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New Dyslexia Law May Lead to Early Identification and Treatment for Virginia Schoolchildren

A new dyslexia law has got Virginia educators and dyslexia advocates mighty pleased and excited. The new legislation, just signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe, calls for teachers to undergo training in dyslexia awareness. Teachers will have to take a single one-hour online course in order to qualify for or renew a license to teach. Can a …

10 Ways to Keep Angry Mommy Away

Angry Mommy is the mommy you shouldn’t be, but sometimes you can’t help it. That is if you’re like most mothers. Kids push your limits when they’re small, because they’re testing their boundaries as independent people. Teenagers can mouth off and otherwise rebel and it can be very difficult to keep your parental cool. But …

Eye Focus, Getting Emotional, and Autism

Eye focus and especially eye contact is, for most people, a way of connecting with people. It shows we like the person we’re speaking with. Breaking eye contact, on the other hand, may show we’re embarrassed, lying, or feeling guilty about something. Most of us know it’s different for people with autism, who may find it …

Girls On The Run (SEWA): You GO Girls

Girls on the Run (GOTR) does what it says it does: it inspires girls. And it does that by teaching them “to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” The Southeast Washington State branch of GOTR  just happens to be the newest kid on the block, in terms …

Zika Freak Out: Stop it Before it Starts by Avoiding Mosquito Bites

Zika virus freaking you out? It’s no wonder. Because it causes babies to be born with smaller heads. Which is freaky stuff. And of course, the media is all over it, because feeding the public panic leaves them gasping for more. What We Know By now we know that Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus …

Bullies: The Names They Call Us And How The Hurt Can Change Us

Bullies were a fact of life for me growing up. I was different. I read a lot, I used big words. So I got picked on. This piece is my personal story. Embed from Getty Images It was bad. There was a girl who beat me up at recess and a different girl who waited …