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When Your Child is Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reprinted with permission from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism

When a child receives a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome, or other pervasive developmental disorder parents and family members may experience a range of feelings. These feelings can include grief, denial, anger, fear, and confusion. If you are a parent, you may feel or have felt these emotions. It is important to know that you are not alone, and that many parents experience these same emotions. It is also important to recognize and work through these feelings as you begin to search for understanding, services, and support for your family and for your son or daughter with an autism spectrum disorder. ...more»

Opportunities Abound

Spring vacations are ending and outdoor spring activities are beginning. Families will be hiking, riding bikes together and supporting their children on their new baseball, soccer and tennis teams. Team sports are fun and give opportunities for kids to make new friends and feel the support of teammates and coaches to perform their personal bests. Parental support in all of these activities is needed to keep the costs reasonable and to support the coaching staffs. Yes, the kids love the snacks parents bring and the camaraderie that families have together after the games....more»

Ask the Teacher

Undesirable friends, looping, time management and tutoring

Undesirable friends, looping, time management and tutoring...more»

Girls Have Autism, Too

Being "on the spectrum" can mean different things for girls than boys

One in 88 children now falls on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's a familiar and unsettling statistic. The disorder is nearly five times more common among boys than girls, with one in 54 boys diagnosed with autism. Girls aren't out of the water as one in 252 are considered on the spectrum. Why such a discrepancy between the genders? 

Get creative at the IMA!

The newly re-opened Star Studio and family programming provide fun for all ages

Encourage your child's creativity at the IMA's new Star Studio – a fun space for play and art-making (like using Hot Wheels as stamps to create tire tracks on paper in the artwork pictured here). Now with six new stations for activities, Star Studio helps teach fundamental art concepts like color, line, shape and texture to children ages 0 – 12 in fun and innovative ways. ...more»

Hayden's Heart

Hayden Fuhs was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a potentially fatal congenital heart disorder. But with the help of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent, Hayden is now living (and loving) life as an energetic 10-year old....more»

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

A snapshot of this dad's life

It's 5:40 PM. I made dinner for the kids so the kitchen is a wreck. ...more»

Camping to Succeed

Outdoor fun translates to other important skill-building

Preparing children for academic and work success doesn't end in the summer — in fact, it's only the beginning! Summer camp experiences provide campers with the environment they need to gain characteristics like confidence, wellbeing and conflict resolution skills — which, according to a recent Psychology Today article, are critical to academic and work achievement. How does camp do it? With its unique combination of time outdoors and free play....more»

Lemonade Day

Inspiring little entrepreneurs with big aspirations

"You mean I have to pay you back?" my son Wyatt said after counting his wad of cash from his lemonade business. "Yes, like any entrepreneur starting a business, you have to pay back your investor," I told him. It was his first time participating in Lemonade Day, a free program brought to the Indianapolis area by local inventor and entrepreneur Scott Jones in 2010 and one that I helped to launch and now run. I'm proud to say that Lemonade Day is inspiring the next generation of Hoosier entrepreneurs. Kids learn how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand. Last year, 15,000 kids participated in the Greater Indianapolis area, up from 10,000 in 2011....more»

Adjusting to a Balanced Calendar

Making changes to the traditional summer break

Summer break may start to look quite different for many area children. With the growing popularity of "balanced calendars" the traditional summer break could soon become a thing of the past....more»

"Pink Label" Event for Cancer Research

A little girl's legacy lives on through The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment

Caroline Symmes was a child whom everyone noticed. Her warm smile, impeccable fashion sense, affinity for the color pink and her generosity of spirit were simply unmatched. Tragically at the age of five, Wilms Tumor Disease, a form of kidney cancer, claimed her life. The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment was created to honor her memory, her care team, Riley Children's Hospital and, most importantly, other children suffering from this form of cancer....more»

Exploring Summer Interests

Summer break is fast approaching, and while kids relish their first structure-less days off, it's only a matter of time before restlessness sets in. Parents: listen up! Summer is the perfect time to let kids immerse themselves in their favorite activities or try out new ones. Check out these local programs and resources for some great ideas....more»

Family Road Trips

Great destinations are just a few hours away

Pack up the car and hit the open road with your family to discover the many interesting travel destinations within driving distance of Indianapolis. Whatever your family's interests might be, here are a few ideas to make the classic road trip enjoyable for every passenger on board....more»

It's Easy Being Green

Four simple ways to "go green" as a family

How do you find ways to go green while managing a busy family? Do it together! Going green as a family is more fun – and more effective! Try these four suggestions to go green this month:...more»

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Why it's important not to drink to your baby's health

Each year about 40,000 babies are born with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). All 40,000 of those cases were 100 percent preventable.The issue is confusing, and it's not. What's confusing is that women hear two stories when it comes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy. They hear that no amount is okay. Then they hear that well, maybe a little alcohol is okay....more»

Helping Tree

Let children see how their good acts help others

Tough emotional subjects are hard to explain to little ones, so when they hear the word Holocaust or ask about Anne Frank this month during Holocaust remembrance events, what do you say and do? You can use the opportunity to help them understand age-appropriate concepts such as the importance of having empathy and show them ways in which they can help others....more»

Mommy Magic

The boss is in

I have always been a little bossy by nature. I always thought that was a bad thing. The word "bossy" doesn't sound nice. So instead, I thought of myself as "resourceful" or "organized." My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Young, put me in charge of passing out papers and leading the pledge of the allegiance one day and I was hooked. I knew that very moment that I liked being "in charge."...more»

Veggie Kids

When your child decides to become a vegetarian

Picture this: your child comes home from school one day and declares, "Mom, I'm never eating another cheeseburger again!" What's your reaction?...more»

"Spring" into spring!

Eight ways for kids to get active this April

At long last, warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies will take hold of Central Indiana in April after a longer winter than most Hoosiers expected – or wanted. Now it's time for the kids to come out of winter hibernation and brush off the frost. Here are eight fun ways to get the kids out and active from dancing to running the bases at Victory Field!...more»
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