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Dolls and doll play: A new look at a familiar prop

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Most of the time, we see children play with dolls and it is comforting to know that this activity can actually be very beneficial to the child, especially during the early stages of development. At Texas Child Care Quarterly there is an article focusing on the discussion that doll play is essential and even school […]

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Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, Lands Two New Fashion Campaigns

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A brave and beautiful 18-year old girl is diving into the Fashion world, and she is doing it with great style. Her name is Madeline Stuart. She isn’t like any other model we know, and she breaks the mold when it comes to our society’s common standard of models. Maddy has Down’s Syndrome. This is […]

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Interview – William Cannata talks about autism awareness training for firefighters

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In Canada, everyday heroes like firefighters are given basic training and instructions that aims to educate them about identifying, handling, and understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and the people who have it. The training was led by Bill Cannata, who is currently the Coordinator of the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC). To find out […]

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Communication breakthrough: Man with autism finds voice through poetry and painting

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One of the greatest challenges for people with autism is the difficulty to communicate and relay their thoughts to those who care about them. A man’s life story tells us an inspirational incident when finally his thoughts were allowed to flow out of his mind and conveyed through his works of art. Ryan Tracy’s story […]

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Banking on Toys and impacting the lives of 48000 children every year

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One child’s trash could be another child’s dream treasure. Probably one of the most genuinely touching stories of 2015 is this article, which narrates how a group of selfless individuals have come up with an amazing idea of collecting old toys, refurbishing them, and giving them to children who would need them more. They call […]

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Why do girls play with dolls and boys with cars?

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It is our obsession with labels and color-codes that made pink the international color symbol for girls, and blue for boys. A great article by Susie O’Brien discusses her observations about the reality of stereotyping and gender-discrimination. In one of her blogs she wrote about the obvious division between “toys for boys” and “toys for […]

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The conversation swirls around me, the ebb and flow gifting me snapshots into families’ lives as I sip my frappacino. I’ve taken ten minutes to breathe at our neighborhood Starbucks, kept my phone in my purse, determined to take an unplugged time-out. The end-of-year fracas always seems to take me by surprise even after almost […]