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In This Issue

With So Many Opportunities, Why Camp?

The many benefits of a camp experience

Families today have more options than ever before – a buffet of movies, museums, picnics, parks, classes, vacations and so much more....more»

Research to Real World: Are We Aware of Autism in Babies?

Looking for early indicators of a potential diagnosis

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which affect approximately 1 in every 150 individuals, can have a range of symptoms, including impairments in social interaction, communication issues and repetitive, inflexible behavior....more»
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Kids and Sex Ed

Pushing past "awkward" to convey what kids need to know

If you are like many adults, your first introduction to the topic of sex came from a book handed to you from an embarrassed parent or an awkward one-time conversation on the subject from mom or dad....more»
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Raising Eco-Friendly Kids

Simple ideas to encourage "being green" in your home

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - The Lorax Many parents first heard the environmental message of Dr....more»
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Managing Difficult Diets

Tips for handling a child's restrictive dietary requirements

Planning meals the entire family will happily eat is a challenge. If your child is diagnosed with a diet-altering health condition, the task can seem overwhelming. "Focus on the positive, such as foods your child can eat, versus what she cannot," says Jennifer Cleveland, MMSc, RD, CDE, pediatric dietician with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health....more»
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Advances for Autism

Support and understanding of ASD continues to grow

April is Autism Awareness Month – and it's quite possible you know someone whose life is impacted by autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 88 children is affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder and autism....more»
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Four Great Family Road Trip Destinations

So much to explore just a few hours from Indy

Those living in the Indianapolis area are fortunate to have tons of great destinations within easy driving distance....more»
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Happy Birthday Spring!

Orchard In Bloom celebrates 25 years

Spring has finally sprung! After our third snowiest winter in history, it's time for some sunshine and warmth here in Indy....more»
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Heroes Come In All Sizes

Steven Parker, Jr. was diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily....more»
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Lemonade Day

Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists

Here's something interesting: Bill Gates, one of the most well-known technology entrepreneurs of all time, may ultimately be remembered not for the role he played in shaping the "computer age" but for his philanthropy....more»
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Death by a Thousand Kid Songs

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

It's naptime. Scratch that, it's supposed to be naptime. Instead of sleeping my two-year-old daughter is working on her own version of "What Does the Fox Say?" As she's up there reciting the chorus over and over and over again I'm reminded of all the bad music my children have listened to over the years....more»
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Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Children

What to have in place before a crisis

If your autistic child is starting a new school, is it enough to review social stories? If your child is blind, is it sufficient to inform your neighbor of his disability? These are good strategies for keeping life's pace steady for problems that can be anticipated, but they are not enough to handle unforeseen events....more»
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Autism Awareness Makes Big Gains

Changes in policy and social acceptance mean tangible benefits for those on the spectrum

Though autism is not new, broad awareness of it is. Not so long ago autism meant Rain Man to the average American....more»

"Spring" into spring!

Eight ways for kids to get active this April

It's finally here: warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies take hold of Central Indiana after Indy's snowiest winter....more»
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Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom's life

Sloppy little kingdom

Every parent needs a place where they can close the door and just relax. I imagine some parents have elaborate on-suite bathrooms where they while away the hours soaking in a tub....more»
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Ask the Teacher

Timed math facts, test success, reading stamina, standardized testing

Why do teachers insist on kids doing timed tests on math facts? The pressure is more than my daughter can handle....more»
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