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Artwork by Individuals with Disabilities on Permanent Display in Woodbury
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 16, 2014

The artwork of 21 individuals with disabilities is now on permanent display at an RXR Realty property in Woodbury, Long Island. RXR Realty commissioned the work by individuals affiliated with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.

Q&A with Tina Traster, Mother of an Adopted Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 18, 2014

Tina Traster, author and mother to a Russian-adopted daughter with Reactive Attachment Disorder, talks about her "aha moment," warning signs of RAD, how she has treated her daughter's RAD, and what she hopes readers take away from her book on the subject, "Rescuing Julia Twice."

Top 20 Spring Activities in Rockland County
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 13, 2014

Enjoy the spring season in Rockland County with our top 20 best spring activities in Rockland County, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, and Haverstraw. Find fun, local things to do in Rockland this spring, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to town, and a local zoo's annual Sheep Shearing event.

Where to Watch and Play Sports This Summer
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 30, 2014

Summer is the time for some good, clean fun with your family. From cheering on the home team to competing alongside your kids, all our ideas for getting into the game are surefire winners.

Recipes and Creative Ideas for Summer Picnics, BBQs, and Parties
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 29, 2014

One of the best things about summer is eating outside, whether it's at a picnic, BBQ, street festival, or even a restaurant. Here are more than a dozen creative and fun ways to eat outside this season, including tons of summer-inspired recipes.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 18, 2014

Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose.

Flushing Town Hall Reopens After Renovation for Spring 2014 Season
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 18, 2014

Flushing Town Hall reopened March 14 after a five-month renovation. With a fresh look, the theater kicked off its spring 2014 season, which will include many family-friendly performances and festivals.

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 17, 2014

If your child has a disability and is about to turn 18, you should know about options such as a Health Care Proxy and the more involved legal guardianship, both of which allow you to stay involved in your child's medical care once he reaches adulthood.

What to Watch at the 2014 NY International Children's Film Festival
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 27, 2014

Check out the highlights of this year's New York International Children's Film Festival in Manhattan, including when and where to get a sneak peek of "Muppets Most Wanted" and "Rio 2," meet the stars of Broadway's "Annie," and go behind the scenes of "Coraline."

The Greenburgh Nature Center: Where Every Season Is Special
by Kaitlin Ahern - January 28, 2014

The Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, NY is a 33-acre nature preserve that serves as both a wildlife refuge and environmental educational center. The center holds fun family activities during each season of the year, from maple sugaring in early spring to a holiday train show in December.

Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?
by Kaitlin Ahern - January 02, 2014

Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Peter Facinelli and Aflac Honor Leaders in Fight Against Childhood Cancer
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 18, 2013

Actor Peter Facinelli presented the 2013 Aflac Duckprints Awards to three individuals on Long Island who are making a difference in the fight against childhood cancer at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Are Smaller Classes Better?: Malcolm Gladwell Challenges Accepted Mantra
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 17, 2013

In his new book "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants," Malcolm Gladwell challenges the accepted mantra that smaller classes are better for children's learning. His view? Larger classes may be better.

Baking a Difference in Chappaqua
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 11, 2013

The 2013 Great Chappaqua Bake Sale, now in its fourth year, raised more than $20,000 for the nonprofit Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry initiative. This year, the bake sale was held in conjunction with the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival.

Westchester Mom Founds Local Chapter of Start School Later
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 06, 2013

Toni Lyn Salvatore of Cortlandt Manor, NY, was inspired to found a Westchester County chapter of Start School Later when she found out her high-achieving teenage son was falling asleep in class. Here, read about her mission and how you can get involved.

Birth Control and the HPV Vaccine for Girls with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 30, 2013

When a young girl with disabilities gets her period for the first time, and questions arise about birth control, the HPV vaccine, and other precautions, there's more to consider than whether she plans to be sexually active.

Beware BPA: The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Everyday Products
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 26, 2013

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a harmful chemical lurking in many products we use everyday, including plastics, canned food, and even cash register receipts. Learn what it is, how it can harm your health, and how to lower your family's exposure to BPA.

Math + Girls + TV = Empowering Entertainment
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 25, 2013

Hayley Faith Negrin, a Fairfield County middle-schooler, voices "Peg + Cat," a new PBS preschool series with a mission to make math fun for everyone.

Los Ninos Expands Early Intervention Services to Staten Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 09, 2013

Los Ninos, which provides on-site and in-home ABA services for young children with autism and developmental delays, has taken over the organization formerly known as CHIP on Staten Island, where it will expand its early intervention services.

Northeast Children's Theater Company to Expand in Second Season
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 06, 2013

Northeast Children's Theater Company, which is based in Fairfield, CT, will expand to offer more shows in the 2013-2014 season as well as arts education programs in CT schools and drama therapy for pediatric patients at Norwalk Hospital.

Family Outing: Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 29, 2013

At the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, you can hike, howl, and hang with some pretty awesome predators any time of year. Here, we've put together an overview of what you can see and do on your visit, whether it's mid-June or mid-December.

The Family Guide to Coney Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 25, 2013

Coney Island is home to the New York Aquarium, Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel, the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team, and of course, the famous beach and boardwalk. See our guide for what to do when visiting Coney Island with your family.

Q&A with Lidia Bastianich: New York's Nonna
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 24, 2013

Lidia Bastianich, the NYC chef, television host, and author, discusses the inspiration behind her new children's book, "Nonna's Birthday Surprise," and explains how we can help our kids connect food with nature.

Ask the Expert: What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 07, 2013

Wondering about childhood apraxia of speech? An NYC-based speech-language pathologist weighs in on the pediatric speech disorder, explaining what apraxia is and how it's treated in children.

Ask the Expert: My Child Is 2 and Only Says a Few Words, Should I Be Concerned?
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 07, 2013

If your child is 2 years old and only says a few words, you may be concerned that he has a speech delay or disorder. Here, a Manhattan speech-language pathologist explains what parents should do in this case.

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