Nola Family’s Best Bets for the Weekend

Wow! Talk about a weekend FULL of activities for families and kids! Celebrate Earth Day, catch an outdoor movie and eat some crawfish, all in the same day!   FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Movies in the Park: Jurassic Worl...

Spotlight — Raphael Academy

Nola Family turns the spotlight this month on Raphael Academy, a school for children and young adults with special needs. As the mother of a child with special needs, Jacqueline Case grew concerned when the ed...

Nola Family’s Best Bets for the Weekend

The weekend is upon us, and the weather looks beautiful! Get outside and have some fun with your family! And don't forget -- Easter is right around the corner, and it's a big weekend for egg hunts and more! It'...
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Sensing a Problem — Sensory Processing Disorder

Local kids and their families learn to cope with Sensory Processing Disorder Julian Collen was only 2 years old when his parents began to notice something wasn’t quite right with their otherwise healthy son. T...

Grow Me Something, Mister!

Local kids plant gardens, raise chickens to create a more sustainable way of life  After Hurricane Katrina tore through Corrie Spano’s neighborhood in 2005, she found herself waiting in line with what seemed l...

Have a Family? You Need a Will

It’s easy to put off planning for your family’s future security. No one expects to die while they—and their families—are young, and planning for the possibility can seem downright scary. What’s scarier, though,...
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Challenges Facing Siblings of Special Needs Kids

Children with special needs—such as chronic illness or developmental disabilities—present challenges as well as advantages for families. Special care requires great attention and energy for parents, along with ...
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Understanding Autism

  Written by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.       autism 101   understanding the disorder is the first step in early intervention   By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. ...
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Treatments But Not Cures For Autism

multiple challenges, multiple treatments In general, people on the spectrum have sensory sensitivity, speech and communication challenges, and social cognitive difficulties—including rigidity, restricted...