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Autism Community Workshops

06/18/14

Autism Community Workshops

If you’ve got a 4-year-old with autism that is still mastering toileting, you’re not alone. Potty training, eating different kinds of foods, and developing good social skills can be some skills preschoolers with autism need help with.  Learning how to best parent your 2- to 5-year-old child with autism will be the focus of the upcoming Autism Community Workshops, co-presented by the University of Memphis, Le Bonheur, and the Autism Society of the Mid-South (ASMS). Across the autism spectrum, parents see delayed toileting, notes Laura Casey, an associate professor of special education/applied behavior analysis at the University of Memphis. There are also food selectivity issues, she says. In fact, the workshops arose from parents wanting help with these types...

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Places to Take Your Kids Fishing

06/10/14

Places to Take Your Kids Fishing

If you've got a kid who loves to fish, there are quite a few places you can go locally to reel in a catch. There are also organizations sponsoring fishing rodeos for kids, designed to foster their interest. The dates are below. Of course, many Tennessee state parks offer great lakes for fishing, where you can angle for bream, crappy, catfish, bass, and more. Several parks with lakes include Meeman-Shelby Forest, Chickasaw, Fort Pillow, and of course, Shelby Farms Park. To receive an angler's guide to fishing in Tennessee or to learn more about family fishing destinations, go the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) website. UPCOMING EVENTS SATURDAY, JUNE 14 • 8 a.m. Youth Fishing Rodeo at Fort Pillow State Park, Henning, TN All kids 12...

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Fun Ideas for a Rainy Day

06/09/14

Fun Ideas for a Rainy Day

Don't let the rainy weather dampen your spirits. Rainy days can be celebrated when you've got fun projects you can present to your kids. Let the rain spark your imagination. All it takes is a little preparation. • Build a fort out of sheets and blankets. Give kids flashlights and plastic tableware for an indoor picnic. • Have a musical parade. Let kids find noise-making items like pots, pans, shakers made of cans with dried beans. Once everyone has their musical instrument, begin your parade. • Bake cookies. Buy the sliceable dough and sprinkles. Once baked, let the kids decorate and eat. Yum. • Play Button-Button, Who Has the Button. Kids love hide-and-seek games. Hide a button (or a left over plastic Easter egg) somewhere in the living...

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Golfer Zach Olsen to Play in St. Jude Classic

06/03/14

Golfer Zach Olsen to Play in St. Jude Classic

Golfer Zachary Olsen has tested his skills on the country’s most challenging courses since we featured him as a Can-do Kid in 2011. Then a student at Memphis University School and Tennessee’s top-ranked junior golfer, he told us he planned to join the pros. It turns out that Zachary has stuck to his plan. Now he’s playing in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, alongside many of the game’s top pros. He recently received a sponsor exemption into the tournament. The Cordova native was celebrating his 20th birthday when he got the phone call; the news came as he shared cake with his family. Let’s just say it made for one memorable party. The next day, he headed to TPC Southwind to compete in the Pro-Am and practice. He’s busy chipping and...

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Canoe Camp for Teens

05/30/14

Canoe Camp for Teens

If your teen loves being outdoors and has always wanted to learn how to canoe, here's a great opportunity. The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) is offering five, one-week canoe camps this summer. Kids ages 13 to 17 will learn best canoeing practices and techniques as well the importance of caring for our environment. (NOTE: Tweens 9 to 12 are also welcome if accompanied by an adult.) The program is being offered over five weeks: June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, and July 14-18, and July 21-25. Campers meet at Arkwings Center, 2934 James Road, 38127. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch is provided. The cost is free to campers who attend during the June camps and $125 per person for the July dates, thanks to funding from the Plough Foundation. WRC's...

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Memphis Staycation for Single Moms

05/20/14

Memphis Staycation for Single Moms

Trying to save money for a vacation when you’re a single parent can be tough. Marceia Miller, mom of seven, would love to reward her children’s good grades and behavior with a family trip, but due to her finances, she says, “That’s just a dream.” Earning money for extras means working longer hours, which takes her away from family time. (Pictured, Marceia Miller with her children.) Successful Single Moms Memphis, Inc. understands the challenges single moms face. That’s why the organization has created STAYcation…Be A Tourist In Your Own Town, a weeklong summer program that gives moms a chance to enjoy some of Memphis’s most popular attractions for free or at a discount. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 participants....

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Frog Chorus Walk

05/14/14

Frog Chorus Walk

If you've noticed the sounds of frogs in your neighborhood this spring, consider yourself lucky. Frogs are a vital part of the wildlife community here in the Mid-South and their presence speaks to the overall health of our environment. I remember as a kid being fascinated with frogs, often catching them just to peer into their iridescent eyes. What's also interesting is to realize how each frog species has it's own unique call, much like song birds. To walk into a swamp and hear their multiple calls is nothing short of amazing. If you want to learn more about these colorful amphibians, plan to bring your family on the Wolf River Conservancy's Frog Chorus Walk. The next walk takes place Saturday, May 24th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The walk goes through a beautiful bald...

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Come Celebrate Your Favorite Animals with Author/Illustrator Eric Carle

05/07/14

Come Celebrate Your Favorite Animals with Author/Illustrator Eric Carle

Do you or your children love to draw animals? Then come be a part of a new exhibit, What’s Your Favorite Animal? at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts. “Making pictures is how I express my truest feelings, my truest self,” Eric Carle once said. Now, this popular author joins hands with 14 other children’s book artists who explore their favorite creatures in Carle's latest book, What’s Your Favorite Animal? In this engaging children's book, you'll find topnotch illustrators Steven Kellogg, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems, Lane Smith, and others who share their unique drawings and explain why they are attracted to their animal. In addition, readers worldwide can express themselves by submitting original artwork in...

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Care for Your Vision Now and During Pregnancy

04/30/14

Care for Your Vision Now and During Pregnancy

According to a new survey conducted by Prevent Blindness, preventblindness.org, a national nonprofit, women are actually at great risk for developing permanent vision loss than men. To address this, Prevent Blindness has launched a web-based educational campaign called See Jane See – Women’s Healthy Eyes Now. The program provides free resources and downloadable tip sheets that cover a wide range of topics related to women’s eye health and safety. Memphis Parent magazine spoke to Dr. Michael Weinberg, an optometrist at Eclectic Eye, to learn more about women’s vision care, particularly during pregnancy. Memphis Parent: What are some vision changes expectant mothers need to be aware of during pregnancy? Dr. Michael Weinberg: Although hormone levels...

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Celebrate Earth Day with These Picture Books

04/21/14

Celebrate Earth Day with These Picture Books

Plant the seeds for earth-friendly living by starting early. These books for the preschool set will help kids think about their impact on the planet. Dora Celebrates Earth Day! Written by Emily Sollinger. Illustrated by Dave Aikins. Dora explores in her own way ideas for helping protect the Earth every day. Her friends and family come to her rescue sharing different ways we can all take care of the planet. The message of this simple tale reaches out even to the smallest of kids. The photo style illustrations clearly convey the idea to non-readers. Overall, it makes an engaging storytime read-aloud. Robin Hill School: Earth Day. Written by Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by Mike Gordon. The banners in Mrs. Connor’s classroom read in big, bold letters: Save the Earth!...

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