a first line treatment.
Major Depressive Disorder affects roughly three percent of children aged six to 12 years, and about six percent of teens aged 13 to 18. Reviewers of the available data found when a pharmacological intervention is required in children and young adults, Fluoxetine (Prozac), is likely to be the safest, with the best chance of efficacy. When combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), its efficacy increased dramatically over either Prozac or CBT administered individually.
In 2004, the FDA adopted a “black box” label warning for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) being used to treat children for depression. This was done after a review found that four percent of 2,200 children treated with SSRI experienced suicidal ideation or attempted. The report did note no suicide was completed. In 2007, the FDA extended the warning to include young adults up to age 25.
Alternatives to SSRIs exist, and are worth exploring. First line treatments may begin with CBT to help the child or teen to better understand and cope with their increasing emotions, distress, while learning methods to control both. Regular exercise, while appearing daunting to someone with depression, allows the release of several neurotransmitters thought to be beneficial in reduction of depressive symptoms, norepinephrine being one of the most important. Norepinephrine is located in locus coeruleus, a brain area connecting most brain regions involved in emotional and stress responses. The increased presence of norepinephrine may result in a healthier stress response to emotional triggers. Easier behavior changes, such as examining the diet your child is on, can play a role in treating depression. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish demonstrate a lower prevalence of depression among populations whose diets primarily consist of these. Alternatives to medication also include treatments such as repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), using a powerful electromagnetic field to stimulate the prefrontal cortex to treat depression. This procedure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 for treatment resistant depression in adults, and studies that may lead to a similar indication in adolescents are ongoing (multiple small studies indicating safety and efficacy for depression in the adolescent population have been published already.) This procedure continues to demonstrate an increasing safety record, while practicing TMS physicians continue to increase efficacy through new treatment protocols. Any and all attempts of treatment should be under the care and direction of a physician. Though depression remains categorized as a mood disorder, it involves the whole body and its treatment should as well.
Can you believe that July has arrived!? I know I say this often, but the time is going so fast! I look forward to the Summer and the warmer weather. Although there are moments that the schedule can pose some challenges, I embrace it and find as many ways as I can to have Marky enjoy the change in routine. He’s already been to a Minecraft camp and found a new gaming book he loves!
One of the things that I love about this site and our community is our ability to share and learn.
I am in the process of applying for the DD waiver for our son. I will have more info on that in another post, as I am gathering info on what you will need to do with the new procedures starting July 1.
Marky had his first assessment today at VCU Child Development Clinic. Most of the questions in the 5 part segments were directed to me and were pretty basic info to answer. 2 sections were for Marky to answer. There were some moments that were a struggle for me to see his struggle, but, that is why I am doing this process, with the hope to be able to have more resources and assistance to guode him in his life.
The moment I wanted to share with you all is this-
He was asked to “write down 5 things you see at the grocery store ”
He did just that.
Such a literal mind.
I hope that his, and all others that have this incredibly cool mind , can be accepted and adapted into our typical and familiar mindset. He followed the instruction the way it was asked!
I love his mind.
Caregivers of dependents with special needs who receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits must fully understand the nature, scope and duration of these benefits to effectively plan for the financial future of their dependent. When SSDI benefits are payable based on a caregiver’s working record to their adult dependent with special needs, the Social Security Administration (SSA )considers this type of benefit as a “child’s” benefit. It is this form of eligibility that this article will address.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Free admission all day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.!
Celebrate the CarMax Free Fourth of July by enjoying the gardens, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks and Butterflies LIVE! Wear red, white and blue & bring your wagons and strollers to decorate for a parade in the Children’s Garden. Children can also cool off in WaterPlay.
1 – 4 p.m.: Live music by the Happy Lucky Combo in the Children’s Garden
2 p.m.: Parade around the Children’s Garden
Food is available for purchase in the Garden Cafe and in the Tea House.
Please note: The line to see Butterflies Live! will close at 4 p.m. so that we may get guests through the exhibit by our 5 p.m. closing time
Summer time is a wonderful opportunity for children and families to enjoy the outdoors. More physical activity and fresh air are not only good for our physical health, but also for our mental wellness. It is important for children and their caregivers to take necessary safety precautions to enjoy their outside time. I often get a lot of questions about insects, not only as to what can be used to repel, but also how to treat bites.
Yearly check-ups at your pediatrician’s office are an important part of children’s health. The quick sports physical you can get at school or an urgent care clinic cannot give you the care that keeps you healthy.