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Will You #LightItUpBlue For Autism Awareness?

Throughout the month of April, take notice when you drive through a neighborhood and see the shine of blue light bulbs. Without a doubt, you’ll see one at my house. Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to let my front porch shine with support for autism awareness–and I hope you do too! Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism…

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Merck Consumer Medical App has Been a Lifesaver

Dealing with a health issue of your own or that of a family member can be overwhelming. Recently, I found an app called Merck Manual to help me better understand my health ailments and my gallbladder surgery. It also helped my mother and I better understand what my father would be faced with when he was diagnosed with cancer. The app is ad-free, which I find refreshing. And since the Merck Manual has been a trusted source of information for medical professionals and consumers for over 100 years, I know…

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Simple, Easy Giving This Holiday Season

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? Me either. The year flew by! And we, as a family, definitely had our share of ups and downs this year, no doubt. Now, that the holiday season is here, it is time to think about how we can give back. And although we should work on giving back all year long—giving back this holiday season is as important as ever and easier than you think. Gather your stuff and donate it to your local thrift store. Goodwill, for instance, sells…

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Why You Should Consider Adoption

When you think about children what is the first thing that comes to mind? Smiling, laughing, hugs, happiness? Those are all great words to describe the way that kids make us feel. They make us feel loved, appreciated and needed—and it is our job to do the same for them. Although, sometimes a challenge, I will admit. But what about those kids who have never had that return experience of being loved, nurtured, needed and appreciated? Yes, as sad as it is, those kids are out there and there are…

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Using an IEP Binder for Learning and Attention Issues

Learning and attention issues come in all shapes and sizes. No two kids are alike—they all process differently and need their own specialized type of help. All children, however, need adoration, reassurance, and support. For kids with learning disorders and attention issues, positive reinforcement can help ensure that they emerge with a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, and the determination to keep going even when things are tough. Having seen firsthand family members who have struggled through learning and attention issues—I am very aware of how important it is to…

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