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Child's Way® Encourages Families to A.C.T. (Advocate, Care, and Teach)

TThroughout the region, many families are helping their medically fragile children thrive and grow in a variety of environments. At Child's Way®, The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center's day care for medically fragile children, families are aided in the care of their children and are encouraged to A.C.T. (advocate, care, and teach) to further enrich their children's lives.

Advocate for your medically fragile child. This can be done by obtaining physician prescribed therapies to ensure consistent physical, occupational and speech-language therapies. At Child's Way, children receive therapies through collaboration with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Families can also track their child's development by accessing community services that provide evaluations, such as the Alliance for Infants & Toddlers. Create an open dialogue of expectations between you and your child's caregivers, to ensure your family's plan of care is working towards the realistic goals you have set.

Although medically fragile children require more care than typically developing children, this care encourages families to go above and beyond for their children. Families should take time to ensure that their children are given the same educational foundation as typically developing children. Do simple things like talking about colors and letters and read to your child at least 20 minutes each day. At Child's Way, children participate in academic programming each morning with trained child care associates, where they sing, read stories and create craft projects.

The strongest networks families with medically fragile children can have are with each other. Families are encouraged to talk with each other to help minimize stress and lessen the feelings of being alone. Families should also get involved with community education by participating in awareness events and by talking to others in the community about the needs of their children.

As Child's Way continues to offer support to families in the Pittsburgh area, The Children's Home hopes that families throughout the entire region will continue to A.C.T. for their children.

To learn more about The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center or to see if Child's Way medical day care might be a good fit for your medically fragile child, visit www.childrenshomepgh.org, call (412) 441-4884, or email info@chomepgh.org.

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