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Bringing babies into the world with hypnobirthing.

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All American Gymnastics Academy and Activity Campus to open a new sensory gym.

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I S O F T E N TA K E N F O R G R A N T E D. doesn’t just happen. Your child’s brain learns how to use the eyes to see, Easter treats forproblem munching. earns how to use legs to walk. The longer a vision goes ed and untreated, the more the brain learns to accommodate the vision ot correct it.

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P O RTA N C E O F C O M P R E H E N S I V E E Y E C A R E ILDREN. Area events for all ages. ction and treatment provide the best opportunity to correct vision problems ld can see clearly – and have the best chance for success.

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• One in four children struggle with reading and learning because of undiagnosed vision problems • There 80% of classroom learning visual way. is no right or iswrong A more natural approach. • Seeing clearly (20/20 vision) is just one of the 17 visual skills critical to academic success • The majority of the vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are very treatable

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We have so many wonderful families in the Sioux Empire. I am excited for you to learn the stories of Manning and Riley and how they are inspiring other families. The Churchill family inspires us to be advocates for our children, even when the future is unknown. The Wells family is working to provide a future for their son after he was born with a rare genetic disorder. Read more to find out how Riley is beating the odds and his parents are learning through the process of his diagnosis. Have you checked out our new teen section? We are still accepting Inspiring Teen nominations. Make sure to head over to our website, and tell us how amazing your teen is. In this issue, you’ll read about a Brookings teenager with special needs and her journey through life as she inspires her family and her community. Having a child with sensory and anxiety issues, it can sometimes be overstimulating to take them to certain events or businesses. I was excited to learn about a new sensory gym that is going to be opening up in south Sioux Falls. You will learn about all the new things they will have to offer and when they will be opening. We have also updated our sensory-friendly environments list for you. We also have a complete list of sensory-friendly resources on our website, thehoodmagazine.com. We are hoping the weather is starting to warm up and the snow has ended for the season. It’s almost time for all of the fun Easter egg hunts! Be sure to check out our website for an extensive list of all the fun local Easter events, along with festive snacks and crafts to try! Happy Easter!

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At KDLT, we joined the crew and did some fun bubble painting. We also featured our Summer Camp issue! Don’t forget you can find all these camp listings on our website.

Abir Aware, Natalie Barber, Claire Feterl, Brandy Fiala, Breanna Garbers, Jennifer Jung, Laura Kattenberg, Jillian Lemons, Megan Maxon, Bobbi Nelson, Ashley Rigge, Jen Rothenbuehler, Lyndsay Seivert Jessica Schulte, Nejla Smith Reproduction or use of the contents of this magazine is prohibited. ‘Hood Magazine is published 9 times a year by Hoodlum Productions, LLC and strives to publish only accurate information; however, Hoodlum Productions, LLC cannot be held responsible for consequences resulting from errors or omissions. All material in this magazine is the property of Hoodlum Productions, LLC and cannot be reproduced without permission of the publisher. We welcome article proposals, story suggestions and unsolicited articles and will consider all submissions for publication. Please send your thoughts, ideas and submissions to Hoodlums@thehoodmagazine.com.

We are also proud to have sponsored the Go Red for Women event this year! We had a great time celebrating women’s heart health with those in our community.

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‘Hood Online We are so much more than a magazine. We are here to meet you where you’re at in life. You’ll find us in the community, online and in our printed issues, which are FREE! If you haven’t visited our website yet, you’ll want to check it out. There, you’ll find exclusive content not available in print! Here is what you’ll find this month:

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ONLY online! Kids don’t know how to relax their bodies and minds and they’re not always able to verbalize their feelings. Find out how yoga is helping kids discover more about themselves and find balance within.

Check out these local kids diving into our magazine to see what’s happening.

Support Needed A local mom shares her personal story hoping to raise awareness the need for more to support mental health in local schools.

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World with Hypnobirthing A pregnant woman anticipates few things more than bringing her baby into the world. Unfortunately, entertainment media largely portrays this process as traumatic – a tense, painful ordeal that must be suffered through. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Hypnobirthing is a technique that can help moms-to-be feel confident and prepared for the birth experience. It reinforces birth as a natural, normal process. “Birth is something that women are meant to do,” explains Terry Engelman, a certified nurse midwife at Sanford Health. “It’s a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be painful.” The five pillars of hypnobirthing are breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, visualization, self-hypnosis, and affirmations. The relaxation techniques are aimed at helping the moms-to-be

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overcome any feelings of fear, tension, and pain associated with childbirth. “In a world full of stress, hypnobirthing encourages moms to take time each day to relax and work on their breathing techniques,” Engelman explains. Practicing hypnobirthing techniques throughout pregnancy helps mentally prepare moms-to-be and their partners for labor. Tarah Nolan worked with a midwife at Sanford Health and used hypnobirthing for both of her pregnancies.


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“It’s a lot of breathing and re-directing your thoughts,” Nolan explains. “You work on viewing anything you would typically call pain, as progress toward meeting your baby.” Nolan credits hypnobirthing with making her excited to give birth. “It just made the journey a lot more peaceful,” Nolan says. “When I had my first surge I was at home, it was in the middle of the night and I didn’t even wake up my husband. I just had a moment of peacefulness knowing my daughter was going to be here soon.” As she progressed through labor, Nolan used hypnobirthing to stay calm and focused. “I don’t remember in those moments feeling like I needed to scream out in pain,” Nolan says. “It was just exciting that she’d be there for us to meet.” Now raising two daughters, Nolan still uses the relaxation techniques of hypnobirthing in chaotic moments. She’s grateful for the skills she feels many women before her have called upon in labor and in life. “It’s empowering to think of all the women throughout history who have had babies without any medical intervention, and to be able to tap into that,” Nolan says. “I think there’s a bond all women who have given birth, share.” l

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Excite your kids with an easy Easter bunny inspired breakfast. Using a tube of store-bought cinnamon rolls, make a quick bunny face. Lay rolls on pan, but save one or two to use for the ears. Just cut the dough and form into an ear shape, and gently pinch. Frost and use candies for the eyes and nose.

Instructions: 1. Cut a circle out for the face out of the white card stock. 2. Cut out two bunny ears out of the colored card stock. 3. Glue ears onto face. 4. Glue cotton balls to the face, cover the entire area. 5. Glue cotton balls around the outside of the ears. 6. Glue on googly eyes. 7. Glue on pom-pom for the nose. 8. Cut and shape pipe cleaners, and glue on for the whiskers.

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A Place To Belong! Goal: To create a place of acceptance and inclusion for individuals of all abilities to interact and come together.

All American Gymnastics Academy and Activity Campus to open a new sensory gym and multisensory room. For most kids, going to an open gym or play area is a fun way to interact with other children and get some much-needed exercise. For children with sensory processing disorders, those noisy areas don’t always hold the same kind of thrill. All American Gymnastics Academy and Activity Campus recognize that this has created a need within the community, understanding that people of all abilities just want to be included. We are excited to be creating a place to benefit everyone. The focus: to build an environment where everyone of all abilities can interact and play together. If a child has a sensory need, this is a place where they will have permanent, daily accommodations available to them. All American Gymnastics Academy and Activity Campus are opening a new sensory gym and a multisensory room in hopes of bringing greater awareness and knowledge of this need to the community. The gym will include multi-sensory, educational, recreational and relaxing spaces. With equipment to enhance occupational and physical therapeutic needs, the sensory gym and room aims to be accessible for its members.


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The purpose of this new sensory gym and multi-sensory room focuses on helping children of all abilities build upon their current physical, cognitive, social, and sensory skills as well as fine tune their motor and coordination abilities in a fun, stress-free environment where they can run freely. Seeing this need in the Sioux Falls area, the goal is to create a path for people of all abilities to help them move towards feeling more valued, included, and accepted.

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Teenagers in Therapy Adolescence is a time of change, confusion, and boundary testing. No matter how close parents are with their children, part of growing up involves pulling away from parents and realizing who they are outside of their role within the family. If you feel that your teenager could benefit from therapy, what should you expect? If you are asking yourself, “Would my teenager benefit from therapy?” you can consult a mental health professional about your child’s needs. Furthermore, if your teenager asks you if they can meet with a therapist, listen to their concerns. Teens might not feel comfortable or do not have the words to put to what they are feeling. Fighting, self-harming, or breaking rules can be nonverbal ways that your teenager is asking for help. When talking to adolescents about therapy, the language used is important. Avoid stigmatizing language or focusing on misbehavior. For example, saying, “You seem stressed out lately, and it might help to talk to someone,” is more productive than, “You have been so rude and disrespectful lately. You’re going to therapy.” Therapy is a resource, not a punishment. Research about treatment outcomes suggests that teenagers are less likely than other age groups to report a positive response to therapy. This is because teenagers are slower to build trust and require patience from both their parents and therapist. Therapy with teens does not always involve the client on the couch, pouring out all of

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their secrets. Many teens prefer to explore art or music to process their feelings. If they do choose to talk, the conversation might not focus on what the parent feels is important. If you want your teenager to benefit from therapy, you need to be prepared for them to use the space in a way that is comfortable for them, even if it is not what you picture. Many adolescents will resist or refuse to engage with their therapist. If the teenager is self-harming, suicidal, or threatening others, they need ongoing supervision in either an inpatient or outpatient setting to maintain safety. However, teenagers who are not in danger might insist that they do not want to participate in treatment. In these circumstances, I often recommend that we stop therapy because this teaches them that therapy can be a positive experience, and they are more likely to seek treatment in the future. Mental health in teenagers is particularly challenging for both parents and therapists. With support and understanding, they can benefit from mental health services in their own way and at their own pace. l


Kids in the InspiringCommunity We are so fortunate to live in a community with so many opportunities. We’re able to raise our children to be good community members and volunteers that make a difference. Over the years we’ve shared stories of kids doing good deeds and making a difference and now we’d like to give those kids some much needed recognition. If you know a child in the Sioux Empire who is doing great things, we want to hear from you. Reach out to us on our website, thehoodmagazine.com.

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Parenting a Child with Special Needs Melissa came into this world in July of 2004, after a seemingly normal pregnancy and birth. It wasn’t immediately apparent to her mother, Alaina, that something might be wrong with her baby girl. However, at about 20 days after birth, Alaina can recall feeling that something was just “off.” She described Melissa as being different from how her other four children were at this early stage in life. She slept much longer than a typical newborn and seemed like a rag doll, lacking basic strength and head control. Even though that intuitive feeling Alaina had wasn’t validated by doctors, a mother’s intuition would prove to be authoritative knowledge. When Melissa was just barely seven months old, she had her first grand mal seizure. After being rushed to the hospital, more seizures followed, and so began a terrifying and courageous journey for Melissa and her family as she continued having unexplained infantile spasms and seizures, as well as exhibiting classic signs and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. Although extensive testing has never really confirmed any solid diagnosis for Melissa, the daily reality of her existence is that of a person

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with very special needs. Her condition is referred to as A-Symptomatic Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. Melissa relies on her family for 100% of her care. She spends most of her time in a wheelchair or on specific furniture that can support her in achieving the most basic posture of sitting upright. Despite her inability to physically participate fully in life, Melissa still finds a way to interact and experience joy in its fullest. Every single day, she requires complete assistance to eat, move, and complete basic hygiene tasks, but she doesn’t let that burden her on her best days, when she is smiling, laughing, and finding creative ways to interact and enjoy her life. On her worst days, she has multiple seizures or screams relentlessly, while


her family feels helpless in understanding how to soothe her. From an outsider perspective, and as a parent, it’s difficult to fathom how we would handle a day in the life as Melissa’s mother and caretaker. But, Alaina is calm. I see a strength and peace in her eyes that I imagine has come to her largely by way of caring for her daughter. She offers a piece of wisdom for other parents of children with special needs: “Always trust your gut and know that, as hard as it is, being a child’s advocate is the best thing you can do.” Aside from Melissa’s obvious special needs, Alaina describes her as having developed emotionally as a normal teenager of 14. She goes to school three days a week where she receives special education and speech services. She says Melissa has a sense of joy in her that is unique. She has a love for slapstick comedy, even cracking her own jokes on her good days. She likes age-appropriate things – enjoying books on CD, music, and being a part of the family dance parties with her siblings. Her favorite food is chocolate! Alaina reflects on one of her greatest challenges in having a child with special needs – finding someone who is able and willing to care for Melissa if she has an obligation outside of the home. She knows how valuable it is to have people willing to help and back her up in tangible ways in her moments of need. As a mother to many, Alaina tries not to worry about the effect her special needs child has on her other seven children. So, instead, she chooses to focus on how great it has been to see them develop into loving, compassionate and attentive individuals, and siblings to Melissa. Melissa’s future holds hope. Alaina envisions a way for her daughter to eventually live independently and communicate effectively. She smiles as she describes the simple joys, “The best moments with Melissa are when she is laughing, and those moments that she just ‘gets it’.”

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‘Hood Inspired Meet Riley Wells Looking at eight-year-old Riley, you see a little boy with a big smile and a love for life. As you look closer and spend time with Riley, you quickly realize the potential challenges he may face and his strong parents doing everything they can to make his life the best it can be.


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Riley was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome shortly after birth. It is a genetic disorder, a complex syndrome involving extensive medical and physical disabilities that can vary from child to child. Due to the CHARGE syndrome, Riley has right facial palsy, short stature, heart murmur, and he’s profoundly deaf. His parents were unsure of what to expect in life for a child who was not only deaf but also has Charge. “We were scared because we didn’t know what CHARGE syndrome was,” said Amanda. “We just took it day by day and tried to connect with other families through the internet.” When Riley was born, the family lived in a small community in Needles, California. They moved to South Dakota to be closer to family three years ago and Amanda says it’s been one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. “As soon as we moved, we had so many people that helped in so many ways,” said Amanda. “We’re connected with deaf families and the deaf community. We took classes 1-2 nights a week. I’m still taking classes and we have deaf mentors for Riley.”

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Riley attends Liberty Elementary School in Harrisburg. He’s in second grade and he’s thriving. He does regular therapies at LifeScape. “The kids accepted him from day one,” said Amanda. “He can be a class clown and he’s quite popular. He knows a lot of kids and they are all willing and wanting to learn sign language so they can communicate with him and play with him.” He’s also involved in several extra-curricular activities. From Ninja Gymnastics to Cub Scouts and baseball, like most kids his age, he keeps his parents on the move. While the family continues to learn to help him live his best life, Amanda has this advice for other parents who might be facing an uncertain medical diagnosis: “Try to get as much information as you can and get in contact with communities to get connected with your child right away,” said Amanda. “It’s not always easy. I am not currently fluent in American Sign Language, so there are days it’s hard to get out what I want to say. I take a deep breath, step back, get my books out, and I reach out to people who can help me.”


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Meet Manning Churchill When she was 22 weeks pregnant with twin boys, Melissa Churchill was put in the hospital with high blood pressure and preeclampsia. Just four weeks later, she went into liver failure and was forced to deliver Maverick and Manning at just 26 weeks and three days gestation. Mom and her baby boys were all transferred to the intensive care unit where it was a matter of waiting to see what would happen next.

While Melissa slowly recovered without needing a liver transplant, the future for her twins was one she did not envision. Maverick did not survive, and Manning had quite the fight ahead of him. “Manning spent 123 days in the NICU. He has a lot of medical complexities including a trach, a feeding tube, he’s deaf and has vision impairment,” said Melissa. “I still have my days when I can tell he’s not typical, but I can tell he’s progressing.”

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Manning is now 18-months-old and so far, he’s defying the odds. He attends regular therapy sessions at LifeScape. “We were told he’d likely just keep getting bigger, but not better,” said Melissa. “He can do so much! He sits, he rolls, he’s starting to army crawl, he’s doing really well.” Melissa and her husband, Jeremy also have four other children at home. Madden, their five-year-old, also has some special needs, but so far, the family has figured out a way to juggle their busy schedules. “In the beginning it was hard to juggle with all the appointments,” said Melissa. “We moved to

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Luverne because of the benefits in Minnesota. I am now a paid caretaker for Manning and I can schedule therapies while the other kids are in school. He’s not the easiest to take everywhere. They’re at the ages where they want to be on the go all the time.” The older kids know their younger siblings with special needs require extra time and attention and, while it’s not always easy, Melissa says she’s learned a lot through her journey. “Take the help that is offered to you,” said Melissa. “Don’t be afraid to say you need help. There are a lot of resources out there. You sometimes must dig, but never give up. Doctors might also say things, but every child is different, you have to remain hopeful.” l


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Many people are familiar with my daughter’s story. Kallie was diagnosed with brain cancer just before her 5th birthday. After two surgeries and 30 rounds of proton-beam radiation, she was left with significant disabilities that would impact her life and those around her. Now that we are more than five years out from her cancer diagnosis and she remains cancer free, we are tasked with dealing with the aftereffects of her illness and working on teaching her to become more independent. Kallie became paralyzed on the right side of her body after her second surgery, leaving her without the ability to walk and much less use of her right arm and hand. While she’s now relearned how to walk, she has not regained the use of her right hand. Teaching her to become independent with the use of one arm has been challenging for a little girl who has gone through so much, and, let’s be honest, she’s just plain stubborn! What we’ve found is that it takes persistence. While some days we don’t know if she will ever get away from some of her habits, we know we must keep on telling her, correcting her, and helping her along the way. Kallie can be very impulsive

and getting her out of trouble can consume a good portion of the day. We’ve found that having a chew toy helps to calm her brain and relax. The chew toy helps her focus and self-regulate. It’s also been important to find what Kallie is best at, what she loves most, and then find a way to use it to help her. Kallie loves music. While she has challenges learning in school, she does not have challenges learning new songs. Having music on helps her remain calm and she loves singing along whenever she can. Dealing with impulsive behaviors can also be a challenge. That full cup of fresh hot coffee often ends up dumped in the sink. Give Kallie an open glass of water, it will end up dumped out. We save ourselves the trouble of having to clean up messes by making sure she has a special leak-proof cup. There is a lock on the fridge and the pantry because Kallie doesn’t know when she’s full and she would eat all the food if she could. Through the years, we have found little ways to help keep her safe and put our minds at ease if we must leave the room for a minute or help another child. While the days can be challenging, it’s rewarding watching Kallie continue to learn and grow. l


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As parents, we spend a great deal of time predicting dangers, teaching our children to be cautious and aware of their surroundings. Even when we do everything right, accidents can, and still do happen. Parenting a child who has just been through a traumatic event can feel like finding your way through a dark, unfamiliar building. Once the crisis stage has passed, we need to wrap our mind around our reality. This may include a change in physical abilities, or a change in the child’s ability to take care of themselves or to communicate. A critical task in this stage is to comprehend how the child’s identity has changed. Does he love sports and need to use a wheelchair or crutches for a period of time? A child is entitled to grieve the loss of his or her identity, even if it is temporary, and they should have the opportunity to work through those stages of grief. Parents also go through a grieving process for that change in identity, and may struggle with feelings of gratitude, anger, and helplessness, among others. How much of our communication revolves around our children’s interests and activities? Parents may suddenly question how to talk to their child, or even what to talk about. How a parent connects with their child may need to change. The content of conversations will change, but also how we connect, dependent upon changes in speech/language abilities, cognitive changes, etc.

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One of the biggest challenges to a parent lies with talking about the traumatic event itself. Avoiding the topic can invalidate what has happened. The event may feel scary to the child, but avoiding it all together can make the fear worse. On the other hand, don’t center all conversations around the event. Follow the child’s lead. Talk at their pace, and validate what they are feeling. Don’t forget that parents need support too. Ask medical or mental health professionals about support groups, or to be connected with parents that have had the same experiences. Social media is a great resource to connect with families locally or globally. The road through recovery is different for each person. Determination, anxiety, despair, and defeat are all normal and will rotate and repeat through their rehabilitation. Help your child find the motivation to work through those feelings and to find meaning that they can pull from their experience. Remember that recovery is a fluid process. With support from you, their family, friends, and medical professionals, they will soon redefine who they are, who they want to be, and how to manage the challenges they encounter along the way. l


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Swimming and Autism Swimming may be the most accessible sport to children with additional needs, as the buoyant environment offers the ability to move without the full force of gravity. Specifically, swimming can be beneficial for children of all ages living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children diagnosed with ASD face a series of challenges, including: difficulty learning, impaired social and emotional skills, impaired communication, sensory processing issues, oral motor deficits and difficulty with motor planning. All these challenges can impact a child’s ability to perform everyday tasks such as eating, sleeping, dressing, toileting, bathing, learning and most importantly, PLAYING. Swimming lessons can benefit children living with ASD in a variety of ways. Swimming improves balance, coordination and motor planning by learning and building on swimming strokes, as well as challenging a child’s body in a new way. The buoyant environment can challenge areas of muscle weakness, without the child even knowing they are exercising. Swimming strokes require movements of a child’s arms, legs and torso, with beginner swimming lessons introducing each motion separately and then requiring a child to coordinate movements simultaneously to master a stroke. For children living with ASD, the act of coordinating movement patterns can be very challenging. Swimming lessons are a great way to work on this skill, while also having fun. A swimming pool can provide a variety of different sensory experiences for children living with

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ASD. The water provides a calming sensation to muscles, which can help a child relax and calm their nervous system. Additionally, the act of floating on the child’s back during swimming lessons provides input to the vestibular system in a new and exciting way. Having fun while splashing arms and legs in the water is another great sensory experience during swimming lessons. Blowing bubbles in the water and closing your mouth before entering the water can improve oral motor skills, which are necessary for chewing, swallowing and speaking. During swimming lessons, children living with ASD get the opportunity to learn the skill of swimming while also working on social skills and communication skills. Interacting with a swim instructor provides the opportunity to naturally build communication skills, while having fun in the water. Participating in a group swimming lesson- facilitates peer interaction and encourages social and emotional development. Swimming lessons are beneficial to children living with ASD in a variety of ways; however, most importantly, the child will learn how to safely have fun in and around water. l


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n Girl Talk – Navigating Adolescence Together 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Sanford USD Medical Center Varies n Super Saturdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM All American Gymnastics Academy $15/child

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n Birthing with Confidence 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Sanford Center $100 suggested fee

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n Cloth Diapering 101 9:30 AM-10:30 AM Educated Mommy $69.99

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n New Baby in our Family 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center $10

n Free First Friday 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Washington Pavilion

n Fashion and FlickSpring Edition 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Dells Theatre $5 Raffle Tickets

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n Girl Scout Junior Badge 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Great Plains Zoo Inquire Within n Egg-Stravaganza, Dog Easter Egg Hunt 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Paws Pet Resort $10/dog n Flick and Float 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Midco Aquatic Center Free w/paid admission n Getting to Know the Real Laura Ingalls Wilder 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Downtown Library

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n Easter Egg Hunt and Balloon Parade 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Minnehaha Country Club $14.95/person, 3 and under free

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n Something Rotten 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies Wednesday, April 24 n Children’s Activities 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials n Family Public Skate 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 Adults; $4 children (12 and under) n Mommy’s Maternity Closet 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Educated Mommy Thursday, April 25 n n Little All Stars 10:00 AM-10:50 AM All American Gymnastics Academy $80/punchcard (10 punches) n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-8:30 PM County Fair Brandon $5/child (3 hours of play) n El Riad Shrine Circus 12:30 PM-2:30 PM Sioux Falls Arena Varies n New Baby and Me 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Mutch Women’s Center for Health Enrichment Friday, April 26

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Sensory Friendly Resources

Sensory Friendly environments are a valuable addition to the many family friendly spaces and events in the Sioux Empire. For some families with children requiring special adaptations to their environment, having this supportive space is crucial to the wellbeing of their child, and the family’s overall enjoyment of an outing together. Although there are no exact specifications that make every environment sensory friendly for every individual’s needs, there are some general guidelines. To make something sensory friendly, one typically adjusts the visual, auditory, and olfactory stimulation to levels considered acceptable for the population that will be experiencing it. The hope is, for someone with special sensory needs, to have a manageable degree of sensory stimuli (sight, sound, and smell), which will help them be calmer, better able to process the sensory stimulation they receive, and more able to relate to others around them. Most importantly and ultimately, the big goal is for the child to experience joy in whatever the event. For a sensory sensitive experience to be a success, the environment, and also the general public’s expectations for behavior at an event, are adjusted. For example, when attending a sensory friendly movie in a theatre, the sound would be turned down, the lights turned up, and they would be able to freely express themselves with movement and vocalizations, without parental concern for disrupting a typical movie theatre environment.

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Sensory Friendly spaces/events in the Sioux Empire: All American Gymnastics Academy and Activity Campus – allamericangymnastics.com Opening new building in November 2019 with sensory gym and multi-sensory room for individuals of all abilities. Open gym time for members. Bloom – bloomsf.com Relax and watch your children learn through play on the indoor large motor-sensory gym, or witness them using their imaginations at the tiny town all while you have the opportunity to talk with onsite specialist “hosts” ranging from school psychologists to occupational therapists, and more. You may call ahead to schedule an appointment with a specific specialist. Children’s Museum of South Dakota prairieplay.org Sensory-friendly play events every few weeks with-


parent in a less crowded environment (limit of 100 guests), designated quiet rooms, adaptive equipment, adaptive art tools, and service animals welcome.

Creative Spirits - creativespiritssiouxfalls.com Able to have smaller groups with one-on-one assistance. Classes are at the individual’s pace. Painting can help one to work through number of processes and creates a calming experience as an outlet. Flexible to the individual in terms of accommodating certain needs. The Maker’s Nook – themakersnook.com Art and sensory come together in a room full of fun. Work hands on with crafts using all kinds of materials. Have fun with imaginary play in The Market, dig in and explore the sandy sensory box, experiment with water at the water table, plus more. In this colorful atmosphere you will have the chance to ignite all your senses. Museum of Visual Materials - sfmvm.com Flexible in ability to provide accommodations for those with special needs. Can schedule private classes for individuals or groups. Can schedule with a volunteer to help create crafts within a stress-free environment. 605 Ninja Academy - 605ninja.com Hour-long reservations for time outside of open gym for kids with sensory needs. Ready to accommodate to the best of their abilities, whether that

be through private reservations, quieter surroundings without music, etc.

SafeSplash - safesplash.com Can schedule private lessons and reach out to specific instructors for the child. Lift chair available. Sioux Empire Mall simon.com/mall/the-empire-mall Offers seasonal sensory-friendly visits with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, where they turn off music and dim the lights. Special activities during the wait. Appointments are even an option. Washington Pavilion – washingtonpavilion.org Offers a broad range of engaging arts and science programs for all ages. The Washington Pavilion is a space for everyone. From ASL performances to visual assistance and more, all are welcome to enjoy the pavilion. l

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Acupuncture for Allergies Most children, and many adults are terrified of shots, or getting blood drawn. These are the two most common ways to evaluate allergies in mainstream, western medicine. Luckily, there are pain free options that are based in the holistic, naturopathic realm of medicine. Many people have switched over to a more natural approach to assessing their allergies/ sensitivities and have had wonderful results. Some examples would be: milk sensitivities causing earaches or digestive problems like diarrhea; sensitivities to certain food colorings or artificial sweeteners causing symptoms of ADHD, or poor concentration. Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a great option for a pain free solution to assess you or your child for allergies or sensitivities. It is a non-invasive way to test foods, chemicals or environmental allergens. This form of holistic medicine is not considered “mainstream” or “western medicine.” It is based on acupuncture meridians or energy paths that run through the body and relate to organs and glands. There are also areas of the body, called alarm points, that hold more energy relating to certain

organs, that can be evaluated. These energy pathways have been mapped out and used for thousands of years by Chinese and Japanese practitioners. They have used this flowing energy to correct and regulate many different health issues through acupuncture and acupressure. Many Chiropractors in the United States use AK as a form of muscle testing in addition to their normal evaluation of patients. It is very helpful in assessing the spine and other joints for misalignments, as well as looking at the overall wellness of the body. Sensitivities, allergies, and other nutritional issues can be evaluated as well, in a natural, holistic way. This is where it becomes such a great tool to evaluate children. No needles, shots, or blood drawing is done, and the child gets to remain happy in a stress-free environment. l

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Repair or Replace? Is the ice cream melting in the freezer or too soft? The dryer making a thumping sound like part of a drum set? Maybe the back burner on the stove top won’t work. Of course, these concerns or challenges occur at the most inopportune time. Now if this is the second or third time your experiencing a repair, you’re probably giving second thoughts of making the repair and just replacing it. The average life span of a refrigerator today is approximately 10 years. Replacement of major home appliances can be expensive and stressful when you are thrown into a situation where you need to make the decision to spend the monies on repairing or replacing.

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For instance, a high-end French door refrigerator can run upwards of $3,000. When we make purchases like this, we all want to make sure we make a good value purchase and hope to maximize the life span of it so that we can plan on the next replacement cycle.


home How do you decide if it is time repair or replace? 1. H  ow much is it going to cost to fix? Like any major repair, you should be prudent and get a reputable repair firm to provide you a reasonably close estimate to complete the repair. Check with the repair firm and see if the diagnosis costs are included if a repair is completed, and ask about additional fees for a return visit to complete the repair if necessary. If the cost to repair is almost half of what a new one might cost, you might consider a replacement. 2. I s your current appliance the latest and most efficient appliance? The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set international standards for the appliance manufacturers that provide for the maximum energy efficiency which is to benefit consumers and communities as the energy costs continue to escalate. Depending on the repair

estimate, it can sometimes be a better decision to take advantage of new technologies, that can save money in utilities.

3. What is the age of the item? Appliances are built considerably different in 2019 than they were a mere 10 years ago. Like the repair estimate, if the age of the appliance is at or over the 50% mark of its estimated functionality span, you may want to give more weight to replacing rather than repairing. 4. Is there maintenance that can be done to extend the useful life span of my existing appliance? Items such as cleaning the exhaust duct work annually or semiannually to ensure proper airflow in your dryer. Semiannual cleaning of the coils on your refrigerator clearing all the “dust bunnies� so that the appliance doesn’t have to work harder to cool the refrigerator properly. l

HAVING SAFE TIRES IS NO ACCIDENT. Wherever you drive, you want your family to be safe. So do we. Let us check your tires before your next trip, to keep your tires on the straight and narrow.

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How to Clean Your Tires

Let’s face it; no one enjoys washing their car. Getting the hose, soap, and sponge out of the garage isn’t the most fun thing to do on a Saturday, but getting your kids involved can make this a family activity and learning adventure for all! When washing your car, remember to give regular attention to your tires as they are often overlooked. This will help extend the life of your tires by removing the harmful particles that stick to them. Follow these helpful steps to properly clean your tires and keep them looking great for many years:

Clean Tires First Tires and wheels tend to be the dirtiest part of the vehicle. Washing them first will ensure that the least amount of water spots, grime and dirt are transferred to the rest of your vehicle as you clean. Use Approved Tire Cleaner Spray your tires with water before applying an approved tire cleaning solution. Make sure to avoid any product that lists formaldehyde or raw silicone as an ingredient. Both can cause tire rubber to deteriorate. Let the cleaning solution sit for a minute or two on the tire surface to help break up dirt and grime.

Be aware that some tire cleaners can have a negative effect on the paint of your vehicle, so try to avoid getting the solution on the paint.

Use Brush to Clean Tires After letting the cleaner sit, scrub the surface of the tire. You should use a soft or medium brush so that when scrubbing the tires, it will not result in scratches if you make contact with the wheels. Thoroughly rinse the tire and wheel to remove all cleaning products. Remember to rinse the brush as well. If using a rag, remember to use one that is exclusively for tire and wheel cleaning because brake dust can permanently stain a rag. Following these steps will get rid of pesky brake dust and ensure your tires look shiny and new the next time they’re in need of a good cleaning. And remember to share the fun with your kids! l

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