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    Posted December 27, 2012 by
    Newark, New Jersey

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    9-Year-Old's Amazing Dance at Mom2Mom Party for Children with Special Needs in Newark


    Kai Rivera dances at the Mom2Mom Holiday Party at the John F. Kennedy School in Newark NJ on December 19, 2012—his 9th birthday. His mother, Miyuki Rivera, is the music therapist at the school, which educates children with special needs.

    "He just started dancing at the beginning of this year," Rivera says. "Prior to that, we even didn't know he could dance. I took him to the audition for Amateur Night at the Apollo, not expecting him to win but just for fun. After the audition, he was determined to win and believed in himself. He worked very hard!" Currently, Rivera is a champion of Stars of Tomorrow at the Apollo Amateur Night.


    Rivera was one of the headliners at this, the second annual holiday party Mom2Mom has hosted for the John F. Kennedy students.


    Mom2Mom is a unique peer counseling service for mothers of children with special needs, directed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's University Behavioral HealthCare unit. It has four primary services: a toll-free 24-hour help line (1-877-914-6662) that moms who feel this added stress can call; live online chat (at www.mom2mom.us.com) for moms who are more comfortable communicating that way; support groups; and outreach and awareness programs. Mom2Mom is staffed by specially trained peer counselors who themselves are moms of special needs kids and know the emotions and unique experiences that come with such extraordinary responsibilities.

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