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October 09, 2017 | Texas Children's PAs

Happy Physician Assistant (PA) Week! There are more than 100 PAs who work at Texas Children’s Hospital. From Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Urgent Care, to the emergency centers, to our operating rooms, chances are you’ll run into one of us during your time here at Texas Children’s. Below are some frequently asked questions about PAs answered by myself and fellow colleagues.

What is a PA?

PAs are nationally-licensed medical professionals who are able to practice medicine under a supervising physician. Training includes both PA school, which last two to three years on average, and on-the-job training after...

October 06, 2017 | Sarah Herbek, animal assisted therapy coordinator

A year ago, if you had told me a dog’s presence could make a father cry because it brought a smile to his child’s face for the first time in two weeks, I would have thought you were exaggerating. 

A year ago, if you would have told me a dog could motivate a child in the pediatric intensive care (PICU) unit to stand up for the first time after surgery when nothing else worked, I would have been skeptical. 

A year ago, if you would have told me a mother would say she truly believed her child made it out of the PICU because each day they looked forward to a daily dose of unconditional love from a dog, I wouldn’t have been so sure...

October 05, 2017 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD

The use of screening tools is an efficient means of helping health care providers identify areas of deficiency or risk amongst our patients. As pediatricians, we incorporate a number of screening tools to help us assess a wide variety of conditions, including developmental, emotional and behavioral issues. 

As part of the American Academy of Pediatrics routine screening recommendations for developmental and emotional factors, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screening is widely used for our younger patients. 

The ASQ are parent-completed development and social-emotional screeners for young children. These help determine...

October 03, 2017 | Annie W. Kerr, MD, FAAP

The transition from summer to school is often challenging for kids, but it can be even further magnified by a fear of bullies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, every seven seconds in the U.S. a child is bullied. With cell phones and social media applications becoming so widespread, bullying now extends beyond just the school playground, as these new technologies are making it easier for bullies to target others.  It is important for parents to understand how prevalent and sensitive bullying is in order to have impactful discussions with their children. 

Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-...

October 02, 2017 | Ronald Jason Vilela, MD

Hearing loss can occur at any time (even after a child passes his or her newborn hearing screening) and for a lot of different reasons. What is important with hearing loss is having a high index of suspicion. All too often, we think our children are just ignoring us or are “late bloomers” whose speech will come as our children get older. Parental concern is one of the most sensitive indicators available for late onset hearing changes. 

If ever you think your child’s hearing may be an issue, don’t hesitate to ask your pediatrician for a formal hearing test performed by an audiologist with experience in testing children. If your child...