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Whitney Vessar, ATC

Return to Learn after Concussion

Sports Medicine

Discussing concussions in the past has focused on when the athlete could return to playing safely, however, recent years have shifted the conversation to how and when the player should return to school, and that makes sense. While athletics are important in many ways, academics are life long tools. Think about it like this—if you sprain your ankle in a volleyball game, should you run the mile in PE class the next day? The task of walking would be difficult, let alone running. The same principle of recovery applies to head injuries. A concussion disrupts the way the brain processes information, so taking that test in history class the next day might be a struggle. Strategies have been developed to … Continue reading

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Tim Hron, MA, LIMHP

How to Make Sure Your Kids are Ready For This School Year

Mental Health, Wellness

Hello fellow parents! It’s that time of year again where we begin to prepare our kids to return to school. I can already hear the complaining from my teenagers about having to get up early or how dumb school can be. My favorite complaint is about how awful school lunches can be. All of these concerns are real for kids but don’t take them personally as they are very developmental. It’s natural and expected for kids to not look forward to the school year starting. As a parent we want our kids to enjoy their education however sometimes we have to offer support and encouragement to set them up for success. Support can look like several things: 1.) Go back-to-school … Continue reading

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CHI Health Clinic Pediatrics

Why Do Teens Sleep So Late?


It is no news to parents that teens tend to sleep in later than the rest of us. We all know they often stay up later and then are hard to wake up in time for that 7:45am class. Now, this is being supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, who published their recommendation that schools start no earlier than 8:30am. Teens tend to have their circadian rhythms shifted later than the rest of us—they naturally are prone to being awake later in the night. Add to that the artificial light from electronics that also triggers their brains to want to stay awake, and then you are left with a sleep-deprived kid in the morning. So, it’s no wonder it’s … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

How to Prepare Kids for the New School Year NOW

Mental Health, Wellness

We are at that turning point of summer. As I write this blog, July 4th is this weekend. I’ve talked with various teachers, parents and students who use July 4th as a mid-point of summer. For most, it’s a fun time of year, a much-needed time of year to rest up from the previous school year. Many indicate that the July 4th Holiday is the turning point they use to reset their barometers to the upcoming school year. The start of the school year does seem to approach quickly once July is underway. Because so many of our schools here in the Omaha area start early and mid-August, it really is time to start thinking about how to prepare. I’ve … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

The Problem with Perfectionism


Many of us know high achievers or, perhaps, you are a high achiever yourself. High achievers seek excellence at school, home and work. Setting realistic, achievable goals offers the high achiever a sense of accomplishment and the feeling of a job well done. Often the high achiever will push just a bit further to produce a result, gain important experience, or move beyond a previous limitation. But a high achiever is not necessarily a perfectionist. A high achiever will leave some wiggle room for themselves with regard to the outcome. Even if a goal is not achieved 100%, they feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for the job they did. A perfectionist, on the other hand, can have a … Continue reading

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