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Maryvale Celebrates Read Across America Day

Posted by Maryvale on Mar 2, 2024 10:00:00 AM

Do you remember the days of sounding out words and reading aloud in class? Whether you’re a proud bookworm or casual reader, reading plays a powerful role in all of our lives. That’s why we’re thrilled to recognize Read Across America Day, an important touchstone that helps us reflect on the importance of books in children’s lives. Children can start to read independently by age seven or eight. Beyond these years, reading skills are important to a child’s ability to succeed in school and...

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Topics: Read Across America

How To Show Up During Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 20, 2024 12:44:22 PM

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a time to confront pervasive issues around how food and body image issues impact people, especially teenage girls and women. Eating disorders are increasingly common among children and teens and can have devastating effects that start during youth and last a lifetime. Observing Eating Disorder Awareness Week provides an opportunity for families and communities to come together, raise awareness, and support those affected by eating disorders.

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Topics: eating disorder

How Trauma-Informed Services Cultivate Empathy

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 15, 2024 1:19:58 PM

At Maryvale, we are proponents of a trauma-informed mental health approach and believe in the power of going beyond addressing symptoms to foster genuine empathy and understanding. We work with some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations, and we see firsthand the effect trauma has on people’s lives – especially for children. When a person is the victim of a violent attack, sexual assault, a traumatic accident, or the witness of a sudden, shocking event, it can be difficult to imagine them...

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Topics: trauma informed care

Identifying and Treating Eating Disorders in Teens

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 13, 2024 7:17:33 PM

Eating healthy food and enjoying a nourished, energetic body may seem like simple facts of life. Unfortunately, for many young people, having a straightforward relationship with food is difficult. Our culture puts outsized pressure on physical appearances, and unrealistic beauty standards abound. As a result, adolescents often find themselves navigating the delicate balance between self-acceptance and norms that are completely detached from reality. Unfortunately, many teens resort to eating...

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Topics: eating disorder

The Mental Health Issues that Matter Most To Today’s Youth

Posted by Maryvale on Feb 6, 2024 1:23:04 PM

As young people grow up, their mental wellness is constantly evolving and responding to the world around them. The challenges young people face are intricate and unique, shaped by a complex variety of societal, technological, and personal factors. For educators and caregivers, it’s important to note that mental health disorders can manifest at any stage of life, including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. In honor of Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re interested in deepening our...

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Topics: Children's Mental Health Awarness

What Parents Need to Know About National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Posted by Maryvale on Jan 23, 2024 1:23:38 PM

Every year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month reminds us to stay aware of birth defects – parents deserve to be empowered with information to promote healthy pregnancies. As we join in efforts this month to facilitate prevention and education, it’s crucial for parents to be well-informed about the factors that contribute to congenital disabilities and the steps they can take to increase the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy. 

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Topics: Birth Defects

Unveiling the Shadows: What Families Need to Know About Human Trafficking

Posted by Maryvale on Jan 18, 2024 5:50:24 PM

Did you know that up to 27 million people are victims of human trafficking throughout the world? As we observe Human Trafficking Prevention Month, it’s crucial to shed light on this pervasive and devastating crime that affects millions of young lives. Human trafficking is a grave violation of human rights, and understanding its dynamics is the first step toward prevention. 

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Topics: Human Trafficking

January is Mental Wellness Month!

Posted by Maryvale on Jan 11, 2024 1:20:36 PM

January is Mental Wellness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, reducing stigma, and promoting overall well-being. For families, this presents a unique opportunity to come together and prioritize well-being and healing. For families, this can be a powerful time to focus on open communication, connection, and creating a supportive environment for mental health at home and in relationships. Here are ten ways families can observe this special month.

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Goal-Setting at Any Age

Posted by Maryvale on Jan 3, 2024 1:22:50 PM

As the new year approaches, we have a unique opportunity to enjoy a sense of renewal and growth. It feels like standard practice for adults to set intentions or resolutions; goal setting is equally valuable for young children and teenagers. There are all kinds of benefits of instilling the habit of goal setting in the hearts and minds of the younger generation, fostering personal development, resilience, and a sense of accomplishment. For starters, goal-setting provides young people with a...

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How To Celebrate a Child-Safe New Year’s Eve

Posted by Maryvale on Dec 26, 2023 7:00:00 AM

The clock is days away from ticking down to the final moments of the year! As the anticipation of New Year’s Eve builds, we look forward to a shared atmosphere of celebration and reflection. For families with children, how will you make the transition to the new year memorable and safe for children? We’ve prepared some creative and child-friendly ideas to help you enjoy a joyous, child-safe New Year’s Eve celebration that the whole family can cherish.

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Topics: Child Safety