Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. This means that physical symptoms exist causing people discomfort, but the reasons for these symptoms cannot be identified under normal examination.
The National Institute of Health suggests that there is limited information available about the number of children with IBS, but one particular study in the US showed that 14 percent of high school students and 6 percent of middle school students are affected.
Stress, hypersensitivity to foods, genetics, bacterial issues with the gut, brain-gut problems, and/or motility problems can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. All of these possible reasons and uncertainties may cause patients even more stress.
In response to this, the Child Life Department at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont Medical Center has created a Teen Wellness program to try and provide an outlet for some of this stress. This group is a place for teens to express their emotions through therapeutic activities, learn coping strategies and have discussions with other peers also undergoing medical issues.
We invite teens to join us for this program. We meet quarterly. Mark your calendars with the upcoming July and October dates!
TEEN WELLNESS GROUP
WHO: Teens with a chronic illness
WHAT: Developing further Coping Skills, Self-Confidence & Communication
HOW: Team Building, Complimentary Therapies & Social Supports
WHERE: Children’s Specialty Center Waiting Room
WHEN: Quarterly in 2014 (July 16, Oct 15) 6:00-7:30pm
WHY: Wellness encompasses a healthy balance between mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of soundness.
CONTACT: Jennifer Eddy at 802-847-4526 to sign up.
Jennifer Eddy is a Certified Child Life Specialist at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She works primarily in the Children’s Specialty Center, an outpatient clinic setting.