Safely celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones in 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans remain uneasy about public outings and spending time with people from outside their households. With Thanksgiving Day almost here, some might be wondering how to celebrate the holidays while protecting their own health and the health of friends and family members, too. As cases...

Holiday gift drive brings joy and hope to Arizona children and families

Not all families can afford to buy gifts for their children during the holiday season. Southwest Human Development’s annual Gingerbread Kids Holiday Gift Drive provides holiday gifts for Arizona children in need across Arizona. Purchasing a gift may be a small purchase for donors, but the impact it makes for children...

Children’s play is more than just fun, it’s a chance to learn and grow together

Children’s play is more than meets the eye. To watch young children at play is to witness the spectrum of human emotions and interpersonal transactions: excitement, imaginativeness, concentration, exploration, collaboration, negotiation, frustration, conflict, disappointment and relational repair. Adults tend to equate children’s play with their own leisure activities, which are...

Finding parenting advice in an age of misinformation

Over the past few years and even more so throughout the past several months, relying on trustworthy, fact-based news sources has never been more important. With the ever-expanding amount of information available in what we read or see on social media, TV or the internet, we have to be careful...

Upcoming Easterseals Golf Classic to benefit children with disabilities

Southwest Human Development's annual Easterseals Golf Classic will return on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Now in its sixth year, the tournament will be held at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale. The Easterseals Golf Classic, which benefits Southwest Human Development's Easterseals services for children with disabilities, raised more than $81,400 last...

MAKERS is back! High school STEM challenge benefits young children with disabilities

Assistive technology solutions created to benefit young children with disabilities Southwest Human Development recently launched its annual MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge benefiting the organization’s services for young children with disabilities. Now in its third year, the MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge engages high school students to advance their STEM...

8 must-have resources for preschool and child care programs

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the preschool and child care industry throughout Arizona and across the country. Whether programs have temporarily closed or remained open, preschools and child care centers are facing numerous programmatic and financial challenges. At the onset of the crisis, Southwest Human Development immediately...

Helping children manage anxiety amid big changes

Whether it's staying home more often or starting a new school year, big changes can give children anxiety. In an interview with ABC15 Arizona, Dr. Alison Steier, director of Mental Health Services and the Harris Institute at Southwest Human Development, discussed helping children manage anxiety during big changes. Click the image...