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3 Ways Siblings Can Help Kids With Congenital Heart Defects

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Oftentimes, siblings are eager to help when their brother or sister has a congenital heart defect. And there are actually many ways that they can do that—both directly and indirectly.  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.

5 Cool Books That Explain Congenital Heart Defects To Kids

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Explaining your child’s congenital heart defect to him can be tough. Where should you start? How much detail should you go into? How do you explain to him that being different is okay—and even worth celebrating?  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.

How To Set Realistic Rules For Heart Kids

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Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual or rulebook—as much as we sometimes wish it did. Yet when we become parents, we’re expected to set rules for our children—even though we might not know what all of those rules should be.

The fact that your child has a heart condition might seem to complicate things even more. Should you hold him to the same rules and expectations as his heart-healthy siblings? How do you enforce the rules when you’re worried about the impact stress could have on his health? 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.