Chronic health conditions can be draining, exhausting and frightening; they draw heavily on a person’s energy and vitality. They are especially difficult on on our young people. This two-part program will look closely at two chronic health conditions and their effects specifically on pediatric populations: Crohn’s disease and lactose intolerance. For affected children and teens, every day can present unique and painful challenges. This program is about helping these youngsters and supporting them in ways that matter most at home and school.
Psychologist Dr. Frank Sileo is uniquely qualified to help us understand lactose intolerance and Crohn’s disease in young people; they are a specialty of his practice. He will help us to not only understand the physical challenges these kids face, he will give us insights into how their confidence, self-esteem and emotional well-being can be affected, also. Most importantly, Dr. Sileo will share what we can do to have positive impact on these youngsters as we encourge them to become strong self-advocates.
Dr. Sileo is the Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He is also an accomplished speaker and an active writer and author.
In addition to articles he has written for magazines and websites, Dr. Sileo has authored four books for children, including two that address this program: Hold the Cheese, Please, a book on lactose intolerance, and Toilet Paper Flowers, an informative children’s book on Crohn’s disease. These are the only books on these conditions written specifically for children. (22:11)
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