Diagnosing velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) takes careful listening, testing, data collection and detective work. VPD is an umbrella term that describes multiple disorders that cause leakage of air into the nasal passages during speech production. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare speech-language pathologist, Graham Schenck, PhD, has special training in VPD and is an expert in its detection.
Jul. 31, 2020
Turning Can’t Into Can Since 2011: Peter’s Cerebral Palsy Journey
In all the ways that matter, Peter is your typical 8-year-old. He’s a protective older brother to his younger sister Katie, loves cars, sports and Star Wars. He’s easy to smile, quick to laugh and brings joy to all who meet him. When you’re in Peter’s presence, the fact that he has cerebral palsy and can’t speak, quickly becomes an afterthought.
Jul. 29, 2020
Meet our 2020 Top Doctors
Mpls. St. Paul Magazine recently released its “Top Doctors list,” which includes the names of 24 physicians from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. The magazine determines award recipients based on a survey sent to physicians each year, asking them to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) whom they would visit if they or a loved one needed medical care.
Jul. 28, 2020
Virtual Appointments Break Down Barriers for Families
When virtual appointments were first proposed, we were appreciative but admittedly skeptical about how that would work. But having recently made the shift over to virtual appointments, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how seamless the transition was. Naturally, there were some growing pains in the beginning, but there were many benefits that emerged over time.
Jul. 21, 2020
When Life Hands You COVID-19…Make a Virtual Lemonade Stand
Joe Carr is a socially connected doer and thinker so a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic was not about to stop him from launching his 5th annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. In fact, Joe and his team say in a strange twist COVID-19 might make this year of fund raising even more successful.
Jul. 16, 2020
Brain Injury and Concussion
Every Day, Better and Stronger: Matthew’s Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
Matthew suffered a traumatic brain injury 15 years ago. After the treatment at Gillette that saved his life, he’s had a singular goal: To live every day, better and stronger. As he says, “It’s not about what I lost, it’s about what I’m getting back.”
Jul. 14, 2020
Safe, Open and Ready to Help
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is essential to those we serve and we’re ready to help while taking precautions to make sure you, your child and our staff are as safe as possible. Timely and safe medical care is crucial for patients with rare, complex and traumatic conditions.
Jul. 9, 2020
The ArmeoSpring Makes Intense Therapy Seem Like Play
Gillette is one of the only pediatric health care centers to have an ArmeoSpring machine. It’s a computer-enhanced activity specifically designed for kids who are regaining movement in the arm or hand. This robotic exoskeleton is especially useful to assist patients who are building strength as the result of trauma, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular conditions or stroke.
Jul. 9, 2020
Celebrate Smart Summer Safety
The Fourth of July and other summer celebrations are a time for enjoyment, making memories and being aware of summer safety tips. Even though some celebrations will be different this year due to COVID-19, physicians at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and Regions Hospital remind you that preparation is the key to keeping safe.
Jul. 2, 2020