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Creating Custom Reward Systems For Children With Autism

Be creative and consider the child and the setting when working to shape behavior. By Christina Elston Not long ago, Michael Cameron was at the beach and saw a father and son playing in the surf and collecting shells. The boy was well behaved, but it didn’t take long for Cameron to identify him as […]

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Taking the Blues Out of Jeans

By Christina Elston Stephanie Alves started sewing at age 10, and grew up with a brother with developmental disabilities. The clothing available made it truly challenging for him to dress himself. This was in the 1970s, when there wasn’t even Velcro on tennis shoes. “When I was a teenager, my mom said, ‘Why don’t you […]

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South Bay Baby Boot Camp Now Covered by Insurance

The South Bay chapter of Baby Boot Camp (http://babybootcamp.com/CA-LA-South-Bay.aspx), a fitness program where current and expectant moms bring their children to workouts, has teamed with Manhattan Beach-based medical center The Wellness Bank (www.thewellnessbank.com) to pave the way for participants’ health insurance to cover the cost of the program. Baby Boot Camp moms will also be […]

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Celebrity Fashion Designer Debuts New Collection at the 16th Annual DesignCare to Benefit the HollyRod Foundation

By Elena Epstein Holly Robinson Peete and the Peete family hosted celebrities and friends at The Lot Studios in Hollywood for the 16th annual DesignCare, a celebration of fashion, philanthropy and music that benefits the HollyRod Foundation. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, a runway show by fashion sensation Michael Costello and […]

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Behind the Scenes: A Dad In the Mailbag

Last month, after our June issue came out, I received an email: Ms. Elston, I read your stories in the June 2014 issue of L.A. Parent about Hero Dads. Thank you for the coverage on Fathers. I have always believed that Dads get the shaft when it comes to celebrating their significance in the family […]

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In Your Neighborhood

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Making a Difference

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The Dad Cave

Girls in Sports

I played sports as a kid, as did most of you, I’m sure, and I have great memories from the experience. I played an assortment of sports, was on different teams (some won, others not so much) and learned much about how to work with others from being on a different team every year. There’s […]

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Creating Custom Reward Systems For Children With Autism

Be creative and consider the child and the setting when working to shape behavior. By Christina Elston Not long ago, Michael Cameron was at the beach and saw a father and son playing in the surf and collecting shells. The boy was well behaved, but it didn’t take long for Cameron to identify him as […]

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Mom Catch-All

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