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STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY!
Parents and kids with special needs deserve to celebrate each victory and milestone.
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11 Back to School Strategies for Parents - Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC

11 Back to School Strategies for Parents - Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
11 coping strategies that help parents manage back to school stress and offer a little self-compassion in the midst of all the to dos.
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Excellent resource for helping families get back into the school routine. 

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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the kids? 
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Iceland models successful decrease in adolescent substance abuse.

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Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it

There's new evidence that excessive screen time early in life can change the circuits in a growing brain.

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Researchers highlight the pluses and minuses of screen exposure for young minds. 

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How to Connect with Your Child When You Swear He's Lost it -

How to Connect with Your Child When You Swear He's Lost it - | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
If you're wondering where your child's logic goes during a temper tantrum, Dr. Siegal explains what happens neurologically and what will help him through it
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Tips on fostering connection with your child even when it's challenging

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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers Reduces Risk for Adolescent Obesity

Early Bedtime for Preschoolers Reduces Risk for Adolescent Obesity | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it

According to Dr. Sarah Anderson, children who go to bed at the latest hours and whose mothers had the lowest interaction sensitivity scores, were found at the highest risk for obesity.

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How Kids Learn Resilience

How Kids Learn Resilience | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.
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"The most important force shaping the development of resiliency and grit  may surprise you"

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Raising a Child With Grit Can Mean Letting Her Quit

Raising a Child With Grit Can Mean Letting Her Quit | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
The rule at the “grit” expert Angela Duckworth’s house? You can quit. But you can’t quit on a hard day.
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Seems counterintuitive..but TEDtalk speaker Angela Duckworth gives principles to help parents determine when to demand a child to keep going or support his decision to stop. 

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April is autism awareness month: Get the facts 

April is autism awareness month: Get the facts  | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Imagine being told that your child would never give you a hug or say, “I love you.”
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April is Autism Awareness month! Know the facts about growing condition

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Estranged from Your Adult Child? | Empowering Parents

Estranged from Your Adult Child? | Empowering Parents | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Being estranged from adult children can be a confusing and painful experience. Here’s why kids distance themselves and five things you can do about it.
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Hopeful article! 

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Holiday tips for people with Autism

Holiday tips for people with Autism | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Families with children on the autism spectrum face many challenges during the holiday season
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Wonderful article with practical suggestions to prepare for the stimulation of the holidays.

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What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide | Child Mind Institute

What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide | Child Mind Institute | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
What do you do when you're worried that a child might be feeling suicidal? A guide for parents to helping a child who is in distress and feeling hopeless.
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If your child is thinking about harming themselves, this article is an excellent tool for parents, family members, and friends to be an empathetic, supportive presence in their life.

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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Writers have a serious advantage over the rest of us.
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Wow! Writing down our feelings and experiences has a tremendous impact on our health and lowering stress levels. Cool article.

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Six Ways You’re (Unintentionally) Telling Kids NOT to Listen to You

Six Ways You’re (Unintentionally) Telling Kids NOT to Listen to You | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
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Are you teaching your children not to listen to you?  Read up on habits to make and break when communicating with your kids!

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Active kids less likely to be depressed later on

Active kids less likely to be depressed later on | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
By Lisa Rapaport(Reuters Health) - Children who get more exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression than their peers who are less active, a recen
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Does exercise act as a deterrent to depression in children?

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Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Praise Them Like This. (Most Parents Do the Opposite)

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Praise Them Like This. (Most Parents Do the Opposite) | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Stop praising them for their innate or God-given abilities, and instead focus on their effort.
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Stanford Professor, Carol Dweck, discusses how to give your kids a growth mindset.

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How Passive Aggression Hurts Children

How Passive Aggression Hurts Children | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Studies show that kids are sensitive to quiet marital resentment—not just all-out shouting matches.
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Professor E. Mark Cummings' study reveals children's sensitivity to their parents' quiet conflicts

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4 Happiness Habits Everyone Should Learn Before Growing Up

4 Happiness Habits Everyone Should Learn Before Growing Up | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Our ideas about how to be happy are often contrary to what research shows really works
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Dr. Erica Reischer shares her perspective of how to foster real happiness. Is pleasure really the key?

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How to Teach Your Child to Be An "Includer"

How to Teach Your Child to Be An "Includer" | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Relational aggression and exclusion is all too common among children. Teach your child how to take the lead and be an "includer" among peers.
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Bullying begins early. Teach your child to take the prosocial lead.

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The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch

The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
What's in a mother's caress? A set of specialized nerve fibers may help to explain why holding babies builds attachment.
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Touch is powerful--- more powerful than we realize!

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How to Encourage Free Play

How to Encourage Free Play | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Unstructured play is a serious brain booster for growing minds. Try these genius ideas and watch your kids soar.
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Trying to help your child play on their own? Here are some great tips!

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Child therapy can help cure your child’s unheard anxieties - The Express Tribune

Child therapy can help cure your child’s unheard anxieties - The Express Tribune | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Many parent­s are reluct­ant to enter their childr­en into therap­y due to social stigma
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A child's mental health needs shouldn't bend to the stigmas of society.  Find out more about child therapy here. 

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5 Ways to Manage Conflict in Blended Families

5 Ways to Manage Conflict in Blended Families | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
You are not 'The Real Parent.' How many times do stepparents hear that phrase? It is a constant balancing act of being involved
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Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it

InsigFrench children don't need medications to control their behavior.

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We might be able to learn some really helpful things from the French that can help us stop overmedicating our children. Great article.

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Gratitude Can Shift Your Mood -- Permanently!

Gratitude Can Shift Your Mood -- Permanently! | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
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Wonderful insights into how a gratitude practice can enhance parenting and your overall sense of well-being

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Peaceful Parenting - Because Punishment Is Not Enough

Peaceful Parenting - Because Punishment Is Not Enough | STOP AND CELEBRATE THE SPECIAL NEEDS VICTORY! | Scoop.it
Peaceful parents utilize positive engagement in their children's lives rather than relying on punishing misbehavior.
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Peaceful engagement, not punishment, is the key to promoting children's flourishing. 

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