Fredericksburg Parent

February 2014

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www.FredParent.NET 19 • 19 Therapy Toolbox provides comprehen- sive speech and language services to the children of the Fredericksburg area. We accept insurance including the following: • Tricare • Aetna • Anthem • CareFirst • United Our therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, including: • expressive language • listening comprehension • phonological awareness • auditory processing development • child language development Building communication skills for a lifetime • articulation • apraxia • phonology • autism • social language • voice Lindsay Coker Dickinson, M.A., CCC-SLP Please visit our website to learn more about our therapists, our specialty training, and our use of iPads in therapy. ** Speech Therapy ** ** Accepting New Patients ** 725 Jackson Street Suite 211 Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401 540.693.0527 Also serving the families of Central Virginia in their homes, preschools, and day care facilities Voted Best in Fredericksburg 2013 Speech Specialists • fluency/stuttering • Cigna • Federal • Optima • Coventry causes of IDA, but the most common include: blood loss, a lack of iron in the diet or an inability to absorb iron. While fatigue is the most com- mon symptom of IDA, many patients also experience other symptoms, such as shortness of breath and an increased heart rate. Unfortunately, IDA is often missed because these symptoms can be attributed to other causes. "Many times, health care profes- sionals do not connect these com- mon symptoms to a treatable condi- tion like IDA," says Robin Wachsman, an oncology nurse and nationally recognized IDA expert. "Health care professionals need to act as detec- tives and find the underlying causes of a patient's suffering and patients need to be forthcoming about how they're feeling. This is especially the case with IDA because, once diagnosed, the condition can be managed." But even after diagnosis, some patients do not share lingering symp- toms with their health care provider. It is important to remember that there are many treatment options for IDA, including diet and medications. It may take time for a health care professional to identify the best way to manage a patient's condition, so it is important for patients with IDA to keep their health care provider informed about how they feel. The Iron Matters campaign was recently launched by AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. to spread the word about IDA, its causes and symptoms. At, visitors can get more information about the condition, read stories of other IDA patients and learn from experts. For those who have already been diag- nosed, there are also tips for living with IDA. Anyone who suspects they may be suffering from IDA should speak with a health care professional. Always consult with a physician before taking a medication or supplement to treat IDA. Are You Getting Enough Iron? continued from pg 17 IDA Symptoms include: • fatique • shortness of breath • increased heart rate • headaches • feeling cold

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