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LDA St. Louis: Removing the Labels From Struggling Children

LDA St. Louis exists because children with learning disabilities aren’t getting what they need in our public school classrooms. That’s because our education system is designed to teach to the middle, to the average student. And if that means leaving gifted and poor students at least somewhat adrift, think what it means to the child …

Pacifier Pros and Cons From a Mother of 12

Pacifiers may be a good or bad thing, depending on what expert is weighing in at the moment. Which is the problem with a lot of parenting advice. But as a mother of 12 babies who cried more often than not, I can tell you that pacifiers were a lifesaver for me. Pacifiers gave my …

Whaley Children’s Center: Where Children Can Enter the Circle of Courage

Whaley Children’s Center is the kind of place that carves a notch into your heart and settles in forever. This is a place filled with love and warmth for kids who haven’t known much of either. It’s a place where foster kids go between foster homes, and you better believe it: kids in foster care …

Science is Sheepish: Spirituality Makes Us Healthier, Happier People

All along, the majority position of Psychiatry has been that Psychiatry has nothing to do with religion and spirituality. Religious beliefs and practices have long been thought to have a pathological basis, and psychiatrists over a century have understood them in this light. Religion was considered as a symptom of mental illness. Jean Charcot and …

Our Piece of the Pie: Helping Hartford Youth Succeed

Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) is mentoring inner city youth in Hartford, Connecticut, taking them by the hand, listening to them, and pushing them to believe in themselves so they can get ahead and break the cycle of poverty. Thanks to OPP, many youths who would otherwise drop out of high school, not only …

Getting Teens to Obey You For Their Own Good

Getting teens to listen to their parents can sometimes seem like the easiest job in the world. You lay down the law, they say, “Yes, Ma’am/Sir,” and you breathe a sigh of relief. Until that moment a week or so later when you happen to drive past a group of teens and see your child …