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October / November Issue 110


Autism Today and Tomorrow Trick or Treat! Have a healthier Halloween

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Sharing Thanksgiving with the Napoles family



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Feature Sharing Thanksgiving with The Napoles family

Doctor advice Protecting Young Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Death

Parenting Being thankful, having gratitude

Family Autisim Today and Tomorrow

Nutrition Trick or treat! Have a healthier Halloween

Therapist Advice You got this mom III

Books Recommended Books for your Miami Kids

Community The Impact of Community Service

Social ¡ Grand opening of Miami Lighthouse for the Blinds children's center ¡ Miami Kids on the media


October / November Issue 110




Sharing thanksgiving with the Napoles family Autisim Today and Tomorrow Trick or treat! Have a healthier Halloween

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Miami Kids Publisher's Notes Hurricane Irma caused widespread damage in Florida. Trees down, power outages and families displaced from their homes for weeks. Miami Kids hopes everyone had a safe and speedy recovery. This season is one of my favorites. The month of October is very special because it is the month when my two kids were born as I became a mother. Kenneth is going to turn 6 and Valeria 2. Wow, me flies! Don't you feel the same way when you celebrate your kid's birthday? Also, it is somebody else's birthday… my suppor ve and caring husband! As you read the ar cles, it is a month of celebra ons and we also have Halloween!! We have a very good ar cle about ideas to make trick or trea ng healthy. Do you think that's possible? We can try! October 9th is Fire Safety Day! Don't miss a great interview we did with firefighter Noah Jackson from the City of Miami Fire Department. You will see the interview about very important safety ps in a video in our online magazine! www.Miamikidsmagazine.com November is a special me to be thankful and celebrate “Turkey Day”. I think we always have to be thankful for what we have and not dedicate it just to one day. In this issue we have a great ar cle about how to teach kids to be thankful and having gra tude. We have on the front cover Stephany Severino and Luis Napoles with their kids. They talked to Miami Kids about how they spend me with their children while working as public figures with unknown schedules. Also, they share their Thanksgiving tradi ons. Again, thank you for reading the magazine and for following us! We exist thanks to you! Enjoy the holidays with the family.

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Sharing Thanksgiving with The Napoles family In this Fall issue, we are happy to share with you a li le of the Napoles Family. Jose Luis is a news anchor and reporter, who by the way, did an extraordinary job during hurricane Irma covering all the latest updates and keeping us informed. Stephanie Severino who used to present the weather, on a na onal TV sta on, is now working as an Assistant Director of Communica ons for Miami‐Dade County. They are the parents of Ishmael Nápoles, 4 years old and Miranda Nápoles, 22 months old.

They told Miami Kids magazine that the fall is one of their favorite seasons because they celebrate Thanksgiving. It's the me when they get together with the rest of the family that lives in other parts of the country and the world. It's the me when they reflect on all the blessings they have with the family. Miranda and Ishmael get very involved in the fes vi es and they make sure they par cipate in the en re process, from decora ng the house, to the thanksgiving menu. For them it is extremely important that the kids understand how beneficial it is to spend me with the family, especially during the holidays. As working parents, they try to balance their daily lives as a family and their responsibili es with work. They are blessed that they can count on the assistant of Stephanie's mom who lives with them and plays an important role in raising the kids. “While we work, there is peace in our minds because they are with her. We love you Tita!” they said. As a good family, they ask the Lord for the guidance necessary to raise Ishmael and Miranda as generous, compassionate, humble and responsible members of society. They wish Happy holidays to all of our readers.

Credits Photography: Ritz Riviera Clothing: Ramona La Rue, Boy meets Girl Stylist: Isa Aguilar Hair Style: Kijana Salon and Blow Dry Bar

Protecting Young Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Death


By Anthony Rossi, MD

Every three days, sudden cardiac death (SCD) takes the life of a young U.S. athlete, such as a girl playing soccer, a boy at basketball practice or a high school football player. For many years, cardiologists thought that SCD was a relatively rare occurrence among young people. But recent research indicates it is actually the leading cause of death among young athletes. The highest rates of SCD occurred in basketball, swimming, lacrosse, football and cross-country track. Usually, there are no advance signs of SCD, and a typical school or sports physical examination won't detect a potentially dangerous heart problem. That is why an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) screening is so important. This simple heart test takes only a few minutes, and can mean the difference between life and death. Getting an EKG screening is particularly important if your child has suffered any of these symptoms: Frequently feeling faint Feeling dizzy during or after exercise A racing heartbeat during or after exercise Chest pains of any kind Also, the risk of SCD increases if someone else in the family has had a heart attack or heart arrhythmia. If the EKG screening detects a possible problem, a cardiologist may recommend other diagnostic tests to get a better understanding of the child's heart. SCD is often related to congenital heart conditions, such as abnormal chambers or valves, or to an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, a coronary artery problem or an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection. So, if your child is participating in school sports, make an appointment for an EKG screening. Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers a free EKG screening program with screenings available at several South Florida locations. To schedule, please call 305-663-8413, and push 3 for outpatient scheduling. It could be the most important call you ever make.

Dr. Rossi is the Medical Director of The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital with Andrew V. Lorenzen whose life was saved by EKG screening.


Being Thankful, Having Gratitude By Diane Landsberg

Oprah Winfrey said it best, “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough”. Thanksgiving is celebrated one day a year. That day brings together family and friends to eat delicious food and share a wonderful time together. However, being thankful and grateful should and can be part of every day of the year. I am grateful that traffic wasn't as bad as usual when I am driving to a meeting. I am thankful that I found a place to park close by. I am grateful that my newspaper is delivered every morning. I am thankful it didn't rain and get it wet. I am grateful for my wonderful adult children. I am thankful for my grandkids that are all the sweetest, smartest and most beautiful children alive. I am grateful to be healthy, despite the minor aches due to having celebrated so many birthdays. And most of all, I am thankful that I have celebrated so many birthdays that have given me valuable experience and wisdom. I asked my grandchildren what they were thankful for. Elle, age eight, answered “My Mommy and Daddy, who take such good care of us” (so sweet). Luca, age 7 replied, “For you being such a good cook” (he is such a charmer). Mia, age eight, offered “My new baby brother, Jack” (touching!). And Jace, age 6, injecting “That I am taller than my brother” (also a charmer). Sharing the example of gratitude and being thankful is such a powerful gift to give your children. You can make statements about how you are thankful that they were assigned to a special teacher….that you are grateful that they have made such nice friends….that you are thankful they completed their summer reading….and that you are most grateful for your happy, loving family. We should all try to live by the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Well said, Mr. Emerson. Now let's go out there and make each day a Thanksgiving Day (without all the calories!)


AUTISM, Today and Tomorrow By. Franco Pincilo On July 30th, 1994 our son Giovanni was born. As first time parents, “Gio” was our pride and joy, our world. Everything was all smiles. We waited impatiently to hear him begin to talk, but only sounds came. Concerned, we took him to the doctor who said all was well, that Gio would talk with time. We also noticed he was not paying attention. He had a lost stare, but was always smiling. Then, the diagnosis came, autism. The doctor talked, and I felt lost. Silently, I thought a pill or injection could cure him. The news left me cold. I heard the doctor saying that my son would never live a normal life. So many horrible scenarios, we felt hopeless. My wife and I held hands; we left holding our little boy. When our fight against autism began, we didn't have any weapons. There wasn't much information available about autism; and this was concerning. Daily I cried in darkness until finally some light began to fill our home and our lives; One day my son looked at me, and it was like I saw God. Our communication began, and we began a beautiful relationship. My son laughed, and we learned. As time passed, the pieces of the puzzle began to fit.



School was another frustration. There was so much missing. We were confused. We felt that if the doctors didn't have the answers, how could the schools? How should these children be handled? Should they be mainstreamed or segregated? What would be the best strategies for their education? We knew what was best for our son, and we made sure we had input. At first, we were not always liked at school because we were so involved, but at the end the teachers always thanked us. Finally the words came “Dad! Mom!”. were so proud of our Gio.

His daily progress continued, and slowly society surrendered and opened a path. Gio puts in so much effort and dedication. He has triumphed in his short life, and taught us to enjoy life at its fullness. We have not won the war, but we have won many battles against autism. I eventually wrote a book telling our stories, some difficult, others full of love, faith, and hope for a better day. “Autism Yesterday and Today” is available online. . Franco Pincilotti, writer and founder of Autism Yesterday and Today, a non-profit foundation giving technology to special education.




HALLOWEEN Halloween is probably one of the most awaited holidays, especially for the kids! Did we mention candy galore? What can parents do to make sure it is less about the sugar and more about the fun? Here are some quick ideas: Get your kids involved in making fun, tasty and healthy treats. You can use different types of fruit such as bananas, mandarins, apples, grapes, etc., to create funny faces or Halloween characters. Ask your kid to feel free to pick any of these and if necessary, to use a plastic knife to give them a desired shape.

Use Dark Chocolate Chips to create eyes, for example! Fruits are not the only elements that they can use. Cherry tomatoes, minicarrots, small celery stalks, sliced cucumbers, etc., can also be part of another incredible display. Allow him to feel free to create and enjoy! Is the time to go out trick-ortreating coming up soon? Have them sit down with their friends and share a small but healthy meal while you discuss with them why it is important to walk together, to only accept wrapped candy, to knock on a door but not go in, to be

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polite to the person who answers the door, to eat one candy at a time and to put the rest in their Halloween bag. This will not only set the rules but at the same time, will make them feel safe and protected while having fun. And, eating a balanced meal before going out, will ďŹ ll them up so they will eat less candy. And then, there is the element of Sharing, so important to instill in our kids since they are little. One tradition we have at home is to put half of the candy we just got, back into the candy container that we will use to give out. This will teach your kids to be able to depart from something, in order to give to others, so that we all can have fun. Have a happy Halloween!


You got this mom III 9-10 months By Alicia Delgado MS. OTR L

Wow! Your baby is almost a toddler. Around this time, your baby is much more interested in food. Put little, soft foods on the high chair and let them try to pick them up. This activity is great for the development of the pincer grasp (it is mastered by 12 months old), great for eye hand coordination, and the development of autonomy. I am sure half of the food will be on the floor, so just sneak in a couple of full bites with a spoon in-between their attempt to selffeed! You should expect your baby to be able to sit up independently, and begin to reach for toys and play with them in midline with both of their hands. If your baby is not crawling during this time, you will see the skill begin to develop and become mastered. Your baby will also develop the ability to transition in/out of various positions when sitting on the mat. This is a tempting time to want to put them in a bouncer, but really try and hold off! I promise, it is not good for their hips or feet! 11-12 months: Feeding time has become much messier, and they insist on feeding themselves! Give them a spoon, a little food in a bowl, and let them make a mess! Our children learn best by exploring in their environment. Once again, in between the mess, go ahead and sneak a spoonful of food in there. They will love it! Crawling is mastered at this age. Time to child proof your house if you have not done so already. Your baby is now roaming around the place, and those little outlet sockets are the perfect size for their little fingers! Close them up! Not only do they like to stick their fingers into anything, they will also love to put anything in their mouth! Your baby will also begin to pull to stand and cruise around the furniture. You will also begin to notice more refined skills with their finger skills. Your baby now understands what “hi” and “bye” mean and may even begin to wave at you!

Take it all in; they are growing up so fast!


RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR YOUR MIAMI KIDS PB: Picture book (ages 0-5) MG: Middle grade (ages 8-12) CB: Chapter Book (ages 6-8) YA: Young Adult (ages 13-18)





1. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat (CB-MG) (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, available October) “In After the Fall, a rich and surprising gem, Dan Santat cleverly reveals what happened after Humpty Dumpty took his terrible tumble off that too-high wall. Humpty has been so badly frightened by his ordeal that he no longer does the thing that most brings him joy (why, he is nearly a shell of himself). Will he ever recover? Mr. Dumpty’s brave tale is inspiring, and Dan Santat’s telling is pure joy. Don’t miss this.” —Christopher Rose, The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Marblehead, MA 2. Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship by David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illus.) (CB-MG) (Candlewick, $16.99, available September) “You’ve heard of the wolf in The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, but have you heard of Baabwaa and Wooliam, the sheep that taught the big, bad wolf to read? This humorous tale features two wooly friends who love knitting and reading. While searching for an adventure, they must learn to work as a team when they find a wolf in sheep’s clothing — literally.” —Clara Martin, Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS 3. The Book of Gold by Bob Staake (CB-MG) (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99, available September) “Isaac Gutenberg has a distinct lack of interest in anything and everything until a shopkeeper tells him about The Book of Gold, said to turn to gold when opened and hold the answers to everything. This sets Isaac on an adventure to find the legendary book, opening lots of books and discovering lots of interesting things along the way. I, of course, know the fascination of discovery that comes with reading, and as a bookseller, I love being able to pass that on to other readers and potential readers. No one has done such an excellent job of capturing the feeling of discovery and the wonder of reading as Bob Staake has in The Book of Gold. This is a must-have for all book lovers, young and old.” —Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC 4. Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd, Abigail Halpin (Illus.) (CB-MG) (Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, available October) “Fort-Building Time is a darling, delightfully fanciful look at the four seasons and the fun kids can have together during them! The fort concept is well-executed and the diverse cast and their varied interests make this book a winner. I’ve read it with my one-year-old several times, and he loves the bright colors and the detailed art.” —Gretchen Treu, A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, Madison, WI

5. Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner (CB-MG) (Dial Books, $17.99, available September) “A visual feast and a celebration of creativity, imagination, and being true to one’s self, this joyous story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘a penny for your thoughts.’ I hope parents, teachers, and children everywhere embrace this book and celebrate their uniqueness!” —Kathleen Carey, Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY



6. Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone (MG) (Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, available September) “I’m so glad this book was written! Click’d is an approachable way for younger readers to start thinking about digital privacy and other potential issues surrounding technology while encouraging them to get involved with coding. I also appreciate the way friendships, mistakes, and family are portrayed.” —Buffy Cummins, Second Star to the Right Books, Denver, CO 7. All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (YA) (Algonquin Young Readers, $17.95, available October) “All the Wind in the World is truly unlike anything I’ve read. In this Southwestern romance, Mabry explores how whisperings become legends, and how love and necessity can sometimes cancel each other out. Loved it.” —Rachel Strolle, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL



8. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (YA) (Delacorte Press, $18.99, available September) “A thrilling, immersive ride through a series of lies, personal reinventions, and a deadly quest for a privileged life. Jule changes herself at will to cover up the destruction she has caused in the lives of others. Cunningly written in a reverse timeline of events, the journey backward through the evolution of the girl Jule has become is captivating and fast-paced. A suspenseful and diabolical story!” —Kelly O’Sullivan, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT


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The Impact of Community Service By Yanik Ariste

Many students regard “community service” simply as a requirement to fulfil service hours rather than the impactful experience it truly is or can be. Community Service projects can consist of beautifying one's school or preparing meals for the homeless. Since a plethora of activities are considered community service, one can tailor service to one's interests. Therefore, one not only gains experience in a particular field but also meets people with similar passions. Nevertheless, the biggest reward in volunteering is touching the lives of people that need it most. Antonio Dixon, son of an imprisoned father and a mother who struggled with substance abuse, went according to Chapman Partnership- “in and out of ten schools” and “shuttled between shelters” during high school. While living at Chapman, he found the support that would lead him to the University of Miami and the National Football League. Had Chapman Partnership not provided Dixon with shelter and unwavering support, his life could have turned out very different. However, Chapman Partnership's success, and that of similar organizations would not be possible without teams of volunteers. Dixon's situation is prevalent, thus volunteers are needed to ensure that everyone achieves his or her true potential. I am grateful to serve my community through activities like Pink Week, The Kidney Walk, and by starting an annual Pet Supply Drive benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami through my school's Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. However, I could never have done this without my mom. She has instilled in me the importance of helping others and has provided me with the tools to do so. Whether it is taking me to or picking me up from service events, or letting me fill her car with beds, leashes, etc. for the Pet Supply Drive, she has always supported me. While, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, less than 15 percent of South Floridians volunteer, I believe my generation, with the help of supportive parents, can change both those figures and their communities for the better.

How about you? What could you do to make an impact in your community?

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Summer Training and Recreation (STAR) program students sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at Lighthouse Learning Center Grand Opening

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Administrative Director Ava Goldman, and President & CEO of The Children’s Trust James Haj. Representatives from MCM and the architectural firm of Wolfberg Alvarez Partners also participated in the dedication ceremony along with financial supporters of the project and Miami Lighthouse Board Directors. The event featured musical performances by Pre-Kindergarten and schoolchildren participating in Miami Lighthouses’ nationally acclaimed Music Program.

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Karla Richey and Karina Rivera in Peru.

Karla Richey Publisher of Miami Kids Magazine, and Kenneth Richey Miami Kid reporter, attended different TV interviews in Miami and South America recently to talk about our mission in the community.We were at Azteca Miami at "Te Veo Bien" program to talk about kids and eating disorders.We were also in America TV at "Arrebatados" program on two occasions.The ďŹ rst one was to talk about after school programs and a second presentation was to talk about healthy meals to take in the lunch boxes. Radio Caracol in "La voz de la Comunidad" was to talk about what we do as a magazine to better serve the community. In South America we were talking about the magazine online and the importance to publish quality information for the parents in "El Blog de Karina" program. We participated in a "Back to School" event at the Mall of Sunset Place where we rafed free tickets to "Crayola Experience", and we had games and give a ways for our readers and their little ones.

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Karla Richey, Dr. Santiago Rivera, nutritionist Ximena Jimenez, Psicologist Dr. Brown

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Dr. Brown, nutritionist Jimenez, Dr. Beraja, Dr. Rivera, Karla Richey

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