Laura Farmer

Parent You Should Know: Christine Goerke Legendary soprano plays the title role in Washington National Opera’s production of R. Strauss’ Elektra this November…and depends on her teen girls to help her keep it real.

A woman smiles with her two daughters. They are in a theater.

Christine Goerke is among the world’s leading opera singers. Her powerhouse performances have earned critical acclaim across the globe. This November, D.C.-area audiences will have the good fortune to experience Goerke’s “dramatic intensity” (New York Times) as she performs the title role of Richard Strauss’ Elektra with the Washington National …

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How Early Diagnosis Makes a Difference for Children on the Autism Spectrum Can early diagnosis of ASD and access to care help kids on the spectrum achieve their potential?

  During Maya’s* first birthday celebration, her mother knew something was different. “We were singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and she had such a blank stare. In that moment, I knew something was off,” recalls Elizabeth Chaillou, who perhaps had special insight into typical childhood milestones given that Maya is the youngest …

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What Are the Benefits of Special Needs Summer Camps? Summer camps around the mid-Atlantic region offer inclusive and fun programming for kids

Camp Pegasus Community Meeting

  As the chilly winds of winter blow through the mid-Atlantic region, many of us long for the sunny days of summer. For our kids, it’s not only the warmer weather that boosts summer’s appeal. They look forward to swapping school days for pool days at summer camp. Attending summer …

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U.S. Surgeon General Gives Call to Action to Prioritize Youth Mental Health Crisis

therapist comforts child

  First, the good news: Mental illness in children and adolescents is often treatable and preventable. Unfortunately, the mental health of our country’s youth is in crisis, according to a recently released advisory from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. The advisory states that this youth mental health crisis occurred long before the …

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