FREE Sylvan Find Your Edge STEM Bash

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You’re invited to the biggest STEM bash ever! Get your kids totally psyched about science, technology, engineering and math (really!) at the FREE Find Your Edge STEM Bash. Kids can get hands on animating LEGO® robots, designing video games and solving math brainteasers in a fun atmosphere with yummy refreshments, prizes, and giveaways.  Programs are designed for […]

Bring Hugs and Kisses to Your School for Free

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It’s hard to talk to kids about sexual abuse, but it’s an incredibly important subject and essential to safe guarding your kids against danger. Hugs and Kisses, written by Bruce Craig Miller and A. Terry Bliss has been delivering an important message on this sensitive subject to elementary schools for 30 years. Hugs and Kisses […]

10 Earth Day Crafts and Activities


Earth Day is a great time to teach your kids a little bit about science, or a little bit about art, or a little bit about both. Whether you want to focus on recycling, repurposing or just appreciating how beautiful our planet is, here are a few crafts and activities for kids to celebrate the earth: […]

ASCV Provides Support for Individuals with Autism and Their Families

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Becky Boswell, MBA, Executive Director  April is National Autism Awareness Month.  The Autism Society Central Virginia will be hosting and participating in numerous events throughout our community this month to share awareness, understanding, and acceptance of this developmental disability that now affects 1 in 68 individuals and 1 in 42 boys (CDC, March 2014).  The Autism […]

The Gluten-Free Truth – Who, Why and How!

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During the majority of my 24 years as a dietitian, the term “gluten-free” was not the buzzword it is today.  Even a decade ago, most people had never even heard of the word gluten. Now, I hear gluten-free discussed almost daily and can spot products throughout MARTIN’S Food Markets. While a gluten-free diet is not […]

Special Needs Pediatric Care FAQS

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Why does a child with special needs need a pediatrician who manages special needs patients only? Although families may go through financial hardships, adjustments with employment, or lack of family support, research has shown that families that have children with special needs have increased risk for having financial instability, social isolation or family disruption. A physician who manages […]

Wine Down for Autism Society of Central Virginia

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It’s time to Wine Down with us at The Wine Loft on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Each month we give away great prizes, soak up a relaxed atmosphere, chow down on delicious free appetizers and have a really great time… who knew philanthropy could be this fun?! If you haven’t joined us for Wine Down […]

Autism Awareness Day at Kings Dominion


Kids love Kings Dominion, but all the great things happening in the park can be very overwhelming for kids with autism.  Kings Dominion and ASCV have teamed up to make a day at the park a little easier on kids with autism and their families. On April 12, 2015, bring the whole family to Kings Dominion on […]

My Son Was Born With a Congenital Anomaly

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My son was born with a congenital anomaly that required surgery when he was just 4 days old. Shortly after discharge from the NICU he started having problems with latching while breast-feeding. After two weeks of seeing a lactation consultant, I followed her recommendation to feed Jon with a bottle. Being a pediatrician I knew […]

I Tasted School Food (and I Liked It)


Chesterfield County is aiming to change the reputation of the much maligned school lunch. For the second year, Chesterfield hosted a Food Fair where more than 800 kids, parents and staff got to taste test foods to help determine next year’s menu. Each participant gets a form to score the foods as they sample things like […]