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Lancaster, PA: Aaron’s Acres will present its second annual Sensory-Sensitive Cinema Day at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road, Lancaster, on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
All children and their families are invited to attend one of two screenings: Escape from Planet Earth, an animated film, or Oz: The Great and Powerful. Lights and sound will be adjusted to accommodate sensory-sensitive concerns. Also, families may bring their own snacks and drinks, no powdered donuts allowed, to enjoy during the movie.
Tickets will be sold at Penn Cinema on the day of the movie at a cost of $8pp.
For 15 years, Aaron’s Acres continues to provide therapeutically based age-appropriate social and recreational programs to children with developmental disabilities.
Programs are offered year-round. During summer camp, which has grown from 11 children
in its first year to 280 in 2012, Aaron’s Acres provides services to children with special needs in one of three programs in Berks, Dauphin, or Lancaster County. During the school year, approximately 85 children attend monthly social and recreational programs in Lancaster and Berks Counties. Children engage in age-appropriate activities with their peers while supervised by professional staff, including special education teachers, speech therapists, social workers, and psychologists. A 1:1 or 1:2 staff to child ratio is a mainstay of the program.
Lancaster, PA –MU Arts, which is the new umbrella name for events at the Ware and Winter Centers of Millersville University, will kick off its spring, 2013 Fam Fun Fest series with “Reach!” by Jason Reed on Saturday, February 9 at 11. The Fam Fun Fest series is created by the award-winning Barry Kornhauser for children and their parents and grandparents and always includes a stunning, nationally-recognized professional performance; hands-on, interactive fun activities; take-home hand-outs and treats for the kids.
“Reach!” – which is a touring program developed by Juilliard-trained dancer Jason Reed — demonstrates the importance of discipline through dancing, singing, and rapping. It features wholesome, family-friendly performances by professionals and how-to instructional workshops after the show on hip-hop dancing, singing, and even rapping for the kids! “REACH!” encourages children to think outside of the box and apply their artistic endeavors to their academics, healthy lifestyle, and respect for themselves, parents, teachers, and peers. Tickets are $4. for kids ten and under; $8 for all others. It is being held at the Ware Center.
Q: My 6 year old son has just recently begun to tell me that he feels his heart tingle. When I ask more about it he says it’s when he’s nervous, excited, worried or about to “attack” the girls clubhouse at recess. He says it’s not thumping and not like a sleeping foot waking up but more like tickling from the inside. I know not to mess around with heart issues but is this an issue I need to worry about or just him getting excited/nervous?
A: Chest pain, tingling, or pressure in a child is something that should always be seen by a health care provider. That said, most of the time, the cause is completely benign. Symptoms in the chest cause much anxiety among parents because they think of heart disease. However, in children chest symptoms are very rarely cardiac in origin. Let’s think about all of things that are located in our chests: the esophagus and stomach, ribs and muscles, the lungs, the breasts, and oh yeah the heart too. And we cannot forget the almighty brain who when nervous or stressed sends signals to the chest.
To pin down the source of the pain, it’s helpful to think in terms of these systems and the things that go wrong in them. In preparation for the appointment with your pediatrician think about answers to the following questions:
Is this a chronic problem that comes and goes or is this something that came on fast and is persistent? Does the pain occur during exercise? Does the child describe the sensation of
LANCASTER, PA, January 22, 2013: Lancaster Public Library, 125 N Duke St, Lancaster has posted its February programs for children and teens. Interested individuals should call the library at 717-394-2651 for more information or visit LancasterPublicLibrary.eventbrite.com to see all library programs.
Lapsit Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30am (ages birth to 2 ½) A storytime for our littlest patrons with songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and stories.
Preschool Storytime: Thursdays at 10:30am (ages 2-6) Come listen to lively read-alouds for the preschool crowd.
Knitting Club: Mondays at 6pm (for ages 9 and up) Learn how to knit! We’ll supply basic materials and instruction. Participants may also bring their own projects to work on during this time. Tweens, teens, and adults welcome!
Tween & Teen Gaming: Tuesdays, Tweens (Ages 9-12) 4pm-5pm and Teens (ages 13-20) 5pm-6pm.Come hang out! We have X-box 360, Wii, and board games.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB): February 2nd at 12pm (ages 13-20) Teens: do you have great ideas for teen events, clubs, or contests? Join Teen Librarian Jess Blasko and share your ideas!
Marriage, as it does, has a way of settling couples in to routine. I get out of bed the same way every morning (begrudgingly and with a pain in my lower back); my wife gets ready the same way every morning. We clean the house at specific times; bills get paid the same way. And the laundry gets done every Friday afternoon.
My wife separates it on Thursday, we get the kids to school Friday morning, and by 11am, the spin cycle is on. When I get home from work and get a chance to decompress from the day, I fold the wash.
I’ve reached a point in my life where the thought of excitement, adventure, spur of the moment trips just makes me tired. Being able to sit down (which is key) when everyone else goes to bed, to do something as mindless as fold our laundry, and watch a little television, is just fine with me.
I actually enjoy the whole process. It’s almost cathartic for me. And even though we accumulate more laundry in a week than a Von Trapp family reunion weekend, I don’t mind and I don’t want help.
Unfortunately, there are times when my wife wants to help.
Q: Hi. My daughter is almost 7 weeks old and is exclusively breast fed. I’m currently feeding her every 3 hours during the day, and she goes anywhere between 5.5 to 7 hours at night (typically I aim to feed her with a 6 hour stretch at night, but sometimes have to wake her to do so). She’s a healthy weight (9lbs 6oz at 1 month; was 6lbs 15oz at birth) and eats and sleeps well. In fact, lately, I’ve had to wake her from a deep sleep for many of her daytime feedings. When should I start lengthening the time between her daytime feeds (what is the typical schedule of time between feedings for each month/age for breast fed babies) and how long can/should I be letting her go at night? Thanks!
A: Congratulations! I am so glad breast feeding is going well. Pediatricians recommend that the first 2 weeks of life you strictly adhere to the every 2-3 hour feeding schedule, even through the night. However, once you have cemented breast feeding and it has been proven that the newborn is going to gain weight adequately we loosen up considerably. It is much better for a child your daughter’s age to feed “on demand” as they know what they need better than we do!
You can start now letting her sleep as long as she will at night. What works for most moms is to do a feeding in the later evening (between 9-11pm) and then
By Maureen Leader, Special Features Writer
It’s great to be able to fulfill all of your passions in life. For many women being able to add the passion of motherhood to our professional lives makes our lives so much richer. Mom of the Month Sarah Diiorio has done this, and she makes it seem so easy. Four children, a husband and a fulltime job … and she manages it all successfully.
Diiorio and her husband, Wes, are parents to: Eilis, 6; Liam, 4; Elena, 2; and Isabella, 9 months. Since 1999 she’s been a full-time high school English literature teacher at Hempfield High School.
For as long as Diirorio can remember, she has always wanted to be a teacher. She said as a child she used to pretend she was one. “Plus,” she added, “I was the oldest child and tended to be a bit bossy!” Diirio always loved to read, and she also knew her life as a teacher would involve that.
COLUMBIA, PA: What happens after the National Watch and Clock Museum locks its doors each night? Does the mouse run up the clock, does the grandfather clock begin to talk, or does time really fly?
It’s easy to take the watches and clocks in your home or office for granted. With a quick glance, there’s the time telling you whether it’s time to head to work, get lunch, pick up the kids, or go to bed.
The Museum, located in Columbia, is truly the center of time and is home to close to 12,000 watches and clocks.
Why not bring your family and go on an exploration of time?! After a stroll through the Museum’s time tunnel, you will find yourself transported to the time of Stonehenge and water clocks, where timekeeping first got its start. From there, you begin your journey through time where thousands of years later (or an hour and a half in museum time) your family will stand speechless before the Mars Clock wondering, “Where did the time go?”
“Emma, would you please put on some clothing.”
This phrase is uttered by me usually three or four times a day. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me when the 7 year old feels the need to come down the steps before her shower, completely in the buff, to tell me about something that happened in school 6 hours prior, although why I bought her a bathrobe puzzles me.
I know why she is standing on the bottom step with her hands on her naked hips in semi-model pose. My kids are not shy about their bodies. For the first fifteen minutes before a shower, one look up my steps will garner you candid access to a burlesque show headlined by a 10 and 7 year old who are laughing, shaking their rear ends, jumping off of my bed, and commenting to each other how good they look in the nude.
Q: I have a 6 year old daughter that is a patient at Lancaster Pediatric, and she is having an issue with her scalp. She has this powdery-dry whitepatches(sometimes red) on her sides of her scalp( that is the only place I see it) that can sometimes flake if you touch it and sometimes not. I messed with it one time, and her scalp bled in the places I was trying to remove it. When I comb or brush her hair she says it hurts( that’s also when I do not touch it at all, she complains it itches). At first glance, I thought it was dandruff, but I suspect its something else. I brought her a special dandruff shampoo( it helps with other scalp issues) that helps, but it still comes back within a few days. Its a bit frustrating because sometimes its there and sometimes its not. When its there it looks bad. I use a bit of oil which makes it disappear for a bit. I do not put harsh products in her hair. I use a kiddie shampoo , conditioner, and a lite moisturizer. Sometimes, I wash her hair with baking soda and apple cigar vinegar. Recently, I been using a dandruff shampoo.