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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

Helping Children Improve Language Skills in Social Situations

Ask the Experts by Michelle Harr and Amy McIntyre

Q: My son does well when he is with his speech therapist, but doesn't seem to be able to manage his communication disability in social situations. How can I help him?

A: This can be frustrating but hang in there! Children first need to master goals in an individual setting and then begin to transfer these skills into other environments. Often children need some assistance in transferring these skills into social situations, as well as a number ...

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Help for Caregivers: the Creating Confident Caregivers Program

Ask the Experts by Carolyn Van Dorn

Q: I am taking care of my aging mother who has dementia and have been feeling overwhelmed and anxious - like I'm not doing things right. What might be available to people in my situation that could help me feel secure in taking care of her?

A: Yours is a very common reaction. Most people in your stage of life worry about giving their parents the best possible care, just as your parents likely did when you were growing up.

Many communities have options - through ...

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Groups for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Ask the Experts by Maurya Kay

Q: My son recently told us he was gay. My husband and I are very supportive and accepting, but would like to know what groups might be available to him/us as we move together on this path?

A: As we discover that our children will evolved and be shaped differently than we might have imagined, we can sometimes fear we might all be judged by our community to be an "other" rather than "one of us." This may be a reason many individuals struggle with their own, their ...

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Is "Life Insurance for Less" Really a Good Deal?

Ask the Experts by Dan H. Tripp CLU

Q: I've seen several ads for touting life insurance for less if I call an 800 number. I know I need life insurance, but is this the way I should go?

A: My initial response to this question is that you should do what is the most comfortable or convenient for you. If you don't have the time or the inclination to meet with an agent, then perhaps this is for you.

But before you do, here are some things to consider:

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Refocus and Improve Your Mood

Ask the Experts by Marla Ruhana

Q: I often feel depressed as I don't seem to have enough time to complete projects or be with family and friends. I'm drawn to social media and worry I'm missing out. How can I refocus?

A: This is a real problem for many. Sadly, social media often consumes too much of our time.

Insignificant distractions can do irreversible damage. The key is learning to manage our distractions by implementing increased focus and self-awareness.

Technology can become a rut, a ...

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