The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a number of books and online resources to support parents treating their child’s minor illnesses at home. The AAP also offers a number of smartphone apps, some free and some not. Dr. McAllister’s favorite app, called KidsDoc, is specifically designed for parents who have medical questions during evenings, weekends or when they are traveling. It costs $1.99. Follow this link to learn more.
Behavioral health care is primary pediatric care! At Performance Pediatrics we believe that it is our job to make sure our patients are achieving appropriate milestones, adopting healthy habits and weathering any illnesses, both physical and mental, they encounter in their young lives. We believe that Family Continuity @ Performance Pediatrics is an important piece in establishing mental health care for our patients.
We saw our first patient at Performance Pediatrics the day after Christmas, December 26, 2006. That year, Major McAllister's 9-year commitment to the U.S. Air Force ended, and he and his family returned to their home-state of Massachusetts to open a micro-practice.
At the time, there were many voices who said it can't be done. No one, they said, opens a solo practice in this day and age and no one gets to spend more than 5 - 10 minutes with each patient.
Ten years later we are happy to report that those voices were wrong.
It's not that it's been easy, but we are proud of our ability to stay true to our vision: To establish lifelong health habits in childhood. When most pediatricians see 20 -30 patients each day, Dr. McAllister only sees 10 - 15 giving him the time needed to give complete care.
To mark our 10-year anniversary, Performance Pediatrics was proud to sponsor the world-premiere of the documentary Saving Sea Turtles on January 14, 2017 in Dennis. This amazing documentary chronicles the Massachusetts Audubon Society's efforts to save Cape Cod sea turtles that are in danger of extinction. The McAllister Family are long-time members of the Audubon Society and believe it is vital that we protect our natural world for us, for our kids, and for generations to come. All proceeds from the event benefited the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Consider this: About 25% of teenagers will have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) before they graduate from high school. Education is key in keeping kids healthy.
The best time to start talking to your child about STIs is during the pre-teen years, age 9 - 11. At Performance Pediatrics, our lending library has age-appropriate books, for kids 4 years through age 11, who are curious about where babies come from. In addition, we recommend these online resources to help you get the conversation started:
We are proud to participate in Reach Out and Read. We give a new book to all patients at their well exam, ages 6 months through 5 years.
Kids Health (Our favorite site with different articles written specifically for parents, school-aged children and teens)
Healthy Children (Parents Site from the American Academy of Pediatrics)
Call Poison Control first when you believe our child has swallowed something dangerous.
CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule
Allergy & Asthma Network
Postpartum Support International
When Families Grieve
Families for Depression Awareness
Performance Pediatrics is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, (LGBTQ) patients and parents and we adhere to the "It Gets Better" pledge: I believe in a world where hope outshines fear. I commit to stand up and speak out against hate and intolerance. My support for LGBTQ youth will be steadfast. I am part of a global community that is proud and resolute in its efforts to create a brighter, more inclusive world for all people. I know it will get better.
Other great online resources include:
Pediatric ER at South Shore Hospital
Plymouth Area Emergency Mental Health Services
Emergency Services is designed to provide psychiatric assessment and intervention to people of any age who are in a crisis situation. They provide care over the phone, in your home, as well as in their office.
BIDH-Plymouth Industrial Park Lab (blood draws)
Plymouth Family Network
Partnering with Families through Childhood Milestones
Mass Family Ties
Provides information and referral services, emotional support, and trainings to parents of children and youth with special needs.
Goldberg Center for Educational Planning
Trusted educational consultants that aid families in weeding out LDs, ADHD, behavioral issues, school related issues etc.
Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital
Launch into Learning
Works with children ages 8 and up on many different learning difficulties and offers a one week intensive goal oriented program. Geared primarily at children with a diagnosis of dyslexia.
Reach Educational Resources
Resources for children with unique educational needs; ABA services
Advocacy for Special Kids
Assistance for families to advocate for a child’s educational needs
BU Reading Program
Summer tutoring program for reading- locations on South Shore.
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