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Autism Myths and Truths

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave and learn in different ways, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 1 in 59 children have been diagnosed with ASD according to the CDC. While autism may be common, there are many myths and misinformation circulating that are simply untrue. This article will correct some common misconceptions.

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Consumerism During COVID-19

Whether dealing with snake oil products, phishing scams, price gouging or travel arrangements, it is a unique time to be a consumer. What makes these issues even more complicated is that the scenarios and responses change daily. As consumers, what do you need to know?

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Dear Parents, Your Computer is Your Quarantine Friend

The kids are home unexpectedly. There are hours to fill and learning to do. You've got this. Here is a list of online resources to ensure your kids are busy and happy during this "mini-vacation."

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EARTHRISE! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

The main campaign for Earth Day 2020 is EARTHRISE, which embodies the urgent need for climate action through education and inspiration to effect change. The Earth Day Network (EDN) is promoting and supporting Strike With Us, a unique coalition of youth-led climate groups and adult allies, that will comprise the largest group of intergenerational activists participating in this year's Earth Day activities.

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Financial Literacy 101

April is a key month for refocusing on finances. In addition to the IRS tax deadline, the U.S. Congress has designated April as Financial Literacy Month. Also, April 4-11, 2020 is Money Smart Week. Parents and guardians should take the opportunity to not only review their own finances, but to teach financial literacy to their children.

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Helping Your Children Get Through These (and Other) Difficult Times

These are difficult days. Families everywhere are reeling as we rapidly have to adopt social distancing and other measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. While parents are faced with rapidly rearranging their work and family logistics, they are also trying to figure out how to talk to their children about the Coronavirus.

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Hop Into Easter With These Memory Makers

Easter reminds us of renewed life, new beginnings and the feeling of spring in the air. It is no wonder that our commercialized celebration of the holiday includes bunnies, baskets, eggs and all things spring. This year, mix in some kid-friendly fun with your traditional celebration, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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How to use Technology to Connect With Your Kids

Parents everywhere are frustrated by their children's continual use of technology. In fact, technology battles top the list of challenges raised in parenting classes held by the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) in Kensington, Maryland. Getting our kids to unplug entirely is not realistic. But what if instead of insisting they unplug, we simply focus more on what they're doing when they're plugged in and how those activities can benefit them and even improve family life?

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Make a Plan for Parenting During the Coronavirus

In response to a flood of questions during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) in Kensington, Maryland is offering parents tools and strategies through webinars and online workshops at pepparent.org. Here are a few of PEP's tips for parenting through these uncertain times.

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Spreading the Coronavirus FAQs What Every Parent Needs to Know

As a parent, you probably worry about every cough and sniffle you hear from your child. Is it just a cold? The flu? And now you may be thinking, is it the new coronavirus? Our first words of advice: Don't panic!

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The BIG Benefits of Special Needs Camps

There's a host of benefits children derive from attending camp, but for kids with special needs, those benefits are amplified, says Sandy Cameron, editor of Camping Magazine. "Traditional camps do a great job mainstreaming special needs' children into their programs, but a special needs camp lets them be with other kids who have similar abilities. The programs are pretty much the same, but may be altered to meet the children's needs."

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