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504 Plans: Get Your Child’s Needs Met

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From allergies to anxiety, many issues can interfere with academics, creating a need for special accommodations. A 504 plan can ensure your child’s equal access to education when they aren’t eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). ...
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A Tale of Teen Dating

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

In what seems like the blink of an eye, tots become teenagers. Though some may be unwilling, parents now have to embrace their child’s new stage of development — teen dating.

It doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience for mom and dad when approached with curiosity and candid conversation, says Dr. Lisa Doane, a clinical psychologist based in Rocky River.

Doane provides empowering guidelines to help set the foundation of communication about dating for your teens.

Provide an Education
Talk, talk, talk! You may assume your child knows what a healthy relationship looks like, and all the facts they need to know about sex. However, it’s very likely that they don’t or have at least some degree of misinformation. Talk early and often (sometimes directly, sometimes simply within earshot) about all the things you want them to know — what it means to be a good, caring, respectful partner; how to ask for what they want and say no to things they don’t want; how to negotiate and deescalate arguments and ways to identify signs that a relationship isn’t working.

Set your Expectations
Include your teen in discussions about expectations and boundaries in dating. You can avoid significant problems later on by being clear from the beginning on issues around curfew, frequency and length of dates, who will be expected to pay for dates, and any other rules you may have for their dating. If you can include your child in a friendly negotiation around these concerns, they will be more inclined to understand your expectations and adhere to them, and this will build trust during this time when it is so essential.

Meet Eagerly
Be genuinely open to meeting their new date. You may be feeling protective or defensive, or simply sad that your child is growing up quickly and moving on to this new phase of life — but it’s important that parents keep an open mind when meeting their teen’s new potential boyfriend or girlfriend.

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Toxic Beauty: Safe ways to Keep your Makeup Fresh

2017 Editions Featured Health Magazine March 2017

You can protect yourself using these guidelines for an average shelf life limit on your favorite makeup items.

Lip Products
Lipsticks are mixtures of oils, waxes and pigments that typically carry a maximum shelf life of two years. Just because lipsticks can last for years doesn’t mean you should use them for more than one, according Snyder. Sadly, a top-dollar tube of Chanel is no exception — the quality and safety of makeup decreases with time no matter how much it costs.

Eye Color
Each time you pump your mascara wand, you send a puff of germ-filled air inside the tube. Even in brands formulated with antibacterial agents, mascara should be swapped out every three months. Buy yourself a bulk four-pack at the beginning of the year and set a quarterly reminder for this beauty ritual.

In the worst-case scenario, contaminated mascara can cause pseudomonas aeruginosa, a corneal infection that causes permanent vision damage.

Pencils and eyeshadow should be replaced after six months.

Concealers and Foundation
Foundation expiration dates can vary as much by its formulation as its packaging. When capped and properly stored, a concealer can last as long as a year. Cream foundations maintain their quality for four to six months, while liquid is best used in three to six months. Foundation packaged in a wide-mouth jar is more exposed to airborne bacteria, so it may need to be replaced sooner.

Proper Handling
According to celebrity makeup pro and healthy beauty expert Todra Payne, a little extra caution with your cosmetics can help you get more mileage from your products. Always apply makeup with clean hands, but never put your fingers directly into the jar — opt for items with pump dispenser lids, or use a cotton swab, spatula or brush to remove the product. Adopt a weekly cleaning routine for any non-disposable applicators if you use makeup daily.

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Early Intervention and the Transition to Preschool for Children with Special Needs

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Education Featured January 2017 Magazine Parenting Special Needs

If your toddler has been diagnosed with special needs, early intervention is available to ensure their educational needs are met prior to starting preschool.

Lisa Curtis, an elementary special educator with the Cleveland Municipal School District, has navigated the process both as a professional and as a parent of triplets who received early intervention during infancy.

“In the best-case scenario, if your child has special needs, getting started with (programs such as) Help Me Grow before age 3 will help address issues during this critical learning period and aid in a more seamless transition into the school system,” Curtis explained.

Help Me Grow is a program funded by the state that’s available free of charge to families with children from birth to age 3. Parents can request an evaluation personally without the need for a physician’s referral.

According to Lori Maygo, general manager of assistive technology and children’s services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, joint visits with Help Me Grow and other community partners enable the board of developmental disabilities to build a comprehensive list of services for kids in early intervention, addressing three separate categories: social, emotional and relationships; children acquiring knowledge and skills; and taking action to meet their needs.

“We work with the families wherever their natural environments are,” Maygo says. “So if their issues are with their child not being able to participate in community activities, going to the library or going out to eat, that’s where we go. If their issues are transitioning to and from car rides or to the grocery store, that’s where we go.”

The objective of early intervention is to help transition families to whatever destination they feel is most appropriate for them after they age out of the program, whether it be a public or private preschool, Head Start, child care or home schooling.

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Enriching and Fun Therapies for Kids with Special Needs

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Animals, art and aquatics are a few examples of non-traditional therapies for children with special needs that can expand their capabilities. Besides their potential for skill-building, they provide plenty of fun by blending excitement with enrichment. ...
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Closing the Gap: Understanding Individualized Education for Your Child

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There’s no such thing as a one size fits all education, and many kids require modifications to the general curriculum to have success in school. As a parent, you have an integral role in guiding the vision statement to establish an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that delivers the most appropriate educational program in the least restrictive environment and defines your child’s educational goals and objectives. Here are some tips and information to help families navigate the process. ...
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