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Melissa Martin: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children is a mental health issue and it can be treated

Shawn’s mother brought him to therapy because she noticed he began to squeeze his head in the mornings before school. He was trying to “squeeze out the thoughts.” Shawn (a 5-year old) was experiencing ruminating thoughts that “would not go away.” He was having unwanted intrusive thoughts. Kate (a 9-year old) developed an irrational fear that certain foods would harm or poison her. She read...

New report shows 16 percent of Kentucky’s children are growing up in concentrated poverty

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The economy may have bounced back from the Great Recession, but that hasn’t helped the 163,000 Kentucky children living in concentrated poverty, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Patricia Tennen, chief operating officer of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says stagnant wages, rising housing costs and lack of job opportunities for parents,...

Murray State’s Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant a ‘game-changer for alumni families all over the country’

Murray State University is offering its Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant, providing in-state tuition rates to children, grandchildren and other descendants of alumni seeking an undergraduate degree at Murray State. Available beginning for summer 2020, the tuition grant will assist students for up to eight semesters towards the student’s first baccalaureate degree and is available for the fall and spring...

In wake of two mass shootings in U.S., some tips for managing distress in children after traumatic events

By Ginny Sprang University of Kentucky Whether it is the local evening news or a 24-hour cable news channel, images of violence inundates our homes. These scenes can be disturbing and stressful, especially for children. It is important to manage distress and take appropriate steps in helping your children and adolescents following traumatic events. Take advantage of the teachable moment by starting...

CHFS, KDE partnership to expand school-based healthcare services for children in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services. The proposed amendment allows...

Kentucky among worst states for children left in hot cars; why it happens and how to avoid it

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Temperatures continue to be hot and humid across Kentucky, and with that comes concerns about children being left in cars. Already this year, 25 children across the country have died of heat stroke after being left in a hot vehicle, including a 3-year-old in Franklin County in July. Ari Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the organization “Kars for Kids,”...

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expecting first child; baby boy due in December

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her husband Andrew Grimes announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child, a boy, in December. Alison Lundergan Grimes “The journey to grow our family has not been easy,” Grimes said in making the announcement. “With the assistance of talented doctors, numerous surgeries, a supportive family and immense prayer...

Keven Moore: In most families, mothers are the ultimate risk management and safety professionals

As we all pause to show our appreciation to mothers this Sunday, it occurred to me how mothers are the true risk management and safety professionals in most families. From the mothers that I know, they manage risk by constantly identifying, analyzing, evaluating and treating risk while balancing the day-to-day activities of running a family. By definition, a safety and health professional is a person...

Wee ones get familiarized with friends, toys and teachers before first day of preschool

Youngsters explored the learning centers in their preschool classrooms at William Wells Brown Elementary. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When 3- and 4-year-olds encounter a classroom, the teachers’ main concern is that the children acclimate well to their new surroundings. That was the focus during preschool orientation at William Wells Brown Elementary,...

Project grants available to help lower instances of hunger for rural children

The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky is accepting grant applications to help lower instances of childhood hunger in some of the nation’s most persistently poor areas.   About 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups within rural America.   The center will award...

Bullitt County dentists, UofL dentistry faculty, students provide kids with reasons to smile

Teaching children about proper oral health, eliminating tooth pain and providing new smiles are benefits of the Smile Kentucky program, a community partnership that tackles what the U.S. Surgeon General has called the number one common, chronic childhood disease – tooth decay.   The University of Louisville School of Dentistry students and faculty along with other community dental health...

Kentucky Board of Education moves to close achievement gaps through renewed support

The Kentucky Board of Education renewed its commitment to educating ALL students and emphasized closing achievement gaps as one of its top priorities.   “This is not only about compliance but is an ethical imperative about reaching each child,” Kentucky Department of Education Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd told the board. “By focusing on the individual needs of students we will not only reduce...

Half of state's kindergarteners were ready for school this year, up from 49 percent last year

Photo from Wikimedia Commons)     Half of students who started kindergarten this school year were ready to learn and succeed, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. That is up from 49 percent last year. Despite the gain, about 24,500 students entered kindergarten unprepared.   “While we are moving in the right direction, this data reinforces the importance of quality early...

Children can celebrate Presidents’ Day with Mrs. Lincoln at the Mary Todd Lincoln House

Mrs. Lincoln, depicted in pink, served as hostess at White House events. This role and others of the First Lady will be explored at the Presidents’ Day Family Event at the Mary Todd Lincoln House. (Abraham Lincoln’s Last Reception, 1865, Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)(Photo provided)     The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 16, with a lively...

Children’s Garden at arboretum an apt classroom for incoming kindergarteners

The Countdown to Kindergarten has begun with a visit to the Kentucky Children’s Garden at the arboretum. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     When youngsters traipse through nature, chances are they learn something new. Maybe how hard it is to net a butterfly. Or how much fun can be had hopping on rocks in a cool stream. Or why they need to share the pint-size...

Wellness Matters: If parent/child conflicts persist, behavior modification can help

By Jan Carden KyForward columnist   (Editor’s note: All names used in this column have been changed to protect confidentiality.)   Julie and her 13-year-old daughter, Amy, came for an appointment the other day to discuss concerns for the upcoming school year.     Julie described her daughter as always having a sweet disposition and as very precocious.  Throughout elementary school,...