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October 2013

Understanding Your Child's Learning Disabilities

10/23/13

Understanding Your Child's Learning Disabilities

When former President Ronald Reagan established October as National Learning Disabilities Month, he said: “In a sense, people with learning disabilities are most aware of the deep complexity of our mental processes, for they must struggle to make the connections that, for most of us, are effortless habits.” How profoundly true this is. It is our community of parents and teachers who need education, awareness, and understanding of learning disabilities. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (ncld.org), a learning disability (LD) is a biological “processing” problem that impairs the student's ability to listen, think, read, write, spell, or do math calculations. The most common type of LD is dyslexia (reading) and the others are...

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Children's Artist Owen Duggan to Perform at Children's Museum of Memphis

10/14/13

Children's Artist Owen Duggan to Perform at Children's Museum of Memphis

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is hosting children singer/songwriter Owen Duggan this month. Duggan, the father of two, is on tour promoting his latest CD, Puppy Dog Jig. His performance takes place Sunday, October 20, at 1 p.m.  Duggan’s folksy tunes reflect his own musical roots. Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, he often attended the city’s international folk music festival each summer. He became further influenced by singer/songwriters like Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, and Tom Paxton. In addition to writing his own music, the 55-year-old Duggan is an accomplished musician who plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, and the Irish tin whistle. He also works as the music director for a San Antonio-based church. Parents will find themselves humming along to these...

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No Flu for You

10/10/13

No Flu for You

Want your family to avoid the flu this season? Get the kids vaccinated, now. That's the recommendation of Dr. Jon McCullers, pediatrician-in-chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He warns that after several mild flu seasons, this one could be more severe. "It's difficult to predict year to year," says McCullers, "but it could be tough this year." The hospital has already treated several cases. Even during an "intermediate" flu season like last year's, Le Bonheur was seeing up to 35 children during the peak. Typically, influenza strikes with a vengence after Christmas break, when kids return to school after spending time with family members from other regions of the country. McCulllers recommends getting the vaccine now, as it...

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Independent Style Market Highlights Local Crafts

10/03/13

Independent Style Market Highlights Local Crafts

If you like to shop for handmade goods, head to the Independent Style Market in Overton Square, where you’ll find a great assortment of one-of-a-kind items from 25 area artists. You might have discovered the pop-up store they hosted last December in the square, “which was a tremendous success,” says Mary O’Kelley, who started the business together with hat maker, Tonya Tate. O’Kelley shows me her funky line of wearable art, necklaces, and bracelets, which she creates using materials like these cool watch gears. She’s also part of Etsy Memphis. This is Mary's work here. Her style? Steam punk industrial.     Here you’ll find several styles of jewelry, along with hats, art for your home, clothing, and...

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 Attending a Private School Open House? Here's What to Expect

10/02/13

Attending a Private School Open House? Here's What to Expect

     For some parents, choosing a preschool or Kindergarten to start their child off on the right academic path can be just as stressful as helping their senior select the right college.      Some parents start fretting just months after their baby is born. “We’ve had parents call [when their child] was six months to a year old,” says Nancy Blaylock, director of admissions at Briarcrest Christian School. But you can relax. Registering a child for an independent school in Memphis is not that intense. If you’ve already received open house post cards and feel a bit overwhelmed, start by reading these tips from Nancy Blaylock and Laura Trott, director of admission at Lausanne Collegiate School. When...

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