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Telehealth - What is it, who is doing it, and does it work?

stethascope out of computerThe Zone'in Child Development Series newsletter for education and health professionals profiled teleEducation in June 2010, and now turns to telehealth for July's topic.  As a pediatric occupational therapist concerned about the overuse of technology by children, I have recently received a number of requests for information regarding the efficacy of telehealth, e.g. the use of telecommunication systems to facilitate the delivery of health-related information and services.  A school principal questioned the efficacy of telehealth for speech and language services; an occupational therapist was told by her school district that she was required to use telehealth to deliver OT services to reduce her travel expenditures, and questioned efficacy in a pediatric school-based population; a speech and language pathologist who has been providing telehealth conjointly with 1:1 therapy services stated her telehealth service "wasn't working" and she wondered whether she was doing it "correctly".  The intent of this article is to raise awareness regarding the increased use of telehealth services as they apply to treating the pediatric population, and raises concerns regarding the utilization of telehealth services with children.

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Kids needs to unplug, commune with nature
Searching for four-leaf clovers.  Neighborhood games of kick the can.  Hopscotch.  So fun, so easy, so free-of-charge.

Web-obsessed South Korea father jailed for baby neglect
A South Korean man whose baby daughter starved to death while he spent much of his time playing a fantasy game online has been jailed for two years.

Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price
By Matt Richtel, June 6, 2010, New York Times
Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave.

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

By Julie Scelfo, June 21, 2010, New York Times
Much concern has been focused on the impact of technology overuse by children, but parents' use of such technology - and its effect on their offspring - is now becoming an equal source of concern to some child-development researchers.

DMM News #10 June Edition
Newsletter on the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation

Let's Move
By Dominique Dawes, June 24, 2010
New initiative by Michelle Obama to improve fitness and reduce child obesity.

The Depressing News About Antidepressants
Studies suggest that the antidepressants are no more effective than a placebo. In fact, they may be worse.
by Sharon Begley, January 29, 2010, Newsweek

Glaxo is Testing Paxil on 7-Year-Olds, Despite Well Known Suicide Risks.
By Jim Edwards, May 21, 2010, CBS News
It was established years ago that Paxil carries a risk of suicide in children, but GlaxoSmithKline has been conducting a study of the antidepressant in children as young as seven - in Japan.

National Institutes of Health News Release - June 28, 2010
HEALTH study finds intervention lowered obesity rate in youth at high diabetes risk.  Interventions included healthier food choices, longer, more intense periods of physical activity, and participation in activities that promoted long-term healthy behaviors.

Vestibular Function, Sensory Integration, And Balance Anomalies: A Brief Literature Review
By Solan HA, Shelley-Tremblay J, Larson S. Journal of Optometric Vision Development 2007; 38(1): 1-3
Delayed vestibular maturation correlates significantly with sensory integrative dysfunctions, slow vision processing, impaired hearing, and reading disability.

New Book! Different Learners - Identifying, Preventing, and Treating Your Child's Learning Problems

By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Teacher, educational psychologist, and now author of four books on how children do (and don't) learn, Jane Healy expertly profiles issues and solutions related to the 21st century child's struggle with learning.  A "must read" book for not only parents, but also teachers and pediatric therapists, Different Learnerscovers the increasing propensity to diagnose and label children, and also profiles the impact of technology overuse on children's ability to learn.

Video:  RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time
Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

Video: Free Hugs in Sondrio, Italy
A wonderful depiction of the power of touch and human connection.

Conference:  Attachment and Psychopathy
Aug. 16-18, Oct. 28-29, 2010 in Victoria, BC
Dr. Pat Crittenden, PhD presents on the development, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorder and profiles the CARE Index, Pre-School and School Age Assessments of Attachment, the Adult Attachment Interview, and the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation.
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New Book!  Born to Buy
The commercialized child and the new consumer culture by consumer expert Juliet Schor, explores the damaging effects advertising and marketing have on children. According to this breakthrough research, the advertising-saturated culture our children are exposed to is causing an array of psychosomatic symptoms.

Film clip:  UN Calls Shock Treatment at Massachusetts School 'Torture'
By Kate Hinman and Kimberly Brown for ABC News Nightline, June 30, 2010
School for special needs students uses electric shock for behavior modification, a technique categorized as 'torture' by the United Nations.
For behavior management alternatives, check out the Schools Operating Safely: Child Behavior Management Policy - Ten alternatives to use of psychotropic medication, seclusion, and restraints

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