Tips for buying your child a backpack
1) Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps as well as a padded back.
2) Pack lightly for your child. Place the heavier items towards the back of the backpack. The weight of the backpack should never be more than 10-20% of your child's body weight.
3) ALWAYS have your child use both shoulder straps. Hanging the backpack over one shoulder can cause a shoulder injury.
4) Find a backpack that is comfortable for your child's needs.
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Back to School Sleeping Schedule
1) Start early
: It is recommended about 3 weeks prior to school starting, children should be re-oriented to the school-day schedule.
Set the time:
If children generally wake up by 6 or 6:30 for school, it is suggested that bedtime should be around 8 p.m. The more one sticks with this, the easier this will be.
Turn off electronics:
To help children wind down, electronics should be turned off an hour prior to bed time. This includes TV, video games, and computers.
4) Reserve their bed for sleeping: According to Kyle P. Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Oregon Health and Science University Doernbecher Children's
Hospital, reading in a separate place such as a bean bag or chair helps a child associate that their bed is for sleeping only.
5) Take away caffeine: If it is possible to take away caffeine completely that would be most beneficial. However, if not, children should not consume caffeine after lunchtime.
6) Set the mood: To help promote good sleep, it helps if the room is kept dark, cool, and quiet. Nightlights are okay though!
7) Set the rules: Plain and simple. Set the rules about bedtime and stick to them.
8) Practice what you preach: It helps your child see if you are following a sleeping pattern of your own. Making sure you are taking care of yourself and giving yourself enough sleep at night.
9) Set next summer's hours: The more one stays to a school sleep schedule throughout the summer, the easier the transition will be when going back to school.
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Liz Cooper from the Jacksonville Clinic has moved to Fairfax, VA. She will be working at Speech 4 Kidz up north. She is currently accepting new patients and is an in-network Tricare provider. Her new location and information is:
Speech 4 Kidz, Inc.
9675 Main Street, Suite C
Fairfax, VA 22031