Heather Ostman

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE EDUCATIONALTelevision and Our Children’s Brains

(Apr. 21, 2005) - Now recent studies suggest that children who watch television from a young age may develop attention disorders and aggressiveness.


Theft in our Schools

(May. 21, 2004) - In Westchester, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our schools. We send our children off each day confident they are safe and protected. So complaints of theft seem unthinkable ¡V especially when the thieves are our children¡?s peers. Jackets, sneakers, calculators, CDs, and cell phones rank among the items taken most frequently in our high schools. While the occurrence of theft among Westchester students is relatively low, incidents that do occur tend to be underreported.


Invisible Chemicals:Good at stemming fires, but bad for our health?

(Feb. 21, 2004) - Car seats, bike helmets, baby gates, and even cell phones are among the purchases parents make every year to keep their children safe, aiming to protect their kids from many foreseeable, preventable dangers. But what about those dangers we can’t see?


Reaching for that “Edge”Westchester teens’ use of supplements dangerously high

(Jul. 21, 2003) - Remember when it was not if you won or lost, but how you played the game? It’s a whole new ball game these days, and one with a whole new language: anabolic steroids, androstenedione, creatine, diuretics, ergogenic substances, and nutritional supplements — all used to improve young athletes’ performances. And while there are differences in their health benefits and risks as well as their legal status, their use frequently echoes the same mantra: “Win at all costs.”


Having a Baby?Relax ….

(Apr. 21, 2003) - : “Through labor, I felt no pain at all,” says Amy Moore of Riverside, describing the delivery of her second child nine months ago. “And I didn’t always practice my visualization.” Regardless, Moore’s participation in a self-hypnosis birthing program called HypnoBirthing seemed to help anyway.


A New Kind of Karate Hero

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A New Kind of Karate Hero

(Jan. 21, 2003) - “Whack!”“Bam!” These are the sounds of Bruce Lee wielding swift karate chops and quick roundhouse kicks, overwhelming his evil opponents in the karate hero’s classic film, Enter the Dragon. Now enter the dojo of Dr. Jonathan Slater, child psychiatrist, author, karate Black Belt, and founder of Once Upon A River, a martial arts program developed for children with special needs, and you will hear something very different: the sounds of determined children defeating their own personal obstacles.


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