Parent Guide: Keeping your sanity during Spring Break

As parents, we love every minute we get to spend with our kids. Experiencing all their “firsts,” the funny (and sometimes clumsy) moments, but most of all, making family memories that will last a lifetime. But when the daily routines of family schedules—and yes, even that much-needed time we have to ourselves when the...

Walk With Me raises $132,000 for young children with disabilities

Southwest Human Development held its 11th Annual Walk With Me Family Fun Walk and Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 23, to benefit its Easterseals services for children with disabilities. The morning-long event featured fun activities for adults and kids of all ages, food and drinks, games, crafts and more! Sponsored by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Humana,...

Feeding playgroups help improve children’s relationship with food

Many children experience challenges when trying new foods. Some children’s reactions to new foods can include gagging, coughing, and sometimes even vomiting. Parents and families may not know that there are programs designed specifically for children with feeding difficulties. Over the past year, Southwest Human Development has hosted specialized parent-child feeding playgroups. These groups...

Easterseals honors legacy of impact with 100th anniversary

In 2019, Easterseals celebrates 100 years of impact in the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs, their families and communities throughout America as a powerful advocate and innovative provider of services as one in four Americans today live with disability according to a 2018 report...

Make Valentine’s Day special for your child

Beyond candies, chocolates and stuffed bears, Valentine's Day has a true meaning: The celebration of love. Make this Valentine's Day meaningful for your child by celebrating with lessons of love, kindness and learning. Say “I love you” The phrase can often be forgotten in the mix of hectic schedules, but the feeling...

Parenting is hard. Help is a phone call away.

After two decades working with families of young children, Southwest Human Development's Alison Steier, Ph.D., offers this advice to all new parents: Know that parenting is hard and you don’t have to do it alone. Steier directs the Birth to Five Helpline, a free service open to all Arizona families and...

Safeway donates $35,000 to disabilities services for young kids

The Safeway Foundation, part of the Albertsons Companies and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, recently donated a $35,000 community grant to Southwest Human Development at the grand opening of its brand-new Queen Creek Safeway store located at 40950 N. Ironwood Drive. As part of the...

Preventing gender bias

How parents and caregivers can work to counter stereotyping and discrimination — starting in early childhood Despite gains in gender equality, ingrained biases about males and females still exist — and can have grave consequences. Stubborn beliefs cultivated from an early age such as “girls are bad at math,” “girls are...

$50,000 technology grant from Thunderbirds Charities will improve outcomes for children

Thunderbirds Charities grant to assist in developmental evaluations and treatment Southwest Human Development received a $50,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities to purchase audio-visual equipment for its Children’s Developmental Center and Good Fit Counseling Center programs. “This funding from Thunderbirds Charities will allow us to upgrade our technology solutions in three of our...