Archives for September 2015

Jack O’Lantern Spectacle On The Rise This October

Last year, the RISE Of The Jack O’Lanterns premiered at Descanso Gardens, creating a memorable wonderland of exquisitely carved pumpkins and placing it among families favorite Halloween Los Angeles events. The good news is that the Halloween spectacular is returning to Descanso Gardens, and the better news is that The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns will also populate Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park with uniquely engraved gourds. These spectacular installations feature thousands of pumpkins that have been transformed into illuminated animals, fairytale characters, modern-day celebrities, vintage cars, dinosaurs, dragons and Halloween creatures. Every night, RISE’s talented sculptors do a live carving...

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New Online Autism Training For Babysitters Available

All parents want their child’s babysitters to be well prepared – able to keep their child entertained, handle the after-school or bedtime routine and deal with whatever challenges or emergencies might come up. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, there’s a new online tool available to help prepare sitters for the unique challenge of caring for these special kids. Available from the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT), the package includes a 55-minute classroom-style video called “Caring For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders,” a 20-minute video called “Babysitting Children and Teens With Autism” and a printable 42-page manual including...

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School Involvement for Special Needs Parents

If you are the parent of a student with special needs, you likely spend a lot of time at your child’s school discussing IEPs, accommodations and other issues affecting his or her education. Some encounters go smoothly. Others don’t, and this might have you avoiding the school except at drop-off and pick-up time. But there’s a school of thought (no pun intended) that contends that getting involved in your child’s school outside of special-education-related tasks can be a positive experience, giving you the chance to meet parents, students and staff while getting to know the school from another perspective. These...

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Help Group Summit Focuses on Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD

A two-day conference featuring leading experts in research and best practices in the assessment and treatment of autism, learning disabilities and ADHD is set for Oct. 23 and 24 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The Help Group’s Summit 2015 is designed for educators, clinicians/therapists and parents. Speakers include experts from UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, University of Washington, UC Davis, UC Riverside and USC. The conference will feature a wide range of topics including: Identifying and Treating Toddlers with ASD: Is it Time for a Paradigm Shift? ADHD: An Overview of What You Need to Know...

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Trinity Knights Athletics Adds to Varsity Football Coaching Staff

Former Indianapolis Colts Strong Safety Delano Howell and former Defensive Back Cletis Gordon of the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers have been tapped as assistant coaches for the Trinity Knights Varsity Football Team at Trinity Classical Academy in Valencia. Head Coach Les Robinson (“Coach Rob”) and Dr. Matthew Dixon, Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Trinity Classical Academy made the announcement Sept. 24 and the new coaches joined the team Sept. 25 when the Trinity Knights took on the Southlands Christian Eagles at St. Francis High School in La Cañada. “The Trinity Knights are in a crucial time...

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Stop Over-Parenting and Raise An Adult

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk in the media, at PTA meetings and among parents and educators on the effects of helicopter parenting – knowing when to step in to help and when to allow children to do things for themselves. A new book by Julie Lythcott-Haims does a great job exploring the topic of over-parenting and its detrimental effects on young adults. How to Raise an Adult (Henry Holt and Co., June 2015) is based on Lythcott-Haims’ experience as the freshman dean at Stanford University, where she worked with many bright young students who were...

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Celebrate Good Times

Planning a party? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered with great finds, including fun ideas for kids, that will make your next shindig a hit! Party Plan On the Go Need a little inspiration? The Partyology app (free for iOS, lets you design, plan and shop from top retailers with your iPhone or iPad. Get instant access to great party tips from bloggers and party experts, and find neat ideas for throwing a splendid celebration. VIP Invites Invite Bandz ($14.99-$59.99, packs available for up to 40 guests, are a new twist on party invitations. Each kit comes...

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Try This Fun Fall Workout With the Kids

It’s that time of year. The kids are back in school, and suddenly, life is crazy busy again, which means getting in a workout can be even more challenging. As a mom of two and pre/postnatal exercise specialist, I’ve found the best way to do this is to involve your kids. I hope you and your little ones will find this 10-minute workout fun and effective! Sara Haley is an LA-based pre and postnatal fitness specialist and creator of the new program,Expecting More®:The 4th Trimester Workout, geared towards all postnatal women whether they had a baby 6 weeks, 6 months...

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New Occupational And Speech Therapy Clinic For Children Opens In West Hollywood

The founders of OT Studios, which opened in July, believe that every child deserves to live life to the fullest, regardless of their challenges. Here is what you and your child can expect to find at the facility: Highly trained and qualified therapists Sensory integration, occupational therapy and speech therapy services An intimate and creative atmosphere! A fun studio space and perfect setting to work on motor and sensory development Quality over quantity. A maximum of two to three children are treated within the space per session, which ultimately provides less distraction, allows treatment to be administered in an intimate...

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Mendocino Farms Opens New Location At The Point In El Segundo

Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” opened its 11th restaurant, at 840 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 100, El Segundo, Sept. 5. Mendocino Farms features a dynamic chef-driven menu that changes with the seasons and offers guests a high-quality dining option at affordable prices in a warm, kid-friendly environment. A true neighborhood gathering place, the family-friendly space has a warm, spacious atmosphere with indoor and patio seating available. Unique to this location, Mendocino Farms at The Point features unique, kid-friendly touches like a "Mendo Garden" with an educational wall that informs kids about farming...

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