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Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Parenting in the Digital Age: Helping parents understand social media risks

Jessica Swarner is not a parent. But two things prompted her interest in helping parents better understand social media trends and ways to keep children safe online. While brainstorming for her honors thesis for Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College, Swarner heard about the murder of a young girl linked to someone the girl […]

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In need of a friend, Scottsdale third-grader creates the “Mensch Bench”

Despite the fact that Olivia Feldman sings and acts in front of more than 200 people through her involvement with Desert Stages Theatre, her onstage confidence was not transferring to her time at school. As a third-grader, Olivia was feeling shy and uncomfortable when it came to finding friends to play with during recess at […]

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Legal support for families navigating special needs

Emily R. Taylor, Attorney, PLLC 2001 E. Campbell Ave. #102, Phoenix 480-699-3145 • emilytaylorlaw.com Law practice specializing in special-needs planning, benefits planning and estate planning to provide a framework for establishing and maintaining long-term financial resources and care for a family member with unique needs. Services include but are not limited to: creating special needs […]

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Approachable picture books teach kids to stay safe

For Arizona kids, “summer” is just another word for “more.” More heat, sunshine, sunscreen and ice cream; more hours to fill with friends and family, and with play, screen, swim and sleep time. More popsicles, board games, backyard adventures and bike rides. Maybe even more time to read, daydream and watch the stars come out. […]

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Special-needs melt down? Show compassion, not judgment

“A little support goes a long way.” — Amy Kenzer, vice president and clinical-services director at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. Picture yourself on an airplane, seated next to a screaming toddler. We’re talking a full-throttle kicking, screaming terror. He’s banged your seat, interrupted your sleep and ruined your favorite shirt with […]

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“Sesame Street” adds Julia, a Muppet with autism and a Phoenix puppeteer

An Arizona mom will be making history on Monday, April 10, when she joins the cast of “Sesame Street.” Stacey Gordon, a Phoenix puppeteer, is bringing Julia — a Muppet with autism — to the show. The idea is to teach families and children about acceptance.  Julia, an orange-haired girl who sometimes does things a bit […]

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Skate Rising boosts girls’ self-confidence, advocacy, empathy

On a typical Saturday morning at the indoor 91 West Skatepark in Peoria, skateboarders from all over metro Phoenix wearing snapback hats and gray hoodies zoom across plywood ramps, bowls and banks, grind on smooth iron rails and practice their kick flips. But one Saturday in late January, the skaters who descended upon 91 West […]

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Teach your child kindness by asking the right questions

At school pickups and dinner tables across the country, parents are asking: “How was school today?” “How did you do on your test?” “How was practice?” Many times, the answers are less than informative. Getting your kids to open up about their day can be like pulling teeth, but it doesn’t have to be that […]

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Behind the ‘zine: Kyle Pratt talks childhood obesity, value of hard work

Few interviews have touched me as deeply as this one — probably because I, too, was overweight as I headed into a new high school. I remember what it feels like to be painfully self-conscious and uncomfortable in your own skin. But what struck me in 2011 about Kyle Pratt of Scottsdale was his incredible […]

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My daughter’s Iraqi best friend taught me to hope and help

At our kitchen table one evening, my 10-year-old daughter, Victoria, wanted to show me something as I checked her homework. “Here’s how you write the words ‘I am’ in Arabic,” she said, slowly drawing a curved line with a little dot to the left. “Fatima showed me.” “That’s so cool, Tori,” I replied. Fatima Muhsen […]

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