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Laura Farmer

Help for Back-to-School Anxiety Students and parents may feel anxious at the start of a new school year and that’s OK. Here are some strategies for managing back-to-school anxiety.

It’s normal for students and parents to feel nervous at the start of the new school year. Kids may wonder, ‘Will I like my teacher? Will I make friends? Will I keep up with my studies?’ Parents, too, may echo their kids’ academic and social concerns, as well as feel …

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‘Egg My Yard’ for Alzheimer’s How 6-year-old Bradley Snyder sold Easter egg hunts to raise money for a good cause

Many kids love Easter egg hunts. But for 6-year-old Bradley Snyder, this year’s egg hunts also have a special purpose. Bradley was inspired to create an “Egg My Yard” for Alzheimer’s campaign to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Bradley sees me creating events and working to fight Alzheimer’s all …

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Benefits of Early Diagnosis for Children on the Autism Spectrum How can early diagnosis of ASD and access to care help kids on the spectrum achieve their potential?

Autistic child girl holding ribbon symbol of colorful pieces of jigsaw together for day of raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.

  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 …

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Benefits of Special Needs Summer Camps Summer camps around the mid-Atlantic region offer inclusive and fun programming for kids

Camp Pegasus

  As the chilly winds of winter blow through the mid-Atlantic region, many of us long for the sunny days of summer. For our kids, it’s not only the warmer weather that boosts summer’s appeal. They look forward to swapping school days for pool days at summer camp. Attending summer …

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U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory Heightens Awareness of Youth Mental Health Crisis

First, the good news: Mental illness in children and adolescents is often treatable and preventable. Unfortunately, the mental health of our country’s youth is in crisis, according to a recently released advisory from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. The advisory states that this youth mental health crisis occurred long before …

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