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Celebrate the Real Meaning of Memorial Day with Your Kids

  While we all enjoy a day off and throw some burgers on the grill, teaching kids about Memorial Day is an important way to honor our country and all who served. But it can feel hard to know what to say, how to make it memorable and ways to make a difference. These simple tips will help. First, What …

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Make a Butterfly Sensory Bin This Weekend

This hands-on learning activity for little ones is fluttering fun Activities that stimulate a child’s senses are important for the development of important skills, such as motor skills, social skills and even language, math and science skills. And this Butterfly Sensory Bin stimulates lots of senses—perfect for little hands and growing minds. Picking up beads with tweezers and then threading …

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Mom and Me Figurines

Make a memory this Mother’s Day with a craft that’s fun for all ages. This month, make painted figurines of both parent and child using a kid-friendly clay substitute that’s easy to handle. The completed figurines can be used as dolls or decorations! This craft is not recommended for children younger than 3 years old. You will need: 4-ounce packet …

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A Q&A with Frederick County Educators

Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world. Teachers inspire and guide us to learn, read and write so we can grow up and pursue our passions as adults. This Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), we’re focusing on the individuals making educationhappen every day.  We asked teachers from local schools and districts in Frederick County that won …

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Secrets to Throwing an Epic Birthday Party on a Dime

When I received the invite to my nephew’s pirate party, I was worried. The event was being held at his house in the wintertime, so all the 5-year-olds would be cooped up. How would more than 20 kids be entertained in a small area indoors? Would I hear so many chaotic screams of “Arrr” and “Ahoy” that I would want …

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Here’s What We’re Loving for You and Your Family This Month

Be Bright Lulu Doll Help your child discover their strength and courage with this unique doll whose lilac hair has a UV-activated blonde streak that turns pink in the sun. Kids can join five animal guardians and use their spirit to be confident, dream big and change the world. $49.99, ages 3+, adora.com Care Bears Dare to Care Bear A …

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Distinctions, Not Differences: Autism Acceptance Month

April is traditionally dedicated to the subject of autism. In the past, the phrase “Autism Awareness Month” was used in connection with this month, but Tom Flis, clinical director of The Center for Autism and behavioral services manager, both at Sheppard Pratt, says that a current movement is aimed at focusing on autism acceptance. Learn more about the significance of …

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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the nation and affects approximately one in 54 children. Early intervention for children diagnosed with autism is pivotal in helping them learn, cope and discover new possibilities. Knowing the key indicators of ASD and the first steps in getting screened helps countless children avoid the pitfall of having a late …

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Autism: Sensory Issues and Therapy Solutions

Children play educational games with a sensory bin in kindergarten

  Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can often exhibit sensory issues such as hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to various stimuli. As many as 70% to 96% of those diagnosed with autism can display signs of sensory dysfunction. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association added sensory sensitivity to a list of symptoms that help diagnose ASD. Much like symptoms of …

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The Importance of Early Diagnosis of Autism

During Maya’s* first birthday celebration, her mother knew something was different. “We were singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and she had such a blank stare. In that moment, I knew something was off,” recalls Elizabeth Chaillou, who perhaps had special insight into typical childhood milestones given that Maya is the youngest of her five children. Chaillou also noticed for several months that …

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