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What Do Hats, Quilts and Books Have in Common? They’re Community Gifts of Love for Our Littlest NICU Patients.

September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, designed to honor families who have experienced or are currently experiencing a NICU stay, as well as the healthcare professionals who care for them. Valley Medical Center has the only level III NICU between Seattle and Tacoma, caring for newborns whose needs require more advanced care. In honor...

Child Development

The “No Questions for 10 Minutes” Challenge—Improve Your Playtime with Your Young Child

By Barbara Bryant, CCC-SLP, Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy Clinic Think about how you usually play with your young child. What are your favorite activities together? What makes you both giggle and feel joy? Now, stop for a moment and think about what words are coming out of your mouth when you are interacting. Like many of us, I often f...

Childhood Weight Management

Tips to Teach your Child Good Posture While Sitting at School

Submitted by Natalie Frei, PT, DPT, physical therapist at Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy It's important for children to have good posture while sitting and standing to protect their growing joints and spine and to help them avoid pain in the future from overstressing parts of the body. The beginning of the school year is a good time to...

Children’s Therapy

The “No Questions for 10 Minutes” Challenge—Improve Your Playtime with Your Young Child

By Barbara Bryant, CCC-SLP, Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy Clinic Think about how you usually play with your young child. What are your favorite activities together? What makes you both giggle and feel joy? Now, stop for a moment and think about what words are coming out of your mouth when you are interacting. Like many of us, I often f...

Infant/Toddler

What Do Hats, Quilts and Books Have in Common? They’re Community Gifts of Love for Our Littlest NICU Patients.

September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, designed to honor families who have experienced or are currently experiencing a NICU stay, as well as the healthcare professionals who care for them. Valley Medical Center has the only level III NICU between Seattle and Tacoma, caring for newborns whose needs require more advanced care. In honor...

Pediatric Sleep

Sleep Resources for a Better Night’s Rest from Sleep Expert Wynne Chen, MD

“The best part of my job as a sleep physician is having the opportunity to meet interesting people every day and educate them about a vital part of their daily lives that is often overlooked–their sleep.” Wynne Chen, MD, Pulmonary & Sleep Disorder Clinic “We now know that common sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) sp...

Safety

Preventing Falls and What to Do If You Have a Fall

Adapted from the "Preventing Falls" DocTalk by Dr. Rabiah Ali https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY_VrzrpPfc 0:16 | Why are we concerned about preventing falls?We’re concerned about preventing falls for a number of reasons, but the most important is the loss of mobility. If someone takes a bad fall and ends up with a hip fracture that requires a hip r...

Teen

The More We Know About Autism, The More We Can Accept and Include the 5+ Million with Autism

By Kari Tanta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Rehab Manager Children’s Therapy and Kimberleigh Bechtolt, Community Engagement Associate, Washington Autism Alliance While April has long been known as Autism Awareness Month, awareness alone does not go far enough in addressing the needs of this community. A study from the Centers for Disease Control estimates ab...