Pediatric Annals

Feature Article 

Families, Clinicians, and Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs: A Bright Future

Polly Arango; Betsy Anderson; Nora Wells

Abstract

Bright Futures Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third edition, is many things beyond a rich source of clinical guidance. For families like ours, Bright Futures, third edition, is a validation of our concerns and experiences as parents of sons and daughters with special healthcare needs. Like you, we are caregivers and experts on our children. Additionally, like most of you, most of us also have other children who do not have special healthcare needs. Families and professionals alike, we seek materials that guide us to make informed decisions on behalf of our children. We — and thousands of other families — will find Bright Futures invaluable. We will use it in its many iterations now and well into the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Polly Arango is Cofounder, Family Voices, Inc.; Betsy Anderson is Director, Family Voices IMPACT; Nora Wells is Director, Family Voices National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships.

Address correspondence to: Family Voices National Office, 2340 Alamo SE, Ste 102, Albuquerque, NM 87106, or e-mail: kidshealth@familyvoices.org.

Polly Arango, Betsy Anderson, and Nora Wells have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Abstract

Bright Futures Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third edition, is many things beyond a rich source of clinical guidance. For families like ours, Bright Futures, third edition, is a validation of our concerns and experiences as parents of sons and daughters with special healthcare needs. Like you, we are caregivers and experts on our children. Additionally, like most of you, most of us also have other children who do not have special healthcare needs. Families and professionals alike, we seek materials that guide us to make informed decisions on behalf of our children. We — and thousands of other families — will find Bright Futures invaluable. We will use it in its many iterations now and well into the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Polly Arango is Cofounder, Family Voices, Inc.; Betsy Anderson is Director, Family Voices IMPACT; Nora Wells is Director, Family Voices National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships.

Address correspondence to: Family Voices National Office, 2340 Alamo SE, Ste 102, Albuquerque, NM 87106, or e-mail: kidshealth@familyvoices.org.

Polly Arango, Betsy Anderson, and Nora Wells have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Bright Futures Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third edition, is many things beyond a rich source of clinical guidance. For families like ours, Bright Futures, third edition, is a validation of our concerns and experiences as parents of sons and daughters with special healthcare needs. Like you, we are caregivers and experts on our children. Additionally, like most of you, most of us also have other children who do not have special healthcare needs. Families and professionals alike, we seek materials that guide us to make informed decisions on behalf of our children. We — and thousands of other families — will find Bright Futures invaluable. We will use it in its many iterations now and well into the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Polly Arango is Cofounder, Family Voices, Inc.; Betsy Anderson is Director, Family Voices IMPACT; Nora Wells is Director, Family Voices National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships.

Address correspondence to: Family Voices National Office, 2340 Alamo SE, Ste 102, Albuquerque, NM 87106, or e-mail: kidshealth@familyvoices.org.

Polly Arango, Betsy Anderson, and Nora Wells have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

10.3928/00904481-20080401-01

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