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ON OUR COVER: Our annual Family, Community and the Holidays issue celebrates the joy of the season, and offers advice on how to cope with stress and anxiety that can affect the special needs community at this time of year. Cassie and Penelope were photographed by Rick Guidotti, founder of Positive Exposure.

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DECEMBER 2014

Family, Community and the Holidays

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES: HEALTHY TIPS TO HELP YOU SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS By Barbara B. Mintz, MS, RD

HOME FOR THE HOLLY HOLIDAYS Submitted by VOR

AN EXCEPTIONAL EXCEPTIONAL CHILD By Jane Schoenfeld

KEEPING THE LOVE ALIVE By Deanna Picon

HEART OF MERCY By Michael J. Diaz, Jr.

ENJOYING THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD By Deanna Picon

INTRODUCING: EP SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK

FEATURES

GET IN THE GAME AND PLAY By Lynne McEniry and Christine Redman-Waldeyer

SLEEP, GLORIOUS SLEEP By Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty

ALTERNATIVES TO OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT FOR FAMILIES By Lauren Agoratus, M.A.

DEPARTMENTS

ANCORA IMPARO: ON THANKING THE SWISS FOR MORE THAN THEIR CHOCOLATE By Rick Rader, MD

NEW PRODUCTS

WHAT'S HAPPENING: MASSMUTUAL SPECIAL CARE

WHEN A SPOUSE ABANDONS A PERSON WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY

A MORE BEAUTIFUL PARLOR By H. Barry Waldman, DDS, MPH, PHD and Steven P. Perlman, DDS, MSCD, DHL (Hon) and Misha Garey, DDS

FROM THE COACH'S CORNER: 18 THE PERFECT GIFT: PUTTING THE "KID" BACK IN YOUTH SPORTS By Tom Curry

GENETIC ALLIANCE: HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HEARING SCREENING? By Jessica Handy

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

MILITARY SECTION

TURNING STRESS TO JOY DURING THE HOLIDAYS By Jennifer Woodworth, PSY.D.

MILITARY LIFE: 54 EXPERIENCE WINTER IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS

PUZZLES & CAMO: 56 BE CAREFUL. HE CAN HEAR YOU. By Shelly L. Huhtanen