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Erica Rimlinger

What I Wish My Friends and Family Knew About Raising a Child with Special Needs

It stands to reason that the people in one’s life—be they acquaintances, friends, neighbors, family members, teachers, doctors or baristas—don’t really know what it’s like to raise a child whose needs, challenges and gifts are different from those of the average child. Unless they have walked that path themselves. Baltimore’s …

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Your Child’s End-of-Year Checklist Stopping summer brain drain

Whether it’s called “summer slide,” “summer brain drain” or “summer learning loss,” the National Summer Learning Association claims that loss of academic skills over the summer is a distinct, measured phenomenon. Teachers agree. Before she retired, Caren Cranston taught at an all-girls elementary school for 40 years. She says she’d …

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The Bennett Blazers Forging a unique athletic community and, in some cases, blazing a trail to the Paralympics.

Olive Weidenhammer’s mother Elizabeth recalls her three-year-old daughter’s excitement before joining big sister Willow’s basketball league. But Elizabeth could tell Olive was also a little nervous. Whatever fears Olive may have harbored, they appeared to dissipate the moment Olive saw her new teammates. “Mom!” Olive exclaimed. “Everyone here’s in a …

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