Students Teach New Twist on Common Childhood Concerns

Posted by on August 4, 2011

Medical assisting students update daycare providers on childhood topics for continuing education hours

Twelve Minnesota School of Business–Elk River medical assistant students presented new spins on decades-old childhood issues to daycare providers at Coon Rapids Daycare Center. The presentation was part of the students’ service-learning project.

The students updated daycare providers on topics like obesity, vaccinations, food allergies and more. They focused on how societal changes, such as shrinking physical activity time, new technologies and a heightened use of sanitizers and food agents, are creating new problems for kids. 

Daycare providers appreciated the fresh information. “I found the information in the presentations very interesting and helpful,” said Tiffin Holman, an attendee.

Instructor Lynne Hendrick’s students also discussed ways to help prevent childhood challenges by implementing restrictions in a daycare setting on things such as television and computer time, and using food as rewards. They also suggested that daycare providers educate parents on preventing childhood issues.

“I thought the students did a great job and I think they learned a lot while researching their topics,” Hendrick said.

Daycare providers who attended the students’ presentations were awarded 1.25 continuing education hours.

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