Social Work Spotlight: Medical Child Abuse

Suzanne M. Schunk, LCSW, ACSW, is the vice president of Family Support Services at Southwest Human Development. In her 40 years' experience of dedicating her life to helping children and their families - nearly 20 years with medical child abuse cases -  Suzanne has worked with families in which parents...

Volunteer opportunities at Grand Prix of Scottsdale, Family Volunteer Day and more!

The weather is cooling down, which means that event season is heating up and exciting volunteer opportunities are on the rise. Help Arizona children in need while taking advantage of exclusive volunteer opportunities at 1920s-themed races, music festivals and more. Volunteering is a rewarding way to meet new people, learn new...

6 Valley attractions with educational benefits for young ones

As the summer heat comes to an end, families are left with the perfect opportunity to gather the kids together, recharge and refresh. Many Valley destinations and activities offer unique opportunities to teach young children about the world around them. There are plenty of affordable, local attractions to choose from when...

Grand Prix of Scottsdale returns Nov. 3-5, benefits Arizona children

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sTMpK8Kc-w[/embed] Dust off your black ties and pearls, the 3rd annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale Gatsby Weekend is rolling back into Old Town Scottsdale November 3-5, 2017. This spectacular 1920s-themed weekend kicks off with the Gatsby Under the Stars Gala and wraps up on Sunday with a Vintage Kart Race around the...

How to help your baby cope with teething

A baby’s teething process typically begins in between 3 and 12 months of age. While this stage of development can be uncomfortable for babies, parents can take steps to help make the process as smooth as possible as their baby grows and develops. Know the signs of teething A parent’s first step...

Advantages of raising children to be bilingual, multilingual

An increasing number of children raised in Arizona’s melting pot of culture and diversity grow up in dual-language households. In recent years, the Center for Immigration Studies reports that nearly 30 percent of Arizona children and teens speak a language other than English at home. Many children navigate language fluidity as...

5 back-to-school lunch tips for happy, healthy kids

A hearty, well-balanced school lunch can help young children power through a back-to-school transition with focus and energy. Many great lunches are easy to prepare and combine nutritious food groups that will help keep children full throughout the day. Taking the time to utilize a few extra tips helps to...

New state assistive technology contract to help children with disabilities

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) has awarded an Assistive Technology Service and Devices contract to Southwest Human Development, a move that will help Arizona's youngest children with disabilities access the specialized technology and support they need to succeed. This statewide assistive technology contract will directly assist families with children,...

Birth to Five Helpline helps local teacher, mom find hope

Abby, a Valley teacher and mother of two, received a Birth to Five Helpline magnet when she was pregnant with her first child in 2013. Little did she expect, the magnet she placed on her refrigerator would later help strengthen her relationship with her son, Luke, nearly four years down...

How to create a safe sleeping space for your baby

Creating a safe sleep environment is an important step to keeping your baby safe. Safe sleeping techniques may seem like common knowledge to a seasoned parent, but the skills to properly put a baby to sleep can allude first-time parents who haven’t had the opportunity to be educated on safe...