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News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.

Behavioral Health

NAMI Basics Introduces Caregivers to Care Techniques and Coping Strategies

NAMI Basics Parent Leaders

Victoria Dekoatz is a Project Assistant for the McLean Franciscan Inpatient Mental Health program. If you have questions about the program, please call 617-254-3800 or email us at info@franciscanchildrens.org. To contact the 24-hour referral line for the program, please call 800-333-0338. Franciscan Children’s recently partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to host a free 6… Continue Reading

Medical Services

What’s a parent to do? The Peanut Conundrum

Peanut Butter Toast

The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed three new guidelines to help parents navigate the introduction of peanut protein to their children. Joie Curran, Nurse Practitioner in our Pediatrics Clinic, reviews these guidelines on our blog and shares other helpful tips for parents who may be anxious about peanut allergies.

Giving

2016 Holiday Toy Drive Thank You

Holiday Toy Drive Thank You Collage

Each year, the kindness of our community of friends and donors inspires us in our mission to provide excellence in care and education so that all children can reach their fullest potential and live their best life. Thanks to your generosity, the holiday season at Franciscan Children’s has been full of laughter, play and joy!

Giving News

Giving Tuesday 2016

Today, we ask our community to support our mission by donating to Franciscan Children’s. And we celebrate the generous hearts of our employees whose donations of love are unmatched.

Giving News

Ways to Give 2016

Feeling extra thankful during this Season of Giving? Here are four easy ways you can give back to the incredible kids and families at Franciscan Children’s.

Education

Room to Grow: an Early Education Unit on Living Things

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.

Education

Drop Everything and Read at the
Kennedy Day School

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.

Education Medical Services

Review: Speechless Premiere on ABC TV

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!

Medical Services News

Franciscan Children’s Pediatric Dentist Wins America’s Greatest Makers Reality TV Challenge

Have you heard of America’s Greatest Makers? Alongside her partners, Dr. Anubha Sacheti, one of the pediatric dentists in our Surgical Services program, competed in and ultimately won the reality show’s pilot season where designers and developers pitch their devices, then defend them against competitors. A practical application of powerful technology, Sacheti and her team pitched the “Grush” – a digital toothbrush that transforms teeth brushing into a fun and interactive activity.

Behavioral Health

Pokémon Go: Tips for Parents

Pokemon Go Characters at Franciscan Children's

Has Pokémon Go captured your family’s hearts (and screens) yet? If it hasn’t, you’ve likely heard all about the new augmented-reality gaming app that has quickly become a big part of popular culture. So, what does this virtual phenomenon mean for parents? We’ve compiled a few tips to help you navigate this new Pokémon world.

Behavioral Health

Extending the Conversation on Pediatric Mental Health

Attendees from the recent PPAL training at Franciscan Children’s

The Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) has given a voice to families and advocated for improved access to mental health services for children, youth and their families since 1991. Recently, Franciscan Children’s had the opportunity to host a PPAL training session focused on Family Engagement, designed to further the conversation and advocacy efforts to improve the quality of care available.

Giving Medical Services

Go Max Go! Massimo’s Milestone Road Race

Massimo playing Adaptive Baseball

Born 3 months premature and weighing only two pounds, Massimo Reveliotty had a long journey ahead of him when he arrived at Franciscan Children’s in 2006. 10 years later, Massimo is a fun-loving and playful boy who is thriving in school and in sports. In celebration of this incredible milestone, Massimo, along with his family and friends, will be running in our 8th Annual Road Race.

Education

Music Therapy: Setting the Stage for Learning

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.”

Medical Services

Reflections of a KDS Speech-Language Pathologist

Nimisha Muttiah is leaving Franciscan Children’s to continue her work in Speech-Language Pathology in her home country of Sri Lanka, serving children where resources, therapeutic experts and technology are incredibly limited. We will miss her dearly, but are proud that she will continue to share our unwavering passion for helping each child reach their fullest potential with those families in need. Nimisha wrote the following blog post as a reflection of her time spent as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Kennedy Day School (KDS) at Franciscan Children’s.

Medical Services

A Day in the Life of a Franciscan Children’s Dietitian

Child in Pediatric Rehabilitation working with dietitian

At Franciscan Children’s, our dietitians work in variety of departments including Pediatric Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Inpatient Mental Health, and outpatient Pediatrics. In honor of the recent National Nutrition Month celebrations, we’ll break down the busy lives of the Franciscan Dietitians!

Support Services

Why We Love (and Need) Child Life

"We need Child Life because they listen and play with patients."

At Franciscan Children’s, our Child Life Specialists work closely with children in our inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation, inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and outpatient Surgical Services programs and can frequently be seen spreading their contagious, fun spirit throughout our campus. In celebration of Child Life Month and the wonderful work that they do, we asked staff and patients what they love the most about Child Life, and why it’s so important.

News

What’s in a Name?

Franciscan Children's Logo

What’s in a name? A lot actually. With the healthcare landscape changing, the number of children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs continues to grow. We have evolved to become far more than a hospital. To reflect how we are growing and evolving, we have made the decision to change our name to better reflect all of the services we provide.

Medical Services

Heart Health for Kids

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? The entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease which is, unfortunately, the number one cause of death for Americans. With many diet and exercise habits starting in childhood, there are easy ways for families to reduce the risk of heart disease starting at home!