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What’s Going On At Genesis Apartments?

It’s 5:40 a.m. on a Monday morning when Morgan Thompson’s fire alarm begins keening. As a father of a newborn, he’s cautious. As a resident of Genesis Apartments, he’s terrified. Arriving firefighters are less panicked. Authorities are no strangers to Genesis Apartments, located on the southeast side of Richmond, Indiana.

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Everyday Ways to Increase Hand Strength in Toddlers

Toddlers need hand strength to complete everyday functional skills like throwing a ball, stacking blocks, and gripping rails. Hand strength is also important for school skills like using scissors and writing with pencils. Including fun hand strength exercises into your toddler’s play will help them develop their grip and master

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Autumn by Ali Smith: The Ish Mom Review

Autumn is the first offering of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, described on the book jacket as “four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)-and it casts an eye over our own time.” Everyone wants to talk about Autumn’s politics. But I want to talk about the

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Communication Activities and Games for Nonverbal Toddlers

Communication skills are important for autistic toddlers and children because these skills don’t come naturally for them. These activities and games for nonverbal toddlers are designed to get them communicating. Whether it is through pointing, gesturing, or talking, it all counts as communication. So however communicative your toddler is, these

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Plant Based Grocery List [Free PDF Printables]

I haven’t entered a supermarket without a grocery list since 2016. Using my plant based grocery list and meal plan saves me time, money and sanity. I’ve been vocal about my veganish diet and distaste for processed food. So what do we buy at the grocery? How do we keep costs

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Richmond Meltdown: A Winter Ice Festival For the Whole Family

There are so many fun community activities planned throughout the fall and holiday seasons. After New Year’s, it’s…crickets. The days are short and cold. Everyone is sick of being stuck in the house and I’m sick of thinking of ways to entertain them. Nothing needs a winter festival more than

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A Conversation with Phil Quinn

Phil Quinn calls himself a mouthpiece. He champions locals, businesses, organizations, and events through his far-reaching social media presence and as a (former) popular host on 101.7 The Point’s morning show. Phil’s radio show was a highlight of my morning. I was shocked when Phil posted a video Friday, December

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Christmas Break Social Story (Free Printables!)

Big A was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age two. Reliance on rules and routines is a typical marker of those on the spectrum, and our oldest son is no exception. The new routine of starting preschool this year was rough. Until he fell in love with riding the

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12 Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I’ll have both my toddler and preschooler home all day during winter break, and I gotta be honest: I’m a little terrified. I’ll need some easy Christmas crafts to take the edge off. I’ve scoured the interwebs for a variety of crafts that can be done quickly with common household

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