Keeping campers safe

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Keeping campers safe

Ensuring your child's safety at camp really starts at the very earliest stages of preparation when you're examing the camp, the camp staff, the first-aide facilities, kind of the communication ways that the camp has as far as getting in touch with parents, the ratio of counselors to kids, looking at the various activities; so in maybe higher risk activities, if they're swimming or horseback riding you'd want the ratio to adjust to that. So finding out if that's going to happen. And then finally, staying in touch with your child. There are some camps that have pictures on the web. There are some kids that will take their cell phones and are communicating with their parents. They may be even sending emails or letters. Just kind of hearing about the activities that the child is participating in and whether or not there are any risks involved can help parents feel comfortable that their child is in a safe place.

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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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