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Children Learn to Safely Cross the Street in UM’s WalkSafe Program


Katrina Lopez, statewide coordinator for the WalkSafe program, shows pre-schooler Quentavius Boges how to safely cross the street at a simulated crosswalk on the Linda Ray Intervention Center’s playground.

Parents and children from the Department of Psychology’s Linda Ray Intervention Center came together recently to practice safe-street crossing at an outreach event sponsored by the University of Miami WalkSafe program. Part of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the program is designed to reduce the number of pediatric pedestrian injuries through the use of evidence-based educational curriculum and community outreach activities.

The Linda Ray Intervention Center’s staff had identified the need to promote safe street-crossing strategies for the families enrolled in their program. The children, who meet criteria for early intervention services, and their adult caregivers were able to practice safe crossing last month on simulated crosswalks set up on the playground and joined in arts and crafts projects about safe-walking strategies.



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New Playground Brings Joy to Linda Ray Kids


New Playground Brings Joy to Linda Ray Kids

Linda Ray teacher Caroline Morin supervises children during a play session at their remodeled playground.

Still overjoyed with their remodeled playground more than a week after it was unveiled, 3-year-old Gabriel and about 20 of his classmates at the University of Miami’s Linda Ray Intervention Center hardly noticed the group of adults who visited their special-needs school on January 5 to watch the children scamper about in their refurbished play area.

A new wooden house and slide, a mural of a jungle scene with animals, and sporty new tricycles proved too much fun for the group of adults to compete for the attention of these energetic tykes. Read the full story

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A partnership for kids’ sake


A partnership for kids’ sake

Junior League of Miami volunteers have a special bond with the babies and toddlers at the University of Miami Department of Psychology’s Linda Ray Intervention Center, providing enhanced music activities to the children and hands-on classroom support to center staff on a weekly basis during the school year. Over the holiday period, a collaborative project between the center and Junior League of Miami provided musical instruments and music CDs and materials to the center that could not otherwise have been purchased. A large toy and clothing drive sponsored by Junior League members also supplied much-needed items for each of the center’s 60 enrolled children and their families during the holiday season. Above, from left, are Junior League of Miami volunteers Jaime Tompkins, Kadisha Phelps, April Pizzo, and Jennifer Kaufman, with Lynne Katz, director of the UM/Linda Ray Intervention Center .

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