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© 2013 by the Uniform Services West Chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics.

Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy

This video program is designed specifically for older children and adolescents as they face military deployment in their family. This product was developed by military pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists to help military youth understand that they are not alone as they experience family separation. It also provides tools for young people to use to begin to understand and cope in healthy ways with their feelings and emotions related to a military deployment. 

 

 

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Military Children and Families

Volume 23 Number 2 Fall 2013

Today’s military children and families experience unique hardships. They move around the country and the world repeatedly, and they must therefore adjust to new living environments, schools, and peer groups much more often than other children and families do. They live through repeated cycles of stressful separation and reunion. And they must cope with the possibility, and sometimes the reality, that a parent will die in combat or come home with serious and permanent health problems and disabilities.
 

Much of the research about military children examines these and other stressful experiences, or the difficulties that these sources of stress purportedly cause (for example, poor academic performance, depression, or behavioral problems). Though we certainly need to understand military life’s negative effects on children, such research tells neither the complete story nor what is perhaps the more important story. In large part, researchers have yet to examine military children’s strengths, how these strengths can sustain them through adversity, or how their own strengths interact and develop with the strengths of their military families and the communities where they live. Moreover, we have yet to fully identify and assess the resources for positive development that exist in these children’s schools, in the military, and in their civilian communities. In short, the existing research offers only a rudimentary depiction of military children and their families across their respective life courses, and certainly not a representative one.
 

Given the extraordinary sacrifices that military personnel make, the children of military families deserve to have policies and programs designed to fit their developmental needs. The articles in this issue of Future of Children expand our knowledge and illuminate a path toward a more representative depiction of military children and their families. In this way, they not only summarize the evidence we need to enhance existing policies and programs that ameliorate risk and promote positive development among military children; they also offer a critical guide for
new research to support future innovations in policies and programs.

 

"From The Future of Children, a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution."

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Guidelines for Pediatric Medical Home Providers

Dear Uniformed Services Chapter West members,

 

I am your AAP Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Chapter Champion. In this capacity, I am dedicated towards spreading education and awareness about the important role that medical home providers play in ensuring children with hearing loss are identified, diagnosed, and provided

intervention in a timely manner. Attached please find a valuable resource "EHDI Guidelines for Pediatric Medical Home Providers" that I would like you to share with all your clinic members.

 

This easy-to-follow flowchart can serve as guidelines for pediatric primary care providers and others involved in the medical care of infants and young children and their hearing health. It provides a step-by-step guide on hearing screening, diagnosis and management from birth through 6 months of

age and beyond. The resource also provides detailed information about ongoing hearing, speech and language related care for all infants, as well as a template for use by physicians' offices to easily customize patient referral information. A listing of national resources on early hearing

detection and intervention is also included.

 

These guidelines are a handy practice resource that can be printed, reproduced, and kept in office examining rooms for convenient reference. They were developed by the AAP in collaboration with the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) with funding from an educational

grant from the MCHB/HRSA/HHS.

 

I appreciate your help in ensuring medical home providers are rightly equipped with the resources they need to provide optimal care for children with hearing loss and their families.

 

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at dawn.peredo@us.af.mil.

 

Regards,

 

Col Dawn E. Peredo

EDIS Medical Director RAF Lakenheath

Past President Uniformed Services Chapter West