Spring is definitely in the air and with it, the warmer weather, the blooming flowers, and for us allergy sufferers, some sniffles.
This is also the time of year for our annual Special Needs Issue. This is a special issue for many reasons — including the fact that Orange County has a little more activity going on, more gatherings and events.
But for families with special needs, this can present some challenges. Local pediatric occupational therapist and mom to a neurodivergent 4-year-old girl, Laura Petix offers some actionable strategies for parents to help minimize sensory overload on community outings. You don’t want to miss this helpful feature. Our other large feature highlights some special needs summer camps in Orange County and how they’ve overcome the challenges of the pandemic while they’ve continued to help kids thrive.
Continuing on the topic, we also feature Discovery Cube Orange County and the return of its annual Bubblefest — of course, featuring lots of bubbles, along with shows, demonstrations and science for all abilities. Since it’s spring and activities are increasing, we are spotlighting some spring and Easter-themed celebrations for the whole family in our Spring Happenings feature. Of course there’s plenty more activities to learn about in our Calendar too.
Local Hero this month features an Orange County pediatric ophthalmologist who helps children locally and abroad by supporting their eyes. He was honored recently by a local nonprofit for his contributions to changing the lives of those living with visual impairments. It’s an inspiring read you won’t want to miss.
Meanwhile, Family Wellness tackles the topic of spring allergies through an interview with the chief medical officer at Exer Urgent Care — Emergency Medicine in Newport Beach. And Ask the Expert hits on another timely topic: parenting and social media. It answers the question: How can I keep my kids safe from the mental health risks of social media?
In our Mindfulness department, our expert details how embodying kindness can offer children many benefits for themselves and others.
There’s lots of activity in the air, both outside and in. Have fun and happy spring!
By Jessica Peralta