Awareness

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is Sensory Friendly Tomorrow

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is Sensory Friendly Tomorrow

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AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other special needs “Sensory Friendly Films” every month – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fun new films in a safe and accepting environment. The movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their... 

Community

My Child Made A Mistake…How To Make That A Win?

My Child Made A Mistake…How To Make That A Win?

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I’ve been reflecting this week on the value of making mistakes. We hear that mistakes are learning opportunities. Without making mistakes, we don’t know that we need to revise our strategy or approach. Yet, it has occurred to me, how do we talk with children about the benefit of making mistakes in a manner that improves their cognition? How do we help children become empowered thinkers, learners... 

Innovations

Kids Can Fidget in a Vidget: Seats that Inspire Natural Movement

Kids Can Fidget in a Vidget: Seats that Inspire Natural Movement

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Healthy movement. Healthy learning. Healthy minds. Healthy spaces. As I explored many different topics for my MFA Thesis in Industrial Design at RIT back in 2009, my mind and soul kept taking me back to my childhood experiences and how connected I was to the mystery of nature. Living in a rental property in an urban area, I didn’t grow up around fields of green grass but what I did have, I treasured.... 

Involvement

Finally – Safe Transport for Kids in Ambulances…Thanks NHTSA!

Finally – Safe Transport for Kids in Ambulances…Thanks NHTSA!

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In 2008 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) convened a working group of representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Emergency Medical Services for Children, the American Ambulance Association, and other key organizations and started a project called “Solutions to Safely Transport Children in Emergency Vehicles”. Finally a long-standing problem was being recognized...