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May 01, 2018

Coping Skills for Kids During Mental Health Awareness Month

In April 2018, the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health published a study indicating that mental health issues and disorders are replacing infectious disease as the main cause of disease in children ages 4-15....more»
August 01, 2017

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Moved: Still Serving Parents of Children with Special Needs

H.E.A.R.T.S. (Help, Educate, Advocate, Resources, Training, Support) Connection is a program that provides support for parents of special needs children. ...more»
June 01, 2017

Ronald McDonald's House Walk for Kids

Join the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) for its Walk for Kids on Saturday, June 3, at 7:00 a....more»
May 01, 2017

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: May 1-7

This year the Green Ribbon Campaign signifies the effort to end the stigma around mental health and educate our communities on the importance of good mental health programs for children in our communities....more»
April 01, 2017

Local Autism Advocate: Ramona Puget

Championing for Autism Awareness in Kern County

As a young mother, Ramona Puget dreaded hearing the diagnosis a specialist in Fresno gave her 3-year-old son: autism. She was prepared for it, expected it even, but that didn't ease the fear she felt after having it confirmed. It was the diagnosis, however, that got her where she is today, serving as director and president of the Autism Society Affiliate-Kern Autism Network for the past 14 years, helping families create better outcomes for children on the autism spectrum....more»
January 01, 2017

Independent Living Center of Kern County Bolsters Fire Prevention Efforts

The Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC) recently received a $5,670 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers....more»
November 01, 2016

5 Tips to Become Especially Involved

The whole educational community benefits when parents of children with special needs get involved

If you have a son or daughter with special needs, chances are you spend an inordinate amount of time at the school discussing IEPs, accommodations, and other educational issues....more»
March 01, 2016

Superheroes Soothe Kids' Stormy Weather Fears

Children's Product Review

A crack of thunder...sudden flashes of lightning...strong gusts of gale force winds....these can all be very scary for young children....more»
December 01, 2015

Pets Help Children with Autism Develop Social Skills

Previous research indicated dogs as pets were helpful in encouraging social interaction for children with autism, but now new research indicates that children with autism who are living with any kind of pet in the home may be more likely to engage in social interaction....more»
October 01, 2015

Miracles Happening One Stride at a Time

M.A.R.E. Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

  M.A.R.E. (Mastering Abilities Riding Equines) started 25 years ago with three women and a dream of bringing the therapeutic benefits of horses to help children and adults with special needs.  Today, it has become an important part of our community fabric and has brought joy to thousands of people.            ...more»
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