Archives for September 2014

Our Favorite Halloween Haunts!

Children pondering the October calendar might be impatient thinking of the 30 whole days they have to wait through until Halloween. That’s, like, 50,000 minutes! (Well, 43,200 to be precise.) The upside is that those minutes are jam-packed with events that celebrate the arrival of Halloween. And Southern California certainly has a bountiful harvest of fun this season. Zoo Boos and Sea Scares You can have a Boo At The Zoo (the L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr. L.A.; from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, including creepy encounters with critters, eerie crafts, a live Halloween show...

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On Solid Ground

Your Family Can Be Ready For SoCal’s Next Big Earthquake   Welcome to L.A. Parent's earthquake readiness page. We've compiled this handy guide because, when we're talking about a major earthquake hitting Southern California, it's not "if," it's "when." We want your family to be prepared. We cover a number of topics here, but have tried to keep it simple. Just click below to jump to the section you're interested in tackling right now: Drop, Cover and Hold On Secure Your Space Store Water Supplies For Pets Communication Planning Retrofitting Additional Resources Know What To Do First, everyone in your...

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Pujols Steps to the Plate for Special Needs

Albert Pujols has left an indelible mark on the game of baseball. Over the past 13 years, first with the St. Louis Cardinals and now with the Los Angeles Angels, Pujols has been one of the top hitters in the game and among its best all-around players. His two World Series rings – earned with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011 – and three National League Most Valuable Player Awards support this claim. He is the only player in major league history to record a batting average of at least .300 with at least 30 home runs and 100 runs...

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There’s More to These Playgrounds Than Meets The Eye

When you look at a playground, you might see swings or a jungle gym, but children with disabilities see a fun place that’s inaccessible, excluding them from opportunities to play. Unless, of course, they are visiting one of Shane’s Inspiration’s universally accessible playgrounds, created to bring together children – with disabilities and without – through play. You can find them as far away as Russia, Israel and Ecuador and as nearby as Chatsworth, Griffith Park and Pasadena. What makes these inclusive playgrounds different? When children in wheelchairs or those with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, visual or hearing impairments visit one...

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Katy Perry and Staples Help “Make Roar Happen”

Katy Perry and Staples joined forces to show their support for teachers and education across North America by launching the “Make Roar Happen” initiative. Approximately 350 music teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District received $1,000 gift cards courtesy of Staples, so they can create their own custom music lesson plans. At her concert on Sept. 19, Perry honored L.A. teachers backstage. Two of the honorees, Sarah Fuller from Belvedere High School and Todd Simon from Puc Community Charter Early College High School, are planning to use the donation to better the musical program and experience for students...

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Photographers We Love

Rena Durham - Rena is a wonderful photographer specializing in kids and celebrities. She is a veteran of many L.A. Parent cover shoots, and if your child needs headshots, we highly recommend her. Lauren Pisano - Lauren is a warm and wonderful photographer who turns her lens toward families and a variety of other subjects. Lauren studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she was born and raised. Her work has been shown in various galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Valerie Tabor Smith - Valerie is a celebrated children's photographer who...

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When It Is Not Autism: Examining Alternative Diagnoses

As awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased, there has also been a rise in the number of cases of the disorder. In 2000, it was estimated that approximately one in 150 children met criteria for autism, but that number has increased to one in 68. Some experts now question whether this means more children actually have autism, or whether the increase might be due to expansion of the definition of autism or due to increased awareness of the disorder. I believe that at least some of the increase is due to inaccurate diagnoses. Some children simply develop more slowly...

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Finding Family Treasure With ‘The Boxtrolls’

The Boxtrolls, out Sept. 26 from Focus Features, takes us into the sewers of the town of Cheesebridge, home to the mischievous, trash-collecting Boxtrolls. Eggs (teen version voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright, The Awakening, Game of Thrones) is an orphaned boy who is raised by the Boxtrolls, who believe that one man’s trash is another man’s (Boxtroll’s) treasure. Cheese and social rankings are priorities for the citizens of Cheesebridge, and their fear of the Boxtrolls is as strong as their love of brie and gouda. Stories of baby-snatching monsters prompt the townspeople to bolt down loose items and lock the...

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Don’t Leave Your Child in a Hot Car

Parents and caregivers most often leave children in hot cars due to a change in routine or a quick errand that turns out to be longer than anticipated. Because of all the publicity and increase in children being left in sweltering cars, I was inspired to write this article. To learn more, I reached out to Helen Arbogast, MPH, CHES, manager of the Injury Prevention Program at CHLA. Did you know there is no safe amount of time to leave any child in a car alone? Every 10 days in the U.S., a child dies when left alone in the...

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Happy Anniversary, PathPoint

PathPoint, a nonprofit organization focused on assisting adults with disabilities or disadvantages to live and work as valued members of the community, is celebrating 50 years of service to people with special needs at the Grammy Museum Oct. 18. “This is a special event for us here at PathPoint as we celebrate our 50 years of service,” says Marielle DeFazio, Vice President/Director of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. “But what’s truly amazing is that we are able to honor and celebrate the thousands of people we have helped over the past 50 years.” PathPoint’s central mission is to provide comprehensive...

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