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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.

Vision is more than 20/20

Ask the Experts by Danna Haba, OD, FCOVD

Q: My child passed the vision screening tests in school how could she have a vision problem?

A: Vision is more than 20/20. A learning-related visual problem directly affects how we learn, read, or sustain close work. Visual problems in any of the following areas can have a significant impact on learning:

  • eye tracking skills - eyes following a line of print
  • eye teaming skills - two eyes working together as a synchronized team
  • binocular vision - simultaneously ...

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Life Changing Events

by Marla Ruhana, LMSW

Q-I am graduating from college, I should be so excited, why aren't I happy? I feel so anxious, can you help?

A-I recently saw a discussion on why films about weddings do well in theatres. Why? Because we all like watching films that feature life-changing events. Every human identifies with the birth of baby, death of loved one, a wedding, selling a home, retirement.

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Enforcing Facebook Rules

Ask the Experts by Kathy Rager, executive director, CARE

Q:  I am really frustrated.  My 15 year old daughter knows the rules regarding what she can post on Facebook but tonight when I viewed her page I found a picture of her in a very revealing bathing suit and several nasty remarks, including four letter words, about her algebra teacher.  When I confronted her she said that all the kids are doing it and it doesn’t mean anything.  How do I handle this?

A:  I can ...

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When should my child have a cell phone?

Ask The Experts by David M. Benson, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Q:  When should a child/teen be able to carry a cell phone?

A:  As a therapist, this is a question that is commonly asked by parents of children all ages.  Technology has certainly changed since the days we as parents grew up.  “Back in the day,” it was not uncommon to see people driving in their vehicles with a large cellular phone with a long cord attached to the cigarette lighter outlet.  Now days, some ...

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Alcohol Free Parties

Ask the Experts by Kathy Rager, executive director, CARE

Q:  My 17 year old daughter will be 18 in July and she wants a combination birthday and graduation party.  I know that it is wise to not serve alcohol at teen parties but I am afraid that none of my friends will come.  Alcohol use is legal for adults and I feel that a non alcoholic party punishes me.  I am also concerned that the teens may drink too much and I will get in legal trouble.

A:  I hate to be blunt but ...

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