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» A Culture that Engages Every Family, Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

» How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

» How Do You Know if You're Really Open to Partnership, Anne Henderson & Karen Mapp

»PTA--Gateway to Engagement, Advocacy, and Access, Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

» The Power of Asking-Instead of Telling, Jody McVittie, M.D.

» Empathy in Action, Rick Ackerly, Ed.M.



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April is Autism Awareness Month: 4 Great Reads from Parents in the Know
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D on April 28, 2013
   

April is Autism Awareness Month. If you are a parent who knows or suspects that your child has autism, there is a large online parent community that will provide you and your child with support and resources.

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5 Ways to Help Kids Accept Being "Different"
By Jane Bongato, M.A., Guest Blogger on January 6, 2013
   

Being comfortable with our gender, race, personality, appearance, or abilities is something that most people struggle with well into adulthood. So it’s no wonder kids feel insecure about traits or characteristics that are perceived as “different.”

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Lessons From a Dragon Mom
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, EdD on April 17, 2012
   
While you may have realized that you are no Tiger Mom, you may have also decided that you are not a Dragon Mom either. These parents are portrayed by Emily Rapp in an essay in The New York Times, “Notes from a Dragon Mom,” as, “fierce, loyal and loving as hell.”    Read more...
 
   
To Parents & Educators: From an Attorney with LD/ADHD
By Sarah Price-Mitchell, J.D. on March 27, 2012
   
An attorney talks to parents and educators, not about legal advocacy for kids with LD/ADHD, but about the positive messages that encourage them to fulfill their dreams.   Read more...
 
   
Parents: Do You Know Your Rights?
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on February 14, 2012
   
Are you one of those parents who is afraid to speak up on behalf of your child because you are afraid of retaliation? Actually, the opposite is true. Knowing and exercising your rights as a parent can help your child succeed in school. An informed and involved parent is a child's best advocate. The parent who advocates for his or her child gets better results than those who remain silent. Here's a Parents' Bill of Rights for you.   Read more...
 
   
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