Courageous Kids 2017 at BYU

Courageous Kids 2017 at BYU

Registration for LionHeart’s 2017 Courageous Kids event is now live! Only children with medical conditions can participate, immediate family members are welcome to attend. Tickets are free and going quickly! Register here:...
504 Plan VS. IEP

504 Plan VS. IEP

Summer is coming to an end, so school is just around the corner. If your child has a disability, it is important to understand the difference between an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and a 504 Plan, so your child can do his or her best in class. 504 Plans allows the student to modify his or her school environment. For example, one can receive extra time on tests and homework or sit in the front of the class, for example. Those with 504 Plans do not have major learning disabilities. Common reasons for a 504 Plan are Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), test anxiety, dysgraphia, or dyslexia. An IEP, on the other hand, focuses on altering the child’s class curriculum to best suit his or her needs. Recipients commonly work in smaller classes to spend more time one-on-one with a teacher to meet their individual learning goals. Children with an IEP may be a year behind in math or read at a lower level than others in the same grade, for example. IEP’s also allow for the same benefits a student receives from a 504 Plan. A child can be eligible for an IEP for major learning disabilities such as hearing or visual impairment, or autism. Fear not, IEP’s and 504 Plan’s will not affect a student’s ability to get into a college, as schools are not allowed to ask whether or not a child received such services. A student can choose to release information regarding the services at their discretion. Looking into educational assistance can significantly relieve a student’s stress and make schooling more pleasant. Whether a child receives...
5 Must Do’s When Picking up a Prescription

5 Must Do’s When Picking up a Prescription

1-Check the NAME on the prescription. Are you sure it is yours? 2-Name of MEDICATION, including manufacturer. All generics are not the same and your body might respond differently. 3-Check the medication DOSE and STRENGTH. This is for two reasons: 1- Your doctor might have told you to take two tablets twice a day, so the doctor orders 5mg tablets. However, the pharmacy may not have 5mg tablets or the insurance would not pay for 5mg tablets, so the pharmacy gives you 10mg tablets without telling you. In this situation, you take one tablet twice a day. 2-if the strength and dosage is not correct, you may run out of medication before your refill date. 4-Recognize INSTRUCTIONS and WARNINGS. Read over instruction and warnings and feel free to ask your pharmacy questions. The LionHeart app has a list of medications you have taken. Make sure that you will not have any reactions to your medication and be aware of what a reaction to your medication would look like. Do not depend on the pharmacists to know your list of medications. Know your medication’s risks! 5-KNOW your medication. Actually look at the medication. If it is a pill/tablet, know the size, shape and the number on it. If it is a liquid, know the color and the smell. Ask your pharmacists if you notice any changes when you refill your prescription. You may receive the same prescription by a different manufacturer, or you may accidentally receive an entirely different...
July is Cord Blood Awareness Month!

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month!

Cord blood is blood saved from a baby’s umbilical cord and contains stem cells which can be help to cure many diseases and illnesses that were once considered untreatable. Blood from the umbilical cord is drained into a collection bag and sent to a cord blood bank. The blood is tested and then frozen if it is clean and meets the bank’s standards. The stem cells available in cord blood are basically building blocks for one’s blood and entire immune system. Therefore, when somebody is diagnosed with a deadly disease such as Hodgkin’s Disease or Leukemia, the patient can get a stem cell transplant to rebuild one’s immune system and create new blood. Cord blood is capable of treating many illnesses and is currently undergoing studies to view its effectiveness at treating autism and cerebral palsy. The blood is extremely versatile, as unlike bone marrow, cord blood does not need an exact or close match from donor to receiver. Cord blood donation is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness in treating harsh diseases. Please consider donating. Links: https://www.babycenter.com/0_cord-blood-banking-what-it-is-why-consider-it_1362261.bc https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-cord-blood/...