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Guide to Hosting Kids with Allergies and Food Intolerances

By April Johnston

More children and adults live with allergies, food intolerances, and diseases like Celiac Disease than ever before in history.  It is harder to cook a meal or serve snacks for kids and adults with regular food that most people keep in their homes.  But when you have a child or an adult that visit ... Read More

Educational Websites to Bridge Learning Part 2

By April Johnston

This is Part 2 of my series and I hope you find the sites useful as you work with your child.  With all of the changes to state standards, kindergartners are now required to do some of the things we learned in 1st and 2nd grades with 30 minutes of homework time a night.  In addition, there has b... Read More

I Remember School Differently…

By April Johnston

My son started kindergarten this week and I already want him to go somewhere else (out of Arizona.)  I want to go back to the schools of yesteryear when parents aren't prosecuted in court for taking their kids out of school but it doesn't meet their criteria of excused absence, where boys use the ... Read More

Websites to Bridge Learning Part 1

By April Johnston

As a parent and someone who works in the education field, I understand and appreciate the value of continually expanding your horizon.  Although my son is  5 and not very far in school, I want to fill his vacation time not only with fun and childhood memories, but also with continuing knowledg... Read More

AZ Things to Do May 2013 Part 2

By April Johnston

Everytime I think I can stop looking for activities, I end up finding more!  Here are more fun events happening this month to keep you and your family busy, happy, and learning. Free Science Saturdays - Chandler.  Tumbleweed Ranch.  2nd Saturday, October -May (excluding November and March).  ... Read More

2013 Arizona Day Camps for Special Needs Children

By April Johnston

 If you can't afford to have your child go to an overnight camp or it won't work for your schedule, day camps are great for special needs children.  There are so many out there that I know some will be missed in the process.  Here is a "best of" list to assist you with your decisions: Arizona Fo... Read More

What is Cerebral Palsy?

By April Johnston

Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common disorders of childhood that can permanently affect muscle movement over time.  It usually occurs before or at birth. Some children are born with the disability while others have traumatic births, accidents or illnesses before the age of three.  Sometimes ch... Read More

Special Education Vs. Main Stream Education

By April Johnston

When should children who are special needs be place in mainstream education?  Should they be placed there at all?  Educators have been trying to clarify this issue for years and yet, there are no definitive answers. The needs of each child need to be carefully weighed and parents need to weigh in... Read More

Dyslexia

By April Johnston

What is dyslexia?  Dyslexia has been thought to be caused by laziness or lack of intelligence when in reality it's a neurological disorder that is a type of learning disability.  The brain distorts information and interprets it differently that those without it.  This common disability can often ... Read More

October Is Learning Disabilities Month

By April Johnston

October is Leaning Disabilities Month and it is a good time for us to talk about something that is more common in children and adults than previously thought.  If you notice that your child is struggling in school, has trouble sitting still in class, has impulsive behaviors, is extremely distracte... Read More