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Spring Style...................................... 50

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Mommy Fuel.................................................................... 54 How to eat and move to take off the baby weight.

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Health............................................................................ 56 Insight and items for your family’s care.

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Essential products and information for your brood.

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Welcome!

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Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina Managing Editor Donald McDermott

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45Begins Minute Language Bully Prevention at Home.. 16

Build a strong foundation for your family. Immersion Workshops Music & Movement, Pregnancy Q & A:• Part 1................ 18

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Accounting Teresa Pinargote Contributing Writers American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Scott Arizala, Lisa Druxman, Dr. Louise Hart, Dr. Carly Orenstein, Dr. Aron Schuftan

With OB-GYN Dr. Aron Schuftan.Games • Storytelling, Puppetry 50 Spring Style...................................... • Arts & Crafts Welcome warmer weather with great garments. & Much More!

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Spring arrives this month, and we area programs are now hosting open houses so you can can finally start to look ahead to check out their myriad options. Whether you’re seeking a warmer weather. While I enjoy sleepaway or a day camp for your brood, you’ll find great cozying up in my homestead dur- tips and insight about the benefits of such programs in exing winter’s long freeze, I’m eager to pert Scott Arizala’s “Cool Campers.â€? The author discusses spend more time outdoors in the coming weeks with their the value of kids feeling “coolâ€? due to their sense of belonging to a camp community. Plus, strike it rich with the longer bouts of daylight. PARENTGUIDE News, too, is blooming in the spring. plethora of day camps, sleepaway camps, and summer proOur Calendar of Events has tons of extraordinary events grams in our Camp Directory. and special, new highlighted happenings for you to explore Are you concerned about your child’s lack of speech in with your family. March’s WoMom and Update columns, social settings? Rather than mere shyness, your child may 419 Park have Avenuebeen South, given 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840something • Fax 212-447-7734 be experiencing else entirely. Learn how to help featuring great giveaways, a makeover, too, along with the Health and Travel columns. We’d love with Dr. Carly Orenstein’s “Selective Mutism.â€? to: FAx # to hear your thoughts about the new looks on our FaceAlso gear up for the lion-to-lamb seasonal transition with book page at www.facebook.com/parentguidenews; and our “Spring Styleâ€? fashion spread this month, and have a From: iSSue DAte: while you’re online, check out the Eyes of March Photo marvelous March! Contest at www.parentguidenews.com for the chance to Cheers, Please call or fax your comments and/or oK. win a fantastic prize. Sunnier days also conjure thoughts of camp, and many SigNAture oF APProvAl:

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DON’T MISS Out of Time

A talking dog with a genius IQ and his adopted boy, Sherman, hurdle through time in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. This big-screen CGI adventure from 20th Century Fox follows the duo throughout history as they interact with legendary characters and race to save the future. The flick opens on March 7.

Under The Big Top

Performers from all over the globe come together to showcase their talents when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! The once-in-a-lifetime show brings together elephants, tigers, acrobats, and aerialists of the finest caliber to provide an edge-of-your-seat circus production for one and all. Catch all of the action and excitement on March 1 and 2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York; March 5-10 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York; and March 19-23 at the Izod Center in New Jersey. For more information, go to www.ringling.com.

Leap into Letters

Join Leap, Tad, Lily, and friends on a brand-new, problem-solving adventure in The Letter Machine Rescue Team. Based on LeapFrog’s best-selling Letter Factory series, the insightful animated story is perfect for children ages 4-7. Lionsgate Home Entertainment and LeapFrog Enterprises bring The Letter Machine Rescue Team to DVD and Digital HD on March 4.

Kong Returns

The barrel-blasting, mine-carting action of Donkey Kong is back in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Designed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U, the game enables players of all ages to journey across six distinct islands filled with dynamic levels and non-stop action. The game is available in stores and online now.

Musical Messages

Kindie band Jungle Gym Jam tackles positive themes for young listeners in its new album, Everyone’s Invited. The release takes parents, grandparents, and children of all ages along on a wonderful musical adventure with topics such as friendship, kindness, anti-bullying, imagination, and play. Purchase your copy today at www.junglegymjam.com.

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Children ages 3-7 are invited to become the stars of their very own story in the new I Imagine app! Bizzibrains proudly presents the free book app, which encourages kids to play independently, make choices, and open their imaginations. I Imagine is available now for all Apple devices. Find out more at www.bizzibrains.com.

More Muppets

Kermit, Fozzy, Miss Piggy, and all of your favorites are back for a brand-new adventure in Muppets Most Wanted. Walt Disney Pictures presents a wonderful blend of puppetry and live action in the film, which finds the Muppets wrapped up with jewel thieves led by a Kermit the Frog lookalike. Opening on March 21, Muppets Most Wanted has a human cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.

Join the Squad

Maximum Games invites families along on a special rescue mission in Putty Squad. The action-packed game offers the best in old-school gaming while bringing you even more exciting features and immersive play. Appropriate for players of all ages, Putty Squad is available for purchase now.

Keeping Kids Current

The TIME for Kids magazine that school children have been enjoying for decades is now a fun, easy-to-understand app. Full of exciting photos and stories, The TIME For Kids Family Edition App offers a great way to encourage family conversations and keep little ones aware of current events. Download it now for your tablet.

Animal Kingdom

Everyone’s favorite furry red monster takes part in plenty of barking, chirping, and galloping fun in Elmo’s World: All About Animals. The new DVD release from Sesame Street and Warner Bros. Entertainment offers more than two hours of esteem-building lessons and fun facts that revolve around birds, fish, horses, penguins, and other members of the animal kingdom. Pick up your copy beginning March 4. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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March Celebrate Spring

Give your family a well-deserved breath of fresh air after the long, cold winter by paying a visit to the Spring Flower and Garden Show at Hicks Nurseries. Open to the public March 7-23, the special event offers beautiful garden displays, insightful seminars, children’s workshops, and more. Hicks Nurseries is located at 100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury and can be reached at (516)334-0066 or via www.hicksnurseries.com.

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Take a ride across the night sky on March 15 by stepping inside the inflatable Starlab Planetarium at Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point. Recommended for visitors ages 4 through adult, this exciting and educational program presents amazing stories about stars, as well as a simulated space ride and a craft project. Shows are held at 11am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, and 1:30pm. Hold your spot with required reservations by calling (516)571-7900.

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Build a strong foundation for your family. by Dr. Louise Hart Today, many schools have anti-bullying programs. These work best when parents are involved, and information is reinforced at home. Through their families and time spent in childcare centers — long before the first day of kindergarten — kids learn skills and behaviors that establish how they will get along with others. Adults can superpower their kids with inner strength by: • Boosting self-esteem, self-care, and self-regulation. • Teaching them how to communicate more effectively and assertively. • Creating a family culture where respect is modeled and mean words and behaviors are not tolerated. Parents have more power than they realize to prevent and stop bullying. Childcare providers and other caring adults are also in the position to “nip meanness in the bud” and teach pro-social skills. Parents can create a solid foundation for healthy, positive development. They have the authority to make rules to ensure survival, safety, and constructive connections. Parents have enormous power to promote respectful attitudes and behaviors and discourage disrespect and meanness. They can create a positive, bully-free family climate based on respect, connection, and belonging. It is the job of caring adults to teach kids what is acceptable and unacceptable, what is right and what is wrong. It is their job to hold kids accountable. If kids can get away with bad behavior early in life, they are more likely to lack empathy, to continue behaving badly, and to bully others when they are teens and adults. 16 I parentguide News I March 2014

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There has been enormous confusion in recent years since certain sion level is likely to increase. Parents, therefore, are tacitly teach“normal” parenting practices have been found to actually increase ing that hostility and aggression are okay. bullying! Parents with the best intentions are undermining the wellbeing of their children. Without realizing it, they may be teaching the • Use of “power-assertive methods.” When parents bullying dynamic. don’t know what else to do, they may try to resolve conflict with Profound cultural shifts have been challenging families over the power, aggression, and violent emotional outbursts. Children last two or three generations. Greater permissiveness in families and raised with spanking and physical punishment are more likely to society, for example, plus the tech tsunami and widespread consumer become aggressive. culture all contribute to the bullying epidemic. Disrespect and incivility have been on the rise, while kindness, empathy, and courtesy have During his decades of research, Olweus also found a set of key eroded. qualities among adults in school and home environments that sucFor more than 35 years, Dr. Dan Olweus studied the causes of and cessfully limit or prevent bullying problems in youngsters: solutions to aggression and violence. He concluded that, contrary to popular belief, bullying behavior is not a “normal” behavior, nor is it • They convey warmth and positive interest. “just a stage” that kids “get over.” Olweus also found that widespread • They set firm limits for unacceptable behavior and enforce them. child-rearing practices are linked to the development of “hostile reac• They use discipline positively and consistently when dealing tion patterns” and other antisocial in children. Olweus noted with unacceptable•behaviors and rule violations. 419 Parkbehaviors Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 the following points of interest in his research: must continue to educate themselves. All we do to TO: FAXParents # • Negativity on the part of the primary caretaker. prevent and curb bullying today will create respectful, bully-free When a caregiver exhibits a negative emotional attitude instead homes and families tomorrow. FROM: that healthy child development ISSUE DATE: of the warmth and involvement requires, children become emotionally insecure. This increases the risk that they may become aggressive and hostile toward others. Dr. Louise Hart, Ed.D., an internationally recognized speaker, has Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. a doctorate in the prevention-based field of community psychology. Her third book, The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for • Permissiveness of a child’s aggressive behavior. SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL: Life (Hazelden), helps parents prevent and curb bullying in their If the primary caregiver is generally permissive and does not set children. For more information, visit www.drlouisehart.com. clear limits on aggressive speech and behavior, the child’s aggres-

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Pregnancy

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Ideally women should start taking prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant as good nutritional support is important at the time of conception. Any prenatal vitamin with at least 400mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid is recommended.

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Selective

Mutism What to do when it’s more than mere shyness.

by Dr. Carly Orenstein

Children with selective mutism are fully capable of speaking, and they generally communicate normally at home and in situations where they are comfortable. These children are not willfully refusing to speak. They actually are unable to speak or effectively communicate in certain social settings, most notably school. Almost all children with selective mutism also have social anxiety disorders. While an inability to speak might not present itself until a child is exposed to social situations (most kids are diagnosed between ages 3 and 8), in hindsight, the child likely showed earlier signs of severe anxiety, timidity, and fearfulness but was simply considered shy. Kids with selective mutism are often talkative and even boisterous at home but fearful and anxious in settings where there is the expectation of social interaction and communication. Some of them freeze in these situations and become expressionless, withdrawn, and completely mute with both peers and adults. Others seem relaxed and are able to communicate with a few select children, sometimes in a whisper.

Causes It is thought that most children with selective mutism have inherited a predisposition to anxiety. Some children who are affected have one or more family members with a history of selective mutism, extreme shyness, or anxiety disorders. It has been hypothesized that the timidity and fearfulness that characterizes individuals with anxiety disorders is caused by a low threshold of excitability in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in controlling emotional responses. When a child is in an uncomfortable or fearful scenario, the nervous system sends danger signals to the amygdala, which sets off a protective reaction. For children with selective mutism, this is manifested withdrawal from the social situation. About 20 to 30 percent of children with selective mutism have speech or language abnormalities that place additional stress on the child and increase the anxiety in situations where there is an expectation to speak.

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Children with selective mutism should not be expected to simply grow out of it. The earlier a child is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis. Left untreated, the mutism may become habitual, and those around the child will stop expecting him to speak, reinforcing the social isolation and increasing the child’s anxiety. Consider the following advice for parents who suspect selective mutism in their child. • Do not pressure the child to speak. Convey understanding of the child’s fear and frustration, and let him know that you can help. Offer positive reinforcement for the child’s efforts and successes. • Excluding the first month or so of school, if parentguidenews.com


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by Scott Arizala

Cool Campers

Summer programs have myriad benefits.

Attending camp is a cultural rite of passage, instrumental in developing skills like achieving independence, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, the ability to compromise, and leadership. Day and sleepaway camp experiences are crucial for creating strong, diverse social experiences outside of school. They can help kids hone a passion for particular sports or hobbies, too. But of all the reasons to enroll a child in a summer program, the real value of a camp may be found in the sense of belonging and community it fosters. American Camp Association studies highlight all the skills and benefits that campers get. And for every anecdote out there about how a summer camp experience changed a life, there are thousands of kids that simply feel “cool” being campers. Well, what’s so great about kids feeling “cool?” There is a power in “cool” that the rest of world doesn’t take seriously. At summer camp, we know what it really means. We don’t think of being “cool” in terms of popularity or having the right style, but rather in a sense of belonging, excitement, uniqueness, and acceptance. Counselors and directors are directly in charge of creating a nurturing culture at camp. They control the schedule, programs, living situations (at sleepaway camps), and meals, as well as the legends, myths, and routines. This all adds up to control over the values of a community and the cultural expression of those values. Camp counselors and directors actively create a space where campers thrive and are, in short, encouraged to feel “cool.” How do they do it? Summer camp is all about fun. Creating a community is pretty easy when it is wrapped in excitement. Most parents of campers will tell you that their kids tried something new (probably exciting), met new people (probably different from themselves in an important way), and are more responsible now thanks to their summer programs. The exposure to new activities,

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people, and responsibilities can lead to kids discovering hidden talents in sports, the arts, academics, or even socializing, which ensures they’ll feel great about the camp experience. Most camp staff members go above and beyond their assignments, turning regular activities into spectacular adventures. They dress up for no apparent reason, sing songs at the top of their lungs, and are ready with games and fun ideas at a moment’s notice. But if you were to ask them what they hope their campers experience, they would talk about the value of camp and its affect on the character of their kids. They understand that the activities are just the vehicle for the real experience. I want you to send your kids to camp. I think it’ll be one of the best experiences you could give them because when kids go to camp, they feel connected. Isn’t that what everyone wants? When you are considering a sleepaway camp, day camp, summer program, or even a combination of these options, there are a few inquiries you may want to keep in mind. • What are the mission and values of the camp or program? • How are its activities related to the overall summer experience and camp mission? • What is the return rate among the staff? Staff members not only deliver the experience, but they also create the culture. If the majority of them return, there will be some consistency. • What’s the schedule, and does it allow for downtime? • Can kids choose activities? • Where do kids hang out? The more opportunities kids have to be together during structured activities and when just hanging out, the better connections they will have.

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Discover Some of the Area’s Best Summer Camps and Programs Alphabetland Day School & Camp 1775 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore, NY 11710 (516)826-9339 1260 Meadowbrook Road (Brookside School) North Merrick, NY 11566 (516)867-7484 Alphabetland Day School & Camp has been serving the community since 1972. The summer camp serves children age 3-7 (at the Newbridge Road location) and 7-11 (at the Brookside Campus). Camp activities include swimming, arts and crafts, music, playground time, gymnastics and special events. The Alpha Travel group (ages 8-11) goes on daily trips to such places as a Mets baseball game, local soccer games, rock climbing areas and much more! And don’t worry about those rainy days ruining your youngster’s fun because the travel group also takes great indoor trips to the movies, bowling and the planetarium. A full-day program is available. Alphabetland Day School and Camp is licensed by New York State and The Department of Health. For more information, call the offices and ask for Marie or Pat.

ence for enthusiastic art aficionados ages 5-17. A dedicated faculty of art education professionals has provided outstanding instruction in a studio environment for 19 years. Weekly themes are carefully designed and focus on age-appropriate projects. Children ages 5 to 12 are grouped with peers and will learn drawing, painting, crafts, and sculpture. For teens, there are projects in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, digital design, mixed media, drawing from the figure, and portfolio preparation. Budding artists will enjoy creating art using these different mediums. Choose from Early Childhood programs (ages 5-6) or Young Artists (ages 7-12) in one-to-four-week sessions, running July 7 to July 31; Teens (ages 12-14) in two-to-four-week sessions, running July 7 to July 31; or Teen Portfolio (ages 14-17) in three-to-six-week sessions, running July 7 to August 15. New this year is Teen Art Travel Camp (ages 12-14) the week of August 4 with three excursions: Long Island Aquarium, Museum of the Moving Image, and Nassau County Museum of Art. Locations: Early Childhood and Young Artists at Elwood Middle School, Teen and Teen Portfolio at the Art League center. Enrollment is limited. Call for a brochure or register at www.artleagueliregistration.org.

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CAMP DIRECTORY BounceU Farmingdale 101 Carolyn Boulevard, Farmingdale, NY 11735 (631)777-JUMP (5867) farmingdale.ny@bounceu.com www.bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny Having been voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Camp on Long Island 2011â&#x20AC;? by Long Island Press, BounceU of Farmingdale is taking imagination to new heights. BounceUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Create and Bounce drop-off program is a complete workout for artists ages 4-10. It gives children a daily balance of playtime and artistic expression to cultivate creativity. In addition to bouncing, laughing, and exploring their inner artists, kids enjoy an array of games and activities. With a unique blend of upbeat exercises and dedicated time for painting and projects, Create and Bounce offers an experience thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy, mentally engaging, and seriously fun. Lesson themes are changed each week to ensure that every day is distinctly different. The one-of-a-kind Create and Bounce experience includes a specially themed art curriculum, jumping, snacks and BounceU camp T-shirts. Mini camp sessions are available July through August. BounceU also hosts exciting birthday parties, awesome open bounce sessions, club and team outings, fundrasiers, field trips and more. It was voted Long Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party Placeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Family Amusement Placeâ&#x20AC;? by Long Island Press. The facility features enormous slide and inflatable games, like boxing and basketball, as well as obstacle courses. Cleanliness and safety are top priorities at BounceU, where the ever-attentive staff provides superior customer service. Call to learn about early registration discounts for, or with questions about, Create and Bounce or other events and programs.

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chance to enjoy physical activity and artistic expression in equal doses. A little bit of exercise goes a long way towards inspiring young artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds. The program, hosted at BounceUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s climate-controlled play and party center, includes snacks, arts and crafts projects, games, activities, and memorable camp experiences. With its unique blend of upbeat exercises and dedicated time for painting and projects, Create and Bounce offers an experience thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy, mentally engaging, and seriously fun. The program runs for three hours at a time. Create and Bounceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carefully developed curriculum includes theme-based lessons in drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media, and more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everything a young artist needs to grow. The program is led by a well-trained staff of camp counselors and an experienced art instructor. A low staff-to-camper ratio of one to ten allows for individualized attention. Children get to bounce on ten giant inflatable rides in between creating, so parents may get a break. Enroll for a day, a week, or the entire summer!

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Brookville Center for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services, The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education Center, Brookville (516)626-1000 SUNY Old Westbury (516)333-0268 Marcus Avenue at New Hyde Park (516)326-5622 Leeds Child Development Center, Manhasset (516)326-5800 mmascari@ahrc.org www.ahrc.org The Brookville Center for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services provides daycare services and preschool programs to children ages infant through 5 years at three centers: Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park, SUNY Old Westbury, and Leeds Child Development Center in Manhasset. Preschool education (only) is provided for ages 3-5 on AHRCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brookville campus, MondayFriday, 8am-6pm. Activities such as language-based education, including gross and fine motor interactions, are play-based and aimed at stimulating overall development. All staff members are certified or licensed in their professional areas, and the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs are approved and licensed

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CAMP DIRECTORY where friendships begin and memories are made for children in kindergarten through those age 12. This summer’s weekly themes include: Red, White, and Blue; Amazing Art; Summer Olympics; Passport to the World; The Wild West; Sci-Fi; Ocean Adventures; and American Idol End of Summer Show. Camp offers in-house entertainment; themed weekly activities; water play; nature walks; and weekly excursions, which may include fishing trips, Adventureland, United Skates, and Country Fair. Campers spend most of their days outside in a new play area, complete with age-appropriate structures, a basketball court, and fields. Rainy days are spent in a fully air-conditioned building that boasts an indoor gym with a giant movie screen and surround sound. Due to the popularity of Camp Farmingdale, sessions quickly fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camp runs the last week of June through the third week of August, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, and extended care is available. Children may attend all weeks or a selection of them. Visit the website for more information.

nail polish and tattoos. They are led by party hosts that keep the fun going. You can also host your perfect party at home: Cool Crafts will supply all the materials needed for your special day. Scheduled walk-ins welcome. Cool Crafts has it all, so call (516)735-2007 or visit www.coolcraftslongisland.com to learn more about all of the crafts available to you!

Darlings & Divas Summer Glamour Camp 65 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701 (631)608-4710 info@darlingsanddivasofamityville.com www.darlingsanddivasofamityville.com Don’t want your diva to be bored during the summer? Send her to Divalicious Glamour Camp, back with expanded schedules due to popular demand! Each camp week features different themes with coordinating crafts and lunch. Themes include Artist Day; Relaxing Spa Day, which is filled with manicures, pedicures and makeovers; Ballerina Day, where divas take a ballet class and receive a makeover; Monster High Day, CoolSouth, Crafts, Inc. Scrapbooking available camp week• isFax unique, so 419 Park Avenue 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 419 Park Avenue South, 13thDay Floor,and Newmore. York,Each NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 212-447-7734 3499 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756 campers may attend as often as they like without repeating crafts. Call to (516)735-2007 reserve a spot as space is limited. Sibling discounts and other discounts TO: to: FAxAugust # www.coolcraftslongisland.com FAX # are available. Camps run in July and between 10am and 1pm, Cools Crafts, Inc., is the answer for all your summer arts and entertainment Monday through Friday. needs. Offering 12-session classes for boys and girls ages 4 andFrom: older, FROM: ISSUE DATE: iSSue DAte: Cool Crafts provides budding artists with a different activity in each class, Destination Science running July through August. Check the website to see daily crafts. In (888)909-2822 two-hour sessions, children also dance, play games, and have drinks and www.destinationscience.org Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. Please call or fax your comments and/or oK. snacks. Crafts are created in a safe and nurturing environment. All art Build. Learn. Create. Explore. Let your imagination soar! Experience supplies are included for activities. Each session includes a maximum of firsthand fun this summer at Destination Science. Summer sessions are to designed for boys and girls in grades k-6 who have big imaginations and SIGNATURE 25 OF participants. APPROVAL: Cool Crafts is also known for its fun parties and ability SigNAture oF APProvAl: host Scout troop events, special needs groups and more. Parties includes a desire to stir up science. Each week-long topic discovered at Destinaone-of-a-kind crafts, your choice of pizza or bagels, soda and juice, coffee tion Science includes 20 hands-on activities to take home, plus fun games for adults, paper goods, invitations, video games, music, dancing, balloons, and great teachers. Topics: Crazy Coaster Science & Sea-fari Park, in

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CAMP DIRECTORY which participants become crazy coaster scientists; Robo-Dragon Extreme Techno Challenge, where children bring a motorized robo-dragon creation to life; Rocket Powered Mars Expedition lets rockets rule as children build and blast off the all-new “Xcellerator” land rocket; and Wild Extreme Physics Fun, which includes the chance to create 3D electricpowered games that light up and buzz in order to solve the camp mystery! Destination Science offers many locations throughout Long Island and Westchester: Garden City, Jericho, Manhasset, Merrick, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Seaford, Wantagh, Westbury, Babylon, Centerport, Commack, Huntington, Port Jefferson, Sayville, Setauket, Smithtown, Stony Brook, Bedford, Chappaqua, Larchmont, Purchase, Rye, Scarsdale, Tarrytown and White Plains. Save when you enroll early, enroll in three- or four-week sessions, and enroll siblings.

also experience a “world-famous” Slip ‘n’ Slide. Children ages 5 and older receive swimming instruction from certified lifeguards. Discovery’s staff consists of many dedicated East Woods teachers supplemented by certified swimming instructors, a full-time registered nurse, and additional staff hired specifically for the program. For further information, please contact Director Nick Mercurio at the number listed.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (516)433-7970 md83@cornell.edu www.dpf4hcamp.org Celebrating its 89th year of camp, Cornell Cooperative Extension is committed to offering their camper families a high quality educational Discovery Camp at East Woods School program, achieving the same level of excellence as their partners at Cornell 31 Yellow Cote Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 University. The camp is located on the North Fork of Long Island. The (516)922-4437 camp’s 140-acre natural setting includes woodlands, bluffs, pine forests, www.eastwoods.org sand dunes, farmland, and beachfront. This co-educational sleepaway Discovery Camp at East Woods 419 School the place summer is a great•place for children enjoying a week or several weeks of ParkisAvenue South,forNew York, NYfun! 10016 •camp 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 Discovery Camp is a six-week summer program for children ages 2-15 summer. The DPF 4-H camp is open to all children entering grades 4years. Children participate in well-supervised activities geared for enjoy10. The camping program offers many traditional camping activities and TO:counselor-to-child ratio and experienced FAX # ment and relaxation. The low specialized in-depth programming. Traditional camping programs include staff provide an atmosphere of comfort and safety that makes children sports, dance, swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, drama, outdoor living, feel right at home. East Woods’s 46-acre campus includes two swimming canoeing, wood working, rocketry, archery, nature and more! Specialized FROM: DATE:programs include horseback riding, an adventure program and pools, a gymnasium, two game rooms, and a high-caliber facility equipped ISSUE in-depth to accommodate the school program for pre-nursery through 8th grade CIT. The camp has a low and high ropes challenge course, nature center students. East Woods has many new options for campers this summer! with touch tanks, 40-acre work and learn farm, indoor horseback riding Please call Serious or faxScience your comments OK.trails. Evening programs include talent shows, Choose from the Ovations Musical Theater Program, arena andand/or many riding Camp with Jane Powel, lacrosse and soccer clinics, a program for 2 year carnivals, dances, scavenger hunts, wagon rides, cookouts, campfires olds, and much more. Additional available activities include sports and and much more. Meals are served in the lodge; food is plentiful and SIGNATURE OF APPROVAL: outdoor games, radio-controlled car racing, arts and crafts, jewelry-makthe comprehensive salad bar offers campers many additional choices. ing, computer games, cooking, dance, drama, archery, and chess. Campers The camp’s administrative and program staff is comprised of teachers,

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CAMP DIRECTORY educators, college graduates and camp alumni. The senior counselors have completed counselor-training programs, and most have been campers themselves. International staff from the United Kingdom compliments the seasoned American staff. The international counselors share their rich cultural backgrounds with the campers. The American Camping Association Camp accredits the camp, and it is proud of the high standards they achieve regarding the health, safety and welfare of campers. Monday to Saturday sessions from July through August. Stay over sessions available throughout the summer. Eglevsky Ballet 700 Hicksville Road, Bethpage, NY 11714 (516)746-1115 info@eglevsky.org www.eglevskyballet.org Eglevsky Ballet is dedicated to training dancers, both professionals and enthusiasts, in classical ballet and other dance disciplines in a familial yet rigorous environment. Students from Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens travel to the state-of-the-art facility where the emphasis is on the teaching of pure classical ballet as an art form. Eglevsky presents an annual production of The Nutcracker, two summer intensives, master classes, and performing opportunities. It also engages in community outreach and education. Summer intensives are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The July Summer Intensive (June 30-July 25) is geared towards serious dancers. Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, character, Pilates, and pas de deux. The students are also offered lectures and workshops. This is a fullday program, and classes are held Monday-Saturday. Housing is available. The August Summer Intensive (August 4-15) is geared towards younger students and focuses on development of ballet fundamentals. This is a half-day program, and classes are held Monday-Friday. Eglevsky Ballet, under the artistic direction of Laszlo Berdo, provides professional caliber training for students of all ages and abilities.

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Friends Academy Summer Camps Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560 (516)393-4207 camp@fa.org www.fasummercamp.org Friends Academy Summer Camps offers exciting programs for children ages 2-14 from 9:30am-4:30pm. All programs provide a safe environment where children learn new skills and make new friends. The General Camp (for ages 2-7) provides a well-rounded program that includes physical education, arts and crafts, music, tennis, science, playground time, two daily swimming periods and special events. Families can choose from four- to eight-week sessions. Children are placed in small groups by age and gender. The Academy program (for ages 8-13) offers one- to eight-week options. Boys and girls have the opportunity to work on individual and group skills in a well-structured environment that provides instruction and fair competition. The new one-week format allows campers to change activity selections each week. Friends Academy offers more than 24 activity choices, including fine arts, computers, travel, baseball, basketball, dance, golf, horseback riding, ice hockey, ice skating, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, N.F.L. flag football, fencing, gymnastics, tennis, computer game design, digital and video design, robotics design, circus arts, multi-sport, cheerleading, and the Friends Academy Club and Travel program. The C.I.T. Program (for ages 14-15) allows students to intern in an area of interest while learning leadership and child care skills. Camp tuition includes hot and cold lunches, towel service and airconditioned transportation. Call to find out more about the upcoming season and open house dates. Office hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Visit www.fasummercamp.org.

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CAMP DIRECTORY Good Shepherd Lutheran School 99 Central Park Road, Plainview, NY 11803 (516)349-1966 judy@ourshepherdlives.org www.ourshepherdlives.org Established in 1956, Good Shepherd Lutheran School educates young children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten in a safe, stimulating Christian environment. The staff of dedicated, experienced teachers and assistants is devoted to providing an enriching educational experience in an atmosphere of Christian love, encouraging the development of a positive self-concept and concern for the feelings and needs of others. Chartered by the N.Y.S. Department of Education and licensed by the N.Y.S. Office of Children & Family Services, Good Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that children receive individual attention as well as developmentally appropriate instruction. An interactive program, Together With Toddler, meets twice a week for one and a half hours, providing parents and their little ones with the opportunity to enjoy activities and crafts while learning about textures, sounds and seasonal themes. Toddler Separation classes meet for two hours twice a week and follow a similar curriculum. Nursery and pre-kindergarten programs offer classes for six-hour full days, Monday through Friday, or half days with morning or afternoon sessions. Before- and after-care is available on a flexible basis, 7am6pm. These programs are designed to guide 3- and 4-year-old children in their social, intellectual, spiritual and physical development, offering parents flexibility in their choices. This summer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Living Earthâ&#x20AC;? is the theme for the full- and half-day programs designed for children ages 3 through those entering grade 2. Activities include arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor recreation, water play, and gardening. Facilities provide a full-size gymnasium, large air-conditioned classrooms, and fenced-in playgroundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; all available on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful five-acre campus. To learn more about Good Shepherd Lutheran School, call (516)349-1966 or stop by the campus.



  

      

       

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CAMP DIRECTORY Greentrees Country Day School and Camp 247 Jackson Ave., Syosset, NY 11791 (516)921-4949 info@greentreesschoolandcamp.com www.greentreesschoolandcamp.com Greentrees Country Day School and Camp provides a warm learning environment, a loving staff, flexible schedules, before and after care, transportation and a year-round program. Greentrees summer day camp, for ages 2-8, has always focused on the younger child. The summer program offers daily Red Cross swim instruction in a heated in-ground pool, arts and crafts, science and nature, sports, tumbling, soccer, karate, summer reading club, music, dance, cooking, special events and more. Camp staff are mature, trained individuals eager to make your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer the best ever. Since 1988, this family-owned and operated school and camp has been encouraging children to grow physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through exploration and discovery. Owners, and directors, are always on the premises. Greentrees School follows the New York State recommended curriculum. Toddler children (age 2) through those in first grade take part in challenging school activities in this stimulating and creative environment. The curriculum, based on New York State standards and the HighScope philosophy, encourages the use of critical thinking, expressive language and the development of a sense of self worth and independence. The certified, experienced staff is dedicated to providing a happy, rewarding experience for each child! Greentrees will help build your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence. Call for more information.

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Kenwal Day Camp 100 Drexel Ave., Melville, NY 11747 (631)694-3399 www.kenwaldaycamp.com Kenwal Day Camp, family-owned and operated for 32 years, cultivates campersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; desire to participate, have fun and try their best, without the pressure of having to win. Situated on 20 magnificent acres, Kenwal is accented by many tree-shaded activity areas; wondrous nature trails; a half-acre, man-made lake; and the finest facilities and equipment to ensure every camper hours of fun, exploration and excitement. The camp features four heated pools; go-karts; a water park with inflatables; a video arcade game room; bungee trampolines; and inflatable rides. Activities include: tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, archery, karate, street hockey, mini-golf, music, drama, arts and crafts, inline rollerblading, rock climbing, mountain biking and zip lining. Special events include carnival, Olympics and guest appearances. The preschool and kindergarten programs modify activities to meet the needs of younger campers. Super Seniors, campers entering grades 4, 5 and 6, participate in many off-camp activities, like attending a Mets game and Splish Splash water park. Kenwal Teens, those entering grades 7 and 8, participate in off-camp activities, like visiting Great Adventure, Broadway shows and the beach, at least three times a week. A Counselors in Training program for teens entering grades 9 and 10 combines counselor training sessions with field trips. Kenwal creates small groups of campers for each activity to ensure that every camper gets the maximum attention possible from counselors and group leaders. Kenwal was voted by Long Island Press and the Long Island community â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of L.I.â&#x20AC;? summer camp 2010. Call for more information about Kenwal Day Camp: the camp that cares. Kiddie Academy Bethpage (516)719-0366 Brightwaters (Bay Shore) (631)969-1234 East Setauket (631)941-2100 Farmingdale (631)756-4606 Greenlawn (631)261-2220 Hicksville (516)931-3330 Islip (631)859-1234 Nesconset (631)724-5437 Syosset (516)496-1050 www.kiddieacademy.com For almost 20 years, parents have trusted Kiddie Academy to care for what parentguidenews.com


CAMP DIRECTORY they treasure most — their children. Kiddie Academy provides a most comprehensive and developmentally-appropriate child care program for children. With locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, this facility is a convenient choice for parents looking for quality care and instruction for their children. Kiddie Academy offers a program to promote each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth — from 6 weeks to 12 years old. In addition to the traditional areas of language development, science/discovery and creative arts, many Kiddie Academy locations include computer and foreign language programs. Some Kiddie Academy centers also provide before and after school care for children ages 6-12, with an emphasis on providing a safe and secure learning environment. Centers are equipped to provide activities in arts and crafts, science and discovery, dramatic play and constructive building. Whatever you child care needs may be, you can be guaranteed that Kiddie Academy is committed to providing children with the best possible learning environment in a warm and nurturing setting. Call for more information.

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CAMP DIRECTORY celebrate your memorable milestones. Awesome Birthday Bash packages include invitations, a qualified birthday leader and assistant, set up and clean up, paper goods, drinks, pizza, and a The Little Gym t-shirt for the birthday child, who attends the party for free. Children ages 1 through 12 will enjoy a celebration theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget with The Little Gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help. LIU Post Summer Day Camp LIU Post Youth Camps 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548 (516)299-4004 post-youthcamps@liu.edu www.liu.edu/post/youthcamps Located on the beautiful LIU Post campus, LIU Post Summer Day Camp features many large buildings with air-conditioned classrooms, a recreation facility with an amazing indoor swimming pool, nature trails, state-of-the-art computer labs, cooking labs and grassy playing fields. The camp is co-ed for children ages 5-14. LIU Post has multiple-week sessions from July through August, 9am-3:30pm each day. Children are grouped by age and participate in traditional, age-appropriate activities, including art and crafts, computers, cooking, dance, drama, music, nature, recreation, sports and swimming. Those ages 12-14 take weekly day trips. A L.I.T and C.I.T. program is available for teens ages 15 and 16. Vacation camp for children ages 5-14 is held during February and March school breaks from 9am-3:30pm. Parents may also want to take advantage of extended after-camp hours. Check out the website and discover how great LIU Post really is!

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is committed to the development of the intellectual potential of each child. Each fall and spring, Saturday classes are offered for gifted students in grades k-6 who pass highly selective admissions requirements. CGY also offers a four-week campus-based non-residential summer program for students entering grades 2-8, which emphasizes hands-on academic activities. The Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to relate to each other intellectually and socially. Classes emphasize problem solving, critical thinking and independence in learning. Courses offered include science, math, computers, law, speech and debate, and writing. The combination of extraordinary teachers recruited from leading local schools and university facilities, including scientific laboratories and computer rooms, gives the program unique strength in producing positive benefits for students. Workshops for parents of enrolled children are an integral part of the program. These special sessions, conducted by psychologists, explore a variety of issues of interest to parents of gifted children, such as the social and emotional factors of being gifted and sibling rivalry.

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Long Island Voyagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Camp (516)238-4586 www.longislandvoyagersdaycamp.com Long Island Voyagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Camp is unique in that it offers your child a full range of specialties and fun-filled days of recreation. The coed camp includes programs for children entering kindergarten in September through those age 14. Its goal is to assist in the development of the whole childâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; educationally, athletically, artistically and socially. Long Island Voyagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaches self-respect, courage and responsibility. Its caring staff builds upon campersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; self-esteem, self-confidence and character. Long Island Voyagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a summer alternative that surpasses childcare as it captures campersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special talents and helps them identify their goals. Long Island Voyagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prides itself on its dedication to providing your children with the most exciting, action-packed and safest summer experience. Amaz-

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CAMP DIRECTORY ing trips are taken to places like Splish Splash, Adventureland, Fun Zone, Fire Island, Atlantis Marine World, Bayville Adventure Park and the Bronx Zoo, baseball games, IMAX theaters, museums, the beach, and much more. Campers also get the chance to participate in sports, educational activities, swimming, arts and crafts, mini golf, roller skating, and many other fun activities. They are quickly taken in to the Long Island Voyager’s family. Safety is a top priority at Long Island Voyager’s, which has a low counselor-to-child ratio. Buses are regularly inspected, and all drivers are assigned cell phones. Staff members are CPR, First Aid and AED certified. The staff includes a health director, and two lifeguards are constantly on duty. The camp is licensed by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and is inspected twice a year. Long Island Voyager’s campers excel in many areas of activity and gain new skills, increase self-confidence, and develop more independence.

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M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center 2629 Grand Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710 (516)221-1330 171 Eileen Way, Syosset, NY 11791 (516)496-7765 www.matsskidsgym.com M.A.T.S.S. Kids’ Gym & Early Childcare Education Center offers “A rainbow of programs under one roof!” Children ages 18 months to 10 years engage in one to eight weeks of fun at the M.A.T.S.S. summer program. Included are weekly themes, specialties, field trips (for children ages 5 and older), daily arts and crafts, music and movement, and gym playtime in indoor gyms. M.A.T.S.S. has a fully air-conditioned facility, as well as fully equipped playgrounds with water play. Baby/Toddler Separation classes are available. MADScience takes place onsite for children ages 5-11. Lunch is included. M.A.T.S.S. is New York State, CPR, and first aid certified. Early and after care are available, as are discounts. Call for a tour appointment.

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CAMP DIRECTORY Merrick Woods Country Day School and Camp 1075 Merrick Ave., Merrick, NY (516)483-7272 www.merrickwoods.com Since 1956, family-owned Merrick Woods has been providing exceptional summer experiences for Long Island families. Located on a beautifully shaded 6-acre campus in North Merrick, Merrick Woods has three heated swimming pools and an additional 12 acres of athletic fields. Activities include all sports, two daily swims, 14 arts and crafts shops, music, tennis, gymnastics, dramatics, a ropes challenge course and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tower of Powerâ&#x20AC;? with a 60-foot zipline. Merrick Woods offers three- or five-day programs for campers through 4th grade, a special Tween Program for 5th and 6th graders, and daily and multi-day trips for teenagers. Counselors are highly trained and dedicated to making each camperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer happy, safe and memorable. For more than 50 years, Merrick Woods has stressed the development of social, emotional and physical growth. Four- and eight-week sessions run from June through August. Call for an appointment and/or further information.

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sports, for grades 3-6. Teens may choose from Tween Trailways, Teen Travel Camp or the Counselor In Training summer internship program. For active 4 and 5 year olds who want to divide their time between the campgrounds and the building, the Mid-Island Y JCC offers High Fours and High Fives. Additionally, in-building preschool day camps are offered for ages 2-5. New: ziplines and a low ropes challenge course. Music Together of Long Island and Queens www.musictogetherli-queens.com Music Together is a delightful, joyous approach to music-making with your child. For infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the adults who love them, Music Together offers families an opportunity to sing, dance and play rhythm instruments in a relaxed, playful. non-performance-oriented setting. It nourishes parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to create a rich musical environment at home, regardless of their musical abilities. Offered in ten-to-12-week sessions in many independently owned locations throughout Long Island and Queens, these 45-minute classes are specifically designed to accommodate the unique learning style of the very young while being highly engaging to their adult companions. Music Together is based on the philosophy that all children are musical; you may be surprised to find that you are, too!

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Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, NY 11771 (516)822-3535 jhenkel@miyjcc.org www.miyjcc.org Looking for a great summer of fun at a great price? Situated on 50 acres at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, the Mid-Island Y JCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer programs feature an action-packed schedule filled with camp-wide opening activities, instructional and recreational swimming, sports, group activities, Jewish culture, theme days and special events for children ages 4-16. Children with special needs in the Aspire Program are included in the activities and excitement. Campers in grades 5 and 6 are introduced to the open road for fun travel experiences. Specialty camps include theatrical arts, for grades 1-9, and

North Shore Day Camp 85 Crescent Beach Road Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516)676-0904 fun@northshoredaycamp.com www.northshoredaycamp.com Located on a magnificent Gold Coast estate overlooking the Long Island Sound, North Shore Day Camp is a wonderful place for children ages 3-14 to make friends, as well as build self-esteem, confidence and resilience. North Shore Day Campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full-day, flexible week sessions include access to outstanding athletics, electives, a golf academy, an adventure program with high ropes, a zip-line, rock climbing walls, go-karts, mountain biking, ten-

  

     



 

     

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CAMP DIRECTORY by the clinical staff. Highly qualified teachers conduct the academic learning centers. The program is directed by Karen Fleiss, Psy. D., Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry NYU Child Study Center and Clinical Director, Long Island Campus. There is limited enrollment.

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Performing Arts Academy at LIU Tilles Center LIU Post Youth Camps 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548 Oasis Summer Day Camps on Long Island (516)299-4004 15 Parkside Ave., Point Lookout, NY 11569 (646)519-5060 post-youthcamps@liu.edu pointlookout@oasischildren.com www.liu.edu/post/youthcamps Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11040 Located on the beautiful LIU Post campus, Performing Arts Academy at LIU (646)519-5062 Tilles Center features many large buildings with air-conditioned classrooms, tullypark@oasischildren.com ideal stages and the grand LIU Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The 158 Manorhaven Boulevard, Manorhaven, NY 11050 (800)317-1392 Performing Arts Academy is a three-week program, running July-August for onthesound@oasischildren.com campers interested in music. Major Performing Groups include Junior Band or www.oasischildren.com Chorus for grades 5-8, and Senior Band or Chorus for grades 9-12. Campers With three locations, Point Lookout, Michael J. Tully Park, and On The Sound receive daily sectional lessons and elective classes such as Fine Art, Drum at Manorhaven Beach Park, Oasis offers campers a traditional summer day Circles, Dance, Musical Theatre, Jazz Band, Music Theory, Vocal Jazz, Brass camp experience filled with engaging activities developed and taught by and Woodwind Ensembles, and Guitar Ensemble. There’s also have Youth teachers, coaches, and dedicated youth workers. At Oasis in Point Lookout,419 Park Chorus forSouth, campers grades They have one hour of chorus along with Avenue NewinYork, NY1-4. 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 campers experience an amazing air-conditioned recreational center on the bay. investigating instruments, drum circles, fine art, dance and recreation. At Oasis in Tully Park, campers experience amazing facilities that feature an FAX # athletic complex, stadium, and a newly built indoor water park. On The TO: Sound Portledge Summer Adventures campers have access to the amazing facilities of Manorhaven Beach Park. 355 Duck Pond Road, All locations have access to basketball courts, tennis courts, spaciousFROM: fields, Locust Valley, NY 11560 ISSUE DATE: and swimming pools. Campers ages 4-11 participate in a variety of engag(516)750-3104 ing activities inclusive of athletics, yoga, cooking, fine arts and instructional www.portledge.org/summeradventures swim. Oasis Early Start is offered for 4-year-old campers. In this program, Experience the Portledge Adventures program, heldOK. on the campus Please call or faxSummer your comments and/or the camp day is designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of of Portledge School, an independent school for grades pre-nursery through 12. junior campers. Oasis also offers a popular Teen Travel program, for young Summer Adventures offers unique educational and recreational opportunities people ages 12-15, which gives teens the opportunity to take uniqueSIGNATURE daily for children ages 2-15. Activities include chess, drama, science, gymnastics, OF APPROVAL: trips while forming lifelong friendships. Daily hot lunch service is available. cheerleading, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, build-your-own computer, Oasis bus service picks up and drops off campers from a number of convenient creative writing, Lego building, Minecraft and much more. Portledge Sumlocations. Sibling and other discounts are available. Online registration is fast mer Adventures is a place where children can deeply explore their passions

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CAMP DIRECTORY or try a new activity that they discovered to be of interest. Children can learn more about these passions or new discoveries, whether it is a new sport, a study in science, dabbling in an art or cake decorating class, writing with an author, or drawing with a fashion designer, Portledge has something for everyone and is a place where everyone feels like someone. Portledge School is located on a secure and serene 62-acre campus. Portledge Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary mission is to instill within each child an enthusiasm for learning that will last a lifetime. Call to learn more about the summer program and the school or to request a catalog. Red Robin Country Day School and Camp 878 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590 (516)334-1144 fun@redrobincountrydayschoolandcamp.com www.redrobincountrydaycamp.com Since 1957, Red Robin Country Day School and Camp has been a specialized Day Camp, devoted to children 2-9 years of age. The program is carefully designed to meet the developmental and physical needs of the younger child. Red Robin Camp does everything the big camps do, but in an environment that is just right for their campers. Red Robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expert, nurturing staff provides a safe, warm and exciting experience. Full-day (9:15am-4pm) and Midi-day (9:15am-1pm) sessions; four, six, eight and Unique Weeks (choose any 25 days of camp you wish) are available. Back this summer, the Red Robin Rain Maze splash playground, providing for hours of water-filled fun with alleys, slides and bumpers that are sure to keep all campers cool on those hot and sunny days of summer. Red Robin introduces its own Gagaball Court (an exciting low impact dodge ball game played below the knees). As always, Red Robin offers an extremely well-rounded program, in a charming and comfortable setting. Each day is full of activity and fun with American Red Cross Swim Instruction (the four major strokes, kicking and breathing), exciting, confidence building sports instruction, arts and crafts, gymnastics, cooking, science and nature, computers, music, dance, pony rides, Olympics,

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CAMP DIRECTORY special events, and late night shows, just to name a few. Red Robin handpicks and trains an expert staff who have years of experience in early childhood development, and campers are placed in small, age-appropriate groups. The colorful meals include hot and cold lunch options, fruit and vegetables, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. All campers are provided with doorto-door transportation on a fleet of late model, air-conditioned minibuses, each Department of Transportation inspected, and staffed by the camp’s own drivers, as well as a Red Robin bus counselor, who ensures that children are seat belted, comfortable and happy on their ride to and from camp. Red Robin is proudly accredited by the American Camping Association, and a member of the Long Island Association of Private Schools and Day Camps. Sweet Tots Creative Child Care Center 600 Broadway, Bethpage, NY 11714 (516)932-1244 1373 Bellmore Road, North Bellmore, NY 11710 (516)221-1511 www.sweettotscreativechildcare.com Owned and operated by Karen and Tommy, and licensed by NYS, Sweet Tots is the perfect “home away from home” for your child. And with their new summer program and expanded facility, they have even more to offer. The center is seriously committed to caring for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Sweet Tots offers a warm family setting in a preschool environment, and classes are set up by ½ age groups. With a ratio of one adult for every 4-6 children, their highly qualified professional staff assures that each child will receive the care and attention they deserve. Each age-appropriate room is filled with learning activities made fun through play, arts & crafts, story and circle time, music and movement, and computers. Sweet Tots appreciates the physical, cognitive differences of the children and they adapt to each child’s level of readiness. Even the youngest students form friendships and learn the basics such as sharing and getting along. Children are served breakfast, lunch and two snacks, have appropriate nap time and enjoy the indoor play gym, and outdoor play area on the parklike grounds of Sweet Tots. Communication with parents is their number one priority, and parents of Sweet

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Tots’ children are encouraged to maintain a school-family connection and to build new friendships as well! Call Sweet Tots, whose goal is for “Happy Children and Happy Parents.” Call for more information. Teacher’s Pets Child Care Centers Little Red Schoolhouse (516)520-7721 270 Washington Ave., Plainview, NY 11803 (516)931-8204 East Village Green, Jerusalem Ave., Levittown, NY 11756 (516)731-3263 3510 N. Jerusalem Road, Wantagh, NY 11793 teacherspets2@optonline.net Teacher’s Pets Child Care Centers offer a warm, nurturing place where your little ones can learn and grow! These year-round, full day centers for children 6 weeks-5 years provide a certified staff and a small teacher/child ratio which allows students to enjoy individualized attention. At Teacher’s Pets Child Care Centers, the curriculum follows a “concept” pattern with broad ideas that build up by working slowly on small things that are a part of the children’s lives, such as: food, families, animals and pets, community things, weather and more. Some important skills taught are awareness and observance, following directions, motor development and coordination and self-control. Computer Education and field trips are provided as well! The staff will also work at developing your child’s self-confidence, attention span and sense of humor! Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided daily. For more information on how to make your child one of the “Teacher’s Pets,” call (516)520-7721.

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Young People’s Day Camp of Nassau/Suffolk (800)DAY CAMP / (631)476-3330 Nassau: (516)650-1856 www.ypdc.com Young People’s Day Camp of Nassau/Suffolk has provided 41 years of fabulous and memorable summers! Swimming, sports, movies, arts and crafts, talent shows, local trips and Special Event Days combine to make this a super program. Young People’s Day Camp is licensed by the New York State Health Department; directed by licensed teachers; and staffed by educational professionals, Red Cross Instructors, EMTs, and college students. The staff and program provide children with a safe and fun-filled summer while allowing parents to go about their daily activities knowing that their child is in good hands. Young People’s Day Camp emphasizes individual growth, as well as traditional values of teamwork, cooperation, self-respect, respect

for others, tolerance and honesty. These values will sustain our campers for a lifetime. A rolling enrollment policy allows children to be registered for two through eight weeks at parents’ convenience. The camp provides free, door-to-door transportation via licensed, certified, and professional school bus drivers. It is reasonably priced and offers a payment plan designed to fit your needs with no interest or service charges. Young People’s Day Camp features a great program, fun-filled activities, and a safe environment as an unbeatable combination!

Sleepaway Camps Camp Loyaltown Glen Avenue, Hunter, NY 12442 (518)263-4242 camp@ahrc.org For more than 40 years, Camp Loyaltown has helped campers discover independence and new strengths, as well as experience the joys of friendship, fun, and personal achievement free from daily challenges. Camp Loyaltown is a program of Citizens, a leading provider of services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Camp Loyaltown is located in the Catskill Mountains, two and a half hours north of New York City and three hours north of Nassau County’s western border. Each year, more than 650 campers enjoy the wonders of the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Campers and staff live in modernized, rustic-style cabins which house anywhere from four to 12 campers and staff members. Each cabin has its own showers and restroom facilities. Camp Loyaltown has fully renovated recreation facilities, including a fully accessible, nine-hole miniature golf course; a heated, water park-type swimming pool; a beautiful pond with pedal boats; adaptive playgrounds, ball fields, and indoor/outdoor basketball courts; a dance studio; a performing arts stage; and areas for various craft studies that are conducted in a beautiful, natural setting. Camp provides a four-to-one,

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counselor-training programs, and most have been campers themselves. International staff from the United Kingdom compliments the seasoned American staff. The international counselors share their rich cultural backgrounds with the campers. The American Camping Association Camp accredits the camp, and it is proud of the high standards they achieve regarding the health, safety and welfare of campers. Monday to Saturday sessions from July through August. Stay over sessions available throughout the summer.

Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Greenwood Trails Summer Camp (516)433-7970 390 Winchester Road, Winsted, CT 06098 md83@cornell.edu Winter Office: (516)483-7272 www.dpf4hcamp.org Summer Office: (860)379-6517 Celebrating its 89th year of camp, Cornell Cooperative Extension is comfun@greenwoodtrails.com mitted to offering their camper families a high quality educational program, www.greenwoodtrails.com achieving the same level of excellence as their partners at Cornell University. Choose your own trail! Greenwood Trails is a family-owned, coed sleepaway The camp is located on the North Fork of Long Island. The camp’s 140-acre camp for children and teens ages 8-16. It offers affordable two-, four-, and natural setting includes woodlands, bluffs, pine forests, sand dunes, farmland, six-week sessions. Located on more than 100 beautiful acres in the southern and beachfront. sleepaway camp is a great for Berkshires, Greenwood Trails lets campers “choose their own trail” with a 19 Park Avenue South, 13th This Floor,co-educational New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax place 212-447-7734 children enjoying a week or several weeks of summer. The DPF 4-H camp is unique elective program, exploring new activities and expanding their horiopen to all children entering grades 4-10. The camping program offers many zons. Facilities include comfortable cabins with showers, a large in-ground o: FAx # in-depth programming. Traditraditional camping activities and specialized pool, a private lake, a theater, fine arts studios, expansive ball fields, low and tional camping programs include sports, dance, swimming, arts and crafts, high ropes courses, a skate park, a 35-foot-tall climbing tower and more! fishing, drama, outdoor living, canoeing, working, rocketry, archery, The warm, friendly atmosphere and extensive facilities make for magical rom: iSSuewood DAte: nature and more! Specialized in-depth programs include horseback riding, an summers at Greenwood Trails! adventure program and CIT. The camp has a low and high ropes challenge 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 course, nature with touch 40-acre work and learn Please callcenter or fax yourtanks, comments and/or oK.farm, indoor horseback riding arena and many riding trails. Evening programs include Travel Camp talent shows, carnivals, dances, scavenger hunts, wagon rides, cookouts, TO: FAX # and much more. Meals are served in the lodge; food is plentiful Maximum Travel Camp igNAture campfires oF APProvAl: and the comprehensive salad bar offers campers many additional choices. The 3132 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572 camp’s administrative and program staff is comprised of teachers, educators, (516)594-2000 FROM: ISSUE DATE: college graduates and camp alumni. The senior counselors have completed www.maximumtours.com Somewhere between a conventional day camp and a tween tour, Maximum Travel Campcall covers when it comes to fun and safety. Please or all faxbases your comments and/or OK.It is a wellthought-out, highly supervised summer program for children ages 10-14. Each day, campers experience new activities and visit a different place. The SIGNATURE American OF APPROVAL: Camping Association-accredited and licensed camp is a diverse blend of day and overnight excursions. All buses are air conditioned and offer door-to-door pick ups and drop offs, and they are driven by professional drivers. On overnight trips, campers ride on DVD- and lav-equipped motorcoaches. Counselors are older than 21 and certified in first aid, CPR, AED and EPI Pen usage. All counselors carry direct-connect phones. Campers are uniformed in “cool” T-shirts and sweatshirts. They are grouped together based on the activity of the day, meaning, if you like all rides, some rides or no rides in an amusement park, then you will enjoy the day in that group. Camper-to-counselor ratio is 7:1 on day trips and 6:1 on overnights. The camp travels with a nurse. Overnight trips are as many as five days and scheduled every other week. Campers stay in beautiful lodging with security guards at night. Most lunches are included beautiful in the day trips. All meals are provided for all overnight trips.

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ADHD Parent Trainer Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW 233 7th St., Suite 200 Garden City, NY 11530 (516)487-0636 elaine@adhdparenttrainer.com www.adhdparenttrainer.com Is your child having behavioral problems at home, in school or in social settings? ADHD Parent Trainings are forming in Long Island. Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW and ADHD specialist will offer training for parents of children with attention problems using the Russell Barkley, Ph.D and Ross Green Ph.D. methods of behavioral management. ADHD is one of the most common childhood developmental behavioral disorders affecting up to 5-7 percent of the school age population and accounting for the largest proportion of children referred to mental health programs in this country. Learn techniques to give your child a better chance of success in school, at home and in social settings. Her goal as a clinician is to empower parents to take charge of the demanding care of these children in a way that ensures the health of the child individually and the entire family collectively. Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW, received her masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and has over 16 years of experience in the school system as a social worker. She has trained with Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., and Ross Green, Ph.D. Call (516)487-0636 or visit www.adhdparenttrainer. com to register.

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Hagedorn Little Village School, The Jack Joel Center for Special Children 750 Hicksville Road, Seaford, NY 11783 (516)520-6058 information@littlevillage.org www.littlevillage.org For more than 40 years, The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Children (HLVS) has provided the finest educational and therapeutic services for infants and children up to 11 years old with a wide range of developmental delays. The mission of HLVS is to facilitate children with special needs in

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A SociAl leArning ProgrAm deSigned for children who find it hArd to: • Establish and maintain friendships • Share space effectively • Initiate and maintain conversations • Understand the hidden meaning of spoken messages • Interpret social cues • Take in another person’s point of view • Pay attention and stay focused • Work in groups • Predict outcomes and solve problems • Comprehend concepts underlying pictures/stories/assignments • Set boundaries • Organize school tasks theSe difficultieS Are often ASSociAted with: • PDD-NOS • ADHD/ADD • Asperger’s Syndrome • Non-verbal Learning • Other Social Challenges Disability • High Functioning Autism

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J.M. Ladge Speech & Hearing Center C.W. Post Campus/Long Island University Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548 (516)299-2437 joyce.rubentein@liu.edu www.liu.edu/cwpost/ladge The C.W. Post J.M. Ladge Speech & Hearing Center serves as a complete diagnostic and therapeutic facility providing speech, language and audiological services for children as well as adults with communication disorders. All services are offered at reasonable rates during day and evening hours. A full range of services include evaluation and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders and language and language learning difficulties, including difficulty with auditory processing and phonemic awareness, stuttering, aphasia and voice disorders. The Center offers accent reduction services for adults and students, stroke rehabilitation programs and groups for children focused on listening, reading readiness and delayed speech/language development. Individual feeding and swallowing services are available, as are mealtime play and language play groups, for those from birth through age 5. For further information, contact Dr. Joyce Rubenstein, Ph.D., director of the Ladge Speech & Hearing Center at C.W. Post, joyce.rubenstein@liu.edu. Keys to Reading, Inc. Great Neck, NY 11023 (516)773-1049 www.keys-to-reading.com No one understands more how difficult it is for a parent of a child with special or average needs to find the right tutor to in reading, writing, spelling, and organizational/study skills. That’s why Rhonda, the director of Keys to Reading, Inc., started her one-on-one tutorial program, which caters to toddlers (Keen Kids, ages 4-5), elementary students (All Stars, ages 6-12), adolescents (Teen Wizards, ages 13-19), and adults (Lifelong Learners, ages 20 and older). Highly dedicated to making a difference, Rhonda has an unusually broad repertoire of academic insights and skills to nurture educational growth in reading, writing, and spelling. She also can help clarify for parents their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) while collaboratively working with teachers to optimize academic learning success. Based upon the latest research, Rhonda prides herself in providing unique, educational strategies that often go overlooked in the typical classroom. Such techniques as multisensory instruction, step-by-step learning in small sequenced steps, quality feedback, and intensive practice are but a few of the many strategies Rhonda uses in each of her programs. Every lesson is carefully tailored to meet each individual’s academic needs. Feel free to call Rhonda to answer your questions about any of the programs offered at Keys to Reading, Inc. Steps to Socialization (s2s) 13 South Bayles Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050 (516)767-0266 info@s2sny.com www.s2sny.com Is your child left out of playdate invitations? Does your child sit on the sidelines at recess? Steps to Socialization (s2s) is a social learning program for children who have difficulty with social interactions. Steps to Socialization’s highly trained staff guides students, in groups of 3-4, in learning the skills required to develop and maintain friendships, interpret social cues and work in groups. parentguidenews.com


CAMP DIRECTORY Skills taught include predicting what someone else is thinking about, how behavior impacts on others, and how to be part of a group. Using targeted activities and role playing, students are equipped with the skills needed to navigate the social world. The program is for children with average to above-average cognitive skills in grades 1 through 8. s2s teaches children how to think socially, step by step. Vincent Smith School 322 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050 (516)365-4900 www.vincentsmithschool.org The Vincent Smith School (VSS) is well-known for its individualized program for students with learning disabilities in grades 4-12. VSS has a history of excellence dating back to 1924. Located on four and a half acres in suburban Port Washington, Vincent Smith School is a private day school, serving students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York. It offers students differentiated instruction in small supportive classes. Students experience academic success, emotional growth and social acceptance. More than 85 percent of graduates go on to college. Vincent Smith School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as an independent, nonprofit institution and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. It takes pride in being a place where it’s okay to learn differently. The Vincent Smith School is open to all without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

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sucking, pacifier or bottle use is continuing too long? Pediatric dentist Jodi Guttenberg and her associates can help. They recommend that children visit the dentist for the first time at 2 years of age, and they encourage parents to be in the room whenever it’s possible. During their first visit, they examine the child, clean the child’s teeth and administer a fluoride treatment. They’ll also discuss the child’s diet, especially if there’s evidence that it’s impacting dental health. They also provide crowns, root canals and fillings for even the youngest of their patients— they’ve seen cavities in patients as young as 18 months old. Often local anesthesia is sufficient for these procedures, and they try to avoid putting children “out” if at all possible. They have a “tell, show, do” approach, which helps to dispel the fear of the unknown, and their specialized training helps them to be empathetic with children and to understand their needs. They accept insurance as partial payment. Call for more information. Dr. Jodi Guttenberg is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.

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Dr. Mindy Homer Pediatric Dentistry 800 Community Drive, Suite 200, Manhasset, NY 11030 (516)869-9500 www.doctor-mindy.com Did you know that approximately 40 percent of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, and it is now recommended that children see a dentist no later their first birthday? Dr. Mindy knows that dental visits in early childhood can prevent cavities. Dr. Mindy earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She continued her training at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she earned her specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mindy is board certified and provides the best dental care to pediatric, adolescent and special needs patients. Dr. Mindy’s mission is to make the dental experience fun and anxiety-free for the whole family. She believes in educating parents and children in cavity prevention. She takes the time to understand the needs of your child and family, and she provides individualized treatment plans to

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That Broadway Smile 800 North Broadway, Massapequa, NY 11758 (516)753-KIDS www.thatbroadwaysmile.com Bright smiles get their start at That Broadway Smile, where the staff specializes in pediatric and special needs dentistry. The top priority of Dr. Mary Ellen Nesnay and her staff is to help your child achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile in a fun, nurturing, and friendly environment. The experienced and knowledgeable dentists Broadway Smile treat â&#x20AC;˘tots through teens all parts 419 Park AvenueatSouth, New York, NY 10016 212-213-8840 â&#x20AC;˘ Faxfrom 212-447-7734 of Long Island and Manhattan in a relaxed, comforting atmosphere. Because the staff at Broadway Smile understands there is a distinct to: # dentists, its members are difference between pediatric and FAx general exceptionally attuned to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, behaviors, and fears. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommended that children visit the dentist rom: iSSue DAte: upon arrival their first birthday or tooth. That Broadway Smile doctors teach parents and children about preventative care to keep teeth healthy for a lifetime. The dentists also have many years of experience treating children Please call or fax your comments and/or oK. with special needs. Dr. Mary Ellen Nesnay spent an entire year after dental school working exclusively with patients with special at Stony Brook Dental School. And she commonly treated SigNAture needs oF APProvAl: patients with special needs during her two-year, pediatric dental residency at LIJ/Schneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call or check out the website.

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I’ve yet to meet a mom who is happy with her body after the birth of her beautiful baby. She may be overjoyed with the new arrival but uncomfortable with the still-needed maternity clothes when she leaves the hospital. What do I tell these moms? First off, realize you have the rest of your life to get your body back. These initial months with your baby are precious and go by extremely fast. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get you on track to start taking off the baby weight. Here are ten tips for getting your body back while still being able to enjoy your baby!

1) Start moving. As early as your hospital stay, start recon-

necting with your body. Do pelvic tilts and abdominal bracing to start waking up those core muscles. Begin walking as soon as your doctor gives you permission.

2) Fuel your body. You will need good food to take care

of your baby, so eat a bountiful amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. If people are kind enough to make your meals, don’t be bashful about requesting healthy meals. We are not talking about dieting, just eating clean. When you eat whole foods, you don’t have to worry about portion size.

3) Sleep when your baby sleeps. A lack of sleep can

cause hormone imbalance, especially with fat-related hormones such as ghrelin (tells your brain to eat) and leptin (tells your brain you are full and regulates metabolism). Regular sleep is not in your near future, but grab it when you can!

4) Hydrate. Water can curb hunger, increase energy, and help flush out toxins. Fill up a 64-ounce jug at beginning of the day, and make markings on it for every hour so you can track your water intake. Stay hydrated throughout the day! You will need even more water if you are nursing.

5) Tummy time = workout time! Your baby will spend lots

of time on the floor working her little arm and head muscles. Lie down beside her, and start your own workout. Try a plank and crunches.

6) Stroller workout. Get out with your baby each

day. The fresh air will do you both some good! Start slow, but each day, increase your travel distance or pace intensity, monitoring how you feel. The added weight of the stroller makes any walk a workout. See if there is a local stroller workout class in your neighborhood.

7) Veggie up! Eating a diet that is filled with vegetables aids in weight loss. You get high volume for less caloric density. Vegetables also help curb food cravings. Plus, they are packed with nutrients that you need. Eat a rainbow of veggies throughout the day.

8) Wear your baby. Many people wear weighted vests to

increase their workout. You can just wear your baby! A supportive front-pack carrier is a great tool. Be mindful of your posture, and choose safe exercise moves! Just walking while wearing your baby will burn extra calories, but you can also lunge, squat, and wall sit with your baby in a carrier.

9) Protein power. Aid your weight loss by adding protein

to your meals and snacks. A fruit by itself will quickly affect your bloodstream, causing an insulin spike. When you add a handful of walnuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter to it, the effect slows and keeps your blood sugar stable.

10) H.I.I.T. your workout! Once you’ve been

cleared for exercise and have regained some energy, increase the intensity of your routine. High Intensity Interval Workouts can burn fat and keep your metabolism revved all day long! High intensity exercises might include jumping jacks, squat and lunge hops, sprints, etc. Do a burst of exercise, rest, and then do it again. You can get great results with even just 20 minutes of effort!

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March 1 and 2: Inherit the Wind, The Broadhollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont. (516)775-4420, www. broadhollow.org. This powerful production tells the story of a Tennessee educator put on trial for teaching in a small town.

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March 2: Read Across America Celebration, Long Island Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, (516)224-5800, www.licm.org. Families are invited to join museum staffers as they Read Across America and celebrate the birthday of the beloved childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book author Dr. Seuss. Make crafts and activities, and meet Clifford, Peter Rabbit and Curious George during story times throughout the day! All ages welcome.12pm-4pm. March 5 - 10: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, (516)794-9303, nassaucoliseum.com. The greatest show on Earth returns by popular demand to keep children and adults alike on the edge of their seats with delightful clowns, amazing aerialists, animals and much more! March 7: Man of La Mancha, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post Campus, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, (516)299-2752, www.tillescenter.org. This Tony Award Winning love story tells the dream weaving tale of Don Quixote on his enduring quest for peace, goodness, beauty and the alluring lady of his dreams, Dulcinea. 8pm. March 7: New Music IX: AnyWhen Ensemble, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City, (516)877-4000. New Music at Adelphi presents Douglas Detrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AnyWhen Ensemble, premiering exciting new works written for them by Adelphi University composers. 7:30pm. parentguidenews.com


March 7: The Spring Flower and Garden Show, Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, (516)334-0066, www. hicksnurseries.com. Give your family a well-deserved breath of fresh air after the long, cold winter by paying a visit to this special event offering beautiful garden displays, insightful seminars, children’s workshops and more. Runs through March 23. March 8: Birdwatching for Beginners, The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, 134 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, (516)922-3200. Participants are invited to come out and take a first-hand look at a few of the Sanctuary’s winged friends.

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March 8: Carousel Dreams, Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, (516)224-5800, www.licm.org. Children ages 5 and up are invited to hear Andrea Bejarano as she read her magical stories, then make a playful carousel craft to take home! 3pm.

March 8, 15, 23: Snow White Broadhollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, (516)775-4420, www.broadhollow.org. Disney’s very first princess comes to life on stage in a delightful production of Snow White. Join Snow White and her seven little friends as they embark on an amazing adventure and live happily ever after. Call or log online for times and tickets.

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hollow.org. Go along for the ride on a whirlwind race around March 9: Hiccup Help! New York at the turn of the twentieth century, during a special presentation of Main this beloved musical. Runs March 23. Landmark on Street, 232 Main St., Portthrough Washington, (516)767-6444, www.landmarkonmainstreet.org. The Paper March 8: Impractical The NYCB Theatreyoung at Westbury, Bag Players celebrate Jokers, a 55th season entertaining audi960 Brush Hollow Road, (516)247-5200, ences by bringing HiccupWestbury, Help! to Nassau County. Thewww.thebrandtheatreatwestbury.com. new show for fami- The NYCB Theatre proudly presents The TV Impractical liesTru ensures children Jokers Tour featuring The Tenderlions. 8pm and 10:30pm. and adults leave the

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March 8: Garden Party, Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, (516)484-9337, www.nassaumuseum.org. Explore the imagery of outdoor entertainments and garden parties through a variety of paintings, sculpture, costume, fabrics and decorative arts and designs. Open daily through July 6. March 8: Hello, Dolly, The Broadhollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont. (516)775-4420 or log onto www.broad-

theater with a smile. March 8: Mask It!, Hofstra Museum. David Filderman GallDon’t miss out on the lery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, (516)463-5672. Discover fun. Questions? Call the power of masks as used in Asian Pacific cultures, and then the number listed. create your own mask during this exciting and educational afternoon program. 1:30 - 2:30pm.

March 16: Tea Party Darlings & Divas, 5 Merrick Road, Amityville, (631)6084710, www.darlingsanddivas.com. Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with your favorite princesses when the Shamrock Princess Tea comes to Darlings and Divas! Party with Cinderella, Rapunzel, and many others during this unforgettable event that also includes mini-manicures, sparkling makeup application, shamrock glitter tattoos, hair styling with glitter dusting and a tiara to take home, a pizza lunch, dancing, and photo opportunities. Call or log online for required reservations.

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proudly presents its seventh Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, featuring the works of 10 skilled sculptors throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum. Sundays: The Next Step, Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, (516)822-3535. Program offers teens with special needs in grades 7-12 the opportunity to develop basic leadership skills and perform community service. Meets two Sundays per month, 1-3:30pm. Call for a schedule. Sundays through Fridays: Support Groups, Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, (516)634-4010, www.friedbergjcc. org. A variety of groups are offered at various times. Included are Caring for the Caregiver, Loss and Bereavement I and II, Unemployment, Divorce and Separation I and II, Women’s Issues, Single Parents, Couple Fair Fighting, Pre-Marriage Counseling, and more. Babysitting may be available. Call for specific information. Mondays: JASA AZORS Help Caregiver’s Support Group, Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, 455 Neptune Boulevard, Long Beach, (516)742-2050. This support group is for those caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. New participants should call before coming to the group. Free. Held the second Monday of the month. 12:30. Mondays: Free Breast Cancer Support Group, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City, (516)877-4314. This group welcomes anyone who has tested positive for breast cancer during genetic testing. Sessions are free. Call for required registration. 7-8:30pm. Starts March 1 and runs through April. Mondays and Wednesdays: Alzheimer’s Opportunity for Respite & Socialization Program, Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, 455 Neptune Boulevard, Long Beach, (516)432-0570. A program for adults, ages 60 and older who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. This program provides meaningful and purposeful recreational activities and increased socialization among peers. Recreational activities include cooking, exercise, relaxation, dance, music, discussion groups and more. A nutritious kosher lunch and snacks are provided. Transportation may be arranged to the JCC. An interview is required. 10am-2pm. Mondays to Fridays: Breast Cancer Support Groups, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, most groups held at the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program, School of Social Work, Adelphi University in Garden City, offices: (516)877-4314, hotline: (800)877-8077, www.adelphi. edu/nysbreastcancer. Individual, group and telephone counseling are available, along with a 24/7 hotline staffed by trained volunteers who have had breast cancer. Groups offered include:

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Calendarof Events Women with Breast Cancer, Young Women with Breast Cancer, Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Telephone Support for Women with Breast Cancer, and more. Pre-registration required. Call for start dates and to find out about other groups, including those for couples, teens, family members, and men with breast cancer. Tuesdays: Breast Cancer Phone Support, (516)877-4314. The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program offers a new telephone support group for women with breast cancer. If you or someone you know cannot physically attend a breast cancer support group for any reason, this is a wonderful alternative for a forum. The weekly group allows women to speak with breast cancer survivors and patients, along with a social work facilitator, on conference calls. Sessions run 10:30am-noon. Call to register or obtain details.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Group, The Wednesday Mothers’ Club of Floral Park, United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Ave., Floral Park, (516)270-3573, (516)775-2576, wmcmembership@hotmail.com. A non-denominational social and support group for expectant mothers and mothers of children in kindergarten or younger. Activities include monthly Mom’s Night Out, social events, educational programs, new mom meals, community outreach and playgroup sessions. Newsletter available. Thursdays: Grandparent Advocates Supporting Autistic Kids, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, 480 Old Westbury Road, Roslyn Heights, (516)626-1971, www.northshorechildguidance.org. This support and advocacy group is for concerned grandparents of autistic children. All adult family members are welcome. Meetings take place the last Thursday of every month (except December), 11:30am-1pm.

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Tuesdays: Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Parent Support Group, Grace Lutheran Church & School, 400 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, (516)887-3371. Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm.

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Fridays: Alzheimer’s Opportunity for Respite & Socialization Program, Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, (516)432-0570. A program for adults, ages 60 and older who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. This program provides meaningful and purposeful recreational activities and increased socialization among peers. Recreational activities include cooking, exercise, relaxation, dance, music, discussion groups and more. A nu-

tritious kosher lunch and snacks are provided. Transportation may be arranged to the JCC. An interview is required. 10am-2pm. Saturdays: Play Dates, All About Kids, 255 Executive Drive, LL 108, Plainview, (516)576-2040, www.allaboutkidsny.com. Sensory Social Motor Play Dates for children ages 3-5. Children negotiate a colorful and fun obstacle course with peers. 1-2:15pm or 2-3:15pm. Saturdays: Toddler and Preschool Support (TAPS), WinthropUniversity Hospital, 259 First St., Mineola, (516)663-2350, www. winthrop.org. Support group for the families of toddlers and preschoolers with diabetes. Meets monthly. Call for details. Ongoing: ADHD Parent Training, (516)487-0636, www.adhdparenttrainer.com. In sessions with Elaine Lerner, MSW, CSW, parents learn how to develop behavior management skills for children struggling with behavior, focus, attention, organization, hyperactivity, impulsivity and/or oppositional defiance. Groups now forming in Garden City and Hauppauge. Give your child a better chance at success in school, at home and in social settings. Enroll online or by phone.

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Calendarof Events Ongoing: Bereavement Support Groups, COPE, (516)484-4993. This grief and healing organization, dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly meetings. Call for this month’s meeting dates, times and locations. Ongoing: Bereavement and Trauma Services, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, 480 Old Westbury Road, Roslyn Heights, (516)626-1971, www.northshorechildguidance.org. Provides low-cost support groups and trained professionals for those who have been through traumatic experiences. Specialists are available for schools and communities to provide crisis intervention, therapy and consultations.

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cha Moms is a support group for mothers of color, striving to create a nurturing village for members. The Queens chapter is a blend of Queens and Long Island stay-at-home and working mothers. Group activities includes: support meetings, field trips, speakers, “Moms Only” nights and community service. All interested moms are welcome. Ongoing: Learning to Learn Center, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, 480 Old Westbury Road, Roslyn Heights, (516)626-1971. This program is designed to identify and assess learning and developmental disabilities and attention deficits, and help children and their families adjust and adopt appropriate coping skills. If you suspect a problem in your household, call for more information.

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Ongoing: Children’s Bereavement Program, Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury, (631)666-6863. The Hospice Care Network is one of the largest hospice organizations in New York State with offices in Woodbury, Bayshore and Fresh Meadows, Queens. Open to boys and girls ages 5-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one and are in need of support. Contact the listed number. Ongoing: Connecting Mothers, Mocha Moms, (516)448-3323, mochamomsqueens@yahoo.com, www.mochamomsqueens.org. Mo-

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IN SEASON by Jordan Brueckner March Celebrate the highlights of the changing season.

Woman’s World Educate your child about the importance of equality this National Women’s History Month with Women’s Suffrage: A History Just for Kids by KidCaps. The book captures the extraordinary tale of Inez Milholland during the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, and it is available for purchase at www.amazon.com.

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Luck of the Irish March is National Irish-American Heritage Month. Teach your children about the customs, traditions, and history of Irish immigrants with The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh (Albert Whitman & Company) by Janett Nolan. The book tells the story of Fergus and his family as they emigrate to America during the Great Potato Famine. Determined to take a piece of Ireland with him, Fergus cut a branch from a Blackburn tree and whittles it into a shillelagh. Find this amazing story at www.amazon.com.

Mother Earth International Earth Day is observed on March 20. Show your children the importance of conserving energy with the Light Saver project, courtesy of www.spoonful.com. This unique craft can hang on your child’s door to remind him to turn off the lights while leaving the room. What you’ll need: -scissors -scrap cardboard -glue -marker -ribbon How to make it: From the cardboard, cut a light bulb shape (about 3½ inches wide and 6 inches tall). Next, create the base of the bulb by cutting out a 1½-by-3-inch cardboard strip. Wrap the strip around the neck of the bulb, and glue it in place. Paint the light bulb. When it’s dry, use a marker to draw threads on the bulb base. Write your conservation proclamation on the craft: Lights Out. For the hanger, tape a loop of ribbon to the back of the bulb. Proudly display the bulb, and start saving energy!

Yummy Goodness March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Indulge in your favorite peanut butter treats this holiday with the Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe, courtesy of www.simplyrecipes.com. Ingredients: -½ c. sugar -½ c. packed brown sugar -½ c. butter (room temperature) -½ c. peanut butter -1 egg -1¼ c. flour -¾ tsp. baking soda -½ tsp. baking powder -¼ tsp. salt Directions: Beat the butter for two minutes, or until it’s creamy. Add the sugars, and beat for two more minutes. Mix in the egg and the peanut butter. Next, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then, stir this mixture into the sugar-butter mix. When finished, wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least three hours. To bake, preheat the oven to 375°F, and shape the dough into 1¼-inch balls. Place the dough balls 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet without grease. In crisscross patterns, flatten the balls with a fork. Then, bake them for about 10 minutes or until light brown. Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for a minute, and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Rockin’ Shamrocks Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 by whipping up a batch of yummy shamrocks made from yogurt-covered pretzels with this unique Clever Clovers recipe from www.spoonful.com. What you’ll need: -wax paper -yogurt-covered mini pretzels -¼ tsp. vegetable oil -¼ c. white chocolate chips -green icing -decorating sugar How to make it: Begin by covering your work surface with a sheet of wax paper. Arrange three yogurt-covered mini pretzels and a curved, broken section of pretzel (as the stem) for each clover you make. Next, combine ¼ tsp. of vegetable oil with ¼ c. of white chocolate chips, and melt them together in the microwave according to the package directions. Adhere the pretzel pieces by dabbing this melted mixture between them. Let the chocolate harden. Next, work with one clover at a time, and pipe the edges and “stem” with green icing. Sprinkle the pretzels with decorating sugar (preferably white, light green, and dark green) to complete the clovers. 74 I parentguide News I March 2014

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