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Resource kits raise awareness of high risk of drowning for children with autism

Heather McCrackin (far left) pictured with daughters Kimber, Kendal and her husband Philip recently launched an Autism Drowning Prevention Resource Kit. (Photo Courtesy of: Heather McCrackin)

March 17, 2022

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general pediatric population, according to research published in the December 2017 issue of Injury Epidemiology. That is why Heather McCrackin, RN, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston), is launching an Autism Drowning Prevention Resource Kit.




How to talk to your children about the Ukraine invasion

Talking with your children about the recent Ukraine invasion can look different depending on their age, according to a child and adolescent psychiatrist at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by Getty Images)

March 4, 2022

With updates regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on abundant TV channels and websites, it’s almost impossible to shield children from the unsettling news. Nor should they be, according to Leslie K. Taylor, PhD, child and adolescent psychologist with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and its clinical practice, UT Physicians.






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