Children with Autism Discuss Their Experiences

Autism is a prevalent topic today in the community, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to have the condition?

In this podcast, three local children with autism share what life is like for them at home and at school, and offer tips that can help teachers, parents and other children with autism.

Kelly McKinnon, director of applied behavioral analysis for The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders leads the discussion with Brendan, Cody and Mairene.

The Center for Autism is home to a team of experts in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and is a collaboration between many Orange County institutions, including CHOC Children’s.

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How to Cope with Bedwetting

Bedwetting that continues beyond the age of 5 can impact a child’s self esteem and create a sense of isolation, according to Christopher Link, post-doctoral fellow in CHOC Children’s Pediatric Psychology Department. Chris recently sat down with CHOC Radio host Bryan Mundia to talk about what parents can do to help their children cope with bedwetting.

First, it’s important to see a physician to rule out any medical causes for bedwetting occurring in older children. After medical issues have been addressed, there are some things parents can do, including limiting their child’s fluid intake before bedtime, making sure their child goes to the bathroom before getting under the covers, and avoiding caffeine.

Chris says parents need to understand that bedwetting is not a child’s fault; it’s not intentional. Instead of punishing children, parents need to reassure their children that they will grow out of it. For more helpful tips on this subject, tune into the show.

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Patient and Family Centered Care: Partnering with Patients and Families

Family members are encouraged to take an active role in the care provided to their children at CHOC. In this CHOC Radio interview, Marta Gebo, patient and family-centered care coordinator, talks about the many ways CHOC physicians, nurses and staff partner with patients and families.

Staff support the core principles of patient and family-centered care: dignity and respect, information sharing, collaboration, and participation.

Marta explains how unique the family dynamic is in the pediatric health care setting. CHOC doesn’t define a family, but lets the patient and family tell staff who is important to them, she says. For a younger child, it may be mom and dad. For an adolescent, a boyfriend or girlfriend can play an important part in the healing process.

Enjoy hearing more from Marta in this episode.

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Tips to handle teens’ bad attitudes

A poor attitude is a hallmark of teenagers, a CHOC Children’s pediatric psychologist tells CHOC Radio.

Dr. Mery Taylor recently stopped by Seacrest Studios to talk about why teens often have bad attitudes, and what parents can do to mitigate the effects of a dour disposition.

A teen’s bad attitude can be a product of self-absorption and egocentricity, Dr. Taylor explains. Teenagers are working to determine who they are and what they want to be. Thus, they are often uninterested in performing tasks and duties that will not directly benefit them.

Parents should talk to children about the importance of responsibility, and establish existing privileges as rewards for performing chores and duties, Dr. Taylor says.

Listen to the podcast to learn more.

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Dr. Mitchell Katz Talks about Stomach Pain in Children

CHOC Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Mitchell Katz talks with CHOC Radio host Bryan Mundia about the symptoms of stomach aches and pains in children. Dr. Katz says that all pain is real and parents are the key in understanding why their child might be in pain. Dr. Katz also discusses the red flags that may be indicators of potentially more serious gastrointestinal issues.

Dr. Katz is currently director of CHOC’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program and pediatric GI lab services. He was a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of California, San Francisco and is a five-time recipient of the Orange County Medical Association’s Physician of Excellence award.

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