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14 x July 20 - August 2, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com General, Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology MOHS Micrographic Surgery YourFamily’s dermatology practice We accept most health plans! CALL 800-827-SKIN! 15 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU DR. PHILLIPS: 7932 West Sand Lake Rd., Ste. 202 OCOEE: 530 Ocoee Commerce Parkway CELEBRATION: 400 Celebration Pl., Ste. A-120 DermOrlando.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 As an extension of performing with their peers or in front of an audience, students improve their selfconfidence with a theater program. They also boost their verbal and nonverbal communication skills by memorizing lines and implementing the right kind of body language to complement those lines. This fall, challenge your student to put down his or her smartphone and pick up a script to learn valuable life skills alongside their peers in a fun and creative way. • Reasons Home Schooling Is on the Rise by Dannette Kelly, Program Assistant Classical School of The First Academy 407-206-8762 thefirstacademy.org According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of home-schooled students in the United States has doubled between 1999 and 2012. The NCES report also noted that there are wide arrays of reasons parents choose to homeschool their children, from avoiding negative peer pressure, adding an increase in religious instruction, adding an increase in family time, and having the ability to travel. Home schooling across the nation is booming. Although home schooling can take many forms, a hybrid program allows families to have flexibility with the educational support they desire. This has proven to be especially beneficial to those students who are pursuing other passions, whether it is the arts, athletics or other extracurricular activities. Home schooling has now become the first choice for many families in Central Florida. • A Child’s Vision Is Critical to Learning by Louis Blumenfeld, M.D., Pediatric Ophthalmologist Eye Physicians of Central Florida 407-398-7730 www.eyephy.com As children are approaching a new school year, it is important to think about their vision. About 80 percent of learning in a child’s first 12 years comes through their eyes. Good vision is critical, not only to their ability to read, learn and develop, but it can also impact personality, behavior, social skills and self-esteem. Ophthalmologists have long recognized that children’s eyes are unique and quite different from adult eyes. Common reasons to see a pediatric ophthalmologist include a change in the appearance or misalignment of the eyes, failed vision screening at a doctor’s office or school, and visual symptoms or squinting. Other reasons may include a family history of eye diseases, such as lazy eye or medical conditions/medications associated with eye problems. A child’s eyes can be examined at any age, even as young as 1 day old if necessary. A need for eyeglasses may be determined in children even if they are not able to speak or read a chart. This is done with special equipment used to see how light reflects off the inner surface of the eye through special lenses. • Time to Schedule Back-To-School Physicals by Bindu Parekattil, M.D., FAAP Ocoee Pediatrics 407-395-2037 www.ocoeekidsdocs.com It’s that time of year again — you’re in the middle of summer activities, and all of a sudden you realize there are only a few weeks left before school starts. Along with school supplies and new clothes, back-to-school physicals should also

e on the list of things to do before the school year begins. Yearly physicals are a great opportunity to catch issues early, such as growth disturbances, screening for diabetes and cholesterol, monitoring blood pressure, and checking any vision and hearing concerns. For example, the doctor may notice that your child has not grown as expected in the past year. If they have previous heights in the past four to five years, they can see what pattern is developing and whether there could be an underlying growth issue. Your doctor also provides information and screening for nutrition, safety, child development and mental health. In addition, immunization records are reviewed for any needed vaccines. Vaccinations are an important preventative measure that keeps children healthy. We no longer need to worry about diseases such as polio, which has been eradicated in the U.S. Getting your child’s yearly physical and immunizations will help keep your child healthy and active. • The Purpose of the Skin Care Process by Debbie Wisner, President, & Debby Tapia, Vice President Maile Imaging, Modeling, Acting 407-628-5989 lisamaile.com No matter what age you are, skin care is the most essential part of the total beauty regime. If your skin is healthy and glowing, then any makeup applied over it will be picture-perfect, too. It is important that you understand the purpose of each step in the skin care process. Follow these steps twice a day for healthy skin: • Cleanser — Removes dead surface skin cells and surface dirt such as makeup, perspiration and environmental residue. • Astringents/Toners — The second step of the cleansing process removes traces of the primary cleanser, making sure the skin is truly clean and pH-balanced. www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x July 20 - August 2, 2017 x 15 • Moisturizers — Help to build water levels within the skin by preventing the skin’s natural moisture from evaporating. This is like a drink of water to the skin. • Masques — Are available in many forms to meet the wide range of skin care needs for various skin types. Don’t be influenced by big, expensive brands. The less-expensive ones are just as good, if not better. Remember, what works for you is the most important. • For a Less-Stressed Back-To-School Transition by Dawn Douglas, Co-Owner Massage Envy Dr. Phillips 407-354-3689 Getting everything ready for the kids to go back to school is no easy task. Bouncing from one store to the next, trying to find just the right outfits and school supplies can leave you feeling drained and stressed out. Make sure to remember and take the time you need to relax throughout the process. This will help you and, ultimately, your children stay calm and have smooth sailing into the new school year. Consider a massage or a facial to help you unwind. Massage can help ease muscle aches and body pains, as well as help you shed stress during some of your most stressful times. • A Love for Learning by Sarah Donovan, Director of Admissions The First Academy 407-206-8602 thefirstacademy.org Is your child a lifelong learner? How do you create a love for learning? The following are a few triedand-true tips for both parents and educators: First, catch your child’s curiosity. When your child shows a natural CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 A True Homeschool Partnership The Hybrid Program is designed for students (K-12th Grade) to receive instruction two days a week in a traditional classroom setting, while instruction is parent-led the other three days with content provided by The Classical School. We also offer the Traditional Program (K-8th grade) for families who wish to exclusively homeschool their child with support and quarterly portfolio reviews from The Classical School. Kindergarten _ Grade 12 Biblical Worldview Dynamic & Caring Teachers Superior Academics Championship Athletics RSVP for your private tour today! 407-206-8762 A K-12 Christ-Centered College Preparatory Homeschool Program 2667 Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32805 | thefirstacademy.org The First Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin