July 5, 2018

Convinced he had discovered a new syndrome, Dr. Andreas Rett published findings in several under-read medical journals about six girls under his pediatric care. These girls had similar symptoms and similar stories -- they all developed typically until they were toddlers, when they suddenly began to lose control of their hand and eye movement. It would be twenty years before another doctor's research would propel the syndrome Rett discovered into the realm of medical legitimacy. The condition we now know as "Rett syndrome" is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder about which we are eagerly learning as much as we can...

May 11, 2018

Tomorrow, May 12th, is Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day!  A very rare condition, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome is a complex diagnosis about which much is still being discovered.  We thought we would detail some helpful information, to do our part to spread awareness of this developmental syndrome. In 1933, a Dutch pediatrician named Cornelia Catharina de Lange took on a young patient who was small for her age and had very distinct, somewhat atypical facial characteristics. She set about the task of researching, describing, and documenting what she had discovered.  The syndrome she studied now bears her name: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

April 26, 2018

Allergy season is upon us!  It’s the time of year when we wake up with a tickle in our throats and walk outside to find our car is suddenly painted icky-green with pollen. Our respiratory systems tend to take the hardest hit this time of year, but our eyes may not like it so much either.  A little thing called conjunctivitis amps up its game around this time each year, a condition we know by the more common, succinctly descriptive name of pink eye. So how can you tell if your little one’s eyes are leaking and gooey because of histamines, or if it’s something a little more sinister?  Read on and find out everything you need to know about this itchy, irritating problem.

March 29, 2018

“Mom, my throat hurts.” How many times do we hear this in a year?  Especially right now, in this weird transition between winter and spring.  It’s the time of year when germs just seem to run amok, and then to pour lemon juice on a papercut, pollen comes swooping in! Coughs, sore throats, fevers and headaches, noses that run like a faucet in all the yuckiest colors of the rainbow – we see it all here at High Hopes, especially in the winter and spring.  But there’s one kind of sore throat that is unarguably the worst of them all: strep throat. So how can you tell the difference between strep throat, allergies, a cold, or even a stressed out set of vocal chords from a little too much “How Far I’ll Go” karaoke?  What can you do about it if it is strep throat?  Just how worried should y...

March 8, 2018

This morning, a darling little girl with Down syndrome, a student in our preschool, stood outside our administrative offices and told us all story after story.  Some of them involved dancing, some were action-packed, some were simply explanatory.  We didn’t understand most of the words that streamed from this animated little performer, but we knew what she was talking about, because: PERSONALITY. Increasingly visible in the media today, Down syndrome is quickly becoming one of the most instantly recognizable developmental diagnoses in the United States.  But how much do we really know about it? This post will help to answer some basic questions about Down syndrome.  The more we know, the more we can do to promote the welfare of the community of people affected by this syndrome.

You know that famous question you ask yourself everyday...  What am I going to pack my kiddos for lunch today?  Let’s talk about it! It doesn’t have to be a struggle to pack your child’s lunch.  Making a healthy lunch can be made quick and simple.  YOU can make a healthy, nutritious lunch your growing child loves by simply educating yourself and knowing basic nutrition.  Being prepared is half the battle!

February 26, 2018

Contemplate these words for a moment: HEAD LICE. Bet your head is itching already.  You can almost feel them crawling through your hair just at the very mention of them. But be strong!  We’ll get through this post together, and it’s important that we get through this post.  Because the fact of the matter is, these bothersome little bugs are likely to affect us all at one point or another.  The more we know about them and the myths surrounding them, the more we can do to prevent their spread. So let’s go on an itchy journey together to learn about this little insect: the head louse!

February 1, 2018

The abbreviation CP stands for cerebral palsy. A breakdown of those words provides us with a very general definition of what CP is – “cerebral” means pertaining to the brain, and a “palsy” is a weakness of muscles. This tells us that CP is basically a weakness or difficulty with the use of muscles caused by something in the brain. But what is it, really? What causes it? What kind of long-term effects does it have? What does it look like to live with CP? As we develop this blog, we’d like to provide a rundown on some of the most common diagnoses for children with special needs in Middle Tennessee. Knowledge is power, and the more we can learn about these diagnoses, the more effective we can be in dispelling stereotypes, providing support, and encouraging the success of the child...

January 25, 2018

Viruses happen. We are so aware of it here at High Hopes Inclusive Preschool. There are many wonderful benefits to bringing your child to an environment that they share with their peers all day, every day! But we know that one of the drawbacks is how easily contagious bugs can spread around. Hey, these kiddos are still building their immune systems, right? So we thought it might be a good idea to share some of the signs, symptoms, common misconceptions, and prevention tips for a few of the most common illnesses that can spread in schools. One of the grossest is hand-foot-and-mouth disease.

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