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  • Play program serves families with special needs kids Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Play is innate to children from the moment they are born. It is quite literally the mechanism through which they learn and begin to establish relationships. But what happens if your child’s innate impulse to play peek-a-boo or to play with toys is blocked as a result of a disability? Will they be able to reach the developmental milestones that are key to their growth?

     
  • Read 'Birdology' and you won't mind being a bird brain Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Somebody called you a birdbrain last week. You're way smarter than a bird and your brain's much bigger, but what are you gonna do? You're going to read “Birdology” by Monica Russo, photographs by Kevin Byron, and next time someone says you're a birdbrain, you're going to say “Thank you!”

     
  • Crab now Henry-official; rangoon hits and scores Mar 26, 2015 6:30 AM
    The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth does NOT apply to introducing kids to new foods. Case in point: fried appetizers at a Chinese restaurant. Better to call them 'rangoon' than 'crab rangoon.'

     
  • Hoffman Estates girl part of Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Mar 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    As early as preschool, Ysabelle Buenavista wrote down her thoughts wherever she could. “She would write stuff on the wall,” her dad, Raymond, said. “We would always scrub it off and she would write more stuff on the wall. We got her a notebook.” Now a sixth-grader, the 11-year-old already is an experienced journalist.

     
  • Learn about the disgusting, the curious, the entertaining Mar 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    Take a good look at your hand. It can scratch, grab, twist and pluck. You even have an extra, if you need it — but why are there five fingers on each hand, and 10 toes on your feet? That's just one of the cool questions you'll have answered when you read three new books by Glenn Murphy.

     
  • STAR NET shines bright for parents seeking answers Mar 6, 2015 1:12 AM
    Parents of a child with special needs can be their child’s best advocates. But the journey to becoming informed can be like heading through a tunnel without a light. There is a tremendous learning curve from the first diagnosis. Thankfully there are beacons of light along the way.

     
  • Explore Ann Arbor, on campus and off Feb 3, 2015 6:43 AM
    Chances are you would consider a long weekend visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan, because it's easy to get around in this university town filled with family-friendly experiences. Give the trip more depth by looking for the exceptional museums and experiences thait await, both on and off of the University of Michigan campus.

     
  • Introduce kids to international customs Feb 2, 2015 6:01 AM
    Give the kids permission to play with their food. Lots of Ann Arbor restaurants reflect the cultures of their cuisine so on this vacation you can show that American table settings are not the only route to good manners. Engage different culinary customs each day, or every meal every day if adventure suits your brood.

     
  • Exploring what your child CAN do Feb 2, 2015 5:01 AM
    When parents hear a diagnosis for their child, they hear an endless list of what their child will not be able to do. At some point, parents want to hear what their child can do. Special Recreation is all about exactly that … what your child CAN do.

     
  • Apps that actually get your kids moving Jan 31, 2015 7:01 AM
    Getting your child off the couch can be difficult, especially when it’s cold outside. Here are three iPad apps that will help your child be more active and healthy through exercise.

     
  • Understanding the brain inside your teen Jan 31, 2015 7:01 AM
    A stranger has moved into your house. He raids your fridge and leaves a mess everywhere. Sometimes, she cries for no apparent reason. Thing is, you knew this stranger once… then (s)he became a teenager. But read “The Teenage Brain” by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt, and you’ll welcome this familiar newcomer.

     
  • Kohl exhibit keeps kids engaged and learning Jan 30, 2015 6:00 AM
    If cabin fever in your house has hit its limit, don’t despair. “Build It!” -- a new exhibit celebrating the simple joys of classic building blocks at Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview -- is stacked with fun and is a great way for kids to get creative.

     
  • Move over, Mom: Lasagna-Stroganoff mash-up a smashing dinner success Jan 29, 2015 6:00 AM
    Jerome Gabriel loves lasagna, but doesn't love how long it can take to prep and bake. He found a way to make it on the stove. It may not have been as pretty as a layered baked casserole, but his family loved it.

     
  • Skilagna (aka Jerome’s Skillet Lasagna) Jan 29, 2015 6:01 AM
    Italian sausage and cheeses mingle with egg noodles in a skillet and create a one-pan stove-top lasagna.

     
  • Are you speaking your child’s love language? Jan 28, 2015 6:01 AM
    Understanding your child’s preferred method of receiving love is key, said Gary Chapman, co-author of “The 5 Love Languages of Children.” Chapman believes everyone has a primary love language or way of receiving love, including words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.

     
  • Eight new apps get thumbs up from kids and parents Mar 25, 2015 4:26 PM
    In addition to being fun, most of the eight apps we are featuring offer opportunities to learn something — so they earn a thumbs-up from both kids and parents.

     
  • Imaginary friends have real-life benefits Nov 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    Experts agree that parents shouldn’t be concerned about imaginary friends, because they are a normal and beneficial part of child development. About 65 percent of children by age 7 have had an imaginary friend at some point in their lives, according to a study by University of Washington, and University of Oregon psychologists.

     
  • Not lost in translation: Hospital interpreters open lines of communication Nov 11, 2014 6:35 PM
    A trip to the hospital can be a scary experience for any parent with a sick or injured child. Imagine what it’s like if you don’t speak English and aren’t certain you’ll be able to understand the doctors and nurses.

     
  • Tale of justice sought for innocent teen Oct 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees or grasses, there's always something about to disappear, and you know when it's gone, it's gone. But what about people? Aren't they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who's going to save young black men?

     
  • 'Frozen' characters, Ninja Turtles and zombies popular this Halloween Oct 3, 2014 11:29 AM
    The days of cutting holes in your mother's sheets and calling yourself a ghost are over. This Halloween, super heroes and characters from Disney's “Frozen” will most likely be ringing your doorbell, according to Alex Brunello, manager of Spirit Halloween in Palatine.

     
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