News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.
High-quality, early education and child care for young children improves their health and promotes their development and learning. At Franciscan Children’s, we make it a priority to incorporate these kinds of early education programs and opportunities into the care provided in our Child Care Center.
Drop Everything and Read is one of the many special programs at the Kennedy Day School that truly engage students in the joy of learning. Like so many other aspects of daily life at KDS, the D.E.A.R. program is developed and executed with creativity and endless possibilities in mind. Students are involved in all aspects of the celebration, based on their abilities and goals.
ABC’s new TV Series, Speechless, follows the adventures of DiMeo family and is one of the first of its kind to offer unique insight into the life of a family with a child who has a disability. It is our privilege to work with incredible children and families who share challenges similar to those of JJ and the DiMeos – so we tuned in to check out the pilot episode. Now, we’re sharing some initial reactions from our Speech-Language Pathologists, Kennedy Day School teachers, and even a few of our Kennedy Day School students!
Music Therapy is an integral part of the curriculum at the Kennedy Day School – engaging students in learning, working toward their individual goals, and having fun! In this blog post, we explore what a Music Therapy and Speech-Language Co-Treatment session looks like, to the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.”
Our guest blogger is mom to Michael and Eric, twin boys who attend the Kennedy Day School onsite at Franciscan, and Katie who attends a local public school. Back-to-School is a bit different for the Murray family, and Amy tells us why!
A closer look at the Annual Kennedy Day School Art Show, the incredible talent of our students and staff, and the beauty and creativity that results from working hard and stepping out of your comfort zone!
Korey Foley’s story at Franciscan began when he was just three years old. Nineteen years later, Korey has become a well-known, smiling face both inside and outside our halls for friends of the hospital and the Kennedy Day School (KDS). Last week we celebrated a big milestone for Korey, his family and his friends – his graduation from the Kennedy Day School.
A critical issue for families of children with disabilities, transition planning for adulthood is an area with which many parents struggle. Therefore, providing a forum for families to interact and connect with adult services professionals was both important and rewarding. We were thrilled to welcome over 20 families & numerous professionals to our first Transition and Adult Services Resource Fair.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our teachers to answer the question, “Which of your teachers has impacted you the most, and why?” Their answers are something to be shared and celebrated. How would you answer the question?
Recent enhancements to the Kennedy Day School’s Vision Center room has allowed the program to expand services and created an even brighter place for students to grow!
We’ve shared many memories with our friends from Kennedy Hope Academy over the years. Best wishes to these young men as they continue on their journey – it has been our privilege to watch you grow!
Kennedy Day School staff identify areas in which augmentative communication and assistive technology can be used to ease the challenges of a new school year for many students who use them as an aid to learning.
Information regarding a recent important decision affecting the future of the Kennedy Hope Academy (KHA) residential program at Franciscan Hospital for Children.
With Lemonade Stand construction and official taste-testing complete, it was time to move on to the final phase of our project – an official unveiling of the new stand and pouring of our first glasses of lemonade!
The Lemonade Stand construction was complete and with summer just around the corner, we knew it was time to make the lemonade! With so many brands on the market, we decided to put it to a vote and let our customers decide with an official taste test.
Over the past several years, the Project Excel vocational program at the Kennedy Day School, has developed work-based projects, providing meaningful experiences for our students that benefit others. These projects have served the local community and communities abroad, responding to needs in Haiti and Pakistan. Currently, our Project Excel students are working in collaboration with… Continue Reading
In collaboration with Bug’s Bikes, our Kennedy Day School Project Excel students and staff are opening a Lemonade Stand! From building to decorating, designing advertisements to squeezing lemons, our students will assist in all aspects of this project.
Leah O’Brien is the Program Director for both the Hyman Novack Medical Day Care and Franciscan Family Child Care Center programs at FHC. Here she shares with you her rules and tips for keeping kids busy and happy indoors. As the Director of two day care programs I’ve spent my fair share of winters stuck… Continue Reading