Margaret M. Renew, MD
Location and Office HoursMargaret M Renew MD
Evans, GA 30809
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia
- BlueChoice (BC/BS of GA)
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Humana Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- University Health Care System
How will my child be evaluated for a feeding disorder?
Your child will have a clinical feeding evaluation. This will take place at a therapy center. The feeding specialist will talk with you about the foods your child eats, where and when he eats, and who feeds him. The therapist will look at your child's mouth and face and watch your child eat or be fed. By watching your child eat, the specialist can learn how your child moves his mouth, his thinking ability during eating, how he controls his body, and his general ability to eat. If the therapist thinks your child may not be swallowing safely, he will be scheduled for another evaluation.
How can I learn more about my child's chronic illness?
Your first information sources should be your pediatrician and the specialist who made the definitive diagnosis (if there was one). Lean on both of them. Ask them for books, pamphlets, or videos that will help bring you up to speed on your child’s condition, and don’t be discouraged if you need a wheelbarrow to transport everything to your car. Ask them as many questions as you can think of, and buy a notebook in which you can write down concerns and track medical appointments, people, tests, results, and treatments your child may need. Ask them to recommend good websites for basic information, support groups, blogs by parents in your situation, and other helpful resources. At the very least, knowing you are not alone is comforting and will give you strength.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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How does computer use affect children’s development?
The jury is still out on the effects of computer use on cognitive and social development. Some studies show that children who have a computer in the home have slightly higher literary and math skills. No doubt you can find software to reinforce just about any topic your child is learning from you or in school. The challenge is figuring out what works to your child’s advantage and what results in time spent playing games with no benefit.
The research on the social impact of computer use is a little fuzzier than that on excessive TV viewing. Clearly, if a child is spending hours a day on the computer, direct interaction with peers is reduced. Sure, some of that time might be spent in chat rooms or instant messaging people in a computer community, but it can be an artificial environment without the give and take experienced in face-to-face interaction. As a result, kids aren’t learning the skills needed to be socially adept. That, and a tendency for people to embellish, portraying themselves as something they’re not, leads me to question the overall benefit of this kind of computer use.
Can computer use lead to violent or aggressive behavior? Again, you can find research supporting both sides of that issue. Some studies suggest that children behave in a more aggressive manner after playing computer games with violent themes, and that doing so desensitizes them to violence and the impact it has on others.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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