Conference Planned for Children and Teens with Skin Conditions and Birthmarks
A Children’s House for the Soul will host the First Annual “Love the Skin You Are In” conference for school-age children and teens with birthmarks and skin conditions, and their families, Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Health Museum in Houston, 1515 Hermann Drive.
This one-day special event will feature internationally recognized & award winning photographer Rick Guidotti of NY-based Positive Exposure, Baylor School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor and Pediatric Dermatologist of A Children’s House for Pediatric Dermatology Dr. Alanna Bree, Chaplain Jennifer Shannon of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Child-Life Specialist Lindsay O’Sullivan of Texas Children’s Hospital and nationally-acclaimed Youth Motivational Speaker Shannon Pickard.
It will offer children and youth, and their families, an opportunity to connect with others experiencing the challenges of significant birthmarks and chronic skin conditions through inspiring talks, engaging community-building activities, enlightening panel discussions, and empowering photography that showcases each participant’s unique beauty. Lunch will be provided and give participants the opportunity to meet with others facing similar experiences, often for the first time.
“The long-term impact of this conference has the potential to change lives. Once these children and teens, along with their families, come to the realization that they are not defined by their skin disease, they can begin to accept themselves as they are,” said Dr. Alanna Bree. “This will lead to improved body image and self-esteem.”
Skin disease affects approximately 20% of children and teens, and nearly 5% of the population has a significant birthmark. One study indicates the quality of life for people with skin disease is comparable to other chronic conditions including diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, kidney disease and cystic fibrosis. Chronic skin conditions are ranked second compared to cerebral palsy in regards to impairment of quality of life. Children and their parents often feel alone, discouraged and frustrated by stares, questions, and negative responses to their condition. In a culture that places a high emphasis and value on traditional beauty, learning coping strategies and being with others facing the same challenges and feelings helps to build self-confidence and acceptance.
For more information and registration, please go to www.achildenshouse.org. The mission of a Children’s House for the Soul is to encourage and unite children and their families affected by skin disease and birthmarks by providing opportunities for social, emotional and spiritual support.