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5 Thanksgiving Crafts for Your Kids

Fall is the perfect time to get your kids outside to collect acorns, pine cones and sticks for their indoor crafts. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, any of these five simple projects can be proudly displayed on your dining room table. Plus, your kids will delight in knowing they contributed to the festivities and it will be a great conversation piece for family members.

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5 Tips to Help Parents Prepare for an IEP Meeting

One of the most stressful experiences many parents or guardians of children coping with special needs face is going to a meeting about their child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This plan is very important because it outlines goals for the child's education and treatment, and it guides how services will be provided. Read the following tips to help parents or guardians prepare for an IEP meeting.

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10 Science-Backed Benefits of Practicing Gratitude With Kids

Dr. Robert Emmons is the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude. He conducted studies involving journals and found that when people regularly engage in thankfulness, they experience measurable psychological, physical and interpersonal benefits.

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How to Talk to Kids About Disabilities

Chances are, at some point, your child will meet someone at school or in the community who has a disability. It is normal for children to have questions about people who are different, which means parents should be prepared to answer their questions in an intelligent and appropriate way. Here are some tips to get the conversation started.

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Singing the Praises of the American Youth Chorus

A charming and little-known children's choral group in the D.C. metropolitan area is American Youth Chorus (AYC). According to Simmons, "We use various methods to teach singing in our program. We understand that all kids grasp new concepts differently, so we incorporate many different teaching methods to make sure all of our students grow as singers. Teaching students to read music, versus learning orally, is one of our primary goals."

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The 2018 National History Day Contest

The National History Contest took place during the 2017/18 school year, where 3,000 students presented their work based on the year's theme - "Conflict and Compromise." Paris Ye, Angelica Frude and Lydia Yeh came together for an assigned research project at Eastern Middle School in Montgomery County, MD. Nine months later they were winners of the 2018 National History Day Contest. The 2019 National History Day Contest will be held June 9-13 at the University of Maryland

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The Benefits of Classroom Volunteering

When it comes to volunteering, both Karen and Rene agree the investment of time in your child's school is worth it. "You get more out of it than you put in," Karen says. "And your child will have good memories of you being there."

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Ways to Encourage Introverted Children

Scientists estimate that between 25 and 50 percent of the population are introverts, people born with temperaments that are more focused on internal feelings than on external stimulation. Introverts can be as happy and successful in life as their more social counterparts, the extroverts. And introverts are not necessarily lonely. They enjoy their friendships, but they often have their own distinctive approach to making and keeping friends.

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When do you Worry About a Tummy Ache?

"My tummy hurts" is a complaint most parents hear from their child from time to time. As a pediatrician, I also know that it's one of the most common reasons parents bring their children to my office. Because it can be difficult to know when to seek medical care, take a look at some red flags that should alert you to contact your doctor.

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