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Treatments for Kids with Migraine Headaches

Ask the Experts by Lalitha Sivaswamy, MD

What are some of the common treatments for kids who have migraine headaches?

There are two groups of medicines used --"rescue medications" are what you would use when you get a migraine when you are in school or when you need relief right away. There are good rescue medications nowadays including certain inhalants, oral pills and even injectables. It depends on your level of comfort and what works best for you. Examples of these drugs include sumatriptan and rizatriptan.

Some other children have very frequent headaches for which using a daily medication may be a better option.

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HOLLYFEST 2012 a Great Success

The Family Center thanks all of our sponsors, supporters and friends who gathered for HOLLYFEST's Diamond Anniversary Celebration. A record number of attendees made for a record-breaking fundraiser in all respects.

As always, the hospitality and charm of the Grosse Pointe Club helped make for an enjoyable evening and a great way to kick off the season while raising funds for the continued success of The Family Center.

Thanks also to the Grosse Pointe News for front-page coverage of the festivities!

The HOLLYFEST committee will soon be getting plans underway for next year, so sponsorship opportunities and auction item placements will soon be available.


Program Planning

The Family Center is planning for the future - and you can help shape it! Please participate in our community poll. It will only take a minute and it will help define the types of programs and presentations that we bring to you. Click the Read more link below to continue to the poll.

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Help Your Child Succeed Using Their Personal Learning Style

Ask the Experts by Michael Richman

Q: How can parents determine their child's "learning style" and what are some tips to help students succeed in school based on their particular "learning style"?

A. How each child reaches his/her full academic potential is something every parent is yearning to know. What's your child's "learning style" - visual, auditory or kinesthetic?

Identifying one's learning style allows students to score higher on tests, have better attitudes and become more efficient. Students learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing and experiencing things first hand. But for most students, one of these methods stands out.Your "learning style" may be the single most important key to improving your grades. Research has shown that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal learning styles.

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Managing Childhood Diabetes with Good Nutrition

Ask the Experts by Sarah Yandall

I am a parent seeking information as to how to manage my child's diabetes with good nutrition, thank you for your help in addressing my questions. Why is good nutrition essential to manage both type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Making good food choices is essential for blood sugar management. Focusing on how much carbohydrate is in each meal and snack, is a must for keeping blood sugars within range. We know now that all carbohydrates raise blood sugar so the focus is on counting carbohydrates rather than looking at sugars. A meal that has a good balance of protein, carbohydrate, fat and fiber will slow absorption from sugars into the bloodstream.

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Keeping Kids Busy in the Fall and Winter at Play Central

Ask The Experts by Carla Whitton, Play Central Coordinator

Q: It's already fall and the weather makes it hard to get my little ones outside. Do you have any advice on how to survive the fall and winter with them?

A: Young children certainly have limitless amounts of energy. Many parents begin to feel cooped up when the weather gets cooler.

There are lots of great indoor options for poor-weather playtime. Most parents have tried out McDonald's playland, The Bounce House, and Eastland's play area.

Why not try something new? One great local choice many people don't know about is Play Central. Play Central is a drop-in open play group run by The Family Center, a local non-profit organization.

The program begins in October, when it starts getting kind of cold for outdoor play. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, we meet in the gym at Barnes Early Childhood Center. We offer both a morning session from 9 am to 11 am, and an afternoon session from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. It costs just $5 each visit for the whole family.

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Could My Child have Dyslexia?

Ask the Experts by Ann Laciura 

Q: My second-grade son is smart and tries his best in school, but he still struggles with reading, spelling and remembering even his address. Could this mean he has a learning disability?

A. An unexplained inability to process language could well be dyslexia. Dyslexia, a genetic, neurological condition, simply means the brain is wired differently than most brains.

The condition, which experts estimate affects up to 20 percent of the population, has nothing to do with intelligence. In fact many of the brightest minds in history were dyslexic: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, to name a few.

The common characteristics of dyslexia include:

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College Accommodations for Students with a Disability

Ask the Experts by Marianne Balton ACSW, PhD Candidate

Q: My daughter had an IEP in high school and is now on her way to college. How can I make sure she gets the help she needs for her learning disability? 

The best way a parent can help a daughter who is transitioning from high school to college is to support her autonomy. Once a student has been accepted into a college or university, she is expected to navigate independently, as an adult.

Because the laws which govern services in higher education differ greatly from those of K-12, parents and students need to be aware of these differences in order to maximize ease of service attainment. In K-12, parents participate in the IEP process, but are excluded from the arranging of accommodations in higher education unless the student authorizes them to do so in writing with a FERPA waiver.

Colleges and universities are not obligated to contact students to recruit them for accommodations; but rather, students are obligated to contact the university disability service office to identify their needs and request services. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ensures that adults receive accommodations when the student makes the request, and provides qualifying documentation. 

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When Should My High Schooler Start College Planning?

Ask the Experts by Beth Walsh-Sahutske & Milissa Pierce

Striking the right balance in helping your child through the college preparation process is no simple task.

Parents want to instill a college mindset and encourage their child to maintain high standards while still keeping an eye on family/life stability. The potential to disrupt home with stress to child and parents is great. The optimal solution is to re-frame the approach that the whole family takes towards the college investigation process.

If we look at it developmentally like the natural evolution of the student's life cycle then we can more effectively integrate the research, application and selection process into this next phase of life and the dream of college becomes to find the perfect match instead of the treasured prize.

Q: My child just started high school. Is it too early to start talking about college?

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Successful Transitions from Preschool to Kindergarten

ASK THE EXPERTS by Dorothy Heitjan, Deb Kraft and Kristen DeVooght 

Q.  How can we as parents help our preschooler make a successful transition into Kindergarten?

It is vital in the preschool years to provide your child with the experiences that will build the foundation for later success in school. Keep in mind the amazing developmental changes that occur in a child's body and brain during the preschool years. In order to help your child build these neural connections, parents should provide:

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Relational Aggression and Bullying: What Can Schools Do About It?

Ask the Experts by Georgia Michalopoulou, Ph.D.

Q: I am a Middle School Counselor. What can we as educators, counselors and Schools do about bullying?

Relational aggression or bullying is a behavior that is intended to harm someone by damaging or manipulating his or her relationships with others. It is a serious issue that affects kids as early as preschool age and can continue into adult workplaces.

The National Education Association reports that as many as 160,000 kids miss school every day out of fear of being victimized by such behaviors.

Bullying can be difficult for an outsider to observe, identify or prove for a variety of reasons. A roll of the eyes, a heavy sigh, a snub in the hallway, or exclusion at the lunch table; are all subtle examples of discrete bullying.

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Relational Aggression and Bullying: What Can Parents Do About It?

Ask the Experts by Georgia Michalopoulou, Ph.D.

Q: I am parent of both a middle school student and high school student. I occasionally hear from my children about issues of bullying in their daily lives. What can parents do about relational aggression and bullying?

Relational aggression is a form of bullying. It consists of manipulating relationships to exert control over another child, or harming another child by damaging his or her friendships or reputation.

This kind of behavior is a growing concern for parents as it can sadly lead to life-long consequences and even death. Research shows that students who have been the targets of relational aggression have:

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Developing Healthy Relationships at Home, School and in the Community

Ask the Experts by Eric Herman, MA, LLP, DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan

Q: As an parent I know that there are many benefits to developing healthy relationships at home, work and in the community. What tips can you share to help me teach my children those benefits so that they can better navigate school and throughout life?

What are some practical tips on how individuals can develop healthy relationships at home, school and the community?

Parents are the model for their children as to how to relate or have a relationship with the world. For good or bad, what a child learns or does not learn at home, will have a significant impact on his or her ability to have healthy, effective and satisfying relationships with others.

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