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Family Resource Book 2O21 Health and Wellness Education and Child Care Enrichment Programs Special Needs Camps and Summer Programs Family Fun and more!


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INSIDE sections

RESOURCES & SUPPORT SPECIAL NEEDS

EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

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ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

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FAMILY FUN

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

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CAMPS & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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Protecting your family this summer and beyond

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Special needs resource guide

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Online learning resources and activities guide

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Family Favorites winners

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Coping during a crisis

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Social skills blossom at summer camp

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WELCOME TO THE 2021 FAMILY RESOURCE BOOK Sometimes it’s hard not to talk about our families’ experiences last year in 2020 or the challenges we’re still facing in 2021 without resorting to words that have, by now, become painful cliches: unprecedented, uncertain times, new normal, pivot… But no matter which words you use, we’re all in this together. See, it’s unavoidable. This year’s Family Resource Book also includes some of that pandemic-related inevitability. In putting together our annual toolkit for Granite State families, we included many of the normal resources you rely upon whether parenting through a pandemic or not. We’ve got the results of a statewide survey of familiy favorites, from entertainment and retail to health care, food and more. This is an indispensable list of tried-and-true, family-tested recommendations from parents just like you. We’ve also got directories covering health and wellness, attractions, summer camps and programs, and services and retail. But beyond the resources that would be relevant in any year, we’ve included feature stories that will lend some insight into where families are right now in 2021. Because on a practical level, we’re still dealing with the pandemic. Some of our kids continue to learn remotely, some are in school on a hybrid model, and some who are ostensibly in school full time still experience stretches of remote learning after a classmate or teacher is exposed to COVID-19. For our lead story, writer Krysten Godfrey Maddocks talked to doctors regarding how parents can prepare for the summer: the impact of the vaccine on summer plans, the availability

of a vaccine for teens, the possibility of spring sports, how long we may need to wear masks and continue social distancing, as well as tips for staying safe while enjoying the summer. We also provide a guide for online learning and activites, and information about COVID19-driven mental health issues. This latter is of deep concern to the health care and education community as the pandemic drags on. We believe it’s critical to acknowledge these mental health issues, and to destigmatize them and their treatment. We hope this story helps. In all, we’re confident we’ve provided your family with a solid mix of timely features and useful directories to help you pivot toward unprecedented success during this new normal.

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Protecting your family this summer and beyond BY KRYSTEN GODFREY MADDOCKS

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ith COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon, parents are hopeful that their children will be able to enjoy sports, camping and fun-filled days at the beach. While inoculations will provide some protection, doctors urge families to remain vigilant in their health and safety practices throughout the summer. Because vaccines have yet to be approved for use in children and teens, for the next several months everyone will still need to follow state guidance and the CDC protocols related to mask wearing, social distancing and hand-washing. We talked to three New Hampshire pediatricians to help you better understand how the vaccine will help reduce risk, what to do while you wait for your shots and how to safely get back to the activities you enjoy.

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Vaccines have not yet been authorized for children. Will my children be safe this summer in the absence of a vaccine? Is it worth getting them vaccinated when it becomes available? Many parents are concerned that because their children will not be eligible for vaccines, their kids could be left unprotected at school or summer camp. The good news is that as more adults get vaccinated, the overall community rates of infection will decrease, according to Dr. Susanne Tanski, MD, a pediatrician and section chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Although clinical trials for teens are now in progress, it will be a few months before scientists know how well these vaccines work in younger adolescents. And it may be even longer before we know how effective they are for kids under 12, Tanski said. “If the vaccine shows safety and efficacy as expected, I would absolutely encourage parents to get their teens vaccinated,” she said. “While we have seen that our young people overall have had relatively mild illnesses as compared to older adults, some kids indeed have had severe disease and some have died. We also know that a small number of kids and young adults have had a delayed illness that has been linked to COVID infection that is a multisystem inflammatory syndrome. To me, it would be absolutely worth preventing the infection and risk in the first place with a successful vaccine.” Dr. Pamela Beahm, MD, a pediatrician at St. Joseph Hospital Pediatrics in Nashua, agrees that there are risks to not vaccinating your older child or teen. “The risk of not vaccinating is that your children will be more susceptible to catching COVID-19 when they come into contact with it,” she said. “COVID is continuing to circulate in the community. The more people who are

vaccinated, the more we can get that under control. Although we know kids don’t get the disease as severely as adults, there are kids who get a severe case of the disease — and there’s no predicting who that might be.” Dr. Kristen Johnson, MD, a pediatrician with Core Physicians in Exeter, said that although the long-term side effects of the coronavirus vaccines are not yet known, neither are the long-term effects of contracting the coronavirus. “The risks of not vaccinating your teenager would be complications of the illness for themselves as well as for friends, family and the community,” she said.

I am a low-risk adult with lowrisk children. Should I still get vaccinated for COVID-19? Everyone lands somewhere on the spectrum of risk when it comes to how they’ll react to the coronavirus, and that can be hard to determine. For example, someone who has significant lung disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes is at high risk for severe infection, hospitalization and death; however, someone who works with the public and interacts with many people is potentially at a higher risk of infection overall due to repeated exposure, Tanski said. “We know infection alone, even with mild disease, carries potential long-term effects,” she said. “You may know someone who had very minimal symptoms, but weeks and weeks later still cannot smell or taste. Or you may know people who have persistent fatigue, even after a mild illness. All of this is to say that it is worth all of the things we are doing to prevent infection — masking, physical distancing and hand-washing — and vaccination when available.” In addition, many cases of COVID-19 are spread through close household contact, and the more immune you are, the less likely you are to transmit the disease to someone in your household, Beahm said.

“(By getting vaccinated) you can help protect elderly grandparents and older people and others who might be higher risk,” she said. “At this point, we can’t protect children, so protecting the adults in your household is important.” Johnson recommends that lower-risk parents absolutely get vaccinated when it’s their turn. Not only will they protect the greater community, but they will also reduce time they or their families would potentially have to spend in quarantine. “One significant challenge for many families has been quarantining after exposure to a positive patient,” she said. “This requires a 10-day quarantine even if you have no symptoms. The new guidelines will recommend that no quarantine will be needed for an exposure if you have no symptoms and more than two weeks have passed since you received two doses of vaccine. This will allow more people to stay in work or school and make things less challenging in the setting of quarantine/isolation guidelines.”

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed and approved very quickly. Should I be worried? Vaccines are heavily studied and safe tools that protect us as individuals and communities against infectious diseases, Tanski said. Parents should not be any more concerned about one of their children or family members receiving this vaccine as they would any other. “We have been so fortunate that science was ready to respond to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, allowing us to fight this pandemic as quickly as this. Every step of the vaccine development pathway has been followed, and the safety follow-up for COVID-19 vaccines is essentially the same as it has been for all other vaccine trials,” she said. “What’s different with COVID vaccine is that we have not yet completed the usual two-year follow-up period; however, no other

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CAMPERS WELCOME:

have to wear masks. However, any time the groups mix, they would,” he said.

Last year, just four of the state’s 95 overnight camps were open to children due to the coronavirus. This year, the New Hampshire Reopening Task Force approved safety guidelines that would make overnight camping a possibility this summer. The group also approved new guidelines that would apply to day camps and playground programs offered by municipalities, private day camp providers and youth organizations. These guidelines are currently awaiting final approval from Gov. Chris Sununu.

YMCA day camps did open to campers last year but operated at reduced capacities relative to the amount of indoor space available at each site. The camps rely on indoor space to run programming on rainy days but need enough space for children to safely socially distance. This summer, day camps will operate similarly, Hanson said. Children will be divided into small groups and receive daily temperature checks. However, this year, due to the state mask ordinance, children would be required to wear masks most of the day when they cannot maintain social distancing. Groups will not take field trips to water parks or other attractions. Yet, the YMCA will offer limited transportation available to allow children to get to and from day camp.

New guidelines open up outdoor opportunities

Camp Mi-Te-Na in Alton (founded in 1913) and Camp Foss in Strafford (founded in 1923) are two YMCA overnight camps that took a pause last year due to the pandemic, according to Matt Hanson, executive director of camping services for the Granite YMCA. The Granite YMCA operates the two overnight camps and day camps in the towns of Greenland, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester, Londonderry and Rochester. This year, the overnight camps are ready to open their doors to a combined 1,000 boys and girls, and the day camps expect to welcome an additional 3,000 children. Hanson said the YMCA has worked with peers in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont to develop camping guidelines for staff, campers and their families. For example, the staff working at the two overnight camps would be required to take a coronavirus test and show a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival, quarantine on site for 10 days, and then undergo additional testing three to five days after their arrival. Campers would be required to do the same. “The difference between last year and this year is that our knowledge of testing is so much better,” he said. Children would be divided into cohorts based on their cabin group, comprised of about eight campers and two staff members, Hanson said. “Within their cabin groups, they would not

vaccines that have been licensed in the United States have been found to have unexpected long-term safety problems. This is very reassuring to me as a physician, mom and recipient of the vaccine myself!”

Should it be safe for kids to return to sports this spring? This fall and winter, many youth sports across the state were canceled, restricted to specific geographic areas or were off-limits to fans. The Governor’s Reopening Task Force this winter recently updated its Safer at Home Amateur and Youth Sport guidelines, which call for ample safety precautions including masking and social distancing. Pediatricians agree this is likely to stay in place for spring and summer sports. “Today, our rates of community infection remain higher than they were when some of our kids were playing sports in the fall,” Tanski said. “We also know that some sports activities have been drivers of

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Michele Sheppard, chief operating officer for the Granite YMCA, said the organization has never stopped preparing for summer camp and believes it is important to open up camping opportunities to New Hampshire youth. Since last September, YMCA staff have revised programs to be more conducive to social distancing. From ropes-course training to swimming lessons to specialty camps that include cooking, music and the arts, the goal has been to figure out a way to open camp safely. “Anything we can do to ensure there are safe spaces for children to be in — whether that’s after school, in support of remote learning or at summer camp — it behooves us all to do that. We want kids out in an environment that stimulates them. With our facilities open, we are doing the best we can to bring that to as many kids as possible,” she said. TO REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE GRANITE YMCA CAMPS, VISIT GRANITEYMCA.ORG/CAMPS

infection spread, leading to a lot of kids and families being affected.” One positive aspect: Spring and summer sports move kids outdoors, away from crowded gyms and rinks. Open fields mean better ventilation and the ability for coaches, players and fans to keep their distance. Keeping kids active is important to supporting their overall health and development, Beahm said, and parents should encourage sports so long as their kids are able to participate in them safely. Certain sports, particularly those where players are in close contact and are apt to breathing heavily, pose a higher risk. Wearing masks and avoiding close contact can help mitigate that risk, she said.

Will masks and social distancing be required throughout the spring and summer, even after adults have been vaccinated? While many families are tired of covering up with a mask or miss


socializing with friends, they should stand ready to mask up and keep their distance for the longer haul. While many may be tired of adhering to this routine, they should not back off yet, Tanski said. “Our rates of community infection are still much higher than they were last spring at the start of the pandemic. We saw how quickly infections can increase, especially after our Thanksgiving and winter holidays,” she said. “Now that infection rates are starting to come down, we need to stay on top of our actions and encourage our kids to keep up their good work.” Beahm agrees that even if most of your family has received a vaccine, vaccines are never 100% effective. “If someone who is vaccinated gets exposed, it prevents them from getting severe disease and helps decrease transmissions,” she said. “But you can still shed it and carry it in small amounts and to a lesser degree. You decrease the chance of getting a severe form of the disease and reduce your risk of transmission, but it’s still not zero.” Another reason why masking and social distancing will continue to be important is that COVID-19 has mutated into new strains, Johnson said. For example, New Hampshire saw its first case of the U.K. variant in mid-February. “This may continue based on emerging strains and changes that are happening within the virus itself, as well as the challenges facing our public health community in terms of consistent messaging across the state or country,” she said. “While vaccines are incredibly effective, 95% protected means 5% not protected, and until we have a very high percentage of people who are protected, you will want to maintain personal safety by wearing masks and socially distancing.”

What other tips do you have for keeping safe? • Even if you start visiting family members who’ve been vaccinated, keep wearing a mask and keeping your social distance. • While vacation destinations may be open for business, some choices are safer than others. Renting a home with your family where you can socially distance might be a safer choice than going to an amusement park where there are lots of people. However, if you do opt for a crowded vacation destination, it’s important to wear a good mask, wash that mask often and understand that you are putting yourself in a higher-risk situation, Beahm said. • Keep practicing good hand hygiene throughout the summer months. Maintaining the integrity of your skin and mucous membranes are important components in keeping yourself protected from infectious diseases, Johnson said. This means keeping your skin hydrated and preventing it from cracking and drying. You should also maintain good humidity in your home and keep your nasal passages moist, she said. • COVID-19 recommendations are continually evolving. Be mindful of new guidelines that come from your child’s physician, school nurse, town health officers, the state of New Hampshire and the CDC. ✪ Krysten Godfrey Maddocks is a former journalist and marketing director who now regularly writes for higher education and technology organizations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Resources&Support Adoption and Foster Care ADOPT NH — ­ adoptnh.org Adoptive Families for Children 18 Centre St., Concord 228-6712, adoptivefamiliesforchildren.com Ascentria Care Alliance 261 Sheep Davis Rd., A-1, Concord 224-8111, ascentria.org With locations in Concord and Manchester, Ascentria provides intensive-level foster care services for children in need of a stable and healthy living environment to help them heal from their past trauma and reach their full potential. Foster parents are provided individualized therapeutic case management, a generous daily stipend, respite, training and 24/7 on-call crisis support. Call 603622-8111 to learn about becoming a foster parent. Bethany Christian Services 183 High St., Candia 483-2886, bethany.org/candia Catholic Charities New Hampshire 100 William Loeb Dr., Unit 3, Manchester 669-3030, cc-nh.org

Catholic Charities New Hampshire 100 William Loeb Dr., Unit 3, Manchester 669-3030, cc-nh.org Child Care Aware of NH 1-855-393-1731 nh.childcareaware.org Community Action Program — Belknap/Merrimack counties 2 Industrial Park Dr., Concord 225-3295, bm-cap.org Community Action Partnership of Strafford County 577 Central Ave., Suite 10, Dover 435-2500, straffordcap.org Community Action Program Tri-County Cap 30 Exchange St., Berlin 752-7001, tccap.org Community Bridges, Inc. 70 Pembroke Road, Concord 225-4153, communitybridgesnh.org Court Appointed Special Advocates of NH (CASA) 138 Coolidge Ave., Manchester 626-4600, casanh.org

New Hope For Children 130 Central Ave., Dover 842-4794, newhopeadoption.com

Easterseals NH Child Development and Family Resource Center 555 Auburn St., Manchester 623-8863, eastersealsnh.org

NH Foster & Adoptive Parent Association nhfapa.org

Granite United Way graniteuw.org

Waypoint 464 Chestnut St., Manchester 518-4000, waypointnh.org

HAVEN Violence Prevention and Support Services 20 International Dr., Suite 300, Portsmouth 436-4107, havennh.org 24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline: 1-603-994-7233

Information and Support Services 2-1-1: Your link to resources available in NH Dial 211 or go to 211nh.org Alateen/Al-Anon 369-6930, nhal-anon.org Alcoholics Anonymous 1-800-593-3330, nhaa.net Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support 28 Concord St., Nashua 16 Elm St., Suite 2, Milford 24-hour crisis hotline: 883-3044 bridgesnh.org

Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program 129 Pleasant St., Concord 800-897-5323, dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/ clpp Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St., Keene 352-2253, hcsservices.org MADD — Mothers Against Drunk Driving 24-hour victim hotline: 877-MADD-HELP madd.org

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Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester 401Cypress St., Manchester 668-4111, mhcgm.org New Hampshire Children’s Trust 10 Ferry St., Suite 307, Concord 224-1279, nhchildrenstrust.org New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Concord, 224-8893 24-hour domestic violence hotline: 866-644-3574 24-hour sexual assault hotline: 800-277-5570 nhcadsv.org New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association nhcra.org Southern New Hampshire Services 40 Pine St., Manchester 668-8010, snhs.org Southwestern Community Services 63 Community Way, Keene 352-7512 96-102 Main St., Claremont 542-9528 scshelps.org United Way of Greater Nashua 20 Broad St., Nashua 882-4011, unitedwaynashua.org United Way of the Greater Seacoast Pease International Tradeport 112 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth 436-5554, uwgs.org United Ways of New Hampshire uwnh.org UNH Cooperative Extension extension.unh.edu Volunteer Income Tax Assistance — Free Tax Preparation Services nhtaxhelp.org Waypoint 464 Chestnut St., Manchester 518-4000, waypointnh.org

Crisis Intervention American Red Cross — New Hampshire/Vermont region 225-6697, redcross.org/local/ new-hampshire-vermont

Angie’s Shelter for Women Manchester 668-8698 Child Abuse Reporting (NH Division of Health & Human Services) 800-894-5533 Child Help — National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453, childhelp.org Cross Roads House: A Secure and Transitional Shelter 600 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth 436-2218, crossroadshouse.org Families In Transition — New Horizons 122 Market St., Manchester 641-9441, fitnh.org Families in Transition — New Horizons (food pantry, soup kitchen) 199 Manchester St., Manchester 641-9441 x221, newhorizonsfornh.org The Front Door Agency 7 Concord St., Nashua 886-2866, frontdooragency.org GreenPath Financial Wellness 800-550-1961; greenpath.com Manchester Community Resource Center 434 Lake Ave., Manchester 647-8967, mcrcnh.com Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester 201 Cypress St., Manchester 668-4111, mhcgm.org For the Mobile Crisis Response Team, which operates 24/7/365, call 800-688-3544. Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP) 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-511-6287 Nashua Children’s Association 125 Amherst St., Nashua 883-3851, nashuachildrenshome.org Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter 2 Quincy St., Nashua 889-7770, nsks.org NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator nhtreatment.org NH Statewide Addiction Crisis hotline 844-711-4357 mcvprevention.org featured advertiser listings


Planned Parenthood of Northern New England 866-476-1321, plannedparenthood.org/ planned-parenthood-northern-new-england The Partnership for a Drug-Free NH 573-3300 drugfreenh.org Samaritans 24-hour crisis hotline: 357-5505 samaritansnh.org SHARE Program 1 Columbus Ave., Milford 673-9898, sharenh.org The Youth Council 112 West Pearl St., Nashua 889-1090, theyouthcouncil.org

Government and State Resources New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights 2 Industrial Park Dr., Concord 271-2767, state.nh.us/hrc New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services 129 Pleasant St., Concord 844-275-3447 District offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Conway, Keene, Laconia, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester dhhs.state.nh.us New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services — Bureau of Family Assistance 800-852-3345, dhhs.nh.gov/dfa New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services — Division for Children, Youth & Families 800-894-5533, dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf

New Hampshire Employment Security 45 South Fruit St., Concord 224-3311 Full-service offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Conway, Keene, Laconia, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem, Somersworth; satellite offices In Colebrook and Plymouth nh.gov/nhes New Hampshire Fish & Game Department 11 Hazen Dr., Concord 271-3421, wildlife.state.nh.us New Hampshire Housing 32 Constitution Dr., Bedford 800-640-7239 nhhfa.org New Hampshire State House Visitor’s Center 107 North Main St., Room 119, Concord, 271-2154 nh.gov New Hampshire State Library 20 Park St., Concord 271-2144 nh.gov/nhsl New Hampshire Travel Council nhtravelcouncil.com New Hampshire Women’s Foundation 18 Low Ave., Suite 205, Concord 226-3355, nhwomensfoundation.org

Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center 719 North Main St., Laconia 524-8811, lrcs.org/family-resource-center

Legal Assistance NH Lawyer Referral Services 2 Pillsbury St., Ste. 300, Concord 229-0002, nhbar.org The NH Lawyer Referral Service, a free public service of the NH Bar Association, offers guidance in selecting and hiring a qualified, competent and insured attorney. Trained staff reviews the legal matter and attempts to connect members of the public with the right attorney or other community resources.

Our Place 16 Oak St., Manchester, 647-2244; 3 Crown St., Nashua, 889-9431 cc-nh.org/programs/ourplace Parent Information Center 54 Old Suncook Rd., Concord 224-7005, picnh.org Thr River Center – A Family & Community Resource Center 9 Vose Farm Rd., Suite 115, Peterborough 924-6800, rivercenter.us

New Hampshire Legal Assistance 800-639-5290, nhlegalaid.org

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Riverbend Community Mental Health 228-1600 Mobile crisis services hotline: 1-844-743-5748 riverbendcmhc.org

Adult Learning Center 40 Arlington St., Nashua, 598-8303 4 Lake St., Nashua, 882-9080 adultlearningcenter.org The Children’s Place and Parent Education Center 27 Burns Ave., Concord 224-9920, thechildrensplacenh.org

Salem Family Resources —Success By 6 — The Learning Cooperative Early Education & Enrichment Program The Haigh School, 24 School St., Salem 305-6513, salemfamilyresources.org

Families First Health & Support Center 100 Campus Dr., Suite 12, Portsmouth 422-8208, familiesfirstseacoast.org

TLC Family Resource Center 109 Pleasant St., Claremont 542-1848, tlcfamilyrc.org

The Family Resource Center 123 Main St., Gorham 466-5190, frc123.org

NH Medicaid dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley 93 South Main St., West Lebanon 298-9524, gbuv.org

NHHEAF (New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation) 4 Barrell Court, Concord nhheaf.org

The Grapevine – Family & Community Resource Center 4 Aiken St., Antrim 588-2620, grapevinenh.org

WIC Nutrition Program 800-942-4321, signupwic.com

Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center 5 Prospect St., Tilton 286-4255, gtafrc.com

The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center 36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry 437-8477, urteachers.org White Birch Center 51 Hall Ave., Henniker 428-7860, whitebirchcc.org

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Special Needs This Resource Guide was originally published in the 2020 edition of Stepping Stones NH, a publication produced in partnership with the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. To view a digital edition of Stepping Stones NH, go to: nhmagazine.com/family

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New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities

Resource Guide

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he New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities has compiled this listing to help people with disabilities and their families find the information, services and supports they

need. A complete version of the resource guide is available online at www.nhddresources.wordpress.com or by calling (603) 271-7038. INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES, GUIDEBOOKS AND ONLINE RESOURCES Maneuvering Through the Maze

nhfv.org/how-we-can-help/ resources/ A comprehensive resource guide of state health and human services agencies, educational resources, private associations and organizations that serve people in New Hampshire with physical, developmental, mental health and chronic illnesses and their families, from birth to adulthood. Produced by NH Family Voices.

NH Family Voices

(603) 271-4525, (800) 852-3345 ext. 4525 (in NH only) nhfv.org A “Family to Family Health and Education Center” assisting families of children and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges. Provides one-to-one phone assistance, educational materials,

online resources, a lending library and quarterly newsletter. Funded by state and federal grants, as well as donations from community partners and supporters.

available on many disability-related topics. Federally funded Protection and Advocacy Center.

Parent Information Center on Special Education (PIC)

(866) 634-9412 nh.gov/servicelink

54 Old Suncook Rd., Concord (603) 224-7005, (800) 947-7005 nhspecialed.org

Telephone/email support to families with questions about early supports and services, special education and other disability-related concerns, interactive workshops for parents, volunteer advocate training and informational materials (online and printed). Funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education.

Disability Rights Center – NH (DRC)

(603) 228-0432, (800) 834-1721 (V/TTY) drcnh.org Information, referral, advice and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues. Online resources and materials

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ServiceLink Aging & Disability Resource Centers From local offices throughout the state, ServiceLink helps individuals access long-term services, supports and resources, access family caregiver information, explore options and understand and access Medicare and Medicaid. After-hours appointments are available as needed. Callers are automatically connected to the ServiceLink office in their area. Funded by the state of New Hampshire and federal government.

Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire bianh.org/resourcedir.html

List of resources compiled by the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire.

NH Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD) (603) 271-2773, disability@gcd. nh.gov

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NHCarePath

NH’s ADA connection. Educates, consults and trains on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The GCD collaborates on disability with other NH state agencies, advocacy groups and community members. GCD is a resource on disability issues such as service animals, accessibility, voting, accessible parking, and programs such as STABLE NH, TEAP, Newline for the Blind and the NH SILC. The Client Assistance Program focuses on disability and employment, and is part of the GCD.

Designed as New Hampshire’s “front door” to quickly connect individuals of all ages, abilities and income levels to a full range of community services and supports, including housing, transportation, financial assistance, Medicaid, veterans’ services, mental health, drug and alcohol services. Operated by the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

NH Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

121 South Fruit St., Concord (800) 852-3405, (603) 271-0476 silcnh.org Provides a monthly resource newsletter, archives of past issues and online “tip sheets” on benefits, housing and health care, based on an independent living philosophy. A federally funded, independent, cross-disability council.

NH Family Ties (Formerly Parent to Parent of NH) Ashlee Fye, Statewide Coordinator (800) 499-4153 ext. 241 communitybridgesnh.org

Provides parent matches between experienced parents, who have “been there,” with new or referred parents of children with special needs just beginning to meet the challenges of a disability or chronic health condition. Available through the area agency network as part of their family support services. NH Family Ties provides information and referral to community resources, services, support groups, state support programs and others.

2-1-1 New Hampshire 211nh.org

Information and referral for general human services including help with food, emergency housing, employment, health care and counseling is available by dialing 211 in NH or (866) 444-4211 from out of state. Operated by United Ways of New Hampshire.

(866) 634-9412 nhcarepath.dhhs.nh.gov

NH DHHS Division of Family Assistance 129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 ext. 9700 (603) 271-9700

STABLE NH

stablenh.com 1-800-439-1653 or (603) 271-2773 (GCD office) STABLE NH offers ABLE accounts to Granite Staters with disabilities. It is a tax-free savings plan for disability-related expenses and allows saving and investing without losing federal needs-based benefits. It is co-administered by the NH Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD).

Addiction Group

addictiongroup.org/resources Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals suffering from substance abuse and prevent new cases through credible information and spreading awareness. Factbased content written by journalists and medical professionals.

Information and Resources on Specific Disabilities or Topics

New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities 2½ Beacon St., Suite 10, Concord (603) 271-3236, nhcdd.org

Federally funded agency that supports public policies and initiatives to remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life. Its mission includes “dignity, full rights of citizenship, cultural diversity, equal opportunities, and full participation for all New Hampshire citizens with developmental disabilities.” Members are appointed by the governor and represent people with developmental disabilities, parents, guardians and agencies that serve people with disabilities.

(603) 228-2084, (800) 238-2048 nhleadership.org

(617) 393-3824, (866) 597-AANE aane.org

Intensive 7-session leadership training provides parents and people with disabilities with information and strategies to effectively impact local and state organizations regarding issues related to individuals with disabilities and their families.

The Asperger’s Association of New England’s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families.

People First of New Hampshire

Future in Sight

NH Council on Developmental Disabilities 2½ Beacon St., Suite 10, Concord (603) 271-3236 facebook.com/People-First-ofNew-Hampshire-100595760625 Statewide self-advocacy organization and umbrella for 17 self-advocacy groups for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Provides resources, training and support. Call for the chapter in your area or how to start one.

ABLE NH

Maintained by NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders 2½ Beacon St., Suite 10, Concord info@nhcouncilonasd.org nhvirtualautismcenter.info

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Offers practice-oriented, values-based graduate study. Master’s degrees in education, environmental studies, management and psychology; doctoral degrees in environmental studies and psychology. Also offering an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program — a program for teachers, counselors, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, advocates, occupational therapists and others.

Asperger’s Association of New England

AUTISM

ABLE (Advocates Building Lasting Equality) advocates for the human and civil rights of all children and adults with disabilities and promotes full participation by improving systems of supports, connecting families, inspiring communities and influencing public policy.

40 Avon St., Keene (800) 552-8380 admissions@antiochne.edu antiochne.edu

New Hampshire Leadership Series

ADVOCACY AND SELF-ADVOCACY (603) 271-7042, ablenh.org

Department of Applied Psychology Antioch University New England

NH Virtual Autism Center

Provides a single point of entry to a comprehensive body of information about NH services for those who experience autism spectrum disorders. Also offers best practices guidelines.

BLIND SERVICES 25 Walker St., Concord (603) 224-4039, (800) 464-3075 futureinsight.org A nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired and their families. Provides a range of services in education, rehabilitation and social services for infants and toddlers, children (3-21), adults and seniors.

NH Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 21 South Fruit St., Suite 20, Concord (603) 271-3537 (603) 271-3471 (V/TTY) (800) 581-6881 education.nh.gov/career/ vocational/blind_visu.htm

Provides those services necessary to help people with visual loss to enter, re-enter, or maintain employment. Most services are provided without charge to the referred individual. Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Program is supported by state and federal tax dollars.


BRAIN INJURY Brain Injury Association of NH 52 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 773-8400, (603) 225-8400 (NH only Information & Resources) (800) 444-6443 (National tollfree Brain Injury Resource Line) bianh.org/resource-directory

Helps people with brain injury-related disabilities live in their own homes and communities. Chartered state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. (BIAA; biausa.org). Comprehensive online resource directory at bianh.org/resourcedir.html

BULLYING NH Department of Education

Bullying and Cyber Bulling Resources education.nh.gov/instruction/integrated/title_iv_cyber_bully.htm

StopBullying.gov stopbullying.gov

A federal website that provides information from various government agencies about what bullying is,

what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how to prevent and respond to bullying.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES OR SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL NEEDS YOUR PEDIATRICIAN: Provides the gateway to proper assessment, diagnosis and initial treatment, services and supports.

YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: If you have a child with a disability who is eligible for special education services, your child may receive services from ages 3-21. Contact your school district before your child turns three — the age at which the school district becomes responsible for your child’s education.

NH Medicaid for Children

Coverage for children up to age 19 and “Katie Beckett” option 129 Pleasant St., Concord (877) 464-2447 Children’s Medicaid Unit dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/medical/ children.htm

Provides comprehensive health and dental insurance to NH children ages 0-19 for families without access to insurance or for whom it is unaffordable (formerly NH Healthy Kids). Also, Home Care for Children with Severe Disabilities (HCCSD), commonly known as the “Katie Beckett” option, is available for severely disabled children up to age 19, whose medical disability is so severe that they qualify for institutional care but are being cared for at home. Only the income and resources of the disabled child are counted towards eligibility for this program.

In-Home Support Waiver for Children with Severe Disabilities

NH DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services 105 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345, ext. 5034 Provides assistance for children with the most significant medical and behavioral challenges requiring long-term supports and services, who live at home with their families, are Medicaid eligible, and meet the ICF/

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MR level of care and other qualifications of the program. The goal of the IHS waiver is to provide services which are necessary to allow the individual to remain at home with his/her care-giving family. Services are provided through the Developmental Disabilities Area Agencies.

Family Centered Early Supports and Services (FCESS) NH Bureau of Developmental Services 105 Pleasant St., Concord (603) 271-5034 (800) 852-3345, ext. 5034 dhhs.state.nh.us/dcbcs/bds/ earlysupport/index.htm

A program designed for children birth through age 2 who have a diagnosed, established condition with a high probability of delay, are experiencing developmental delays or are at risk for substantial developmental delays if supports and services are not provided. FCESS are delivered in the family’s home by designated nonprofit and specialized service agencies located throughout the state.

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Special Medical Services

NH Department of Health and Human Services 129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 ext. 4488, (603) 271-4488 dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/sms/ specialcare.htm The NH Title V Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs administers health programs and services for children ages birth to 21 years, who have, or are at risk for, a chronic medical condition, disability or special health care need. Works together with families and health care providers, community agencies and schools to obtain access to health care and related services. Provides care coordination services; support for child development and neuromotor clinics; nutritional and feeding/swallowing consultation; psychological and physical therapy services.

NH Partners in Health

129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 656-3333, (800) 735-2964 (TDD) nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/sms/pih Helps families of children with a chronic health condition that significantly impacts daily life. Partners in Health’s role is to advocate, access resources, navigate systems and build capacity to manage the chronic health condition of their child. Locations throughout the state. No income requirements. NH Partners in Health regional sites and towns served: dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/sms/pih/documents/towns. pdf

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Inc. 56 Old Suncook Rd., Suite 6, Concord (603) 224-1850 (603) 224-0691 (TTY) Video Phone (VP): 968-5889 ndhhs.org

New Hampshire’s “one-stop” resource for services specific to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and for information about hearing loss.

DENTAL SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT

(603) 271-6698 nhadulted.org

Donated Dental Services: Dental Lifeline Network

Work Incentive Resource Center

Supports educational services to adults who have not received a high school diploma or GED certificate or who do not read, write or speak English. Grants to school districts and nonprofit organizations make it possible for local adult education programs to serve adult learners whose skills range from very basic to high school level.

(800) 292-1531 dentallifeline.org/newhampshire

A statewide program that provides comprehensive treatment by volunteer dentists to elderly, disabled and medically challenged individuals.

Easterseals Oral Health Center, Manchester

(603) 621-3482 easterseals.com/nh/ourprograms/oral-health-center Staff evaluates, monitors and responds to patients with a wide range of disabilities and special medical needs. Medicaid accepted.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND ACQUIRED BRAIN DISORDERS NH DHHS Bureau of Developmental Services

105 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345, ext. 5034 dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bds/index. htm The NH developmental services system offers individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders a wide range of supports and services within their own communities through 10 designated nonprofit area agencies that serve specific geographic regions. Supports include: • Service coordination • Day and vocational services • Personal care services • Community support services • Early Supports and Services and Early Intervention • Assistive technology services • Specialty services and family supports (including respite services and environmental modifications) • In-Home Support (IHS) Waiver for Children with Severe Disabilities For area agencies and communities served: dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/ bds/agencies.htm

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nhwirc.org

New Hampshire’s online destination for information about benefits, planning and work incentives for individuals with disabilities.

New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation Guide education.nh.gov/career/ vocational/cust_guide.htm

A description of the vocational rehabilitation process and overview of the NHVR process, from application to post-employment services.

Vocational Rehabilitation: NH Department of Education Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation 21 South Fruit St., Suite #20, Concord (800) 299-1647 education.nh.gov/career/ vocational

Helps people with disabilities of all ages get jobs. Regional Offices: Berlin .......................(603) 752-2271 Concord ................(603) 271-2327 Keene ....................(603) 357-0266 Manchester ...........(603) 669-8733 Nashua ..................(603) 889-6844 Portsmouth ............(603) 436-8884

nhworks

(603) 271-7275, nhworks.org Information center for job seekers and employers. Lists current job openings, NH economic and labor market information, education and training programs, employment laws, small business resources and local Works Centers locations. Work Centers provide technical assistance to prepare resumes and cover letters, job search workshops, employment counseling, aptitude and skills testing, and career exploration tools. Sponsored by the NH Workforce Opportunity Council.

GED/ADULT EDUCATION NH Bureau of Adult Education GED & Adult Education Information 21 South Fruit St., Suite 20, Concord

Partnership in Employment: Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in their Communities aucd.org/docs/resource/pie_ adults_Nov2014_families.pdf

A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. Overview of day and employment services for people with developmental disabilities and guidance for those assisting them to become employed and part of the community.

GOVERNMENT BENEFITS/ AGENCIES NH Department of Health and Human Services 129 Pleasant St., Concord (800) 852-3345 dhhs.nh.gov

Provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors, and administers programs and services for mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and public health. The DHHS website contains a description of programs and services administered by the department and information about how to apply. DHHS District Offices: dhhs.nh.gov/ contactus/districtoffices.htm (Local offices to apply for Medicaid, financial assistance, food stamps and other benefits.)

Social Security

70 Commercial St., Suite 100, Concord (800) 772-1213 (800) 325-0778 (TTY) (603) 228-5206 (FAX)


ssa.gov

judges preside over these cases from courthouses located in each of the 10 counties in NH.

Applicants for SSDI and SSI can file for benefits online at SSA.gov website, by phone or by visiting a local Social Security office.

HOUSING

Special Education

NH Housing Finance Authority

NH Department of Education Bureau of Special Education 101 Pleasant St., Concord (603) 271-6693 education.nh.gov/instruction/ special_ed/index.htm Online reports, data and regulations relative to special education.

NH Circuit Court — Probate Division 1 Granite Place, Suite N400, Concord (855) 212-1234 probateservice@courts.state. nh.us courts.state.nh.us/probate/ index.htm

The Circuit Court Probate Division has jurisdiction over all matters related to wills, trusts and estates, guardianships and involuntary commitment proceedings, adoptions, name changes and partition of real estate. Probate

32 Constitution Dr., Bedford (800) 640-7239, (603) 472-8623 (603) 472-2089 (TDD) nhhfa.org

A self-supporting public benefit corporation. The Authority administers a broad range of programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income people and families to obtain decent, safe and affordable housing. Home ownership programs, multifamily housing programs and rental assistance programs.

Local Public Housing Authorities

hud.gov/states/new_hampshire Provides housing for low-income people and families in local communities.

Disability.gov’s Guide to Housing

dol.gov/agencies/odep/ topics/housing

Information about government agencies and organizations that help individuals/families find affordable housing. Information about rental assistance programs, assisted living facilities and modifying a home to make it accessible.

Granite State Independent Living’s Home Access Modification gsil.org/community-baseddisability-supports/homeaccess- modification

Trained staff assess accessibility needs and provide referrals to licensed vendors in NH. May also assist in establishing a plan and identifying funding sources for accessibility projects.

7 Wall St., Concord (603) 224-6699 communityloanfund.org

Collaborates with a wide range of donors and lenders, and with business, nonprofit and government partners. Provides financing and support to people with low and moderate incomes for affordable housing.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) New Hampshire Programs and Services

(603) 666-7510 portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD? src=/states/new_hampshire Assistance with home ownership, subsidized apartments, public housing, foreclosure assistance, homeless resources and discrimination. Counseling and other services available.

USDA Rural Development in Vermont/New Hampshire (802) 828-6080 rd.usda.gov/nh

Works to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Provides technical assistance to communities, and funding and resources for home purchase, apartment rental and repairs.

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New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

State of NH Foreclosure Prevention Initiative

For immediate assistance, dial 211 (in NH) homehelpnh.org

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Website with important tips on alternatives to foreclosure as well as other valuable resources. There is also a list of qualified housing counselors who can offer specific suggestions.

INDEPENDENT LIVING — ADULTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES Granite State Independent Living

21 Chenell Dr., Concord (800) 826-3700, (603) 228-9680 gsil.org New Hampshire’s only Independent Living Center. Provides information, specialized services and peer support for people with disabilities following the principles of personal choice and direction. Provides home care services, personal care, community-based disability supports and employment services including benefit counseling.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE Disability Rights Center — NH (603) 228-0432, (800) 834-1721 (v/tty) drcnh.org

Information, referral, advice and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues. Online resources and materials available on many disability-related topics. Federally funded Protection and Advocacy Center.

Guide to New Hampshire Legal Services Programs

courts.state.nh.us/selfhelp/ documents/legal_services_brochure.pdf Produced by the NH Judicial Branch

NH Legal Aid

(800) 639-5290 nhlegalaid.org A cooperative effort of the legal services agencies serving New Hampshire’s low- income population to provide legal information, referrals and pro se assistance. Online application for legal assistance. Website provides links and contact information to a number of nonprofit agencies that provide a range of services across the state. Includes online self-help guides.

NH Judicial Branch Self-Help Center courts.state.nh.us/selfhelp/ index.htm

Basic, practical information about the New Hampshire court system, how it works and what the procedures are for bringing a case to court.

NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program

(800) 639-5290, (603) 224-3333 Connects low-income individuals with volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services in family law, bankruptcy, consumer, housing and senior citizen matters.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (800) 562-3174 nhla.org

Provides free legal advice and representation to low-income people and older adults in civil matters involving basic needs, including food, shelter, income, medical care and public benefits. Local Offices: Berlin . . . . . . . . . . . . (800) 698-8969

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Claremont . . . . . . . . (800) 562-3994 Concord . . . . . . . . . (800) 921-1115 Manchester . . . . . . . (800) 562-3174 Portsmouth . . . . . . . (800) 334-3135 Foreclosure Relief Project. . . . . . . . . (877) 399-9995 Senior Citizens Law Project . . . . . . . (888) 353-9944 or (603) 624-6000

The “Law Line” — NH Bar Association (800) 868-1212

Talk to a lawyer for free on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6 - 8 p.m.

University of New Hampshire School of Law Civil Practice Clinic (603) 225-3350

Assists low-income clients with a variety of issues from consumer protection, collection and foreclosure defense (including Chapter 13 bankruptcy), predatory lending and auto fraud. Will take cases from Merrimack, Belknap, Sullivan and Hillsborough counties.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and Treatment Referral Helpline (800) 662-HELP (4357) (800) 487-4889 (TDD) findtreatment.samhsa.gov

Use the Locator to find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country. Or call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline. Free, confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members

facing substance abuse and mental health issues, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

NAMI NH

85 North State St., Concord (800) 242-6264, (603) 225-5359 naminh.org A statewide network of affiliate chapter support groups, staff and volunteers that provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.

Community Mental Health Centers: NH DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health (800) 852-3345, ext. 5000 (603) 271-5000 dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/ centers.htm

Regional agencies provide publicly funded mental health services to individuals and families who meet certain criteria for services. Services include 24-hour emergency services, assessment and evaluation, individual and group therapy, case management, rehabilitation, psychiatric services and specialized programs for older adults, children and families as well as short-term counseling and support.

Mental Health Peer Support: NH DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health

(800) 852-3345, ext. 5000 (603) 271-5000 dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/peer. htm Local Peer Support Agencies provide services to adults with mental


illness who self-identify as a recipient, former recipient or at significant risk of becoming a recipient of publicly funded mental health services. Provided by and for people with a mental illness. Includes face-to-face and telephone peer support, outreach, monthly educational events, activities that promote self-advocacy, wellness training, after-hours warm line and crisis respite.

Disaster Distress Helpline

TRANSITION NH Parent Information Center’s Life After High School Toolkit

picnh.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Transition-Toolkit-2018v2.pdf Strategies, tools and resources for families of youth with disabilities to assist in creating successful transition plans.

(800) 985-5990 (800) 846-8517 (TTY) disasterdistress.samhsa.gov

Next Steps NH: Options for Life After High School

Website and helpline for those affected by a disaster and in need of immediate assistance, information, support and counseling. Callers are connected to the nearest crisis center.

Transition and career development resources for special educators, students, parents and others interested in increasing transition and career development opportunities for youth with and without disabilities.

Disability.gov’s Emergency Preparedness Resources

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center’s Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Toolkit

dol.gov/odep/topics/disability. htm

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK (8255) suicidepreventionlifeline.org

New Hampshire Suicide Prevention and General Resources

(603) 225-5359 (800) 242-6264 (These are NOT crisis response numbers.) theconnectproject.org

nextsteps-nh.org

transitionta.org/toolkitresources

Designed to help with the selection of assessments for students in regards to transition planning.

Disability.gov’s Guide to Student Transition Planning

dol.gov/odep/pdf/2013ODEP HealthyReport.pdf

RESEARCH AND TRAINING

Link to Healthy Transitions: A pathway to employment for youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities.

UNH Institute on Disability

TRANSPORTATION

(603) 228-2084 (TTY) (800) 238-2048 (TTY) iod.unh.edu

Provides a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies and practices related to the lives of people living with disabilities and their families. Offers seminars and workshops, webinars, interdisciplinary evaluation and consultation, leadership training and customized, on-site support in schools.

NH Department of Transportation: Public Transportation

(603) 271-3734 http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/ aerorailtransit/railandtransit/ transit.htm Information about public transportation in New Hampshire, including links to regional transit providers.

National Rehabilitation Information Center: Guide to Transportation Services

naric.com/?q=en/FAQ/wherecan-i-find-transportation-services Help finding transportation services.

Special Needs FEATURED ADVERTISER LISTINGS

Advocacy and Support Services

Educational Resources Monarch School of New England 105 Eastern Ave., Rochester 332-2848, monarchschoolne.org The Monarch School of New England is a day school for students with significant disabilities, ages 5 to 21.  Our elementary/ middle school and high school/vocational center are located in Rochester, New Hampshire.  Our focus is on students’ abilities and strengths.  Students graduate with a resume of vocational, social and functional life skills that prepare them for adulthood.

Ascentria Care Alliance 261 Sheep Davis Rd., A-1, Concord 224-8111, ascentria.org Living Innovations 62-A Whittier St., Dover 319-6550, livinginnovations.com Living Innovations provides support to people of all ages and abilities to have a good life at home and in the community. One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Rd., Portsmouth 603-436-6111, oneskyservices.org

Area Agencies One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Rd., Portsmouth 603-436-6111, oneskyservices.org As a private nonprofit agency, we have been serving Rockingham County since 1983. We believe in the communities we serve and the ability of everyone to make a difference. We challenge ourselves to think outside the box so that we can do the best job possible. Our mission is to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders have the same opportunities like everyone else to be successful and live a happy and fulfilling life in our community.

Independent Living

Developmental Disabilities Services

Living Innovations 62-A Whittier St., Dover 319-6550, livinginnovations.com

Living Innovations 62-A Whittier St., Dover 319-6550, livinginnovations.com

Parent Education Programs

One Sky Community Services 755 Banfield Rd., Portsmouth 603-436-6111, oneskyservices.org Richie McFarland Children’s Center 11 Sandy Point Rd., Stratham 778-8193, richiemcfarland.org Richie McFarland Children’s Center is an early childhood intervention program that equips children born with a disability, or found to have a developmental delay, to reach their full potential while educating and empowering families to guide their child’s success. RMCC offers expert, family-centered speech, occupational and physical therapy, opportunities for small group play and connections to critical community resources.

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The Carriage Barn Equine Adaptive Therapy Programs 10 Trundlebed Ln., Kensington 378-0140, carriage-barn.org With year-round programs, you’ll find something fun to do with us: therapeutic/ adaptive horseback riding and carriage driving, horsemanship, equine facilitated learning and socialization. Horses provide opportunities to form unique relationships that nurture and empower individuals, bringing new insights, self-confidence, improved communication, socialization and relaxation. Also available: weekly lessons, school break and summer clinics, play days, artist days and barn visits. Volunteer opportunities available.

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The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center 36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry 437-8477, URteachers.org The Upper Room is a Family Resource Center serving parents, grandparents, children and teens through 15 educational programs, classes, support groups, referral services, including support for young adults.

Vocational Training Monarch School of New England 105 Eastern Ave., Rochester 332-2848, monarchschoolne.org

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Education & Child Care

This article originally appeared in the November 2020 edition of ParentingNH.

Your guide to

Online learning resources L

and activities

ooking for something fun and educational to do with your child? Or are you a homeschooling family? Here are some of our picks for learning fun from organizations in New Hampshire and beyond. The best part is that most of the activities listed here are free.

ACTIVITIES, VIDEOS AND FAMILY FUN Belknap Mill PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRIER.ORG

belknapmill.org

Fun virtual activities involving history lessons, theater and more. Children’s Museum of NH childrens-museum.org

Go to Facebook or YouTube for videos, activities and more. Currier Museum of Art currier.org/currier-from-home

Engage with the museum from home through various art activities and videos for all ages. Mount Washington Observatory mountwashington.org

Science in the Mountains is a free, year-round, virtual lecture program. Join Mount Washington Observatory staff each month as they bring experts from across the fields of weather, climate and beyond to your home screen.

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New Hampshire Audubon

SEE Science Center

nhaudubon.org

see-sciencecenter.org

Visit the Audubon’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Thursdays to see a weekly live-streaming event where Becky answers questions about what you are seeing in nature right now and what’s going on in the birding world around you. Other virtual education events also offered.

Video demonstrations and activities.

New Hampshire State Parks blog.nhstateparks.org

Nature-based lesson plans created by the Student Conservation Association NH Corps. Lessons include worksheets, videos and crafts that focus on nature, stewardship, environment and more. NH Theatre Project nhtheatreproject.org

Storytelling and virtual book readings for kids and adults. NH Fisher Cats milb.com/new-hampshire/community/communitycorner

Fun activities, at-home resources, community outreach and more. Be sure to check out the Lesson of the Day as part of the Virtual S.T.E.M. Day Series presented by SNHU. Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids almanac.com/kids

Free stories and cool activities to explore. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains girlscoutsgwm.org

Virtual programs for both Girl Scouts and non-Scouts. Find more activities on its Facebook page. Moose on the Loose moose.nhhistory.org

Moose on the Loose is an upper elementary social studies curriculum. Created by the New Hampshire Historical Society, it explores the Granite State’s history, economics, geography and civic life, introducing elementary students to the state’s rich cultural heritage.

Seacoast Science Center seacoastsciencecenter.org

New lessons, activities and resources each week to support at-home learning, empower children to investigate nature and help families find respite from today’s challenges. Squam Lakes Association squamlakes.org

Share Learn Adventure is a collection of videos, photos, activities, games and prompts that inspire people to engage with, learn about and explore a variety of nature topics. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center nhnature.org/resources

Enjoy nature at home with online learning experiences brought to you by the Science Center’s Naturalists. Strawbery Banke Museum strawberybankemuseum.wordpress.com

This family-favorite living history museum is now offering virtual classroom activities and virtual tours. Steve Blunt Singer/Storyteller Find on Facebook

Activities and singalongs with the popular children’s entertainer Steve Blunt. Sylvan Learning sylvannation.com

Sign up for a free SylvanNation.com account, and you’ll find a bunch of new learning activities for your family like printable worksheets for elementary-school kids and writing resources for teens.

Remick Museum & Farm

ALSO:

remickmuseum.org

America’s Test Kitchen

Virtual classroom videos: Even when you cannot travel to Remick, there are many ways you can connect to Earth’s systems and our farms and food — right from your own home.

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Your budding chef will find food and cooking-related activities, trivia, quizzes and kid-friendly recipes.

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Barnes & Noble barnesandnoble.com

Virtual story times are available through Barnes & Noble’s YouTube channel.

Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network. HITN Learning makes entertaining and educational media that helps Hispanic children learn in two languages — English and Spanish. New England Aquarium neaq.org

While streaming live from the New England Aquarium, aquarists and trainers will share fascinating facts about their animals and answer any questions. Billings Farm & Museum billingsfarm.org/billings-farm-athome

Billings Farm at Home brings farm animals, history, cooking, crafts and events home to families to experience every day. Boston Bruins nhl.com/bruins/academy/ home-ice-activities

The Bruins Academy Home-Ice Activities kit is packed full of stayhome, kid-friendly activities to keep our younger fans active. Boston Red Sox redsox.com/homefun

Activities and worksheets, videos. Comic books starring Wally and Tessie. Dadventures

Projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing for all ages; additional resources for parents. Science News for Students sciencenewsforstudents.org

Science News for Students is an award-winning online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents and educators. Sesame Street sesamestreet.org/caring

Sesame Street has launched its Caring for Each Other initiative. Its goal is to support families and kids with brand new content and activities featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters.

hellodadventures.com

UNICEF Kid Power

Family play and activities that kids can do on their own.

unicefkidpower.org

Family Tree Magazine familytreemagazine.com/kidsgenealogy

Genealogy activities and resources for kids including tips for interviewing a relative about family history and creating a time capsule. HITN Learning hitnlearning.org

HITN Learning is the resource department of the nonprofit

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Scholastic learnathome.scholastic.com

UNICEF Kid Power is a dance, yoga and activity video platform that helps students feel energized and empowered.

ONLINE CLASSES NHPR civics101podcast.org

Audio, activities, resources and lessons to help kids stay engaged (or reengage) with civics.


NH PBS nhpbs.org/education

New Hampshire PBS Educational Services provides outstanding media-rich programs, services and resources to enhance learning outcomes for students, educators and learners of all ages.

ALSO: Khan Academy khanacademy.org

Free lessons in math, science and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. Daily livestreams at 3 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube to support parents and students. Museum of Science mos.org/MOSatHome

STEM education tips, family STEM activities and daily live stream presentations. The Museum is also hosting webinars — check them out on Facebook.

National Museum of American History americanhistory.si.edu

Resources for teachers, online exhibitions and activities for kids. Smithsonian si.edu/kids

Fun stuff for kids and teens related to art, history and culture.

GET FIT Harvard Pilgrim Health Care harvardpilgrim.org

Living Well at Home with Virtual Classes: Whether you are looking to shake it up, stretch it out or get centered, we’ve got you covered with Zumba®, Yoga, Guided Mindfulness and Wellness sessions. All classes via Zoom. YMCA 360 ymca360.org

Ys have collaborated to create an on-demand healthy living network called YMCA 360 with programming for kids and families.

National Geographic

REMOTE LEARNING

nationalgeographic.org/ education/classroom-resources

SUPPORT

Lesson plans, maps and reference resources. Learn-at-home activities broken down by grade.

NH Department of Education

News Literacy Project

Tips for parents and students needing help with remote learning.

newslit.org

The News Literacy Project offers several resources and services for educators, including an online learning platform, a free weekly newsletter, professional development opportunities, a variety of classroom materials and more. NewseumED newseumed.org

Free access to thousands of lesson plans, videos, interactives and other tools related to history, the Constitution, media, voting and politics.

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education.nh.gov

VLACS vlacs.org/parents

Smithsonian Learning Lab learninglab.si.edu/distance learning

Resources and support to assist teachers, caregivers and students. The Upper Room urteachers.org

Support and resources for families, children and teens.

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Education & Child Care Child Care & Early Learning Programs Auburn Montessori School 78 Rockingham Rd., Auburn 627-1691, auburnmontessori.com In our 31st year, we are an established school, offering an environment rich in academic, artistic and outdoor experiences. Our focus on care for self and others, peace curriculum, woods, gardens and resident animals combine to build in each child a strong connection to their world. We are proud to foster a sense of support and community with our families lasting years beyond graduation. Part- or full-time summer camps. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire 55 Bradley St., Concord 224-1061, centralnhclubs.org The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and its early childhood division, New Hampshire Child Care Service,

operate early learning centers for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, before and after school programs for school-age children and summer day camps. Our early learning centers are located in Belmont, Laconia and Concord and include the Mary Stuart Gile Early Learning Center at NHTI, which is a lab school and model for best practices in the field. Current after-school and camp locations include Andover, Belmont, Concord, Epsom, Franklin, Holderness, Hopkinton, Laconia, Suncook, Sutton, Warner and Weare. We emphasize hiring and training experienced, educated and motivated staff to ensure a safe, enriching and meaningful experience in our classrooms and clubhouses.

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At Learning Adventures our goal is to provide each child with a safe, quality environment in which to explore the world around them through meaningful experiences and activities. Our state-licensed center is open year-round, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and offers affordable child care for children ages 1 to 4 years.

Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 555 Union St., Manchester 625-5031, begreatmanchester.org

Nashua Child Learning Center 5 Saint Laurent St., Nashua 883-4356, nclckids.org A variety of planned experiences that stimulates active learning with exceptional age-appropriate education in a Christian environment since 1974. Licensed by the state of NH, plus status with degreed and state-qualified teachers, developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants to pre-kindergarten with specialized instruction in music and creative movement. Call for openings.

Learning Adventures, ECC 51 Old Bedford Rd., Bedford 669-2811, learningadventuresnh.com

Over The Rainbow Preschool 223 Rockingham Rd., Derry 432-6655

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Celebrating 32 years in education. We have built a reputation of having longterm qualified staff with three generations in the school. Licensed by the State of NH CCLB for 6 weeks–12 years. Offering a variety of quality developmentally age-appropriate programs. Full- and part-time extended care programs. School year and summer sessions. Nurturing the whole child in a safe and loving environment. Salem Family Resources — Success By 6 — The Learning Cooperative Early Education & Enrichment Program The Haigh School, 24 School St., Salem 305-6513, salemfamilyresources.org Salem Family Resources — a NH Family Resource Center • The Learning Cooperative Preschool: starting at 24 months and enrichment programs for pre-K to age 10. • Parenting and play groups for families with young children; groups meet in Salem and Derry.

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• Workshops for parents and educators. For information about our affordable programs and assistance please contact: 603-305-6513, info@salemfamilyresources. org, or visit salemfamilyresources.org. Southern New Hampshire Services — Hillsboro Child Development Center 21 School St., Hillsboro 464-3136, snhs.org Southern New Hampshire Services — Silver Street Child Development Center 160 Silver St., Manchester 668-8010 x6039, snhs.org Southern New Hampshire Services — Nashua Child Development Center 134 Allds St., Nashua 889-7812 x2128, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Bronstein Head Start 41 Central St., Nashua 882-3384, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Northwest Head Start 300 Youville St., Manchester 518-5824, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Derry Head Start 9 Crystal Ave., Derry 216-8864, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Portsmouth Head Start 100 Campus Dr., Suite 22, Portsmouth 422-8231, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Eleventh Street Head Start 24 Eleventh St., Nashua 882-6278, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Raymond Head Start 108 Freemont Rd., Raymond 224-2937 x15, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Greenville Head Start 16 Adams St., Greenville 878-4028, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Rose Byrne Head Start 40 Pine St., Manchester 668-8010 x6170, snhs.org Southern New Hampshire Services Head Start and Early Head Start provides quality educational programs for children birth to five. Services include part-year preschool and home-visiting programs for income-eligible families at no cost. Full-year child care services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Services include individualized curriculum, nutritious meals, family involvement and support. Locations throughout Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

Southern New Hampshire Services — Nashua Early Head Start 88 Temple St., Nashua 578-1732, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Head Start at Manchester Community College 1066 Front St., Manchester 623-2332, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Seabrook Head Start 146 Lafayette Rd., Seabrook 474-3507 x4913, snhs.org

Southern New Hampshire Services — Manchester Head Start West 435 South Main St., Manchester 666-5982 x16, snhs.org

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The Granite YMCA YMCA of Downtown Manchester 30 Mechanic St., Manchester 623-3558 YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown 116 Goffstown Back Rd., Goffstown 497-4663 YMCA of Strafford County 35 Industrial Way, Rochester 332-7334 YMCA of the Seacoast 550 Peverly Hill Rd., Portsmouth 431-2334 YMCA of Greater Londonderry 206 Rockingham Rd., Londonderry 437-9622 graniteymca.org The Granite YMCA is the community leader in providing high-quality child care for infant, preschool and school-aged children. Children grow while exploring and having fun in a variety of hands-on and physical activities.  Programs include before and after school child care, day/ overnight camps, teen centers and teen leadership programs.  Financial assistance available.  For more information, visit graniteymca.org.

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The Trinity Early Learning Center 12 Station Rd., Bedford 622-6336, tlcnh.org Come grow with us at The Trinity Early Learning Center (TELC)!  We accept children ages 6 weeks through 5 years, and offer after-school care for ages 5 to 12. The TELC provides a loving and Christ-centered learning environment that nurtures wholeness, creativity and education-based care. Schedule a visit today -- Contact Linda Brady, Head of Schools, at 603-622-6336.

Educational Resources

World Academy 138 Spit Brook Rd., Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com World Academy is a progressive, NAEYC-accredited, independent school for students from infant through grade eight. Our cutting-edge 55,000-square-foot campus is located on six beautiful acres and serves nearly 500 families with a team of more than 75 highly credentialed teachers. Our mission is to prepare our students for personal success in the rapidly changing global future through a transformative 21st century education, a whole child focus and family engagement. We’ve been operating full time for our students because their growth can’t wait.

Auburn Montessori School 78 Rockingham Rd., Auburn 627-1691, auburnmontessori.com

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center 36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry 437-8477, URteachers.org The Upper Room is a Family Resource Center serving parents, grandparents, children and teens through 15 educational programs, classes, support groups, referral services, including support for young adults.

Kindergarten

High Mowing School 77 Pine Hill Dr., Wilton 654-6003, pinehill.org, highmowing.org The Trinity School of Bedford 12 Station Rd., Bedford 622-6330, tsbnh.org World Academy 138 Spit Brook Rd., Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com

Preschools Auburn Montessori School 78 Rockingham Rd., Auburn 627-1691, auburnmontessori.com

Child Care Information & Referral

Bedford Youth Performing Company 155 Route 101, Bedford 472-3894, bypc.org

Richie McFarland Children’s Center 11 Sandy Point Rd., Stratham 778-8193, richiemcfarland.org

Learning Adventures, ECC 51 Old Bedford Rd., Bedford 669-2811, learningadventuresnh.com

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Nashua Child Learning Center 5 Saint Laurent St., Nashua 883-4356, nclckids.org Over The Rainbow Preschool 223 Rockingham Rd., Derry 432-6655 Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia 366-5695, prescottfarm.org The Trinity Early Learning Center 12 Station Rd., Bedford 622-6336, tlcnh.org World Academy 138 Spit Brook Rd., Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com

Private Elementary Schools High Mowing School 77 Pine Hill Dr., Wilton 654-6003, pinehill.org, highmowing.org We are a progressive, arts, movement and nature-based Waldorf School. Your child will develop the capacities needed to meet the demands of our ever-changing world and live a joyful, balanced and fulfilling life. Our broad and inclusive curriculum challenges and inspires students through captivating learning experiences. Independent preschool to grade 12. $3.8M Financial aid, scholarships, bus service. Come be inspired.

student? Come grow and learn with us at Trinity School of Bedford!  We employ a holistic approach to education that prepares a child for participation in society, grounded in academic excellence and a biblical worldview.  Call to schedule a visit.  Contact Linda Brady, head of schools, at 603-622-6330. World Academy 138 Spit Brook Rd., Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com

Private Middle Schools High Mowing School 77 Pine Hill Dr., Wilton 654-6003, pinehill.org, highmowing.org World Academy 138 Spit Brook Rd., Nashua 888-1982, worldacademynh.com

Private High Schools Trinity High School 581 Bridge St., Manchester 668-2910, trinity-hs.org Trinity High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school. Faith, scholarship and character are the three core elements of our program. As such, they are essential to the Trinity community. Numerous student organizations, small class sizes and over 20 varsity sports allow students to have a diverse experience. We are proud of our graduates and their success.

The Trinity School of Bedford 12 Station Rd., Bedford 622-6330, tsbnh.org Looking for a Christ–centered education for your kindergarten through grade 3

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Enrichment Programs Art, Music and Theater Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash St., Manchester CMA: 669-6144 Classes: 518-4922 currier.org The Currier Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of European and American art, including works by Monet, Hopper and Wyeth. The Currier’s Art Center offers classes and workshops for people of all ages and skill levels and popular kid’s camps year-round. The museum owns two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, both open to the public for tours. Salem Family Resources — Success By 6 — The Learning Cooperative Early Education & Enrichment Program The Haigh School, 24 School St., Salem               305-6513, salemfamilyresources.org YMCA of Greater Nashua Nashua Branch 882-2011, nmymca.org Merrimack Branch 881-7778, nmymca.org Westwood Park Branch 402-2258

friendly dance school.” Their dedicated staff nurtures each child’s unique abilities to allow all of their students to develop self-esteem in helping to reach their full potential.

Outside the Classroom Seacoast Science Center 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org Located on the rocky coast in historic Odiorne Point State Park, Seacoast Science Center is a marine education, recreation and science resource that inspires conservation through fun and engaging in-person and virtual experiences. SSC features aquariums, indoor touch tanks, interactive exhibits, programs and events that help all ages gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the marine and coastal environment. SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org

Sports, Fitness and Recreation NH Climbing & Fitness 10 Langdon Ave., Concord 715-9171, nhclimbinggym.com

Dance and Gymnastics Happy Feet Dance School, LLC 25 Indian Rock Rd., Windham 434-4437, happyfeetdanceschool.biz Happy Feet Dance School offers fun, age-appropriate dance classes to students ages 2 through teens! The school prides itself on being referred to as “the

The Granite YMCA YMCA of Downtown Manchester 30 Mechanic St., Manchester 623-3558 YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown 116 Goffstown Back Rd., Goffstown 497-4663 YMCA of Strafford County

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Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 555 Union St., Manchester 625-5031, begreatmanchester.org The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester offers fun, safe and affordable beforeand after-school programs for children in grades 1 through 12 with a focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Fees vary based on grade and program. For more information, call or visit us online.

35 Industrial Way, Rochester 332-7334 YMCA of the Seacoast 550 Peverly Hill Rd., Portsmouth 431-2334 YMCA of Greater Londonderry 206 Rockingham Rd., Londonderry 437-9622 graniteymca.org The Workout Club & Wellness Center 16 Pelham Rd., Salem, 894-4800 18 Orchard View Dr., Londonderry 434-6565 theworkoutclub.com

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center 36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry 437-8477, URteachers.org The Upper Room is a Family Resource Center serving parents, grandparents, children and teens through 15 educational programs,classes, support groups, referral services, including support for young adults.

Youth and Teen Services Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire 55 Bradley St., Concord 224-1061, centralnhclubs.org

Nashua Child Learning Center Developmental curriculum for the young child in a Christian environment since 1974. Register NOW for

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If you have questions about your child's development, our team will give you direction and support through:

Prescott Farm — Exploring and preserving the natural world, one adventure at a time.

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Family Fun

Family Favorites Winners

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n summer 2020, ParentingNH asked readers to vote online in its iconic annual poll to help determine those businesses that make New Hampshire a great state for families. Readers cast their votes in more than 50 categories including favorite date night restaurant, favorite pediatrician, favorite ice cream, favorite kid-friendly museum and more. We’ve gathered the results of that poll here so you can turn to it all year long for parent-endorsed family fun.

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Adventure and Aerial Park Chuckster’s 9 Bailey Rd., Chichester 798-3555, chuckstersnh.com

Amusement Park Canobie Lake Park 85 North Policy St., Salem 893-3506, canobie.com

Bakery and Dessert Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe 436 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack 262-5929, buckleysbakerycafe.com Greater Concord (tie): Bread and Chocolate 29 South Main St., Concord 228-3330, Find on Facebook Jacques Fine European Pastries 128 Main St., Pembroke 485-4035, jacquespastries.com Multi-location: Frederick’s Pastries NH locations: Bedford and Amherst pastry.net

Bike Shop S&W Sports 296 S. Main St., Concord 228-1441, swsports.net Greater Manchester: The Bike Barn 252 Willow St., Manchester 668-6555, bikebarnusa.com Lakes Region: MC Cycle & Sport 574 Main St., Laconia 528-1133, mccycleandsport.com Local multi-location: Goodale’s Bike Shop Hooksett, Nashua, Concord goodalesbikeshop.com

Birthing Center or Hospital Childbirth Center at St. Joseph Hospital 172 Kinsley St., Nashua 595-3162, stjosephhospital.com Seacoast: Women & Children Center at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital 789 Central Ave., Dover 742-5252, wdhospital.org Greater Concord: The Family Place at Concord Hospital 250 Pleasant St., Concord 225-2711, concordhospital.org

Greater Nashua: The Birth Place at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center 8 Prospect St., Nashua 577-2560, sbirthplace.org Greater Manchester: Mom’s Place at Catholic Medical Center 100 McGregor St., Manchester 663-6667, catholicmedicalcenter.org

Bowling Alley Boutwell’s Bowling Center 152 North State St., Concord 224-0941, boutwellsbowl.com Greater Nashua: Merrimack Ten Pin Center 698 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack 429-0989, merrimacktenpin.com

Greater Manchester: Bookery Manchester 848 Elm St., Manchester 836-6600, bookerymht.com

Cupcakery

Children’s Shoe Store

Greater Nashua: Bite Me Kupcakez 4 Mound Court, Merrimack 674-4459, bitemekupcakez.com

Alec’s Shoe Store 1617 Southwood Dr., Nashua 882-6811, alecs-shoes.com

Children’s Toy Store

Northern NH: White Mountain Cupcakery 2 Common Court, North Conway 730-5140, wmcupcakery.com

Toyland 321 Nashua St., Milford Find on Facebook

Lakes Region: Lakes Region Cupcakes 1002 Union Ave., Laconia 527-8286, Find on Facebook

Seacoast: Noggin Factory 53 Washington St., Dover 742-0012, nogginfactorytoys.com

Greater Manchester: Cupcakes 101 132 Bedford Center Rd., Bedford 488-5962, cupcakes101.net

Northern NH: Toy Chest 2703 White Mountain Hwy., Conway 356-7176, toychestnh.com

Lakes Region: Funspot 579 Endicott St. N., Laconia 366-4377, funspot.com

Multi-location: Josh’s Toys and Games NH locations: Salem, Nashua, Manchester joshstoysandgames.com

Candy Shop or Chocolatier

Chiropractor

Granite State Candy Shoppe 13 Warren St., Concord 225-2591, granitestatecandyshoppe.com

Chiropractic Associates of Bedford 765 South Main St., Dartmouth Commons, Manchester 626-3900, askachiro.net

Lakes Region: Kellerhaus 259 Endicott St., Laconia 366-4466, kellerhaus.com

Greater Manchester: Amoskeag Chiropractic 55 Amoskeag St., Manchester 624-8000, nhchiropractors.com

Greater Manchester: Van Otis Chocolates 341 Elm St., Manchester 627-1611, vanotischocolates.com Northern NH: Chutters Littleton and Lincoln locations chutters.com

Child Photographer

Queen City Cupcakes 790 Elm St., Manchester 624-4999, qccupcakes.com

Dance Studio Dance Inspirations 45 Chenell Dr., Suite 2, Concord 856-8545, danceinspirations.com Greater Manchester: Dimensions in Dance 84 Myrtle St., Manchester 668-4196, dimensionsindance.com Greater Nashua: The Dance Company 130 Route 101A, Amherst 864-8374, thedancecompanyonline.com

Environmental and Educational Center Squam Lakes Natural Science Center 23 Science Center Rd., Holderness 968-7194, nature.org

Lakes Region: Awakening Chiropractic 7A Grange Rd., Tilton 729-0009, awakeningchiropractic.com

Greater Manchester: SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org Seacoast: Seacoast Science Center 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org

Seacoast: Crossroads Chiropractic 629 Calef Hwy., Epping 679-3222, crossroadschiropractic.com

Photography by Genevieve Amherst photographybygenevieve.com

Greater Concord: Performance Heath Spine & Sports Therapy 91A North State St., Concord 724-2297, performancehealthnh.com

Children’s Local Book Store

Clothing Consignment

Gibson’s Book Store 45 South Main St., Concord 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com

M&C Clothing and Gifts 135 Route 101A, Amherst 886-6727, m-c-clothing-and-goods.myshopify.com

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Greater Concord: NH Audubon McLane Center 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord 369-4329, nhaudubon.org

Equestrian Center Lucky 7 Stables 154 Litchfield Rd., Londonderry 432-3076, lucky7stables.com Greater Manchester: Different Drummer Farm 55 South Rd., Candia 483-2234, differentdrummerfarm.com

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Family Dentist Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd., Bedford 624-3900, lindnerdental.com Greater Manchester: Hoertdoerfer Dentistry 4 Elliot Way, Suite 306, Manchester 669-1251, bruinsdentist.com Greater Nashua: Nashua Family Dentistry 25 Riverside St., Nashua 546-7460, nashuafamilydentistry.com

Seacoast: Seacoast Mental Health Portsmouth and Exeter locations smhc-nh.org Greater Nashua: Greater Nashua Mental Health Center 15 Prospect St., Nashua 889-6147, gnmhc.org

Family Pediatrician St. Joseph Hospital Pediatrics Nashua and Milford locations stjosephhospital.com

Seacoast: Exeter Family Dental Care 193 High St., Exeter 772-3351, exeterfamilydentalcare.com

Greater Concord: Concord Pediatrics 248 Pleasant St., Suite 1700, Concord 224-1929, concordpediatrics.com

Greater Concord: Generations Dental Care 9 Triangle Park Dr., Concord 225-6331, generationsdental.com

Greater Manchester: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pediatrics 5 Washington Place, Bedford 695-2500, chadkids.org

Greater Salem: Haas Dental Associates 4 Manchester Ave., Derry 434-1586, haasdentalnh.com

Family Fitness Club YMCA of Greater Nashua Merrimack and Nashua locations nmymca.org Seacoast: The Works Family Health and Fitness 23 Works Way, Somersworth 742-2163, theworkshealthclub.com Greater Concord: Concord Family YMCA 15 North State St., Concord 228-9622, concordymca.org Monadnock Region: Hampshire Hills Athletic Club 50 Emerson Rd., Milford 673-7123, hampshirehills.com

Family Restaurant Puritan Backroom 245 Hooksett Rd., Manchester 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com Greater Manchester: Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery 58 Route 27, Raymond 244-2431, thetuckaway.com Lakes Region: Hart’s Turkey Farm 233 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith 279-6212, hartsturkeyfarm.com Northern NH: Woodstock Inn Brewery 135 Main St., North Woodstock 745-3951, woodstockinnbrewery.com

Gymnastics Facility

Ice Cream

Flipz Gymnastics 14 Chenell Dr., Concord 224-3223, flipzgymnastics.com

Hayward’s Ice Cream Nashua and Merrimack locations haywardsicecream.com

Greater Nashua: Gymnastics Village 13 Caldwell Dr., Amherst 889-8092, gymnasticsvillage.com

Greater Manchester: Puritan Backroom 245 Hooksett Rd., Manchester 669-6890, puritanbackroom.com

Greater Concord: Granite State Gymnastic Center 1316 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett 935-9816, granitestategymnastics.com

Greater Concord: Arnie’s Place 164 Loudon Rd., Concord 228-3225, Find on Facebook

Greater Manchester: YMCA Allard Center Gymnastics 116 Goffstown Back Rd., Goffstown 497-4663, graniteymca.org

Holistic Medicine and Health Services Practitioner Whole Health Concord 91 North State St., Concord 369-4626, naturalmedicine.com Greater Manchester: Northeast Integrative Medicine 360 Route 101, Unit 7, Bedford 647-0600, northeastintegrative.com Greater Concord: New Dimensions Family Care 102 Pleasant St., Concord 275-9585, drcindicroft.com Greater Nashua: Living Natural Inc. 22 Concord St., Suite 6, Nashua 594-0002, livingnaturalinc.com

Hospital or Medical Center

Local multi-location: La Carreta 6 NH locations lacarretamex.com

St. Joseph Hospital 172 Kinsley St., Nashua 882-3000, stjosephhospital.com

National chain: Planet Fitness 627-5566, planetfitness.com

Family Ski Resort

Family Mental Health and Counseling Services

Pats Peak 686 Flanders Rd., Henniker patspeak.com

Greater Manchester: Elliot Hospital 4 Elliot Way, Suite 401, Manchester 669-5300, elliothospital.org

Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester 401 Cypress St., Manchester 668-4111, mhcgm.org Greater Concord: Riverbend Community Mental Health 278 Pleasant St., Concord 228-1600, riverbendcmhc.org

Family-Friendly Bank TD Bank tdbank.com

Family-Friendly Credit Union St. Mary’s Bank stmarysbank.com

Greater Manchester: Bedford Family Therapy 10 Commerce Park North, Bedford 606-1233, bedfordfamilytherapy.com

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Seacoast: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital 789 Central Ave., Dover 742-5252, wdhospital.org Greater Concord: Concord Hospital 250 Pleasant St., Concord 225-2711, concordhospital.org Greater Nashua: Southern New Hampshire Health 8 Prospect St., Nashua snhhealth.org Northern NH: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/CHaD 1 Medical Center Dr., Lebanon 650-KIDS, chadkids.org

Monadnock Region: Kimball Farm 158 Turnpike Rd., Jaffrey 532-5765, kimballfarm.com Lakes Region: Jordan’s Ice Creamery 894 Laconia Rd., Belmont 267-1900, Find on Facebook

Ice Skating or Hockey Facility Tri-Town Ice Arena 311 West River Rd., Hooksett 485-1100, tri-townicearena.com

Indoor Play Place Funspot 579 Endicott St. N., Laconia 366-4377, funspot.com Greater Concord: Krazy Kids Indoor Play & Party Center 60 Sheep Davis Rd., Pembroke 228-7529, krazykids.com Multi-location: Altitude Trampoline Park Concord, Merrimack, Pelham altitudetrampolinepark.com

Kid-Friendly Museum SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org Greater Concord: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center 2 Institute Dr., Concord 271-7827, starhop.com Greater Manchester: Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash St., Manchester 669-6144, currier.org Seacoast: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire 6 Washington St., Dover 742-2002, childrens-museum.org

Kids’ Favorite Breakfast Place Parker’s Maple Barn 1316 Brookline Rd., Mason 878-2308, parkersmaplebarn.com


PRESCHOOL • KINDERGARTEN • AFTERCARE

ages 3 to 6 years

Lakes Region: Tilt’n Diner 61 Laconia Rd., Tilton 286-2204, thecman.com

Lakes Region: White Tiger Karate 20 Canal St., Franklin 998-9012, whitetigerkarate.net

Kids’ Favorite Breakfast Place (multi-location)

Multi-location: Tokyo Joe’s Studio Nashua and Milford locations tokyojoes.net

Tucker’s 1328 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett 206-5757, tuckers.com Greater Salem: MaryAnn’s Diner 4 Cobbetts Pond Rd., Windham maryannsdiner.com Seacoast: Friendly Toast 113 Congress St., Portsmouth 430-2154, thefriendlytoast.com Greater Manchester: Red Arrow Diner 61 Lowell St., Manchester redarrowdiner.com

Kids Hair Cut Sweet Snips 105 Lafayette Rd., Hampton Falls 601-7610, sweetsnips.com National Chain: Snip-its 317 Amherst St., Nashua 889-0000, snipits.com

Learning or Tutoring Service Parker Academy 2 Fisk Rd., Concord 228-4209, parkereducation.com National chain: Sylvan Learning Center Bedford, Hampton Falls, Rochester, Portsmouth, Salem sylvanlearning.com

Local Party Supplies Store (tie) J & J Party & Janitorial Supplies 68 Route 101A, Amherst 672-8555, jandjpartyandjanitorial.com Party Center 290 South Broadway, Salem 898-1089, partycenterstores.com

Martial Arts Studio Manchester Karate Studio 371 South Willow St., Manchester 782-0010, manchesterkarate.com Greater Manchester: Bedford Martial Arts Academy 292 Route 101 West, Bedford 626-9696, bedfordmartialartsacademy.com

Mini Golf Chuckster’s Family Fun Park 9 Bailey Rd., Chichester 798-3555, chuckstersnh.com Greater Manchester: Mel’s Funway Park 454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield 424-2292, melsfunwaypark.com Lakes Region: Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf 3253 Route 3, Meredith 366-5058, piratescove.net

Movie Theater Regal Cinemas 100 Technology Dr., Hooksett regmovies.com Multi-location: Chunky’s Cinema NH locations: Manchester, Nashua, Pelham chunkys.com

Music or Entertainment Venue Palace Theatre 80 Hanover St., Manchester 668-5588, palacetheatre.org

Musical Instruction Manchester Community Music School 2291 Elm St., Manchester 644-4548, mcmusicschool.org Greater Manchester: Bedford Youth Performing Company 155 Route 101, Bedford 472-3894, bypc.org Greater Nashua: Nashua Community Music School 5 Pine St. Ext., Nashua 881-7030, nashuacms.org Greater Concord: Concord Community Music School 23 Wall St., Concord 228-1196, ccmusicschool.org

• Well developed Montessori curriculum • Creative dramatic playroom • Weekly Spanish classes

Greater Manchester: Bedford Commons OB/GYN 201 Riverway Place, Bedford bcog.com Concord Obstetrics and Gynecology 250 Pleasant St., Concord 225-2711, concordhospital.org Greater Nashua: Full Circle Midwifery Care 168 Kinsley St., Nashua 595-3951, fullcirclemidwifery.com

Classes offered Five days a week from 8:30-11:30 in our multiage hands-on classroom. Extracare is flexible from 7:45 to 5:30. Weekly Outdoor Woodland Program

Orthodontist Lindner Dental Associates 72 So. River Rd., Bedford 624-3900, www.lindnerdental.com Our new woodland outdoor education program offers children an opportunity to grow naturally and freely while improving their academic and physical skills.

Greater Manchester: Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics 113 Mammoth Rd., Manchester 623-8003, nhorthodontics.com Greater Nashua: Elliott Orthodontics 27 Loop Rd., Merrimack 424-1199, elliottorthodontics.com

78 Rockingham Road Auburn, NH 603•627•1691 info@auburnmontessori.com www.auburnmontessori.com

Concord Pediatric Dentistry 248 Pleasant St., Suite 1700, Concord 224-1929, concordpediatrics.com

Party Entertainment or Entertainer Wildlife Encounters 923-1168, weecocenter.com

Pediatric Dentist Concord Pediatric Dentistry 16 Foundry St., Suite 101, Concord 224-3339, concordpediatricdentistry.com Lakes Region: Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region 369 Hounsell Ave., Gilford 527-2500, childrensdentistnh.com

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Greater Manchester: Lindner Dental Associates 72 South River Rd., Bedford 624-3900, lindnerdental.com Greater Salem: Haas Dental Associates 4 Manchester Ave., Derry 434-1586, haasdental.com

OB/GYN

Pizza

St. Joseph OB/GYN Associates of Southern NH Hudson and Merrimack locations stjosephhospital.com

900 Degrees 50 Dow St., Manchester 641-0900, 900degrees.com

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Greater Nashua: Lui Lui 259 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua luilui.com

Lakes Region: The Common Man Inn & Spa 21 Water St., Claremont thecmaninn.com

Greater Concord: Constantly Pizza 39 South Main St., Concord 224-9366, constantlypizza.net

Greater Nashua: Innovations The Salon & Spa 228 Naticook Rd., Merrimack 880-7499, innovationsnh.com

Lakes Region: Tilton House of Pizza 298 Main St., Tilton 286-7181, tiltonhouseofpizza.com Seacoast: La Festa Brick & Brew 300 Central Ave., Dover lafestabrickandbrew.com Greater Manchester: Pizza Man of Hooksett 254 West River Rd., Hooksett thepizzamandelivers.com Regional chain: Sal’s Pizza 7 NH locations sals-pizza.com

Place for Arts and Crafts Muse Paintbar 42 Hanover St., Manchester 421-6500, musepaintbar.com Multi-location: You’re Fired Bedford, Salem, Concord yourefirednh.com

Place to Buy a Family Car AutoFair Manchester, Nashua, Plaistow, Stratham autofair.com

Restaurant for Date Night Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery 58 Route 27, Raymond 244-2431, thetuckaway.com Greater Manchester: The Copper Door 15 Leavy Dr., Bedford 488-2677, copperdoor.com Multi-location: The Common Man thecman.com

Scenic Outdoor Adventure Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves 1712 Lost River Rd., North Woodstock 745-8031, lostrivergorge.com

Spa Day for Mom Serendipity Day Spa 23 Sheep Davis Rd., Pembroke 229-0400, serendipitydayspa.com Greater Manchester: Chill Spa 1224 Hanover St., Manchester 622-3722, chillspa.com

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Seacoast: Wingate Salon and Spa 139 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham 772-8400, wingatespa.com

Sporting Event for Families New Hampshire Fisher Cats nhfishercats.com

Swing Sets and Outdoor Play Systems Swings-n-Things 16 Route 125, Kingston 642-4500, swings-n-things-countrystore.com

Urgent or Immediate Care Center Milford Medical Center — St. Joseph Hospital 444 Nashua St., Milford 673-3014, stjosephhospital.com Greater Manchester: Elliot Urgent Care at River’s Edge 185 Queen City Ave., Manchester 663-3000, elliothospital.org Greater Concord: Concord Hospital’s Walk-In Urgent Care Center 60 Commercial St., Concord 230-1200, concordhospital.org Greater Nashua: Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire 112 Spit Brook Rd., Nashua 577-2273, shealth.org Multi-location: ConvenientMD Urgent Care convenientmd.com

Water Park Water Country 2300 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth 427-1111, watercountry.com


Family Fun Attractions Indian Head Resort 664 US Route 3, Lincoln 800-343-8000, indianheadresort.com The Indian Head Resort is a family-friendly, four-season resort located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Experience our variety of thoughtful amenities, stunning location and ease of access to outdoor recreation of all kinds. Enjoy the best of the Northeast at your home away from home. Seacoast Science Center 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org Strawbery Banke Museum 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth 433-1100, strawberybanke.org In the heart of Portsmouth, this nearly 10acre outdoor history museum Is dedicated to bringing 300+ years of stories from this waterfront neighborhood alive through original buildings, historical gardens, costumed roleplayers and traditional craft demonstrations. Interactive learning for visitors of all ages. Prior to visiting, please review the museum’s COVID-19 precautions. Member of the TripAdvisor Award of Excellence Hall of Fame.

Museums Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash St., Mancheste CMA: 669-6144; Classes: 518-4922 currier.org SEE Science Center 200 Bedford St., Manchester 669-0400, see-sciencecenter.org

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Sports, Fitness and Recreation NH Climbing & Fitness 10 Langdon Ave., Concord 715-9171, nhclimbinggym.com The Workout Club & Wellness Center 16 Pelham Rd., Salem, 894-4800 18 Orchard View Dr., Londonderry 434-6566, theworkoutclub.com YMCA of Greater Nashua Nashua Branch – 882-2011 Merrimack Branch – 881-7778 Westwood Park Branch – 402-2258 nmymca.org The Y is a nonprofit charitable organization serving locally for more than 135 years from facilities in Nashua and Merrimack. Programs and services are offered in safe and supportive environments including volunteer opportunities, preschool/school-age child care, day camps, swimming, arts and dance, family events, sports instruction, health and wellness options, recreational fun and so much more!

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Health & Wellness

Coping

as the COVID-19 crisis wears on

Isolation, uncertainty and anxiety related to the pandemic is contributing to mental health issues BY KRYSTEN GODFREY MADDOCKS

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OVID-19 has prompted a new epidemic among Americans — increased anxiety and depression.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of ParentingNH.

This new reality has pushed mental health concerns to the limit for families who may already be struggling with juggling remote learning schedules, unemployment and the stresses of being home most of the time. In fact, more than a third of those surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics in July 2020 reported having symptoms of anxiety or depression. Data from The National Center for Health Statistics shows that in late August 2020, 31% of New Hampshire residents surveyed reported either an anxiety or depressive disorder. A NEW, VIRTUAL REALITY At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nikki Pike, 13, of Exeter, had to adjust to living in a mostly virtual reality. The eighth-grader was attending Exeter Cooperative Middle School remotely last fall because her school was not offering in-person instruction, and she socialized with a limited number of friends. Even if her classes had been held at school, Nikki was practicing social distancing to protect her 81-year-old grandmother, who lives in nearby elderly housing, according to her mother, Teddie Pike, who works from home. If Nikki wanted to hang out with her best friend, she had to be extra vigilant about who she came into contact with, because her friend’s mother works in the health care field, Teddie said. Nikki also had to navigate a pandemic through the lens of living with ADHD, which ramped up as the months went on. She was reluctant to go outside because groups of people congregating without wearing masks further triggered her anxiety. Nikki worked with her therapist on practicing healthy coping strategies, but still spent much of her time inside, drawing on her iPhone and connecting with friends on social media. Her sleep was also affected, according to her mother. “She can sleep 16 hours a day and be up all night and all day as well. It’s a catch-22. Her screen time has increased 1,000%. I have talked to her therapist about putting limits on it, but it’s the only way she can talk to every single one of her friends and see their faces,” Teddie said. Nikki talked to her therapist on Zoom every other week. Teddie said she worked to stay engaged with Nikki to make sure she was doing OK emotionally. While she remains concerned about Nikki’s screen time, she has access to all of her daughter’s social media accounts and enjoys an open, trusting relationship with her daughter. ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN AND TEENS Jodie Lubarksy, LCMHC, and Child, Adolescent and Family Services director for Seacoast Mental Health Center, said by October of 2020 she

was beginning to see an increase in service requests for youth who are feeling increased anxiety, depression and an overwhelming sense of isolation due to the pandemic. “The majority of kids we are seeing report symptoms of anxiety and depression, and their caregivers report struggling with managing behaviors or maintaining a structure within the home environment,” Lubarsky said last fall. “Parents/caregivers have been acting as parents, caretakers, spouses, educators and employees. They’ve also had to make the difficult choices about cutting their work hours, leaving their jobs, or being laid off due to remote learning and the pandemic.” Different families have established different ground rules about how they are navigating the pandemic as well, which further may confuse children. For example, everyone has their own comfort levels about their degree of exposure to other people, who they are going to include in their social circles and who they choose to have contact with, Lubarsky said. It’s important for parents to discuss with children that they have to be respectful and mindful that every family is in a different place when it comes to protecting themselves from the coronavirus. But most of all, parents need to have conversations with their children and approach them from a place of hope. She also urges parents to think about what they are modeling to their children. Some conversations should be kept between adults, and parents should refrain from messaging to their children that “the sky is falling,” Lubarsky said. “If we don’t have hope, it feels like there will never be any end to this. We need to tell kids this is just what is happening right now, and it’s not going to be forever,” Lubarsky said. RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS While it’s normal to feel anxious during a pandemic amid fluctuating schedules, parents do need to be cognizant of behaviors that might indicate their children are experiencing mental health concerns. Lubarsky said parents know their children best, and should they notice any major changes in their child’s behavior, that could be an indicator that their child or teen is struggling. While younger children may become clingier or have a harder time detaching from their caregivers or show signs of regression; teens may exhibit increased anger or aggression, which could be misconstrued as an anger management issue instead of a projection of anxiety or depression. The Centers for Disease Control in July 2020 issued a report, “Helping Children Cope,” that outlined behavior changes parents should watch for in their children. These included: • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children • Returning to behaviors they’ve outgrown (including toilet accidents, bedwetting) • Excessive worry or sadness • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits • Irritability or “acting out” in teens • Poor school performance or avoiding school • Difficulties with attention or concentration

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Healthy ways to cope with stress THE PANDEMIC IS ALSO A STRESSFUL TIME FOR PARENTS, WHO ARE TRYING TO BALANCE LIFE, WORK, FAMILY AND REMOTE LEARNING. HERE IS A LIST OF TIPS FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (WWW.CDC.GOV) ON DEALING WITH AND REDUCING

• Know what to do if you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment. • Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).

STRESS, NOW AND ANYTIME.

• Take care of your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. • Take care of your body. — Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate — Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. — Exercise regularly. — Get plenty of sleep. — Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use. • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories. • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. • Connect with community- or faithbased organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, connect online, through social media, or by phone or mail.

• Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past • Unexplained headaches or body pain • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs Physical self-harm or statements about inflicting self-harm need to be taken seriously at any age and should be evaluated by a professional, Lubarsky said. MANAGE UNCERTAINTY Sandy Norton, LICSW, director of Child, Adolescent, and Family Clinical Services at the Center for Life Management in Derry, said that her center, too, has seen an increase in children suffering from anxiety and depression. Children look to their parents for guidance on how to react during stressful situations, transitions and change. She suggests that parents help their children prepare for what a school day will look like and be aware of any changes in policies, rules, regulations and directives issued by their child’s school — whether or not they are returning to in-person learning. “Walk your child through the day and talk about the schools’ COVID rules so they can be familiar,” she said. “Children respond well to routine and structure and with so much uncertainty in the world today, maintaining a routine schedule at

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home is important for children to feel safe and secure.” Lubarsky also suggests limiting children’s’ exposure to the news and social media. Setting a firm bedtime and instituting screen limits provides additional structure, too. “Let them know we wake up at this time in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast and put on clothes that are presentable in person. If you are doing remote learning, incorporate breaks,” she said. “If the day ends early, ask your kids to engage in 30 minutes of quiet time or reading rather than screen time.” Building in that kind of routine is important, Lubarsky said, because kids don’t have strong executive functioning skills before age 25. Hanging up their daily schedule can be helpful, too. She also suggests that parents limit their child or teen’s exposure to excessive social media and/or TV. For those children and teens who do need treatment, the earlier they receive it, the better. “Things to watch out for include if children start to say they don’t want to live anymore or begin hurting themselves on purpose,” Norton said. “Additionally, seek treatment when children are experiencing symptoms causing an interference with their daily functioning for more than two weeks.”


GET HELP Parents may choose to work with their school guidance counselor or their child’s pediatrician for advice regarding mental health care and coping strategies. However, anytime a child or teen verbalizes or acts out to harm herself or another, parents are urged to contact a mental health professional, Lubarsky said. Once you determine your child might need professional help, you will need to first check with your insurance company to determine if you need a referral to seek services, Norton said. Insurance providers can direct you to a list of providers contracted with your insurance who can offer services. Both the Seacoast Mental Health Center and The Center for Life Management are members of the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association, which represents a group of 10 mental health centers in New Hampshire. These community mental health centers cover more than 40 locations throughout New Hampshire and serve individuals and families in their respective communities, regardless of their ability to pay. Centers contract with insurance companies, and also accept Medicaid and Medicare plans. All provide both in-person and telehealth services to further reduce barriers to mental health care. For example, to meet the needs of families in the Seacoast area, the Seacoast Mental Health Center last spring began offering talk therapy through telehealth services. So far, youth and families have adapted well to the platform and have been able to maintain their engagement in mental health care, Lubarsky said. She called telehealth services a “silver lining,” because it allowed more clients to seek treatment when they couldn’t physically travel to an appointment. For families who could benefit from peer assistance and referral services, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire (NAMI NH) may provide support as well. NAMI NH is a grassroots organization comprised of a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers. NAMI NH provides information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness and suicide. The nonprofit guides families through the mental health continuum without cost or judgment, said Brian Huckins, director of Children and Youth Programs. This could mean helping families understand how to support children after an emergency room hospitalization to how to obtain financial resources for mental health treatment. NAMI NH services have been virtual since March, but families can call their information and resources line at 1-800-2426264 and leave a confidential message — a NAMI New Hampshire team member will return your call within 48 business hours. Although it’s not a hotline, the information and resources line connects callers with trained NAMI NH staff who can help answer questions and provide information on NAMI NH programs and supports. They can also provide contact informa-

Information and resources • NH Community Behavioral Health Association. The NH Community Behavioral Health Association is an organization comprised of the 10 community mental health centers throughout New Hampshire. https://nhcbha.org/nhcbha-member-locations • National Alliance on Mental Illness — New Hampshire (NAMI NH). Tips and advice for parents and caregivers. www.naminh.org • The State of New Hampshire’s list of Mental Health, Stress and Anxiety Supports during COVID-19. www.nh.gov/covid19/support/index.htm • New Futures’ list of Early childhood COVID-19 resources. www.new-futures.org • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Resources for helping kids and parents cope with COVID-19. www.aacap.org • Catholic Charities of NH, COVID-19 & Your Mental Health. www.cc-nh.org/covid-19-and-your-mental-health • American Academy of Pediatrics, Returning to school during COVID-19. www.healthychildren.org • Healthy UNH, COVID-19 resources for families. www.unh.edu/healthyunh/covid-19-resources

tion for local and national resources. “We’ve seen a 30% increase in calls since March, and our actual contact is up significantly,” Huckins said. “Parents are questioning what they should do now that they have been forced to go back home and educate their children.” Not only is kids’ anxiety up, but family anxiety is up significantly, too, Huckins said. NAMI NH will work with a child’s school district, mental health agencies, wraparound support services and family members in virtual meetings to help families navigate mental health concerns. One of the advantages of NAMI is that you will work with staff and volunteers who have had their own experiences with child mental health challenges, Huckins said. “We aren’t here to judge any family member — we try to support them with whatever we can through information and self-care ideas,” he said. “Nobody’s decision right now (about how to deal with the coronavirus) is perfect. We are hopeful that it’s all going to work out and get back to normal at some point.” ✪ Krysten Godfrey Maddocks is a frequent contributor to ParentingNH.

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Childbirth & Maternity Catholic Medical Center (CMC) 100 McGregor St., Manchester 668-3545, catholicmedicalcenter.org The Family Center at Exeter Hospital 5 Alumni Dr., Exeter 580-6358, exeterhospital.com

St. Joseph Hospital Childbirth Center 172 Kinsley St., Nashua 595-3162, stjosephhospital.com/services/ childbirth-center

Dentists & Orthodontists Core Pediatric Dentistry 5 Hampton Rd., Exeter 773-4900, corephysicians.org

Ears, Nose & Throat (ENT) Core Otolaryngology & Audiology 9 Buzell Ave., Exeter, 772-8208 200 Griffin Rd., Portsmouth, 766-6400 corephysicians.org

Family Medicine Amoskeag Health 145 Hollis St., Manchester 1245 Elm St., Manchester 184 Tarrytown Rd., Manchester 88 McGregor St., Manchester 626-9500, amoskeaghealth.org

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CHaD at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Care at Bedford Medical Park 5 Washington Place, Bedford 695-2500, chadkids.org CHaD at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 140 Hospital Dr., Bennington, VT 802-442-6361, chadkids.org CHaD at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, a Children’s Center for Specialty Medicine 789 Central Ave., Dover 740-2366, chadkids.org CHaD Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock at the Notre Dame Pavilion 87 McGregor St., Manchester 695-2500, chadkids.org Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 25 South River Rd., Bedford 695-2500, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 253 Pleasant St., Concord 226-2200, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 208 Robinson Rd., Hudson 577-3410, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 590 Court St., Keene 354-6666, dartmouth-hitchcock.org One Medical Center Dr., Lebanon 650-5000, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 100 Hitchcock Way, Manchester 695-2500, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 14 Armory Rd., Milford 673-2515, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 2300 Southwood Dr., Nashua 577-4000, dartmouth-hitchcock.org 294 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack 440-7722, dartmouth-hitchcock.org Dartmouth-Hitchcock at the Notre Dame Pavilion 87 McGregor St., Manchester 695-2500, dartmouth-hitchcock.org Dartmouth-Hitchcock Ear, Nose and Throat 30 Canton St., Suite 2, Manchester 622-3623, dartmouth-hitchcock.org Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road 18 Old Etna Rd. (Off Route 120), Lebanon 650-5000, dartmouth-hitchcock.org

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Exeter Hospital 5 Alumni Dr., Exeter 778-7311, exeterhospital.com Exeter Hospital, a Level III Trauma Center, is a community-based hospital serving New Hampshire’s Seacoast region. The hospital’s comprehensive health care services include, but are not limited to, breast health, maternal/child and reproductive medicine, cardiovascular, gastroenterology, sleep medicine, occupational and employee health, oncology with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center oncologists, orthopedics and emergency care. Lawrence General Hospital 1 General St., Lawrence, MA 978-683-4000, llawrencegeneral.org lawrencegeneral.org/primarycare Lawrence General is a private, nonprofit community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital. Although the hospital is considered a community hospital, it has developed a reputation as a well-respected regional medical facility. The hospital has completed $73 million in new construction and renovations including inpatient units and its new, state-of-the-art surgical center. The hospital’s current yearly treatment average is 12,000 inpatients, 67,000 emergency visits, 1,500 births and a total of 272,000 inpatient and outpatient encounters. Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network 70 Butler St., Salem 893-2900, northeastrehab.com St. Joseph Hospital 172 Kinsley St. Nashua 882-3000, stjosephhospital.com St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, is a 208-bed acute care community hospital located in Nashua. The main campus features the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies and is supported by a network of primary care providers and specialists focused on delivering personalized medicine. Our hospital is DNV-GL accredited and its extensive services include 24-hour

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emergency care and a certified stroke program, as well as a Cardiovascular Center, Breast Care Center, Cancer Center and Maternal Child Health Center. To learn more about us, please visit stjosephhospital.com.

Medical Information & Referral Find a Doctor at St. Joseph Hospital 172 Kinsley St., Nashua 800-210-9000, stjosephhospital.com Exeter Hospital Physician & Referral Center 580-6668, exeterhospital.com

Mental Health Ascentria Care Alliance 261 Sheep Davis Rd., A-1, Concord 224-8111, ascentria.org Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester 401Cypress St., Manchester 668-4111, mhcgm.org The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester is the largest outpatient

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mental health provider in the state of NH serving all age groups whose comprehensive system of care covers needs at all levels. Programs include: Bedford Counseling Associates, Child and Adolescent Services, Community Support Services, Emergency and Interim Care, The Cypress Center, Medication Services, North End Counseling, ProHealth and Mobile Crisis Response Team. Seacoast Mental Health Center 1145 Sagamore Ave., Portsmouth 431-6703, smhc-nh.org 30 Prospect Ave., Exeter 772-2710, smhc-nh.org The mission of Seacoast Mental Health Center is to provide a broad, comprehensive array of high-quality, effective and accessible mental health services to residents of the eastern half of Rockingham County. We provide comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families. Services range from 24/7/365 emergency services to individual and group therapy, couples and family therapy, substance use disorder treatment and case management.

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OT Works 4 Kidz, LLC 3 Industrial Dr., Unit 1, Windham 870-0078, otworks4kidz.com At OT Works 4 Kidz, we provide outstanding occupational, physical and speech therapy services to individuals ages 0-18. Children and adolescents with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities learn strategies to help themselves at home, in school and out in the community. Our fun and creative approach to therapy happens in our custom-designed, 6,000-square-foot clinic.

Amoskeag Health 145 Hollis St., Manchester 1245 Elm St., Manchester 184 Tarrytown Rd., Manchester 88 McGregor St., Manchester 626-9500, amoskeaghealth.org Core Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine 580-6668, corephysicians.org Core Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine provides comprehensive, specialized care to well and sick infants, children and young adults. Core Pediatrics of Epping 212 Calef Hwy., Epping 693-2100, corephysicians.org Core Pediatrics of Exeter 9 Buzell Ave., Exeter 772-8900, corephysicians.org Core Pediatrics of Plaistow 166 Plaistow Rd., Suite 3, Plaistow 257-4000, corephysicians.org Core Pediatrics of Stratham 118 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham 658-1823, corephysicians.org

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Core Orthopedics 7 Alumni Dr., Exeter 777-1000, corephysicians.org St. Joseph Hospital Orthopedics 168 Kinsley St., Nashua 578-9363, stjosephhospital.com

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Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network 383 East Dunstable Rd., Nashua 891-3000, northeastrehab.com 70 Butler St., Salem 681-3200, northeastrehab.com 101 Amesbury St., Lawrence, MA 978-975-0395, northeastrehab.com 386 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 978-965-5089, northeastrehab.com 1555 Main St., Tewksbury, MA  978-770-0730, northeastrehab.com 1230 Bridge St., Lowell, MA 978-955-5955, northeastrehab.com 101 Jackson St., Lowell 978-677-7608, northeastrehab.com Northeast Rehab’s Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation program provides therapeutic outpatient services to infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of orthopedic, congenital and neurological diagnoses. We provide comprehensive physical, cccupational and speech therapy services. Your child’s rehab team will provide experienced pediatric assessment education, therapeutic intervention,= and transition planning to ensure a fruitful life at home, school and within the community. Pediatric Therapy Center 882-4500, nhptc.com The largest pediatric outpatient clinic in New Hampshire, Pediatric Therapy Center has been providing quality care and compassion to our patients and their families since 2013. PTC has an elite team of pediatric therapists from varied backgrounds and specialties dedicated to helping children of all ages and abilities thrive! PTC offers speech, physical, occupational and feeding therapy and has clinics in Nashua, Salem, Manchester and Concord. Living Innovations has been supporting people for over 20 years. We strive to enrich the lives of the individuals we work with every day through the following services: SHARED LIVING based on a person in need of support living with a host family in a natural home. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT supporting specific employment goals through job coaching and planning. TRANSITION SUPPORT adjusting from school to adulthood. IN-HOME SUPPORT designed to give each individual and family/guardians the support to manage busy lives. To learn more or to join our team, visit LivingInnovations.com or email info@livinginnovations.com.

St. Joseph Hospital Pediatrics 173 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua 880-1440, stjosephhospital.com 155 Kinsley St., Nashua 889-6671, stjosephhospital.com 444 Nashua St., Milford 673-3870, stjosephhospital.com

Physical Therapists Athletic Performance Center of Exeter Hospital Epping and Hampton 601-7761, exeterhospital.com/apcenter Exeter Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation 212 Calef Hwy., Epping 777-1885, exeterhospital.com 207 South Main St., Newmarket

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292-7285, exeterhospital.com 24 Plaistow Rd., Unit 4, Plaistow 257-3333, exeterhospital.com Exeter Hospital Rehabilitation 7 Alumni Dr., Exeter 778-6548, exeterhospital.com 212 Calef Hwy., Epping 777-1886, exeterhospital.com 207 South Main St., Newmarket 292-7285, exeterhospital.com 24 Plaistow Rd., Unit 4, Plaistow 257-3333, exeterhospital.com 53 Church St., Kingston 642-9425, exeterhospital.com 95 Brewery Ln., #15, Portsmouth 430-3004, exeterhospital.com Route 27, Raymond 895-6058, exeterhospital.com Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network 70 Butler St., Salem 893-2900, northeastrehab.com OT Works 4 Kidz, LLC 3 Industrial Dr., Unit 1, Windham 870-0078, otworks4kidz.com Pediatric Therapy Center 882-4500, nhptc.com With locations in Nashua, Salem, Manchester and Concord Richie McFarland Children’s Center 11 Sandy Point Rd., Stratham 778-8193, richiemcfarland.org St. Joseph Hospital Outpatient Rehab Services 460 Amherst St., Nashua 598-2401, stjosephhospital.com 208 Robinson Rd., Hudson 889-7465, stjosephhospital.com 382 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack 424-9635, stjosephhospital.com 442 Nashua St., Milford 673-9950, stjosephhospital.com 75 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua 595-3076, stjosephhospital.com 2300 Southwood Dr., Nashua 883-4624, stjosephhospital.com

Speech Therapists Exeter Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation 212 Calef Hwy., Epping 777-1885, exeterhospital.com 207 South Main St., Newmarket 292-7285, exeterhospital.com 24 Plaistow Rd., Unit 4, Plaistow 257-3333, exeterhospital.com OT Works 4 Kidz, LLC 3 Industrial Dr., Unit 1, Windham 870-0078, otworks4kidz.com

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Pediatric Therapy Center 882-4500, nhptc.com With locations in Nashua, Salem, Manchester and Concord Premier Speech Therapy, LLC 80 Nashua Rd., Building B, Londonderry 548-2188, premierspeechtherapy.com Premier Speech Therapy, LLC is a family-centered private practice treating speech, language and swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults. Our experienced therapists aim to incorporate the needs of each individual and are committed to providing superior quality service to our clients in order to become an essential building block on your road to success.

Urgent Care ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care ccmdcenters.com 24 Homestead Place, Alton 822-4713 Belknap Mall, 96 D.W. Hwy., Belmont 267-0656 1 Beehive Dr., Epping 734-9202 558 Mast Rd., Goffstown 232-1790

7 Cinemagic Way, Hooksett 782-5112 410 Miracle Mile, Lebanon 276-3260 127 Plaistow Rd., Plaistow 797-9289 750 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth 427-8539 75 Laconia Rd., Tilton 729-0050 ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care walk-in centers are equipped to treat all urgent non-life-threatening medical needs, seven days a week. Our medical teams provide high-quality, compassionate and affordable urgent care, occupational heath and telemedicine services to NH communities and beyond. Our centers offer board-certified providers and state-of-the-art facilities with on-site laboratory services and X-ray. Owned and operated by physicians who know and understand the need for excellent, expedient care, ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care is dedicated to meeting all the needs of the community, from infants to elders, school to industry and everywhere in between.

Elliot Urgent Care at Bedford 25 Leavy Dr., Bedford 472-1772, elliothospital.org/website/urgent-care.php

facilities, providing outstanding care in a friendly, personalized patient setting. Milford Medical Center 442 Nashua St., Milford 673-5623, stjosephhospital.com

Elliot Urgent Care at Londonderry 40 Buttrick Rd., Londonderry 552-1550, elliothospital.org/website/urgent-care.php

Women’s Health Amoskeag Health 145 Hollis St., Manchester 1245 Elm St., Manchester 184 Tarrytown Rd., Manchester 88 McGregor St., Manchester 626-9500, amoskeaghealth.org

Elliot Urgent Care at River’s Edge 185 Queen City Ave., Manchester 663-7227, elliothospital.org/website/urgent-care.php ExpressMED/BOAC 35 Kosciuszko St., Manchester 627-8053 1 Highlander Way, Manchester 625-2622 159 North Broadway, Salem 898-0961 expressmedboac.com Outstanding medical care in a non-hospital setting at a fraction of the cost. At ExpressMED/BOAC, we take pride in our ability to render the spectrum fo Urgent Care and Occupational Health services you would expect from a hospital-affiliated clinic without the associated higher costs. ExpressMED/BOAC is supported by a broad network of quality medical

Core Obstetrics & Gynecology 3 Alumni Dr., Exeter 778-0557, corephysicians.org Core Physicians 9 Primary Care Offices and 20 Specialty Care Practices 580-6668, corephysicians.org Exeter Hospital 5 Alumni Dr., Exeter 580-6668, exeterhospital.com St. Joseph Hospital OB/GYN & Midwifery 168 Kinsley St., Ste. 20, Nashua 883-3365, stjosephhospital.com/ st-joseph-hospital-obgyn

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Camps & Summer Programs

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 edition of ParentingNH.

CAMP FUN + NEW SOCIAL SKILLS =

an A+ summer

Five social skills (and more) your camper can work on away from home BY EMILY GOLINSKY

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s schools turn more attention to test preparation and meeting complex curriculum goals, teachers have limited time to work on character and social-skill development. Recess, social time and interactions that do not directly relate to curriculum standards take a back seat to reading, writing, math and STEM.

This focus on academics means that parents should emphasize different goals for summer out-ofschool time — from simply keeping kids engaged with backyard games or beach trips to creating meaningful opportunities for social development. Summer camps present the opportunity for children to be immersed in a socialskills-rich environment and actively develop their own social growth. Here are a few essential social skills your child can build at camp. FACE-TO-FACE CONNECTION

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AND COMMUNICATION. At camp, your child will be in a social-group setting for at least six hours daily at day camp (24/7 at overnight camp). Unplugged from technology, your child will engage in intentional conversation and interpersonal connections that can’t happen during the short bursts of non-academic time during a school day. At camp, your child will get to know new people and begin to understand more about their own needs and preferences. As they chat and play with friends, they are also practicing eye contact (no phone screen to talk across!), active listening and give-and-take conversation skills.


PARTICIPATION AND RISKTAKING. It’s essential for development that children be exposed to safe risk. At camp, children are presented with opportunities that take them just far enough out of their comfort zone to allow for growth in self-confidence, self-realization, physical fitness and more. Up on the ropes course or on stage for the camp play, with bunkmates cheering them on, children learn their inner strengths and find new interests in hobbies, sports, the arts and more. UNDERSTANDING GROUP NORMS. While the school day may offer opportunities for group work, it’s just that — work. At camp, being part of a group conveys not only instant mem-

bership but also meaningful inclusion. There is a natural expectation that campers walk together between activities, share supplies, practice their crawl stroke together, celebrate their triumphs and challenges, and act as a cohesive unit. This gives children the opportunity to internalize group norms and to observe and replicate positive role modeling of both staff and peers. DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIPS. Making friends doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and teachers in the classroom have limited time to help children find and nurture friendships. Camp staff, on the other hand, see the development of friendships

between campers as a main goal of the camp experience. They receive training on how to facilitate getting-to-know-you games, how to pair up campers for activities or free-play time, and how to identify children who may need additional support for lagging social skills. At camp, children also learn the importance of being a good friend, with the built-in help of a “cool” adult (read: not a parent) to walk them through the squabbles or rough spots that inevitably arise. COOPERATION AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS. Camps are big on teaching teamwork and responsibility, which is good news for your camper. They’ll come home from camp talking excitedly (yes, really!) about the chores they did or the way they set the lunch table and volunteered to bring everyone seconds on sandwiches. Team-building activities built into the camp schedule allow for active practice of cooperation. Away from home, children quickly develop self-advocacy and problem-solving skills with support and www.nhmagazine.com

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encouragement from staff. Successfully navigating new challenges, like identifying which clothes to put on after swimming or making it through homesickness, becomes a badge of pride and helps campers develop lifelong skills. In addition to these five social skills, there are plenty of others, such as being a good sport, recognizing expected vs. unexpected behaviors, respecting personal space, following directions and understanding that one’s actions affect other people. Camp staff are committed to helping your child learn, grow and have fun, so they seek out teachable moments and actively create opportunities that enable your camper to have a successful camp experience. And, bonus points: When your child shows off their newfound skills at school in September, the teacher will give your summer plans an A+. ✪ Emily Golinsky was executive director of Camp Starfish in Rindge, NH for 14 years. She recently launched Bright Moose LLC, a training, consulting and advocacy organization. FAMILY RESOURCE BOOK • 2021

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia 366-5695, prescottfarm.org Prescott Farm is dedicated to providing year-round environmental education programs for all ages and a place

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Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash St., Manchester; CMA: 669-6144; Classes: 518-4922 currier.org

Boys & Girls Club of Manchester 555 Union St., Manchester 625-5031, begreatmanchester.org Indian Head Resort 664 US Route 3, Lincoln 800-343-8000, indianheadresort.com NH Climbing & Fitness 10 Langdon Ave., Concord 715-9171, nhclimbinggym.com The Granite YMCA YMCA of Downtown Manchester 30 Mechanic St., Manchester 623-3558 YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown 116 Goffstown Back Rd., Goffstown 497-4663 YMCA of Strafford County

35 Industrial Way, Rochester 332-7334 YMCA of the Seacoast 550 Peverly Hill Rd., Portsmouth 431-2334 YMCA of Greater Londonderry 206 Rockingham Rd., Londonderry 437-9622 graniteymca.org The Workout Club & Wellness Center 16 Pelham Rd., Salem 894-4800 18 Orchard View Dr., Londonderry 434-6565 theworkoutclub.com At The Workout Club, we’re proud to offer numerous programs for children to help them learn the importance of regular physical activity and a healthy diet from a young age. Our vacation camps offer your children a fun, physically active time including fit classes, splash park and our 40-foot rock wall and our birthday parties are the best. YMCA of Greater Nashua Nashua Branch – 882-2011 Merrimack Branch – 881-7778 Westwood Park Branch – 402-2258 Camp Sargent – 880-4845 nmymca.org

Educational Strawbery Banke Museum 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth 433-1100, strawberybanke.org

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