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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

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

69.2 Music Therapy KDS

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

68. SLP

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

63. 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!

News

2015 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

Around the globe, people are welcoming 2016 with parties, parades and fireworks – each tradition a chance to give thanks for a year of milestones and look forward to the exciting opportunities that lay ahead. Here at Franciscan, we take great pride in honoring the children we serve and their accomplishments every day. From celebrating a patient… Continue Reading

Support Services

Adaptive Ice Skating: 2015 Program Recap

.1 Adaptive Skating

On Wednesday evenings from mid-September through mid-November, Simoni Rink in Cambridge is home to the Franciscan Adaptive Ice Skating Program. Uniquely designed to serve children with special needs, the Adaptive Ice Skating program runs for one hour per week for 10 weeks. With diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, and genetic conditions, 21 children with disabilities participated in the program this year, along with 11 of their siblings.

Giving

‘Tis The Season Of Giving

2.Toyland Collage

The holiday season seems to sneak up on us earlier every year. While that can seem a bit daunting at times, at Franciscan we are happy to start celebrating the “Season of Giving” as early as possible. There are always moments throughout the holiday season – big or small – that remind us of what… Continue Reading

Giving Medical Services

From Tragedy to Triumph

Marathon Runner

With the help of his care team at Franciscan, Nick Prefontaine overcame incredible odds to recover from a tragic snowboarding accident twelve years ago. Today, he’s getting ready to run his first marathon in our honor.