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March 2011


Did You Know? Hospital Points of Pride

Overland Park Regional Medical Center has the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Kansas City area with 71 newborn suites. Thanks to a grant from the Mader Foundation, every baby born at Truman Medical Center Lakewood receives a teddy bear. Shawnee Mission Medical Center is home to the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, where pediatric occupational therapists specialize in providing treatment

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Fostering a Positive Care Team

By Julia Roberts Last August, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of physicians from around the world, and to illustrate my point about how many healthcare professionals I deal with, I listed them and read them aloud. Even I was surprised to hear the total number. Over the course of 11 years since our first child’s first diagnosis, our family has

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Summer Savings

By CommunityAmerica Savin’ Maven Jason Armstrong | June 22 is the first official day of summer, and if your family is anything like my family, you are ready for some rest, relaxation and warmer weather! So now’s the time to buckle down and budget for that getaway to ensure you’re financially prepared to enjoy every minute. It may seem easier to book a last-minute

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Dealing with Staring

No doubt about it, when people stare at our children (or us), they make us squirm. Let’s face it, people rarely stare at us because they’re mesmerized by our great beauty. More likely, they are sizing up our glaring imperfections. For kids with special needs, those imperfections may be hard to hide. During an especially intense episode of staring, most of us (if we

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Carly’s Courage

By Kara Cowie Nearly six years ago, a pregnant Shannon Sommers collapsed in tears on her kitchen floor. The Parkville mom had just been told her first child, a little girl named Carly still growing in her womb, had hydrocephalus or “water on the brain.” The doctor who gave the diagnosis suggested an abortion. Sommers and her husband Jason were scared and confused but

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Your Guide to Special Needs Summer Camps

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America/Greater Kansas City Chapter SuperKids Camp (Overland Park) This camp for second through sixth graders with asthma will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11-15 or July 25-29 at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. To register, call the Asthma & Allergy Foundation Greater Kansas City Chapter at 816-333-6608. Boy Scouts Rotary Scout Camp (Lee’s

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Band of Brothers

By Jill Sederstrom Presley Hall has cystic fibrosis, but she also has something most people don’t – five brothers to help her battle the disease. Presley is the only girl in the large family of six children, and although the Buckner resident is only 9-months-old, it’s already clear she’s got her own set of body guards to help protect her, including twin brother Paxton.

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Ask the Experts – Selecting Childcare and Summer Camp

How do I choose the best childcare or summer camp for my child with special needs? Summer is coming, and there are a number of summer camps from which to choose. Additionally, with summer coming on, the family may need childcare unlike during the school year. Choosing child care and camps for children with special needs does require additional consideration. However, “special needs” is

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