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by Dr. Olivia Carelli & Dr. David Yudell

To Do in 2022

(For your kids & possibly you too!)

Dr. Olivia Carelli & Dr. David Yudell

Let me start by promising no more rhyming. 1) Monitor electronic and screen usage. All devices these days have a usage clock. But how can we put a limit on socialization? Or online schooling? Our children rely on their devices for everything. If you find that your child seems to always be on electronics, start by sharing your concerns with them. From there, you can place some reasonable limits. One suggestion that can be implemented is a 1 for 1 (or 2 for 2) usage timer. For every hour of use, enforce the same amount of time off of electronics before they can return. If they spend two hours on their computer, they need to then spend two hours outside, playing with legos, or completing a puzzle before returning. 2) Spend more time with your children. It is easy to get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities of adulthood. However, there’s nothing more important to provide our child with than consistent attention. Spending time with your children can build their self-esteem and even improve their academic performance. Studies also show that “special time” will decrease behavioral and substance use issues for our children. As many parents know, children grow quickly and may even seem different day-to-day. Cherish the moments! 3) Help your children be present-focused. For those of you with older children, help them to focus on the here and now. Our high school aged children face immense pressure. College is always on their mind in addition to fitting into social hierarchies and living up to peer expectations. For our college-aged children, the focus on career and future is realistic. However, we need to help them remember that there is not rush in building their happiness and success. Anxiety is typically a future-oriented emotion. We can help our kids manage anxiety by teaching them to focus on what they have power over in the present moment.

4) Help your children connect with nature. Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, and problem solving. There are many studies regarding the benefits of nature which include stress relief, improved short-term memory, improved concentration, creativity, and improved overall mental health. Interestingly, one study showed that when compared to kids who were relatively indifferent, adolescents who rated their connection with nature as “important” had a 25% reduction in stress-related symptoms. Exposure to nature at an early age also helps children build appreciation and respect for the environment. 5) Normalize talking about emotions. We can help children develop emotional awareness by giving them the vocabulary they need. We all know the typical, expected mundane response to “How was school today?” is “good.” Try more pointed questions such as “How did you feel during your math test?,” or “What parts of today were the hardest?” You can also lead by example by disclosing your own emotions. For example “I’m feeling pretty sad after that movie. How do you feel?” 6) Model healthy emotions for your children. Kids learn to self-soothe and display healthy emotions by watching us and modeling. It’s okay for your kid to see you cry, open up to others, and get upset at your partner. In fact, healthy arguments can be better than the absence of any discord. Children pick up on what conversations look like when adults don’t agree on something and mimic that behavior in their own arguments. Hopefully, we can model staying calm and respectful during difficult conversations.

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SUPER SMILES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS Super Smiles is a family-owned practice that specializes in pediatric dentistry for children, teens and special needs patients, and orthodontics for children and adults in need of braces or Invisalign. Our gentle and caring staff is parent trusted and patient approved. Our office strives to make your visit an exciting and rewarding experience as every patient deserves a super smile. Ask us about our new patient specials for pediatric dentistry and our complimentary orthodontics consultation. We offer evening hours & Saturday appointments. Located at 1670 N. University Drive, Suite B, in Coral Springs. Call to schedule your appointment today! (954) 346-8108. www.supersmilesfl.com.


DR. DAVID YUDELL & ASSOCIATES, LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Our private practice office is available for confidential and professional help. All individual, couples, families and/or groups are welcome. We specialize in children, adults and families, offering educational testing as well as therapeutic services. Services include educational testing such as GIFTED PLACEMENT, ADD & ADHD, ACT & SAT accommodations, academic deficits, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. We also offer help for those dealing with stress, grief & loss, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, substance abuse, fears & phobias or depression. Please call our office to discuss your needs. We are conveniently located in Coral Springs and Plantation. (954) 288-9393. www.DrYudell.com.


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JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood 33021. (954) 265-5324. JDCH.com. • CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: A full-service, patient- and familycentered care hospital. Inspired by those we care for, we believe in the healing Power of Play, creating an environment where kids can be kids and parents are partners in care. We provide a comprehensive scope of children’s services through our inpatient and outpatient programs- from minor illnesses to some of the most complex medical conditions. Our advanced facility is staffed 24 hours a day by a major league team of pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and specialty-trained nurses and ancillary support staff. In addition, young patients are treated by one of the largest diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists in the region.

For all of these reasons and more, Joe DiMaggio Children’s

Hospital has earned the distinction of being the leading children’s hospital in Broward and Palm Beach counties. • CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CONCUSSION CLINIC: Whether it’s a sports-related or non-sports-related concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, count on us to deliver quality, coordinated care. We help navigate and expedite appointments with the right pediatric specialists to meet your child’s needs. Our team include physicians and therapists with specialties in Pediatric Sports Medicine, Pediatric

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric

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Locations in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Miramar,

Wellington & Weston. NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S BOYNTON BEACH CARE CENTER The Nicklaus Children’s Boynton Beach Care Center offers free EKG screenings for young athletes, as well as appointments with boardcertified physicians in various pediatric specialties including fetal and pediatric cardiology and endocrinology. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was once again identified among the best in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Diabetes & Endocrinology, according to U.S. News & World’s Report’s 2021-2022 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. For information, visit nicklauschildrens.org/BoyntonBeach. BROWARD HEALTH CORAL SPRINGS Broward Health Coral Springs is a 250-bed hospital located in the heart of Coral Springs offering a full continuum of care featuring a women’s hospital, surgical institute, the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, specialized Children’s ER, a summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes, and a community education center. Serving Broward County for more than 34 years, BHCS is a leader in addressing the community’s needs while delivering patient-centered care. We proudly offer the following services designed to meet the needs of our community:• Bariatrics • Cardiovascular Services • Colorectal Center • Community Education • Concussion Care • Emergency Services • Heartburn Center • Imaging • Maternity Place • Orthopedic Services • Ostomy Outpatient Center • Outpatient Services • Pediatric Services – Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital • Rehabilitative Services • Senior Services • Sleep Disorders Center • Stroke Center • Surgical Services • Women’s Hospital • Wound Care Center. (954) 344-3000. BrowardHealth.org/BHCS. 3000 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs 33065. SALAH FOUNDATION CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Located in Fort Lauderdale at Broward Health Medical Center and in Coral Springs at Broward Health Coral Springs. Our locations offer newborns, children and adolescents the most advanced, family-centered care, including: 24-Hour Pediatric Emergency Department, Child Life & expressive therapy teams, Comprehensive Pediatric Diabetes Center, Concussion Care program, Hematology, Oncology Services, Multidisciplinary Pediatric Obesity Clinic, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Acute Care & Pediatric Medical/Surgical Treatment, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Surgical Services & Pediatric Sedation. 3000 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs and 1600 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

WEST BOCA MEDICAL CENTER From preemies to teens, Pediatrics at West Boca Medical Center provides specialized care for kids, all in one convenient, comfortable location. With more than 80 pediatric specialists and a separate pediatric emergency department, we are prepared to provide your child with the care they need. To find a pediatric physician, call (877) 346-1849 or visit westbocamedctr.com.


FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BROWARD COUNTY Family Public Health Services: Birth Certificates, Immunizations, Children’s Dental, KidCare, WIC, Adult Specialty Dental, Family Planning, Health Education, HIV Prevention/Testing and more. (954) 467-4705 or www.broward.floridahealth.gov.


JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ORTHOPEDIC CENTER Locations in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Miramar, Wellington & Weston. (954) 538-5500.


MEDICINE: Meeting the needs of the pediatric & adolescent population with orthopedic injuries ranging from scoliosis and spinal deformities, bone tumors, fractures, hand injuries and upper extremity conditions, limb lengthening & deformities, hip injuries & hip disorders, concussions, sports & dance injuries and much more, your child will be cared for by fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons and physicians: Dr. Michael Jofe, Dr. Randolph Cohen, Dr.

Neal McNerney, Dr. Stephen Storer, Dr. Jeremy Frank, Dr. Eric Eisner,

Dr. Matthew Fazekas, Dr. Michael Dressing, Dr. Andrew Gupta & Dr.

Michael Aversano who combined have over 75 years experience.

Diagnostic imaging by pediatric radiologists and technologists.

Anesthesia care by board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists.

Rehabilitation by licensed and doctorate level physical therapists.

We provide a full spectrum of care. Visit JDCH.com/Ortho. • PERFORMING ARTS & DANCE MEDICINE PROGRAM: Dance is a complex physical commitment that requires holistic treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Physicians and physical therapists from the Joe

DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Center specialize in caring for youth and young adult dancers and performing artists. We apply a comprehensive evaluation from nutrition, bone health, and sports