When Your Preschool Child Stutters – Tips and Thoughts from Mary Lou Fragomeni


My preschool child has started stuttering a lot. Should he have a speech evaluation? Sometimes he can’t get the words out at all! We asked Mary Lou Fragomeni, speech language pathologist in our Pediatric Therapies department, her thoughts and suggestions for parents with preschool children who stutter. When is it time to see a speech therapist? Mary Lou: It is really quite…

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What comes next if your baby doesn't pass the newborn hearing screening

My baby failed the newborn hearing screening! What next?


It is one of the first things they test when your newborn arrives, a simple, non-invasive hearing screening. The vast majority of newborns have no issue, but what if the screening uncovers a potential problem? We checked in with Shawna Bohn, AuD on why this screening is so important and what you can expect to happen next if your baby’s…

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Kids in the Kitchen – age-appropriate kitchen skills


Cooking with your child can be a very fun, enlightening, and a valuable bonding experience for you and your impressionable child. If your child feels involved in the cooking process and has a positive experience you have an opportunity to teach them control and proper food safety in the kitchen. An added bonus of cooking with your child is that it may…

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Eat Well – Healthy Fruit Bite


Asked by our TMC Wellness team to create a healthy kid-friendly snack that children and their families could create themselves and could survive without refrigeration, Chef Jason Ricciardelli created a fiber-and-protein-filled snack that will satisfy the sweetest tooth – a fruit bite. TMC Healthy Fruit Bite TMC Wellness dietitians Laurie Ledford and Mary Atkinson are big believers in fresh fruit…

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4 easy ways to celebrate and support Children’s Hospital Week


Join us this week, March 20-27, and celebrate the Children’s Miracle Network inaugural Children’s Hospital Week #ChildrensHospitalWeek. Tucson Medical Center has been a Children’s Miracle Network hospital since 1984. And because of your support and the support of our community through CMN we’ve raised more than $16.5 million dollars that has stayed right here in Southern Arizona to provide care…

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Child Life Specialists – Playing to Heal


In the design of our pediatric unit we used patient feedback to create a comfortable and functional environment for children to receive care and to heal. Children’s artwork lines the halls; there are comfortable nooks for reading, areas to play outside, a playroom and even a huge indoor tree to gather underneath. The area is beautiful, but there is at…

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1 in 100, Kinley is a heart warrior


“My heart started to race. My husband and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and rushed down the halls of Tucson Medical Center into the NICU. Our team of heroes, TMC doctors and nurses, surrounded Kinley’s bassinet trying to get IV lines in to administer prostaglandin to keep Kinley alive.” Stacy Lipinczyk retells those frightening moments…

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Update on Killian, a heart warrior

Heart Warrior Killian – Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week


Killian is a typical four-year old. He loves trains, dogs, spending time in home improvement stores, and mechanics of all kinds. At four years old he is his parents’ pride and joy. Killian is also a survivor with a major open-heart operation for each of his tender years. Each surgery has been to address a congenital heart defect he was born with. At birth Killian’s chances of…

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Mega Raffle funding needed equipment for pediatric therapy


Tasks as simple as grabbing something off the floor, or tying a pair of shoes can spell a supersized challenge for a young patient fresh off spine surgery. The TMC Mega Raffle is funding much-needed supplies for TMC’s occupational therapists to use for pediatric inpatients. Patients at TMC for Children now receive tools that help them maintain their spinal precautions while they…

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