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5 Helpful Tips for Managing Mental Health in Special Needs Children


5 Helpful Tips for Managing Mental Health in Special Needs Children
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When Time-out Doesn't Work

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Parents and caregivers, get your detective badge out, dust it off, and take a look at the situation. Plan to spend at least 15 (uninterrupted!) minutes analyzing the situation, either alone or with a trusted friend, without the distraction of the phone, the TV, the kids, or the computer. Now consider these points, and take action:

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Cold Weather Days: Indoor Play for Little Learners

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Re-posting for all the little snow bunnies out there in RVA!! Happy Snow Day everyone!

As we know, babies, toddlers and preschoolers need active time balanced with quiet activities. If you are finished playing outside, you’ll need to have a selection of activities at hand that are educational and fun inside. Right now, in and around your home, you can strengthen critical thinking skills, boost creativity, strengthen gross motor skills, fine tune fine motor skills and improve literacy.

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Twilight Carniball 2015: Destination India

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Photo Update: Check out all the fun - we've uploaded pictures from the evening to our Flickr account. Click here to view them!

From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!

Twilight Carniball 2015: Destination India

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Why I Love Doc McStuffins

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From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!

A Show That Encourages Independent Play!

By Amanda McDonald, CMoR Junior Board Member

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Kindergarten Readiness Forum 2014 a Success!

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On December 2, 2014, we hosted our Second Annual Kindergarten Readiness Forum, a very informative session focused on kindergarten readiness and choosing a school for your child.

We heard from Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Director of Elementary Education, Powhatan County Public Schools and from Amanda Surgner, Vice President of Advancement and Director of Admission for Collegiate School. The focused discussion was moderated by Liz Pearce, Director of Parent Engagement, and included the following topics:

  • Making intentional choices about a school or program
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After the Parent Teacher Conference

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It's that time of year, when parents gather with teachers to discuss school progress so far. Some years, a parent will breeze right through the meeting, other years pose challenges. When there is an “issue", here are a few ideas to help:

  1. Reframe: Consider what you heard at the Parent-Teacher conference. Both of you have your child’s interest at heart. Your next meeting could be a brainstorming, or problem-solving session.
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8 Halloween Tips for Parents

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Maximize your parenting on Halloween! Here's how:

  1. To minimize candy overload, feed your kids dinner before trick-or-treating. Bonus parenting opportunity: Now’s your chance to review the ground rules for Trick-or-Treating, and offer a little freedom paired with supervision.
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Early Risers Raring to Go

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From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!

From the Fan Club: Early Risers Raring to Go

By Amanda McDonald, CMoR Junior Board Member

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The 5 Best Things to Say When Your Child Is Afraid

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In our 30 years of service to the community, Commonwealth Parenting educators have created a wealth of helpful information available for download and distribution. Follow the link at the end of this post to download this, and other articles of interest.

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