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Kaitlin Ahern is Deputy Editor of NYMetroParents. She currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Kaitlin has a degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.

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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.

Your 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.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get My Picky Eater to Try New Foods?
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 07, 2013

A therapist who treats children with feeding delays and disorders offers her tips for parents on how to get their picky eaters to eat new foods and try a variety of textures and tastes.

Ask the Expert: How Do You Treat Feeding Disorders in Children?
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 07, 2013

An NYC-based speech-language pathologist explains common treatments for feeding disorders in children, including how to treat reflux, low muscle tone, aspiration, and an oral sensory deficit.

Ask the Expert: What are feeding disorders, and what causes them?
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 07, 2013

A Manhattan speech-language pathologist explains the common types and causes of feeding disorders in children, including reflux, low muscle tone, structural issues, aspiration, and oral sensory deficits, and how they are diagnosed.

Long Island Teens Create Video Campaign on Texting and Driving
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 01, 2013

Long Island students create a video campaign on the dangers of texting and driving for the NYCM Insurance's Dangers of Distracted Driving contest, placing second overall.

Long Island Mom Inspired by Son to Compete in National EIB All Stars
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 01, 2013

Long Island mom Heidi Heckers, who entered the National EIB All Stars contest, drew inspiration from her son and is now a finalist in the competition.

Family Outing: The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 24, 2013

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT, is the first aerial adventure park in the New York City area. It features five acres of tree platforms, rope bridges, zip lines, and aerial trails for climbers as young as 5 years old.

Fairfield County Resident Helps Mompreneurs Turn Passion into Business
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 18, 2013

VentureMom.com, founded by Darien, CT mom of three, helps mom entrepreneurs turn their own passions into businesses by allowing them to shop and sell merchandise and products made by moms.

Sandy Hook Survivor Brings Compassion into the Classroom
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 18, 2013

First-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and saved 15 students during the tragedy. Now, Roig is taking the tragedy and using it as an inspiration to teach kids about compassion in her own classroom and beyond.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Sure My Child's Therapists Are Communicating?
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 01, 2013

When your child is receiving treatment from multiple therapists and professionals, communication is key. Here, a psychologist with more than 20 years experience offers advice on how to make sure your child's treatment team is talking often and communicating effectively.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if My Child Should See Multiple Therapists?
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 01, 2013

If your child has special needs, a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes multiple therapists and other professionals will likely lead to more effective treatment and a faster recovery. Here, a psychologist with more than 20 years experience explains how to know when a comprehensive approach is right for your child as well as the benefits and challenges of this type of treatment.

Prime Time for Equines
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 29, 2013

Westchester County will host the iconic American Gold Cup 2013 equestrian competition this September, an international show jumping event.

A Sweet Show of Support for Autism
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 29, 2013

The nonprofit ELIJA School and Foundation teams up with Brooklyn's Runner & Stone Bakery and Restaurant for the Champions of Hope Cookie Campaign, in honor of April's Autism Awareness Month.

Spirit of Ezra Jack Keats
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 29, 2013

Two NYC area writers and artists are recognized with Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards for their work on children's books.

Speak Up for Kids Campaign to Help Banish Stigma of Mental Health Care
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 27, 2013

The Speak Up for Kids campaign, started by the Child Mind Institute, aims to banish the persistent stigma around mental health care, especially among children. Here is how you can get involved in Speak Up for Kids.

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