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Chautauqua Center is hosting children’s events

Paul Robbins, DO

The Chautauqua Center is hosting events for children in February.

Nibbles of Knowledge streams live on Facebook Thursday at 1 p.m. Families are invited to include their children and join guest host Linda Cecchetti from The Salvation Army Anew Center for a special story time. Cecchetti has a master’s degree in early childhood education and more than 15 years as an educator. After the story time, she will take questions and share how to encourage better reading habits. The session includes book recommendations, how parents and caregivers can help with reading at home, and the best places to purchase low-cost books.

In addition, discussion points will include common reading questions that pediatricians often receive, such as when parents should start trying to teach children to read, how often parents should read to their child, when to allow children to just look at pictures or start reading the whole story, children who don’t want to sit through a story and if a child seems to be behind other children in reading ability.

The livestream will be posted on The Chautauqua Center’s Facebook page. To join, click Going on the Nibbles of Knowledge event prior to the start time to receive a notification and a link to the stream.

Teddy Bear Clinic streams live on Facebook on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. The event will feature Cecchetti as well as The Chautauqua Center’s newest pediatricians, Dr. Sarah McMullin and Dr. Paul Robbins. The doctors will share information about keeping children healthy and answer questions from parents. Children are encouraged to attend and bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. Participants will receive a Teddy Bear Clinic checklist and be entered to win a pretend doctor’s kit.

Sarah McMullin, MD

The session’s goal is to open a dialog between parents and pediatric providers at The Chautauqua Center as well as help to address children’s fears about going to the doctor. The livestream will be posted on TCC’s Facebook page — to join, click Going on the Teddy Bear Clinic event prior to the start time to receive a notification and a link to the stream.

McMullin is a pediatrician and sports medicine physician practicing out of The Chautauqua Center’s Dunkirk pediatric office located at 1134 Central Ave. She completed her residency at the University at Buffalo and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the NYU Langone and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

“I am looking forward to attending the virtual event on Feb. 25 as an opportunity to introduce myself as a new pediatrician at The Chautauqua Center in Dunkirk,” McMullin said. “I enjoy treating children and adolescents of all ages. I have a special interest in working with young female athletes and dancers as I grew up figure skating and participating in track and field in Canada.”

Robbins is a pediatrician at The Chautauqua Center’s Jamestown site located at 107 Institute St. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame before studying maternal and child health at the George Washington School of Public Health in Washington D.C. Robbins attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. His pediatric training was completed with the Medical College of Georgia at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

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