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Pathway to grade-level reading

My son wasn’t reading at grade-level at the end of third grade. His struggle set off a series of interventions that seemed to only improve things slightly.Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the end of eighth grade that we finally got a correct diagnosis: dyslexia. Up...

Community Connections: The pain of success

From columnist, Renee Kumor: There’s a lot to be said for success. And we can find success in a lot of places. Sometimes we make it, and sometimes we benefit from it and sometimes we all bask in its glow. Like the evening I joined many of my friends at the Children...

Talking to young children about race

There is variety in every living thing, and our brains can sort and distinguish among these differences very early on. Children can, and do, sort by race at a very young age. Studies show that children show familiarity with their own race consistently by 6 months of...

Mental illness is not a crime

It pains me when we hear about a mass shooting and immediately blame mental illness. I confess I’ve done the same. Until now. Over the past year, I’ve walked with a family member through a mental health diagnosis. It’s been gut-wrenching and eye-opening. To quote a...

When baby blues last too long

Baby blues affect about 80% of new mothers. This is short-lived, about 10-14 days, and is characterized by general sadness, fatigue, crying spells or mood swing…s. About 25% of women who experience baby blues will develop postpartum depression. Longer-lasting...