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Heart Kids: Why We Use That Term For Our Awesome Patients

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If you have been following the smallbeats blog, you have probably seen the term “heart kid” on more than one occasion.

Parents have asked us: “Why do you call kids with heart conditions ‘heart kids’?”

That’s an important question, and one that I am happy to answer. 
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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

5 Educational Games For Kids To Play When They’re In The Hospital

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Being in the hospital is tough on heart kids for a lot of reasons: They don’t feel well. They’re missing out on learning in school. And being stuck in a hospital room all day can get boring.

While the medical staff is there to take care of the first issue, there’s a simple way for you to help out with the second and third: by playing educational games with your child.

Here are 5 educational games for kids that you can play with your child in the hospital. 
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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

Dealing With Divorce When Your Child Has A Congenital Heart Defect

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Coming to the decision that you and your partner can be better parents to your child if you are no longer together is definitely tough. But sometimes, it might the best option so that you can provide your heart kid with the love, care, and support he needs.

That being said, the divorce process can take a lot out of everyone: you, your partner, and your child. So, how do you cope?

Here’s what you should know about dealing with divorce when your child has a heart condition. Read More

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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.