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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...

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Making math a family thing

Strategies for parents and teachers on closing the math gap between home and school Recently overheard in a preschool classroom: Child 1: 100 is big.  Child 2: Infinity is really big.  Child 3: Infinity is counting forever.  Child 2: Zero means nothing.  Child 1: People who are 100 hit their heads on the ceiling. As this conversation suggests, little children have some...

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Volunteers needed for Camelback Ranch Spring Training games

Do you love baseball and are looking for a fun way to give back to your local community? Volunteers are needed to staff concession stands at Camelback Ranch Spring Training games throughout the month of March to support Valley nonprofit organizations. Southwest Human Development is partnering with Camelback Ranch to provide...

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Teach love and kindness to your child this Valentine’s Day

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. Share the love of literacy Reading a Valentine's Day-themed book is the perfect activity to kick off or end...

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Register Today: Help children like Sophia when you join Walk With Me

Southwest Human Development will host the 10th annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will benefit our Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. Each year, Walk With Me makes an impact...