Brain Balance Centers (Midlothian, VA) is hosting an Open House on July 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This special event will include a Parents Panel where parents of children that have recently completed the Brain Balance program will share their experiences. Come visit our center, meet our staff and learn more about how Brain Balance is helping families in the Midlothian community! Save your spot by calling us today at (804) 379-0007
AfterHours Pediatrics NOW OPEN
If you feel like your child should see us and it can’t wait until office hours, head to our new walk-in clinic, AfterHours Pediatrics.
No Appointment Necessary
Weeknights 6 PM to 9 PM
Weekends 1 PM to 7 PM
Staffed by our pediatricians
Access to your child’s medical records
Feel free to stop by and take a tour. Or, just come by when you need us.
Mind – Body – Art Group for Teens ages 13-18
Next Start Date: July 10th, 2017
Emotional awareness & exploration is not always easy but through the power of art and mind-body practices participants will better understand, release, and regulate anxieties, fears, sadness, as well as joys & successes. Art therapy, yoga and other sensory experiences will be used to develop healthy coping skills, release anxiety, heal from past and present traumas, and connect with others in a meaningful and healthy way. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome to join.
May and June are crazy months in my house! I’m sure those of you with kids in school know exactly what I am talking about. In MY house, everyone is going in a million different directions. Work, tests, projects, games, afterschool activities! With one son driving, both kids involved in WAY too many activities and ready for summer, and a husband who commutes to New Jersey 4 days a week, we hardly see each other.
A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected by Courtney Westlake
When Courtney Westlake’s family was given the shocking news that their daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a severe, life-threatening skin disorder, they began to discover a new and different beautiful in their lives–one that values extraordinary differences and appreciates the wonderful sameness found in humanity. In A Different Beautiful, Courtney explores what her family has discovered in raising a child with physical differences and what she has learned about true beauty. Through her personal insights and experiences, Courtney shares how you, too, can learn to find and celebrate God’s version of beautiful in your life, especially within our differences and struggles.
I must admit, one of my favorite things about working with knowdifferent.net is finding events that are geared towards and benefitting the special needs community. There are so many happenings in and around RVA, especially now, with warmer temperatures and beautiful sunny days. Just check out our on-line calendar and you will be amazed at the number of 5K races, outdoor events, and family friendly outings.
Books for Autism Awareness Month
My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop (Author), Craig Bishop (Illustrator)
My Friend with Autism is the incredible result of parent Beverly Bishop’s determination to educate her son’s classmates about autism, thus helping her son fit in at school. A peer narrator explains that his friend with autism is good at some things and not so good at others—just like everyone else! In an informative, positive tone, he addresses issues such as: Sensory Sensitivity, Communication Differences, Unique Ways of Playing, and Insistence on Routine.
My oldest turns 17 at the end of the month; my youngest will be 15 shortly after.
I am incredibly proud of my kids! I get excited for band concerts and soccer games. I share in their success with a good grade on a test and take pictures at recognition ceremonies. I am happy for them when they accomplish a goal that they set out to do, share in their disappointment if they fall short, and I always try to remind them how proud I am for trying their best.
This month we are sharing books on tolerance & kindness.Tricia Greene, KNOWDifferent’s community liaison, takes over the monthly column. If there are books you would like her to look into or topics you want covered, email her here and she will be on it!
Editor’s Note- Tricia has been working with me on KNOWDifferent for the last year and I thought it would be a great addition to have her voice be heard as a mom who is raising 2 “typical” children and working in the community with so many of our incredible sponsors. I think it will be a great addition to our monthly pieces.