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How to deal with school refusal

School refusal

Nervousness about class assignments, learning new material and upcoming tests is normal. But for some children, school can be the source of stress, which can lead to such intense anxiety that some children insist on not going.

The gray area of disciplining children

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As child abuse allegations continue to make front-page news, WAKR’S Ray Horner recently spoke with pediatric psychologist Geoffrey Putt, director of outpatient therapy centers at Akron Children’s Hospital, about discipline techniques and positive parenting. “Many people do what they were taught…and if that [spanking] is what you learned and experienced, it puts you in a […]

The AAP Recommends Later School Start Times for Teens

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An occasional late night and early morning start is fine for most teenagers. But what happens when teens consistently don’t get enough zzzs? They end up sleep deprived, which may lead to physical and mental health issues and impact how well they learn in school.

Promising food allergy treatments for children on the horizon

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Researchers are testing promising new treatments for food allergies. A recent article on NBCNews.com points to 2 treatments that are desensitizing children who suffer from common food allergies and giving them the chance to taste foods that once would have sent them straight to the hospital.

Tyler Jordan: a 14 year old full of pranks and spunk

Tyler with his parents

Tyler Jordan’s family first came to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley when he was 8 years old to be treated for cerebral palsy, because of its close location to their home in Niles. His mom, Glenna, remembers being told when Tyler was born that he would never walk, talk, etc. We are happy to say […]

13 year old with sickle cell disease commissioned as “Pilot for a Day”

Javionte Allen as Pilot for a Day

Watching her 13 year-old son, who’s battled Sickle Cell Disease since birth, be sworn in as an honorary second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force had Tia Allen beaming with pride this month at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.