Monthly Archives: April 2019

Define Your Style to Support Kempe

J. McLaughlin in Cherry Creek North is hosting a shopping event to support Kempe on May 2 from 4 – 7 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Kempe Foundation.

J. McLaughlin is a destination for defining style. Resonating with a traditional yet discerning client, the J. McLaughlin look can be described as innovatively nostalgic. Stop by and check out the new collection for Spring.

30 Ways to Show Kids You Care

As children grow and develop, support and positivity in their daily lives mean a lot to them. It is important for parents, caretakers, neighbors, coaches and other adults to show children that they care. When a community invests in children’s mental, emotional and physical well-being, they are raised to be happy and healthy.

“Children thrive when they hear encouraging words,” says The Kempe Foundation President & COO Julia Stone. “Meaningful phrases like ‘I’m proud of who you are,’ ‘You are intelligent and kind,’ and ‘You can do this’ give children a sense of capability and self-worth.”

Communities can also support children by spending time with them, even if it’s just a few minutes.

“Many studies have shown that quality time is more beneficial for children than quantity,” says Stone. “Even if you only have 15 minutes, there are lots of ways to make the time you do have impactful. You can read a book together, make arts and crafts, play outside or just sit and have a conversation about life. Children feel valued when asked their day and how they’re feeling.”

Research also shows that affection and genuine displays of unconditional love make children happier and healthier. Children who have experienced affection and nurturing from a young age have shown more frequent levels of enhanced brain development throughout life’s growth stages. Simple ways to express positive emotions to children can include hugs, meaningful eye-contact, and words of admiration.

“When children are shown unconditional love, they are given a feeling of stability that enhances mental capacity,” says Stone. “Strong bonds with loved ones help shape children into more well-rounded and well-adjusted human beings. Just a little time and energy from adults in a community can truly change the life of a child for the better.”

Encouraging words, quality time and affection make a world of difference for children.

This April, as organizations across the country recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, Kempe encourages communities to join it in raising happy healthy children.

Dedicating time each day to show that you care is the best way to raise happy healthy children. Download and hang this list on your refrigerator as inspiration. Each day, choose one of these activities to do with a child:

  1. Color with your child
  2. Give a hug just because
  3. Build a blanket fort together and hang out inside
  4. Say “I love you” at breakfast, lunch and dinner
  5. Take a walk together
  6. Let your child choose a game and play it with them
  7. Catch your child doing something right and celebrate them with verbal praise
  8. Plan a meal and cook it together
  9. Read a book together
  10. Tell your child a happy story from your childhood
  11. Do a craft together, and don’t worry about cleaning up the mess until the end
  12. Pack a picnic and go to the park together
  13. Take your child on a nature walk and play “I spy”
  14. Put your phone and electronic devices in “time out” for one hour
  15. Send your child a special card to open in the mail
  16. Let your child pick out a picture of him or herself to put in a frame in your house
  17. Ask your child where they would like to go and take them there
  18. Pack a love note in your child’s lunch
  19. Stop everything for 20 minutes and do only what your child wants to do
  20. Do a household chore together
  21. Create a scavenger hunt for your child and a friend around your neighborhood
  22. Do something kind for a neighbor together – like rake a lawn or bring them cookies
  23. Go to the museum together
  24. Take your child to the grocery store and work together to pick out the ingredients for a healthy meal
  25. Color the driveway with chalk together
  26. Play dress up together
  27. Tell your child specifically what is unique or special about them
  28. Offer a word of encouragement when your child tries something difficult
  29. Finger paint together
  30. Make funny faces together and laugh

Thank you for your commitment to protecting children and strengthening families.

 

Child Abuse, Neglect and Maltreatment: A Journey of Recovery

Helping children who are being abused or maltreated is one of the most challenging parts of being a pediatrician. In a new “AAP Voices” post, Andrew Sirotnak, MD, FAAP – Director of the Child Protection Team at Kempe/Children’s Hospital says it helps to remember how desperately children need trained physicians to help them and their families heal and thrive.

“As we evaluate and treat young patients with suspicious injuries, trying to make the difficult determination of whether human services should be involved, our overarching goal should be to prevent further harm,” he writes. Read the full article here.

Join us in asking legislators to ensure quality health assessments for child victims

Each year, there are more than 100,000 suspected cases of child abuse and neglect in Colorado. This number represents 100,000 children who deserve access to proper evaluation, diagnosis and care to ensure their physical and mental health and safety. Unfortunately, Colorado does not have the critical expertise throughout the state to provide this service.

The number of experts qualified to conduct these medical and behavioral health assessments is extremely limited. There are only six board-certified specialists in the field of child abuse pediatrics in Colorado. Five of these specialists live in Denver, and the other in Colorado Springs. Their distance to most of the state’s 64 counties limits the access our children have to expert evaluations following suspected abuse or neglect.

A new bill sponsored by Representatives Caraveo and Pelton, and Senator Fields aims to ensure all children who may have experienced physical, sexual abuse or neglect have access to high quality medical evaluations and behavioral health assessments.

HB 19-1133 creates Colorado’s Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Network (CARENetwork), a program to build local capacity by recruiting designated providers from communities across the state and training them to provide quality assessments for suspected victims of child abuse and neglect in their local communities.

These designated providers could include family care physicians, nurses, advance practice providers and behavioral health providers. Each provider will be required to complete advanced training on the signs of abuse and neglect, as well as the risk factors for maltreatment. They will also be equipped with education about the resources available to support families who present these risk factors. Not only will these providers ensure proper diagnosis and treatment, they will also serve as a bridge for families who need continued care by specialists or multi-disciplinary teams.

The CARENetwork will ultimately expand the safety net for children, and will likely contribute to a reduction in severe incidents of child abuse and neglect, including fatalities. If Colorado passes HB19-1133 and creates the CARENetwork, we will take a significant step toward improving the safety and health of babies, toddlers and young children in all Colorado communities.

Kathryn (Kathi) Wells, MD, FAAP
Executive Director | Kempe Center for the Prevention and

John D. Faught
Chief Executive Officer | The Kempe Foundation

Join our KEMPE for KIDS Courage Classic Team

Calling all cyclists and want-to-be-cyclists! We invite you to join our KEMPE for KIDS Courage Classic Team in support of Children’s Hospital Colorado – the region’s only nonprofit pediatric hospital.

We have room for 50 riders and we will host several training rides where you’ll get to practice and bond with your fellow teammates! Click here to learn more and sign up.

Don’t ride? You can still join the team as a virtual rider and will never have to break a sweat.

Rider registration is $100 through midnight April 30, after that it goes up, so register early. Our team goal is $50K so we ask each rider to set a goal of around $1250.

Click here for opportunities to sponsor the KEMPE for KIDS Courage Classic Team!