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Does More Screen Time = More Scream Time?

March 21, 2017

A look at the impact that screen time through the use of phones, tablets and TV’s is having on our children’s development and ideas for how to effectively use these electronic devices to encourage development.   Today, pretty much everyone we know has a smart phone, some type of tablet, and multiple televisions; rarely do we see people interacting amongst each other without some sort of device appearing to be glued to their hand. This trend has also at some... Read More

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Matthew’s Helping Hands Upcoming Super Bowl Party

January 20, 2017

  It’s one of the best weekends of the year. Come kickoff Super Bowl weekend with Matthew’s Helping Hands and enjoy some cool games and activities in a sensory-friendly environment. The event will be held at Marvin Ridge Middle School on February 4th from 10:00am-12:00pm. RSVP at http://www.matthewshelpinghandsnc.org/ Matthew’s Helping Hands was created to offer children with autism and related special needs a fun and safe environment where individual uniqueness is celebrated.  They offer social and recreational activities while providing support... Read More

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Matthew’s Helping Hands Upcoming Luau Party

January 20, 2017

    It’s still winter, but who says we can’t bring some island fun to Charlotte? Grab your Hawaiian shirt and join us for a special, sensory-friendly luau party on Saturday, January 28th from 10:00am-12:00pm at Marvin Ridge Middle School.  There will be fun activities, great food, and of course, the ever-popular sensory corner. See you there! RSVP at http://www.matthewshelpinghandsnc.org/ Matthew’s Helping Hands was created to offer children with autism and related special needs a fun and safe environment where individual uniqueness... Read More

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Matthew’s Helping Hands

January 20, 2017

Meet Matthew Matthew joined his family in February of 2005.  He was a sweet and handsome boy who completed their family. From the moment he arrived in this world, he touched everyone he met. He was loving and caring. He was brave and courageous. And, he was charming. Matthew’s smile and jokes could make even the darkest of days seem brighter. Matthew was diagnosed with both autism and epilepsy at the age of 2. Despite these obstacles, Matthew adapted very well. He grew into a remarkable ten-year old boy... Read More

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Everyday Calming Strategies for the Wiggles

November 21, 2016

“How can I calm him down?” “Why is she bouncing off the walls?” “I just want to be able to sit here without having to chase him down!” “I can’t get her to sit still for one second!” Parents, caregivers, teachers and all of those in between may ask these questions quite frequently, but never seem to get the answers they truly want to hear. In the whirlwind of life, it is hard to find the time to complete ideal... Read More

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Easy Way to Learn to Tie Shoes

September 27, 2016

Tying laces using bunny ear method, 2 different colored laces, and paper plate. Take white lace to white bunny ear and black lace to black bunny ear. The one on top crawls underneath between the eyes and down to the nose. Pull both ends of the laces.   Fold each end of the lace into a single “bunny ear.” You can hold the “ears” in place between your thumb and pointer finger on each hand. Cross the bunny ears so... Read More

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