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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.


A Guide to Fun For Families in the NYC Area with Kids with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

New York is brimming with kid-friendly events and activities that are fun for the whole family. We've compiled a list of things to do with children of all abilities, including kids with special needs, in the New York City area, including Manhattan, the boroughs, New York City suburbs like Westcheter and Rockland, Fairfield County, CT, and on Long Island.


Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs on Long Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

Children with special needs can have fun and make friends with kids of all abilities with special programming, workshops, and kid-friendly events and activities on Long Island, including in Plainview, Great Neck, and East Meadow.


Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

New York City offers countless cultural events and fun kid-friendly activities for all families, including those of children with special needs. Visit the museums, local community centers, and more for special programming that is created with your child with special needs in mind.


A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails on Long Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

Take a stroll through the nature trails on Long Island, including in Massapequa, Wantagh, and Smithtown, that have been approved as wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.


A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

Enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these nature trails in New York City, including parks in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.


Inclusive Activities and Events for Kids with Special Needs in NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 15, 2013

A guide to kid-friendly activities and events in the suburbs of New York City and Fairfield County, such as Scarsdale, Westchester, Stratford, and Paramus, to help families of children with special needs, including sensory issues, have fun during these inclusive events and activities.


A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in the NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County in Connecticut
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 15, 2013

Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these national parks in Fairfield, Westchester, and Rockland counties, including parks in Monroe, Nyack, and Yonkers, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.


Where to Watch Sensory Friendly Films in the NYC Area
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 15, 2013

For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.



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