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The UC Davis MIND Institute is offering a very special summer institute (the MIND annual research conference) this year on August 3rd with a special track for parents.

May is Mental Health Month and the color this year is lime green. To celebrate, you might consider wearing a lime green ribbon every day. It’s a great way to start a dialogue with friends, family, classmates, and co-workers about mental health - because chances are they know someone who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Details a free lunch program for youth under 18 that will run from June 13, 2018 to July 13, 2018 in English and Spanish. The program is made possible by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and NVUSD Food Services.

Autism rates have increased slightly to 1 in 59 school-aged children (1.7%), according to a new report on 11 communities.

Experts say the uptick from 1 in 68 children (1.5%) is not a cause for concern and likely is due to several factors, including improved screening among black and Hispanic children.

1. It identifies delays early, when interventions can help the most.

2. It helps ensure better futures. Studies show that children who receive early treatment for developmental delays are more likely to graduate from high school, hold jobs, and live independently.

Earth Day 2018 is the perfect opportunity to get involved with your community and take care of our Earth. Let’s talk about some ways to go green for Earth Day 2018.

In 1986, Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger decided to recognize the sacrifices made by children of military service members. He believed that military children are inspirational because of the way they respond to stressful situations, such as frequent moves and separated families during periods of deployment. In California, there are an estimated 51,000 military connected children that are exceptional family members. 12,000 of those are children of Active Duty Service Members.

On Saturday, March 31st ParentsCAN and the Active 20/30 Club of Napa welcomed 80 kids with special needs and their siblings under 10 to their first Sensory friendly Easter Egg Hunt and party.

In a day full of hugs, high-fives and happy tears, families shared how their family members with Down syndrome have improved their lives during ParentsCAN‘s celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.

What is a Non-verbal Learning Disorder?
When we think of learning disorders, we tend to think of dyslexia and other disorders involving language--that is, kids who have trouble decoding language and learning to read. But there is another, less well-known type of learning disorder that's not about verbal communication--hence, it's called non-verbal learning disorder. Learn more in this first article in a planned series from the Child Mind Institute.

ParentsCAN’s High Hopes Gala was held on Saturday February 24th at the Westin Verasa Napa to celebrate and honor families of children with special needs, recognizing the heroic efforts they make to ensure their children achieve their brightest future.

Caring for Siblings of Sick or Disabled Children is tough. “Family life starts to revolve around the needs of the other child, and if that happens, she said, the not-sick sibling may either withdraw or may start acting out, competing to get parents’ attention back. ParentsCAN's Triple P classes can help!

Valentine’s Day can be more than just romantic love, but true, kind, caring love for your neighbors and those in need. How can you lead a more altruistic life this week?

Luckily, maintaining a habit is doable when set up for success. If you want to be start (and keep) a healthy new habit this year, check out these useful tips.

If you want to live a more altruistic life, how can you commemorate Dr. King and continue his legacy? Here are ideas to get started this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

With 2018 underway, how can you celebrate National Blood Donor Month? Check out a few ideas for how you can roll up a sleeve and give through January and the year.

11 things that everyone can do to make their lives happier. These have been researched and shown to work!

If you and your family wants to focus on giving back to others this Christmas, here are some ideas for how to start a more altruistic Christmas tradition.

We’ve compiled a list just for you on last minute gift ideas that give back. Try some of these out to celebrate the holidays more altruistically this year.

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or along with other altruistic causes.

The evidence is clear that patient outcomes improve, and family and provider satisfaction rises, when health providers who care for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) actively partner with parents and caregivers in what is known as family-centered care.

On the night of Oct. 8, Michelle Hickman and her family were just getting ready for bed when 12-year-old Victoria looked out the window of their Calistoga home and saw a flash. Then came an orange glow. And then came the flames. The Tubbs Fire destroyed everything they owned except for the clothes on their backs and the car they escaped in. ParentsCAN Advocate Sabrina Mc Leran helped the family begin the process of recovery. A little more than a month later, the family is moving into a new rental home thanks to Season of Sharing.

Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get you started on your way.

This month looks at the world through the eyes of a child, so today we look at how you can recognize National Child Safety and Protection Month, and keep the children in your life safe.

Caregiving can be a 24-hours a day/7-days a week job. Caring for a child with special needs or a senior with Alzheimer’s can be non-stop. Providing care around the clock can crowd out other important areas of life. What challenges do family caregivers face, and how do they manage them day and night?

Helpful information for parents after the Napa wildfires with tips on helping their children cope and accessing Medi-CAL services.

The first question the representative at my mortgage company asked me was, “Are you and your family safe?” We are, I am so fortunate, my home is unscathed and my family is safe. But! Our income relies on the tourist industry, so we are looking at a dismal couple of months financially.

Schoolchildren who read and write at home with their parents may build not only their academic literacy skills, but also other important life and learning skills, a recent study found.

6 tips from a psychologist on how to support your child through a wildfire

Focusing on positive thoughts can actually impact your overall health. How, you ask? Today we dive in and see how positive thoughts can make you healthier.

It can be difficult to decide how to give, what you can give or even where to give to. Today let's take a closer look at how to donate with a purpose to disaster relief.

Turns out, regular writing and keeping a journal actually has a lot of surprising mental and emotional health benefits. Today, we’re going to check them out.

Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 10 ideas to start.

How can you celebrate National Senior Citizens Day? We’re glad you asked. We have some ideas on how to honor senior citizens today, this week and for more times to come.

If you want to help make a difference and support children and families in need within your community, check out our list of school supplies you can donate.

How can you live an altruistic lifestyle when negativity is on your mind? Today we've got the answers as we share six tips to help train your brain to be more positive.

Volunteering with elderly neighbors is an excellent way to get involved, support your community and find fulfillment. Check out these five benefits of volunteering with senior citizens.

If you want to celebrate this Independence Day with an altruistic twist, check out some of these ideas for how you can give back to your community near and far.

When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to other priorities. Luckily, today we thought of a couple ways to bring it back to the forefront of your life.

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.

How can we celebrate this day while remembering those among us in different situations? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.

While every individual is unique and has their own preferences, there are some general guidelines to follow when interacting comfortably and respectfully with people with disabilities.

This Memorial Day, we remember and honor the men and women who have served our country’s armed forces—specifically those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

No matter what your job is, it’s an chance to connect and come together. If you want to use your work for others, check out four ways you can give back at work.

How can you celebrate Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week and pay homage to officers around the country? Here are some ideas to get started.

Storytelling is powerful, and it has enormous benefits in store for you and those around you. Today we're going to talk about how storytelling can impact your life.

Today can be an opportunity to plant the seed of altruism. If you want to make your May Day meaningful, check out these ideas for how to share the gift of altruism today.

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