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What Would Your Shirt Say?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Last summer, Ellen Seidman, the blogger behind To The Max, wrote a popular post about shirts that speak louder than words. Frustrated by people staring at her son, who has cerebral palsy, she suggested that message tees (”Staring never helped a child. Just say, ‘Hi.’”) could be a helpful addition to her wardrobe. And she wasn’t the only mom ready to sport a tee with a message about kids with special needs. Her readers quickly weighed in with what they would want their shirt to say. (My favorite: “My kid has more chromosomes than yours does!”)

For an upcoming issue of Parents, we want to know: what would you want your shirt to read?

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Does Your State Do Enough For Children Who Need Help?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Today Easter Seals, the nonprofit provider of services for individuals with autism and other disabilities, released a report that outlines how well each state takes care of its youngest children with special needs. To determine this, researchers looked at how much money every state is given to provide early intervention services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C program. This program offers free services for families of children under age 3 with developmental disabilities or delays, and in October it celebrated its 25th anniversary, but it’s never been fully or adequately funded. Just 2.67 percent of children are enrolled in the program, but early childhood experts estimate that anywhere from 13 to 20 percent of kids under 3 could benefit from its services.

Overall, the Easter Seals report has a sad bottom line: In almost every state, infants and toddlers with delays don’t get the help they need, and they may never catch up. I went straight to the page for New Jersey, since that’s where I live, and was discouraged to see that our state receives $809,000 less in federal funding for early intervention services than it did last year. Virtually every state has seen their funding drop, though some states, like New Hampshire, have the same amount, and California, Virginia, and New York have actually gotten slightly more funding through Part C in the past year.

Want to do something about this? Support Easter Seals’ Make the First Five Count initiative and sign the petition to Congress opposing any more cuts to Part C–in your state and everyone else’s. And if you think your child might benefit from early intervention, talk to your pediatrician, or find an Easter Seals near you–they are here to help.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Autism Risk for Siblings Higher Than Expected
Parents who have a child with autism have about a 1 in 5 chance of having a second child with autism, a far greater risk than previously believed, new research shows.

Is it okay to reduce a pregnancy from two to one?
Padawer’s New York Times Magazine cover story chronicled the increasing number of pregnant women who are “reducing” their twin pregnancies to single pregnancies.

How to rouse your teen without a rise in blood pressure
Some parents resort to screaming. Others bang on doors or yank off covers. When it is time to wake up teens for school, things can get ugly.

Here’s how to get your children a great education
Journalist Peg Tyre’s new book, The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve ($26, Henry Holt) out Aug. 16, condenses decades of education research to help parents make better choices about selecting schools for their children.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Happy Meal gets a makeover
McDonald’s Happy Meals are getting their fat and calories trimmed, the fast food giant announced Tuesday.

Kids From Unplanned Pregnancies Tend to Lag Behind Intellectually
Young children born after unplanned pregnancies tend to have a smaller vocabulary and poorer non-verbal and spatial abilities than other children, but these problems are actually due to socioeconomic factors, a new study suggests.

Among Twists in Budget Woes, Tensions Over Teaching the Deaf
At the root of the tension is a debate that stretches well beyond Indiana: Will sign language and the nation’s separate schools for the deaf be abandoned as more of the deaf turn to communicating, with help from fast-evolving technology, through amplified sounds and speech?

Special Needs Kids Bullied More, Fare Poorly at School
Many ‘special needs’ kids who struggle with medical, emotional or behavioral issues often face tough social and academic troubles in school, a new study suggests.

No jail for mom whose son died jaywalking with her
Raquel Nelson will not be going to jail — at least not anytime soon. The single mother from Marietta, Ga., who potentially faced more prison time for jaywalking than the man convicted for the hit-and-run accident that killed her 4-year-old son, was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 12 months probation in Cobb County State Court, but then also given the option of a new trial in an unusual decision.

New Tests for Newborns, And Dilemmas for Parents
The familiar heel prick that newborns receive is revealing more about a baby’s health than ever before. But, as technology opens the possibility of screening newborns for hundreds of diseases, there is controversy over how much parents need to know.

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Meet Our Newest Blogger: Ellen Seidman

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Ellen Seidman

Ellen Seidman had been looking forward to having a child since she was one herself. “I had a history only of baby love” she wrote on her blog Love That Max. But after a healthy full-term pregnancy, Seidman’s son Max had a stroke at birth and was left with cerebral palsy.

Although Max’s diagnosis changed her life, she hasn’t let it slow her down. Seidman has held senior positions at many magazines, is currently a freelance magazine editor and has found time for a new Parents.com blog To The Max. She writes about the misperceptions people have about children with special needs and how her family tackles them. Seidman does not want pity for her son or the rest of her family, husband Dave and daughter Sabrina, 6, but she does ask one thing: Say “hi.”

Check out Seidman’s new blog To The Max (and don’t forget to say “hi”)!

Meet our other featured bloggers:

Heather Morgan Shott, High Chair Times

Richard Rende, Red-hot Parenting

Jill Cordes, Of F I Sing

Check out all the blogs!

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