Archives for March 2016

Walk-up Registration Still Available For Cover Kids 2016!

L.A. Parent’s 2016 Cover Kids Contest is coming to The Point at Rosecrans and Sepulveda (850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo; from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24. Join us at this wonderful new addition to Plaza El Segundo for a day of fun. Have your child’s picture taken by one of our professional photographers, visit our activity tables and enjoy shopping and dining at The Point. We will choose four lucky kids to be on the cover of L.A. Parent in 2017. Entry fee of $35 per child includes the sitting, plus a digital image of your child on a mock L.A....

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Why the World Needs Kids of All Abilities

Vincent Van Dyk was born with a rare condition called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes developmental delays, delayed growth and other issues. “When we first got his diagnosis, it was really scary,” says his mom, Felicia. “I thought back to my own childhood, how kids used to make fun.” Still, Van Dyk decided to make sure Vincent, who is now 12, was fully included when he started attending Rio Vista Elementary School in Studio City. And she says his inclusive experience there from kindergarten to second grade made a huge difference. Vincent’s hearing is impaired, and he was...

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Crayon Collection Hosts Nationwide Crayon Drive

The Crayon Collection is asking teachers, students and parents nationwide to participate in the largest national crayon drive in history on National Crayon Day, March 31. By redistributing discarded crayons to children in underserved schools, participants are also eliminating tons of waste destined for landfills. Proceeds will support the Crayon Collection's distribution of crayons to more than 1,000 Title 1 Schools and Head Start Centers across the country. This relieves the burden placed on many teachers to purchase crayons out-of-pocket, most spending approximately $750 a year on basic classroom supplies. "No child should have to attend school without the most...

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Rolling Robots Develops VEX Robotics Champions

Three teams of kids from the tech workshop Rolling Robots won awards at the 2016 VEX Robotics State Championship, which took place March 12 in Pasadena. Team 7700R won the Tournament Champion and Innovate Award in the high school division, while Team 7700B won the Design Award and were finalists in the middle school division. 7700W, the all-girls team in the elementary school division won the Judges Award. All three teams will advance to the VEX Robotics Worlds, which takes place April 20-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Rolling Robots has been developing VEX Robotics Teams for the past three years. The competition,...

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Come to L.A. Parent’s Special Needs Resource Fair

L.A. Parent is hosting a resource fair for families with special needs from noon-3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; We hope you'll join us! Admission is free. The event will celebrate diversity in the arts with a performance by The Miracle Project (, an award-winning theater arts program for kids on the autism spectrum. Dancers from Infinite Flow (, a wheelchair dance company, will also entertain. And students from L.A. Speech and Language Therapy ( will share their song “Beyond the Label,” which they have performed at the White House and recorded with...

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Exhibit at our Special Needs Resource Fair!

We are delighted to offer local businesses that serve families with special needs the opportunity to meet our readers at our Special Needs Resource Fair. Exhibitor space is limited, so book your table today! Completing this form does not guarantee space at the event. Once your form is submitted, our staff will follow up with details shortly with pricing and details.

Eight Ways to Calm Autism-related Anxiety

Professionals say a little anxiety now and then is natural, and even good for us. But anxiety that interferes with daily life – as it does for some children who have special needs or are on the autism spectrum – is not. Here are a few tried-and-true techniques for calming feelings of anxiety in children with autism. Be prepared. A big part of stress reduction is planning for stressful situations, so that your child has tools to use when they occur, according to clinical psychologist Patricia Engert, Ph.D. “The first step for parents is to establish a routine for your...

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The Wild West and the Round Table

Young adventurers can enjoy a pair of colorful, historical Los Angeles events this month – one celebrating the days of the Wild West, and the other a taste of Elizabethan England. The 23rd annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will hitch up its wagons in William S. Hart Park (24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall; from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 23 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24. This popular event gives visitors a chance to see what life was like when cowboys roamed the Old West. It will be a weekend full of calf roping, bull riding, hatchet throwing, rope tricks, archery...

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Ace Your Next Well-child Checkup

Before they turn 3, kids are supposed to have 10 well-child visits with a pediatrician (apart from those inevitable visits for childhood illnesses). These should offer a chance to address the many questions parents of young children face, but time with the pediatrician is often less than 15 minutes – hardly enough time to cover even the basics. To make the most of that time, be prepared. Before your child’s next visit, write down the three most important questions you want to ask and bring those to the pediatrician’s attention as soon as she or he enters the exam room,...

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South Bay Moms Can Work Out – And Give Back

Baby Boot Camp has long relieved moms of an excuse for not working out by letting them bring their kids and baby bumps along for some exercise. Now three locations in the South Bay are giving them some extra incentive as well. This supportive community of moms working out with their kids in tow has partnered with Sweat Angels, which allows businesses to use Facebook check-ins to donate to charity. Each month there is a new cause. In February, moms who attended BBC classes and checked in on Facebook helped provide 30 hours of care for shelter animals. This month,...

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