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appy Autumn! I think that fall is my most favorite time of year. Especially in Oregon. It is so beautiful here! As summer winds down to a close, the air gets cooler, the kids are all headed back to school, and life gets a little more hectic- everything just seems to fall into place. After a few trial runs, of course. :) Getting the kiddos to school can be a feat of epic proportions, and any parent who delivers them safely to school, mostly clothed, and fed- deserves a medal! Welcome to the new school year, parents! Whether your kiddo is a newborn or teen, their health is always at the forefront of our minds. From teeth to feet, keeping them in tip top condition is what we parents do. This issue has some great tips for typical back-to- school health concerns that we as parents, have. Health insurance, healthy eating, head matters such as lice and concussions, all those fun things that we have to look forward to, are touched on to help you make a more informed decision for your family. There’s a fall festival directory for you, too! I wasn’t able to get detailed information for each festival as the farms hadn’t finalized their event information but there is a handy list of contact info, from phone numbers to websites, to help you choose. Please visit our website for a more updated version, and join us on facebook where I will be posting up to the minute Harvest Fest happenings, as they happen. I appreciate you letting me share the wonderful things about Salem and the surrounding areas. There are so many great reasons to raise kiddos here, and so many more wonderful things to come.

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KIDS & CON The new school year is starting!

The following are possible signs and symptoms of a concussion:

And of course, with a new year comes a new season of school athletics. The health benefits associated with sports participation are numerous, yet any type of athletic activity also comes with an increased risk for sports-related injuries. One such injury is a concussion.

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What is a concussion? A concussion is an injury to the brain which disrupts normal brain function. This can be caused by a physical hit to the head or it can be caused by a hit to the body which suddenly jars the brain within the skull.

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Your child does not need to lose consciousness for a concussion to have occurred.

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While concussions cannot be seen by most imaging (x-rays, MRIs, CT scans), they can cause a multitude of symptoms and can have a serious effect on your child’s developing brain.

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What are the symptoms of a concussion?

A concussion injury can cause a variety of symptoms, and sometimes symptoms do not appear at the time of injury but rather develop over the hours and days following an injury.

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Confusion or slow to answer questions or follow commands Unable to remember things that happened before or after the hit or recall the date, time, place, etc. Loss of consciousness Drowsiness Headache or dizziness Nausea, vomiting, stomach ache Being “dazed” or “seeing stars” Blurry vision, loss of vision, or a blank stare Ringing in the ears Difficulty concentrating or feeling “slow” or “foggy” Irritable, nervous, or feeling more emotional than their normal Changes in child’s behavior or personality

Your child should be seen by a medical provider as soon as possible after experi-


NCUSSIONS encing any blow to the head or jarring hit to the body. If your child experiences any one of the above symptoms, seek urgent medical attention, and be alert for any worsening symptoms.

can be a long process. Typically symptoms of concussion injury resolve within 2 weeks, however sometimes, particularly in young children and in those with previous concussion injuries, symptoms may take weeks to months to completely resolve.

What can I do to help my child? Your child’s brain needs time to heal after a concussion injury, and helping your child rest is crucial for recovery. All physical activities should be avoided while your child’s symptoms are present, including sports, PE class, and even play.

Your healthcare provider will work with you and your child to progress his or her activity as tolerated. If symptoms return during any step of progression, your provider may restrict certain activities again until symptoms once again subside.

For some children, activities which require concentration such as classroom work can exacerbate symptoms. Your child may need to stay home from school for a short time after sustaining a concussion and may require slow integration back into full days at school depending on how well they are recovering. Speak with your child’s school about additional support your child may need during their recovery such as taking breaks when needed, allowing more time to complete assignments, or receiving help with their classwork.

Participating in school or community sports programs is an excellent way for children to stay fit and healthy and develop social skills, self-esteem, and confidence. However, staying safe while playing sports should always be a priority. If you have any questions about concussions or other sports injuries please talk to your healthcare provider.

When can my child return to normal activity?

Written by Adrienne Mee, FNP-C is a mother to two young daughters. She is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner with Armstrong Wellness Family Practice in Salem.

Concussion management is a step-wise approach and return to normal activity


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September 2

September 9

FREE! Saturday 8am-3pm Riverfront Park Car show raises money for local charities, and a scholarship at Chemeketa Community College. participant ($15 pre-register online or $20 at the gate) vendors, food booths, games, and raffle prizes.

1-2:30 p.m. 3rd Floor Children’s Area. A relaxing, non-threatening way for young readers to improve their reading skills. Visiting dogs and cats are trained and certified as therapy animals by Paws for Love and are mellow and friendly. Signups are not necessary.

Salem-Annual Carousel Cruise

September 5

Salem-Library- Read to a Pet

September 11

Salem-Funday Monday Gilbert House Children’s Museum

No more blue Mondays! On the first Monday of every month, enjoy 1/2-off admission (admission will be $4 for ages 3+; $2 for ages 1-2; FREE for under 1 year) to Gilbert House Children’s Museum

September 5

Salem- Starr Studio Open House

Salem- Fall Kids Yoga Series 1

Mondays 4:15-5pm Sept 11 - Dec 19 Ages 5-11, $215 (or 4 payments of $55) Yoga with Benefits! Reduce stress and increase your capacity to navigate life’s challenges. Learn the basics of yoga for physical, mental, emotional, and social balance and well-being.

Tuesday at 5:30 PM - 8 PM Starr Studios Salem School of Dance 2290 Commercial St SE -Learn about the dance classes available for ages 2+ Ballet, tap, modern and hip hop. Stop by for dancing, princess dress-up, games, free prizes, sweets, and treats.

September 16

September 8

Albany- Advanced Chiropractic Children’s Day

Salem- Mutts on the Mile

Roller Derby fun for all ages! Come watch the fun Sat 5-10pm Armory Auditorium

September 16

9am-2pm Advanced Chiropractic 1117 Pacific Blvd SE, Children 17 and under recieve FREE chiropractic care. kids yoga class; kids zumba class; bounce house; face painting; free mini massages; and much more!

Friday 5:00 pm Bring your pup and walk the mile loop around Capitol Subaru! $5 enters you in the walk to gather some swag, and quench your thirst/bust your hunger (free and by donation). All proceeds go to Willamette Humane Society.

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Salem- Cherry City Roller Derby


September 16 Albany- Tinker-

October 7

garten FREE Trial Class

Salem- Tinker Time Gilbert House Children’s Museum

10 AM - 11:15 AM Takena Park 1101 Lawnridge St SW Come try out Tinkergarten and see if you like it. No strings, just fun!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Fun and interactive drop-in opportunity for children to invent and innovate! Each month is a different theme. Tinker Time is every Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tinker Time is included with paid admission.

September 17

Salem- Ukulele Fans of Oregon at the Salem Public Library

October 16

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Salem Public Library Anderson Rooms A&B, Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty ST SE Ukulele players of all skill levels are invited to this free, monthly play-along. A lesson for beginners starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by a fun-filled ukulele jam. Phone: 503-999-2774

Salem- Story Hour- Mindful Kids

Monday 11am-Noon Woodmansee Park near the playground. Features yoga, meditation, breathing exercises to increase focus and concentration, teaches children to self-regulate emotions, and develops empathy, self-awareness and kindness. All ages welcome! Free event is hosted by Barefoot Books Ambassador Monica Kwasnik.

September 19

Salem- SuperBounce TwoferTuesday

October 20-22

All Day- Buy one hour and get one free! Enjoy our cold ac, snacks and unlimited fun for kids. Check the website for hours. 3160 Blossom Dr NE

Salem- Fall Home and Remodel Show Fri: 3pm – 6pm, Sat: 10am – 6pm

Sun: 10am – 5pm. Home improvement ideas and tips from the local experts. Come and get thousands of decorating and improvement ideas from the largest ‘hub’ of building and remodeling resources in the area.

September 29-30

Albany- 23rd Annual Albany Fall Home and Remodel Show

FREE- Linn County Fair & Expo- 29th: 3pm-6pm 30th: 10am-6pm Home improvement ideas and tips from the local experts. Come and get thousands of decorating and improvement ideas from the largest ‘hub’ of building and remodeling resources in the area.

October 29

Salem- Halloween Charity Photo Sessions

10 AM - 3 PM Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a FREE quick drop photo session. Get one high-resolution digital image FREE! Bring at least two cans of food to donate. We will take a few shots of your party and/or individuals. A contract must be completed and signed prior to session. Email to complete this beforehand. Benefiting Marion-Polk Food Share. Hosted by Photography by Amy Nicole 343 Court St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

October 4-7

Salem- Baby’s Bottom Dollar Sale 17,000 sqft of shopping space this year! Bring your whole family as you shop! Family friendly vendors with great giveaways... Free parking and free admission always! ALL brands @ great prices! See you there!


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Life is getting busier with the kids going back to school, but you can free up a little of your precious time and get more done with these great tips! Lay clothes out the night before. Everyone fares better when there’s a system in place. With clothes laid out, there’s no question as to where that other sock is, or how on earth that shoe got into the laundry bin. You already know where everything is! The same goes for backpacks, too! Establish a routine Kids respond well to routine. By prepping them with a checklist, they move through the morning happier, and more quickly. Try using a magnetic board with markers that they move from chore to chore as they get them finished. 1. Eat breakfast. 2. Get Dressed. 3. Brush teeth and so on. Try it, it really works!

Homework Caddies are such a great time-saver! No more wasted time spent looking for crayons and glue-sticks... everything stays together in a handy-dandy caddy. Being organized saves everyone time and headaches! Check your local dollar store for a pretty good array of caddies- and stock up so that homework is a breeze! The less time spent on homework- the happier everyone will be!

Make breakfast ahead of time! Cook

a dozen eggs by baking them in a muffin tin. Using a lightly greased muffin tin, crack one egg into each cup and bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Wrap in foil and freeze for eggs all week long. Prepare pancake mix on a Sunday, and store it in freezer bags in the fridge till it’s time for breakfast. Cut a corner off the sandwich bag, and drizzle on to a hot griddle for fresh pancakes.


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EXPERT- I think my child might need braces. What do we need to know?


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Dr. Bryan Johnson Answers top questions about orthodontics

Q- Will my child need to have any teeth extracted?

If teeth are severely crowded (because the mouth is too small to properly accommodate all of them) or if your child has impacted teeth (teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth) — then extraction may be necessary. In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary.

Q- Will my child have to watch what they eat?

Yes , pass up the types of foods that could damage or become trapped in your braces. Some of these include raw vegetables, hard candy, caramel, taffy and ice cubes (fortunately, ice cream is OK). We will give you a list of foods to avoid.

Q- Will my child be able to play sports/ play an

Yes. Of course, whether you wear braces or not, we recommend you wear a mouthguard when playing most sports. Musicians are generally able to play their instruments just as they did before, but they may need a short adjustment period after getting braces.

Q- Is orthodontic care very expensive?

Orthodontic care is a long-term investment in your health and well-being. Yet its cost hasn’t increased as fast as many other consumer prices, and many financing options are available that make orthodontic care affordable. Weighed against the true cost of living with problem teeth, however, orthodontic treatment can be a wise investment indeed.

Dr. Bryan Johnson serves Salem, Stayton and Silverton as an accredited Orthodontist. how often your child For more information about Dr. Johnson, ment, you’ll typically 18 Find us on facebook! /willamettekidsandfamily visit weeks.

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The Rabbit Hole Directed by - Shauna Keifiuk

Offering Supportive Family Classes for families with special needs children, led by our newest teacher Melissa Potts, MT-BC.

Performances Sep 22-24, 28-30

*contains mature subject matter

Nobody Like Jimmy Directed by - Scott Harvey

Performances Oct 20,21,27-29, Nov 2,3,4

Pippin (Musical) Directed by - Kay Roth

Performances Dec 1, 2, 8-10,14-17,21-23

The Three Musketeers Directed by - Josh Anderson

Auditions Oct. 23 - 25, 2017 Performances Jan 12 - 27, 2018

Single Ticket Prices $13 General Admission $10 Sr/Jr for non-musicals $15 General Admission $12 Sr/Jr for musicals.

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Greens Bridge

Heisers Pumpkin Patch

Corvallis Fall Festival

French Prarie

21425 SE Grand Island Lp, Dayton 97114 Phone: 503 868-7512

3730 Jefferson Dr, Jefferson, OR 97352 Phone: (541) 327-2995

17673 French Prairie Rd NE, St Paul, OR 97137 Phone: 503 633-8445

September 23rd- 24th 582 SW Adams Ave Corvallis, Or 97333 Phone: 541-752-9655

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Address: 33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn 97071 Phone: 503 634-2243

Fantasy Trail- Wenzel Farm

19754 S Ridge Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045 Phone: 503 631-2047

Fir Point Farms

Airlie Hills

14601 Arndt Rd, Aurora, OR 97002 Phone: 503 678-2455

10775 Airlie Rd, Monmouth, OR 97361 Phone: 503 851-6904

Kerr Farms LLC

Bauman Farms

6755 35th Ave Keizer, Or 97303 Phone: 503 400 9918

12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE, Gervais, OR 97026 Phone: 503 792-3524

Sublimity Harvest Festival

Bose Farm

Sept 8th- Sept 10th 11880 Sublimity Rd SE, Sublimity 97385 Phone: 503 769-3613

35765 Cyrus Rd NE, Albany, OR 97322 Phone: 541 971-0458

Fordyce Farm

Wavra Farms

7023 Sunnyview Rd NE Salem, OR 97305 Phone: 503 362-5105

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7882 Jordan St SE, Salem, OR 97317 Phone: 503 364-9879


EZ Orchards

Silver Creek Fellowship Fall Festival

5504 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305 Phone: 503 393-1506

Wednesday Oct 25 6pm-9pm 822 Industrial Way NE Silverton, OR 97381 Phone: 503 792-3524

Deepwoods Children’s Halloween Party

Deepwood Museum & Gardens 1116 Mission ST SE Salem, OR 97302 Phone: 503-363-1825

This is not a comprehensive list as most farms hadn’t finalized their dates, yet. Please check their websites, or Willamette Kids and Family’s Facebook page, or for updated information.


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to calm your ANXIOUS CHILD by Jenifer Trivelli M.S. Transitions like the start of a new school year, the birth of a sibling, or change in routine can bring out anxiety even in children who don’t typically struggle with it. While some children benefit from professional mental health services, there is much we can do as parents to teach our kids the skills they need to navigate their challenges. What can be done to support kids experiencing this type of stress?

Check yo’self.

It’s the first parenting step in any non-emergency situation. Parents unknowingly send messages of safety or fear to kids exhibiting anxiety. Grounding yourself with an intentional breath before responding to your child helps you get in the right frame of mind to guide your child effectively.

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Avoiding or denying anxiety-provoking situations can reinforce the anxiety response. Sometimes parents struggle with anxiety as well, and it can block us from being able to effectively think about how to help the child.

anything your child can re-create a sense of you through; a piece of jewelry, special stone, or scarf with your favorite essential oil on it. A photo of a happy time you shared can also be useful. Be sure you find a good place for your child to keep this treasure as they move through their day. The idea here is that your child can recreate the sense of safety they feel when with you by remembering it through the visual or sensory clue the object provides.

Address the “in here” problem first. A parent’s first reaction is often to

fix the “out there” situation that caused the internal emotional reaction of the child. Instead, focus on helping your child return to emotional balance so their brain works better. You can try telling them to look at your eyes and see that you’re not worried or scared.

If your child continues to struggle with anxiety for more than a couple of weeks, seek out practitioners who can address or rule out underlying causes, such as food intolerances/reactions, sensory challenges, trauma, and unresolved grief.

You can also try directing them to look around them, naming things as they see them. This is not the same as distraction; the turning of the head and rotation of the eyes sends calming signals to the survival brain, helping it recognize that the environment is safe.

These ideas are a starting place for you to help your child through anxiety. Remember to try them several times, always with you in a calm, grounded state, before assessing their effectiveness.

Break overwhelming situations down into achievable small steps.

Anxiety is sometimes addressed by taking an overwhelming situation and breaking it down into the smallest step needed for your child to begin making a forward movement toward the larger goal. Find out exactly where your kiddo gets stuck and work backwards from there. Remember - a manageable amount of anxiety can be useful fuel for growth and learning new skills.

While not an all-inclusive list, these are helpful starting points from which to find the right-fit approach that works for your child and your family. Parenting isn’t a one-size fits all. Give yourself grace and get support from trusted help as you navigate the solutions that work best for your family.

Create rituals and use transition objects. A ritual can be anything you

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do in the same sequence over and over. Rituals create a sense of safety through familiarity in situations that may be unfamiliar. A transition object can be


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LICE PREVE Lice. Even the mention of the word

contact. Activities like hugging and snuggling, resting your head on someone’s shoulder, group selfies, and playing head to head are just some of prime opportunities for lice to spread.

has all of our heads itching and fearing that it could be on our child’s head. Here are some tips to keep your family lice free this school year.

1. Know the Facts:

3. Keep Your Hair Up:

2. Avoid Head to Head Contact: While many are worried

4. Smell Good to You, but Bad to Lice: Lice have a

Lice have little claws on the end of their legs, which enable them to grab a piece of hair and hold on for dear life. Wearing a braid or tight bun decreases the amount of loose hair they can grab onto.

There is a ton of misinformation out there about lice. Contrary to popular belief head lice do not jump or fly, but they are fast. They spread quickly by crawling from one person’s head to another.

very keen sense of smell and there are a few scents that they hate. While tea tree oil is one that many are aware of, better scent deterrents are peppermint, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Some people add these essential oils to their shampoo, but for better protection

about getting head lice from movie theaters, bean bags, and couches the truth is that head lice is rarely spread via inanimate objects. 90% of head lice is spread directly from head to head

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ENTION 101 choose or make a product that you leave in the hair like a leave-in conditioner. The prevention product I recommend to clients in my lice salon is Happyheads Scootie-Cootie Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler ($25). It has multiple essential oils and smells great.

Even the possibility of a lice outbreak can strike fear in any household. But, remember: there’s strength in knowledge, a few good products, and a routine care-plan. So, stay alert and be proactive, and spread these tips to your child’s friends and classmates.

5. Teach kids to Share, But Not Everything: While

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sharing is encouraged in the classroom, some things should NEVER be shared. Items like brushes, hair ties, hats, jackets and scarves can spread lice. Children should keep those items to themselves.

6. Once a Week Take a Peek: The number one way to pre-

vent a full-on lice infestation is to check your child for lice weekly. If caught early on when only a few lice eggs (nits) have been laid it is much easier to get rid of. Make it a weekly habit with your Sunday bath to check your child for lice.

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The best way to check your child for lice is to invest in a good metal lice comb ($15) and comb through your child’s hair when it is wet. After combing through your child’s hair wipe the comb on a white paper towel and see if anything was picked up in the comb. If you see bugs or several dark specks (lice eggs, called nits) then think “LICE!” and get it taken care of ASAP. A professional lice salon like RN Lice Removal in Salem, Oregon makes getting rid of lice quick and easy.

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September/October 2017  

Family Health issue- Concussions, Head Lice, Anxiety, Orthodontics, and Health Insurance info for Willamette Valley families

September/October 2017  

Family Health issue- Concussions, Head Lice, Anxiety, Orthodontics, and Health Insurance info for Willamette Valley families