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An Update on the IEP Procedure

This blog is a follow-up to an earlier blog (from this year) that discussed signing your IEP document. The IEP meeting (one which determines the Individualized Educational Program for a child with a disability) can be a long and exhausting meeting. In this blog, Iʼm not going to go into the meeting itself, but instead…

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Children with Autism and Outside Agencies – Part 2

In my last blog, I discussed how I took my son to an outside agency (by outside I mean one that is not directly funded by the school district) to be tested for reading comprehension. He had scored low. Then, at his first fifth grade testing, he again scored low. Right before his December IEP, however, he was retested and the numbers were significantly better. He had improved greatly. At the IEP, we decided to …

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Dance Like No One Is Watching

Monday nights after Dancing with the Stars has become “date night” for David and me. We often stay in the city to avoid the long drive home and early morning traffic on my way back to the studio. This past Monday we recorded a video from myDWTS dressing roomto send to the kids, saying goodnight and sending our love. My nanny called, very appreciative, and shared how much that had meant to our kids.

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Top 10 Best Diets

Finding the right diet for your body and lifestyle is a challenge, whether you need to lose 10 lbs. or 100 lbs. The best diets help you learn how to eat to stay at your goal weight, correct the behaviors that led to weight gain and improve your overall health. The best diet is one you can stick to without giving in to temptation for one more brownie or that slice (or pan) of pizza.

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Organize to Effectively Manage a Serious or Chronic Illness

A diagnosis of a chronic or serious illness is life altering. It is entirely normal in the days following to feel a bit numb, not to mention out of control, overwhelmed and lost. But your ability to get back a sense of equilibrium is critical to effectively managing your disease. As a practicing Internist and Rheumatologist for the past 35 years, Dr. Smith has observed that those who take immediate steps to get themselves organized to manage their illness, rather than the other way around, are the most successful.