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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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Parent You Should Know: Larry Touchet

For Larry Touchet, coaching baseball for his three boys is more than just an opportunity to bond over a shared love of the game. “To be part of their learning and growing process in such a relatable way is priceless,” he says. “Whether it is spending time with them teaching them the fundamentals, or having meaningful conversations about self-confidence and …

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Why Family Dinners Matter: The Science of Eating Together

By Tanni Haas Most families find it difficult to get everyone together at the dinner table on a regular basis. We’re all so busy with after-school activities, late meetings at work and long commutes; it really is too bad. Researchers have learned that eating dinner as a family is extremely important to kids’ physical, mental and emotional health. As Dr. …

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Some of the most dramatic brain development occurs during the first three years of a child’s life. During this critical time children are acquiring their ability to think, speak, learn, and reason. According to the US Department of Education, the best way to nurture these young minds is to read aloud to them—even as an infant. Research has shown that …

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