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How to teach your child to protect the environment this Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event dedicated to support environmental protection on Sunday, April 22. When children learn to appreciate the world from a young age, they are more likely to help protect our land for future generations to come. Generating a passion for the protecting planet early on makes a...

4 things to know about showing your support this Arizona Gives Day

Southwest Human Development is a participating nonprofit of Arizona Gives Day, an annual statewide online giving campaign that aims to raise awareness of local causes. The campaign helps to harness the power of collective giving and encourage the community to donate funds to local nonprofits that play a critical role...

April is National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and the highest possible quality of life for all. People are encouraged to share their stories on online media with the hashtag #StandUpForAutism to join the conversation and educate and inspire others. Autism spectrum disorder is a...

Arizona artists paint Little Free Libraries to support early literacy

More than 25 Arizona artists are painting Little Free Libraries to bring early literacy to neighborhoods across the Valley this spring! The one-of-a-kind Little Free Libraries are available for auction by texting READ to 27000* or visiting swhd.org/artist, and will be on display at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival Saturday, April...

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Building your child’s confidence early

The key to help children build healthy confidence is to empower children to engage in positive behaviors. A solid foundation of healthy confidence can impact a child’s life by affecting their willingness to learn new things, interact with others, take positive risks and even fail. Confidence goes hand-in-hand with building positive...

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The brain-changing power of conversation

Interplay between parents and children ignites the brain and boosts its response to language, spurring lasting literacy skills For parents, childcare providers, and early educators, new research describes a simple and powerful way to build children’s brains: talk with them, early and often. A study in Psychological Science shows how conversation — the interplay...

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Oprah highlights childhood trauma in ’60 Minutes’ special report

Updated 3/12/2018: Watch the full "60 Minutes" segment here (13:39 mins) Tune in to CBS this Sunday at 6 p.m. Arizona time, 7 p.m. ET/PT [caption id="attachment_24542" align="alignleft" width="300"] Oprah Winfrey and Belinda Pittman-McGee of the Nia Imani Family Center in Milwaukee. Courtesy CBSNews/60 MINUTES.[/caption] Childhood trauma is a cornerstone of the work...

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a month that not only highlights disability awareness, but celebrates abilities and inclusion. Teaching children inclusion and acceptance within every aspect of life is critical to building communities comprised of overall well-being and respect. By increasing public awareness of varying abilities, the public will begin...

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Take me out to the ball game: Spring Training with kids tips and tricks

Spring Training is one of Arizona’s most popular springtime activities. March’s beautiful weather brings teams and fans to enjoy baseball under the Arizona sun. One of the best aspects about Spring Training is that games are a family-friendly pastime for people of all ages. As you plan your days at...

Walk With Me 10th anniversary highlights

Each spring the community comes together to support Arizona’s youngest children with disabilities and their families at Southwest Human Development’s annual Walk With Me event. Event fundraising and participation helps to make a major impact in the community with the help of generous individuals and community partners. This year’s event...