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Mall Santa Uses Sign Language to Ask Little Girl What She Wants for Christmas

Mall Santa Uses Sign Language to Ask Little Girl What She Wants for Christmas

ABC News shows "Father Christmas" using sign language to speak with 3-year-old Mali Williams-Cody seated on his knee in a matching Santa cap at the Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough, England.

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 Highmark Foundation now accepting applications for Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program

Highmark Foundation now accepting applications for Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program

The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program, which will make available a total of $375,000 for schools grades K-12 in Pennsylvania ($300,000) and West Virginia ($75,000). The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies.

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Gratitude: Helping our children count their blessings

Gratitude: Helping our children count their blessings

A perspective of gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can offer to our children. Gratitude gives children a more thankful attitude as they move through life, improving their overall happiness and well being into adolescence and adulthood.

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 Justice for All: Training in autism designed to improve state’s Juvenile System

Justice for All: Training in autism designed to improve state’s Juvenile System

Dr. Tammy Hughes, professor and chair of Duquesne’s Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, is training 1,000 magisterial judges in 2015-2016, meeting the recent amendments to the Pennsylvania Judicial Code that add autism training to mandated continuing education.

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A Great Education

A Great Education

As your children are progressing into and through their school years, as a parent, you have the ability to turn an average education into a great one. With several concrete suggestions, you can help your children acquire crucial skills they will need in their future ahead.

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Special needs trust planning begins with trust

Special needs trust planning begins with trust

Special Needs Trusts (SNT) are designed to allow financial resources to remain available to assist an individual challenged with special needs to receive Medical Assistance (MA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Mental Health and Intellectual Disability (MH/D) benefits.

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Tips for harmonious nesting

Tips for harmonious nesting

When I found myself in the midst of detangling my marriage, I was struck by how fiercely I wanted to grab and retain a life that was familiar in some way. The disruption of what was mine was now lost. I could only imagine how my four young children were going to feel when they were faced with such radical changes to the only life they’d ever known. In an empathetic effort to try and provide our children some stability, my ex-husband and I discussed the concept of nesting.

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Birthday party ideas that won’t break your Piggy Bank

Birthday party ideas that won’t break your Piggy Bank

If you're feeling the pressure to keep up with the elaborate birthday parties your child attends, take a deep breath. Kids' parties don't have to put your bank account in the red. There are some great birthday party ideas that are not only affordable but unique. Next time, throw an affordable party for your child that will still have the other moms talking.

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How to get your daughter to dress age appropriately

How to get your daughter to dress age appropriately

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Summer camps for kids on the Autism Spectrum

Summer camps for kids on the Autism Spectrum

For children who have been diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and social problems, simple interactions with peers and adults can be as challenging as learning to swim, stepping up to bat, petting a snake, or singing on stage. Using traditional camp activities and a community of peers to foster developmental and social growth, summer camps that serve children on the autism spectrum provide a safe and therapeutic, outdoor environment where kids with social difficulties can succeed and form friendships that often continue long after camp.

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