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ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

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El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education.

Nahal Zakerani, Ph.D., last week recounted a true and all-too-common scenario.

The El Camino Hospital therapist spoke of a 15-year-old girl who harmed herself and thought about committing suicide. She rarely communicated with her father – especially not about traumatic events from her childhood. But then the girl began attending the hospital’s After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education.

Healthcare district leader honored for work

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Dennis Chiu, right, received an award last month for his work as an El Camino Healthcare District board director.

The Association of California Healthcare Districts last month gave Dennis W. Chiu of the El Camino Healthcare District Board its Trustee of the Year award.

“I am humbled and grateful,” Chiu said. “I share this award with my fellow directors at El Camino Healthcare District, and recognize the hard work of other trustees and directors serving California’s other 78 healthcare districts.”

Autism: How kids fare in adulthood explored in Stanford books

A torrent of research in recent years has provided insight on how to help children with autism spectrum disorders. Less attention has gone to aiding them as they grow into teens and adults.

That has begun to change with books such as “Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Springer, 2014), which gathers the best recent information to guide families coping with this challenge. Researchers Fred R. Volkmar, Brian Reichow and James C. McPartland – authorities on autism spectrum disorders affiliated with Yale University – edited the book, which features chapters written by autism research leaders in their respective areas of expertise.

Clear eyes: Optometrist gives tips for protecting your vision

Whether we wear prescription lenses or simply get eyestrain after a day on the computer, most of us would like to improve and protect our eyesight.

Los Altos toddler discovers sound through cochlear implants

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Two-year-old Natalie Su and her mother, Charlene, practice speaking and listening at Play! Los Altos.

Two-year-old Natalie Su last week toddled among her peers – exploring, talking and listening to the lively cacophony. But for Natalie, the sounds are newer; the preschooler was born with hearing loss.

When she was 10 months old, Natalie received bilateral cochlear implants, which replace the function of the damaged inner ears. Her parents, Los Altos residents David and Charlene Su, didn’t take the decision lightly as they weighed their options.

Books detail first aid for outdoor adventures, from backyard to backcountry

Summer beckons, bringing the opportunity for outdoor adventure and vacation. Whether the destination is a high-country hike or a lowland trek through the jungle, there’s one item as important to pack as a good pair of boots: a book on first aid and emergency medicine.

Teaching your child resilience

Although parents naturally want to protect their children from the ups and downs of life, it’s not always possible, especially as kids get older. One of the most important things parents can do is help their child develop the resilience, confidence and skills they need to handle problems and setbacks successfully.

Dr. Manisha Panchal, a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers the following common questions and offers tips to help parents teach their kids how to remain healthy and balanced even when the going gets tough.

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