Eagle Scout project benefits ADAPT Shop

The ADAPT Shop recently received a generous donation from a local Boy Scout. One of several Easterseals disabilities services provided by Southwest Human Development, the ADAPT Shop focuses on improving the development of young children. The team's specialists design and create mobility devices, custom seating, and more for young children...

Tips for reducing parenting stress

Feeling stressed? Between working, cooking, cleaning, managing schedules, and chauffeuring, parenting is a lot of work! Studies show that parents who report higher levels of stress are more likely to be authoritarian, harsh, and negative in interactions with their child. Reducing stress can allow you to relish the time you...

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...