February 2012
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Mind Boggling World of Psycho-Educational Testing

Child Development: John’s parents came to see me with 10 pages of psycho-educational testing reports completed by their school district. John had an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), a diagnosis of speech/language impairment and some visual-perceptual problems requiring the services of an occupational therapist. Within a few minutes of scanning, I quickly understood the issues. Read more…

Out & About (Mar. 2012)

Entertainment: Grand Prix New York (GPNY) the 118,000-square-foot  indoor kart racing kart racing and amusement center in Mt. Kisco has recently added a new 19-lane bowling center, Spins Bowl. Read more…

Let’s Go To ...(Mar. 2012)

Entertainment: I can’t think of a more pleasant way to spend a day with my kids, than visiting the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. My children are both in grade school and the museum is a wonderful venue filled with hands-on exhibits that invite children to explore the wonders of physics, history and nature and learn about the world through play. Read more…

Inclusion is it Working?

Child Development: For Sheryl Knapp, the idea of “inclusion” is somewhat of a contradiction. Knapp’s daughter has Down syndrome and is fully included in her sixth-grade class in Ridgefield, Conn. But whether this 12-year-old should even be in the same room learning alongside her peers shouldn’t be in question, says Knapp. It makes perfect sense to her that all children should learn together. Read more…

Yes, Kevin, Kids Change Everything

Working Moms: We were having a barbecue when my husband’s friend announced he and his new wife were having a baby. This was the same guy who was an avowed bachelor until the age of 39, who still went out partying until all hours on the weekends and who dabbled in guitar and cartooning in his free time. Imagine – he actually had free time! Read more…

Your Child’s Cholesterol

Nutrition: By Karen Seligman, M.D. Read more…

Editor's Note (Mar. 2012)

Child Development: Today autism affects one in 110 children and one in 70 boys. It’s a staggering statistic. Gone are the days when you can pretend autism doesn’t affect you too. We are all in this together. Even if your child does not have autism there’s a good chance that one of their classmates, friends, neighbors, cousins, or a brother will. And autism isn’t the only special need being diagnosed today. The list is endless: ADD, ADHD, APD, dyslexia, apraxia, Asperger syndrome and on and on. Read more…

My Son Has Asperger Syndrome ... and I Want You to Know

Child Development: I was sitting in the back of my child’s class during Open House. Just as I was actually starting to relax, enjoying the bit of freedom away from my offspring, I overheard pieces of the parent’s conversation in front of me. Read more…

Parent Education & Support

• Bringing Up Baby. A one-day workshop with speakers, panelists and information sessions designed to help moms and families with young children, infants and toddlers, on issues of health, wellness and early education. 1-5pm March 25. $5. Reservations recommended. YWCA White Plains, 515 North St., White Plains. 949-6227. ywcawpcw.org. Read more…

Skytop Lodge: Family Fun That’s Close to Home Yet Worlds Away

Travel: Every once and a while you long to get away and do something different – really different. That was my state of mind when I heard Skytop Lodge, a family resort since the 1920s in the Pennsylvania Poconos Mountains, offered dog sledding. Now, that was different. And it turns out so was Skytop – refreshingly so. Read more…

Last Laugh (Feb 2012)

Relationships: I recently had an “I’m ready for a glass of wine at 9 a.m.” kind of morning. It started by my waking up to the whistle of the crossing guard outside my bedroom window. My foggy brain registered the bad news – yikes, my alarm never went off! I jumped out of bed and into the nearest set of clothes that were conveniently hanging from, where else – the treadmill. Another glance at the clock confirmed that I had only 20 minutes to get my kids up, dressed, fed and sitting with their hands crossed nicely in front of them at their school desks. Read more…

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Vacations: Located in an imposing building on Central Park West at 77th Street the New York Historical Society has long been home to authentic treasures and familiar to lovers of American History. Recently the museum was totally redesigned in a way to share its valuables with a larger audience, and for the first time that includes children. The new DiMenna Children’s History Museum can be found in the lower level of this elegant building. Read more…

Affording Orthodontics

Caught in a Trap

Working Moms: “If any one knew how hard marriage would be, we’d all still be single.” While not exactly the sort of romantic sentiment a wife longs to read in her Valentine’s Day card, relationship expert Hal Runkel, author of The ScreamFree Marriage (Crown Archetype, 2011), says he’s speaking an important truth – one that even the happiest of couples will concede to sooner or later. Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (Feb. 2012)

Holidays: Cozy Friedman, owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids in New York City is also the author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair (Artisan, 2011), an all-encompassing hair book for kids and their parents. Try one of the looks Friedman’s book features – an adorable “heart braid” – it’s a must-have look for Valentine’s Day! Read more…

Gymnastics Classes

Entertainment: Children can pursue gymnastics throughout their school years. After a simple starter class for toddlers, youngsters are introduced to increasingly challenging moves and can enjoy the sport recreationally or move on to compete on the regional, state and national level. Read more…

What's New (Feb. 2012)

Out & About (Feb. 2012)

Entertainment: Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (CPW) held A Taste of Westchester; A Food and Wine Tasting extravaganza at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains. The event featured more than a dozen of the area’s finest restaurants and top chefs noted for their international cuisine. All proceeds from this event went towards the William “Bill” Hallenbeck Pavilion that houses CPW’s summer camp. 1186, King St., Rye Brook. 937-3800. www.cpwestchester Read more…

Editor's Note (Feb. 2012)

Holidays: Maybe I am dating myself, but my young adulthood was spent trying to escape the pull of disco. The beat was everywhere and knowing every dance move was practically a requirement for single girls everywhere. Dating often meant dancing included. I learned just enough to get by, but etched in my memory are John Travolta’s hips and Donna Summer’s moaning and groaning coos. I’m both a little embarrassed and proud that I’ve never been able to replicate either with any success. Read more…

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