Incoming AAP President Joel J. Alpert, M.D., realized the reward of working with children early on.

In 1948, he was a summer camp counselor for several children from the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York. He recalled one child in particular who was "just as rambunctious as any 8-year-old would be.

"When there was some reason to discipline him, say he hadn't done his bed properly, you had to watch him as you talked because he would sneak his hand up under his shirt and turn off his hearing aid," Dr. Alpert recalled with a chuckle.

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