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Synergy Academics

Brings out the best in every student Synergy Academics in West Hills affords students from kindergarten through college the confidence to accomplish their educational objectives with positive reinforcement and hard work. With over 20 years of experience, founder Jennifer Lopata believes every student is capable of learning with personally directed programming. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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Ask the Pediatrician: Mar/Apr 2021

Our mental health has been dramatically challenged over the last year. This is true for adults, adolescents. and children alike. Pediatricians will attest that they are seeing a marked increase in anxiety and depression-related symptoms over the last 10 or 11 months. This comes on top of a steady rise in anxiety and depression in […]

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Ask the Pediatrician: Jan/Feb 2021

It’s that time of year. Even though you are doing everything
right—flu vaccines, hand washing, disinfecting, wearing
masks, and keeping a safe distance from others—illnesses may
sneak into your home. Should you test for COVID? Call your
pediatrician? How long should you keep away from others?
Fever
Babies under 3 months with a fever must see their pediatrician
right away. If an older child has a temp of 100.4 or higher,
they must stay home. Before COVID, older kids could often be
watched at home as long as drinking, eating, breathing, and
acting ok. With the pandemic, most schools will want you to test
since fever is a COVID symptom.

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NeuroSense Psychology

As 2020 came to an end, our group took a moment to reflect and gain perspective on the impact that the COVID pandemic has had on our families, community, and local economy. Like many extreme events that touch our community, it unveiled an amazing spectrum of human behavior—ranging from profound resilience, adaptation, and resolve to […]

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Virtual Learning

Many of our students’ first days back to
school looked very different than years
past. But 2020 has shown us just how
adaptable we can be. This is evident in
how we’ve made the best of navigating
new virtual learning routines, creating
successful at-home learning environments
for our children.
1. Reif, Kai, and Neal Alperin 2. Jayde Grossman
3. Jude Schneider 4. Haley and Lilah O’Quinn 5.
Charleigh Grossman 6. Brandon and Darren Kramar
7. Kaia Berger 8. Hannah Goldman 9. Emma
Goldman 10. Kevin Carmichael and John Wennes

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Ask the Pediatrician: November/December 2020

Paying Cash for Your Doctor Can Save Time, Money, Sanity, and Your Health! More and more physicians are opting out of insurance-based models to be able to provide better and more personalized care. Whether cash-pay, direct primary care, or concierge, they all have common goals, including convenient, on-time, longer, and more-comprehensive office visits. These physicians […]

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Keeping Kids Creative at Home

Left to their own devices, many kids can happily entertain themselves for hours. Getting them off their devices can be a little bit trickier. Sometimes, creativity gets lost in the mix. During this pandemic, when all eyes seem to turn to our computer screens, we need more ways to keep our kids stimulated both on […]

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Let’s Get Our Kids Cooking

Kids as young as 18 months can start to help in the kitchen with simple recipes. They may not be ready yet to measure ingredients and chop, but they can pour it in a bowl and mix it up. Involving your kids at an early age in the kitchen will help them on a path […]

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Synergy Academics

Helping Students Achieve Their Educational Goals and Beyond Synergy Academics in West Hills affords students from kindergarten through college the confidence to accomplish educational objectives through hard work and positive reinforcement. With over 20 years of experience working with youth, founder Jennifer Lopata believes every student is capable of learning with personally directed programming. During […]

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Ask the Pediatrician: Sept/Oct 2020

Getting ready for this school year involves more than new sneakers and school supplies. Due to the pandemic, many will be learning remotely. Others in a hybrid model or attending school, pods, or daycare in-person will wear face masks, distance from others, and sanitize hands frequently. No matter how children learn this school year, some […]

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Illuminate Educational Therapy Group

Is Your Child with Learning Differences Experienceing the COVID Learning Gap? During distance learning, many parents watch their children struggle with focus, lesson comprehension, procrastination, and low frustration tolerance in addition to difficulties initiating, following through, and completing assignments. These high-stress scenarios leave students feeling anxious and/or depressed, engaging in constant battles with makeshift teacher-parents […]

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