We’ve asked Dr. Cora Breuner for tips on preparing your teen for college. In this clip she offers advice for studying abroad. We’ve covered this topic traveling abroad in a previous post, but here Dr. Breuner gives more detailed advice on the opportunities to study abroad during college.
Congratulations on having a teen who has successfully graduated from high school! Now the journey into adulthood begins. We’ve asked Dr. Cora Breuner (who is raising 3 teens herself) for tips on preparing your teen for college. In this video blog, she offers advice on drugs, alcohol, and eating habits.
It’s already July, which means summer has officially started in Washington! For parents who have a teen heading to college in the Fall, congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment for both of you. Thinking about college and helping your teen settle into a new environment may seem a bit daunting. We’d like to help with some tips over the summer months. Our colleague, Dr. Cora Breuner, has graciously offered her advice on preparing your teen for college. In this video post, she offers information on medical care and keeping track of immunization records when your teen leaves for college
Guest Author: Charley Jones, MSWc, University of Washington
Is your teen graduating from High School this year?
First, congratulations! Graduating from high school is a great accomplishment and presents a landmark in one’s life, closing the doors of formal education in your teenage years and opening the doors to many future options. As a parent, you’ve played a large role in the success of your teen being able to achieve this accomplishment! This is arguably a time when some of the most meaningful education happens in one’s life. The upcoming decisions of “where to go next” can be exciting and overwhelming for teens and parents because of the vast amount of options available. I’ll start with a few tips to evaluate the options for your teen and briefly describe what a few of these options look like. Read full post »
Recently we’ve reviewed the topic of concussions in teen athletes. A new study came out from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that contains good news and bad news. The good news is that teen athletes are well-educated about the signs and symptoms of concussion, as well as the serious consequences of returning to play after one occurs. The bad news is, about half of the adolescents with this knowledge would go back to playing in the game anyway. Read full post »
The Fall sports are well under way, in fact football and soccer are wrapping up. I have seen many teens coming through our clinic with sports related injuries so wanted to spend some time on concussion again.
When a teen has an injury like an ankle sprain, they rest. It is painful to walk around, so they are forced to take a break from play, use ice, ibuprofen, and relax for a few days. Concussions are injury to the brain. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to take a break from using our mind, but in order for a concussion to heal, rest is exactly what is needed.
In this blog video, Dr. Monique Burton goes over several things you can do to ensure your teen takes the appropriate amount of time needed to heal from concussion.
I’m going to depart from the drug use series to highlight a timely events. On September 13, Seattle Children’s Hospital will partner with Seattle news station KOMO 4 to discuss keeping kids healthy while participation in athletics. Click here for a sneak peak of the special… Dr. Monique Burton recently provided us with advice for teens who are recovering from a concussion so we’ll cover some important things to know about concussion in this post:
- A concussion is a brain injury and it requires time to heal. Healing is accomplished with rest, both physical rest and cognitive or mental rest
- See your teen’s health care provider after a concussion. They can give more specifics about when it is safe to return to play and also if any imaging or testing is needed
- Your teens symptoms need to be 100% gone in order to go back to playing their sport. They should gradually return to play, that means slowly increasing their amount of activity.
- If your teen starts to have symptoms again after returning to play, their brain is not healed, so they need to rest some more.
As the summer Olympic games come to an end, we’ve been thinking more about how beneficial sports can be for children and teens. Students will be returning for school next month, but many sports continue through the summer or start before school begins. Playing sports is fun, can build self confidence, and is a great way to make friends, but sometimes injuries happen. Dr. Monique Burton, a Sports Medicine specialist, takes a moment to talk with us about some common sports injuries among teens and how to prevent them.
Teens may participate in sports for reasons that range from an excuse to see friends, to significant talent in a particular area. In this video blog, Dr. Monique Burton provides tips for sports participation.
When thinking about whether or not your teen should participate in sports consider the following points:
- Sports provide a fun way to fit in physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week for teens. This can be broken up into 10-15 minute intervals.
- Participation in school sports usually requires teens to keep a minimum grade point average. For some students, being able to participate in a sport is all the motivation they need to turn in homework assignments and continue with academics.
- Sports can positively impact self-esteem. Self esteem has been linked to decreased rates of depression, drug use, and sexual activity in teens.
- In order to participate in sports, a visit to your teen’s health care provider is necessary for a pre-participation physical exam. During the teen years, visits to a health care provider are often few and far between. Use this physical exam as an opportunity to catch up on teen immunizations and guidance on everything from driving safety to acne!
One of the main worries many parents have after their child comes out is the reaction of their peers (and even the adults) at school. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens- or those perceived as such- are bullied more than heterosexual teens. The idea of a teen coming out and exposing themselves to verbal, emotional, and even physical harassment is very frightening for those love them and want to protect them.
Schools vary greatly in their attitudes towards gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens. Some school atmospheres are very accepting, and teens with any sexual orientation find it easy to find friends and thrive. Others are more intolerant and homophobic. Your teen will likely know what the environment of their school is. Whether or not they want to come out at school depends on many factors: the school atmosphere, their own drive to come out, initial responses from close friends, etc. They may feel strongly that they want to come out, even if they are expecting harassment from peers, and that is their decision… but it still bears talking about, and planning reactions to any negative attention beforehand.