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From the Publisher September 2021

Last month I opened my letter by saying how we were looking forward to going back to school in a “normal” manner. How quickly things changed. I think we were all feeling like we were reaching normalcy this summer when the pandemic reared its ugly head with a vengeance. If there is one thing we […]

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Dave Says: Make an Impact with Investing?

A friend recently mentioned something called impact investing to me. What exactly is this? How do impact investment funds perform, and what do you think about them? Impact investing generally aims to benefit society, while providing a profit for the investor, by investing in companies, funds and organizations that are aligned with causes, certain values […]

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My Parents Care Too Much About How I Make Them Look.”

In a world full of social media, camera phones, and YouTube it is tempting to be overly concerned with what everyone else is doing and how we compare.  However, our constant need to “manage our image” can be detrimental to our children.  The danger of this was captured in a heartbreaking statement whispered to me […]

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How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

An individualized education plan (IEP) is a key component of your child’s special education plan. By law, schools are required to provide services to kids who qualify. An IEP meeting is where goals will be set and which services will be provided are decided on by both educators and the child’s guardians. This can be […]

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Five Expert Tips to Help Teens with ADHD

“I got detention for forgetting my book three times in a row.”—read Michael’s text His mother wasn’t surprised. Michael was diagnosed with ADHD when he was eight years old, and she’s received other messages saying he misplaced or even forgotten to do his homework. His mother hoped that he’d be more organized by 13, and […]

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How Video Games Can Help Kids with Special Needs

For kids with special needs, video games can offer opportunities to practice everything from communication skills to organization — even social interaction — in a comfortable environment where players set the pace. While games designed specifically for kids with special needs can address certain issues, many mainstream titles can support your kid’s learning. Mainstream games […]

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Bless Them, Just Don’t Enable Them

My husband and I are both teachers, and we’re on Baby Step 7. We’re struggling with things where our wills are concerned. Three of our four adult children aren’t being wise with their money, and my husband and I disagree on how to talk to them about it and how it may affect us re-structuring […]

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“My Parents Don’t Even Try to Understand Me!

In 1987, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince recorded a hilarious song that captures the tumultuous relationship between teenagers and their parents called, “Parents Don’t Understand”. I am quite certain that at least one poet of every generation has pinned similar lines, which leads us to the wise kid statement of the month: “My […]

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How Focused Attention Can Help Our Kids Battle Stress and Anxiety

In the midst of my worst moments of anxiety and panic, I would focus incessantly on a physical sensation and fear that it was something serious and harmful. But, as I learned over time from several experts, my attention was directed on the wrong thing. What if I could shift my focus to something else—something […]

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Apps for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Technology has the power to unlock learning for kids of all ages and stages. And sometimes exploring and learning on a device first is less intimidating than trying out new skills with real people. Check out these apps that help kids with communication, organization, and even social-awareness skills — and watch the video to learn […]

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