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Explaining Disabilities to Classmates
Understanding and explaining to other children what a having a developmental disability will mean for our children is a complicated challenge that may lead to unintended consequences for them as well as their classmates, who may be sensitive about our acceptance of their abilities and struggles.
Managing Emergencies at School
Emergencies at school may affect children with disabilities, developmental delays, or chronic health conditions more seriously than their mainstream peers during evacuations or sheltering in place. Even emergency drills may pose risks to those who require monitoring, meals and insulin for diabetes.
Book Review - Coming Of Age With Down Syndrome
There is as great diversity among parents raising children with Down syndrome as there is among individuals with Down syndrome themselves. Personalities and natural abilities or interests impact opportunities as much as parent choices. Adventures In The Mainstream is one look at transition years.
Establishing Advocacy Priorities
Parents and advocacy organizations can establish advocacy priorities for children and teens with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs that maintain support, encouragement and opportunities throughout the lifespan of each individual.
Creative Playtime for Babies and Children
Parents often seek educational or therapeutic play options for their babies and young children who have a developmental disability, physical challenges or other special needs. Fortunately, many creative and fun play activities that parents have invented through the ages turn out to be therapeutic.
New Holiday Traditions - Childhood Disability
Winter holiday traditions can be elaborate, significant and also merry for families who have children with developmental or physical disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs.
Winter Holiday Adventures - Childhood Disability
Our family holiday adventures may more closely resemble a television high drama or situation comedy than heartwarming holiday special. Sometimes the greatest challenges we face have less to do with a child's diagnosis or special needs than it does with our own childhood relationships.
Adult Siblings - Childhood Disabilities
There is a great diversity among adult siblings who have grown up with a brother or sister who has a developmental disability, chronic health condition, or other special needs. Research to date shows many more sensitivities and positive attributes in most adult siblings than their mainstream peers.
Eliminating Misinformation about Down Syndrome
Misinformation about Down syndrome has been combated by famiiles, local parent groups, national and international organizations for decades, but outdated stereotypes and even urban legends continue to raise challenges for children, teens and adults who face the condition's actual challenges.
Dealing with Rude Comments or Behavior in Public
Although it has been a rare occurance, my family has experienced rude comments and behavior in public in response to people recognizing that my son has Down syndrome. Sometimes these unfortunate experiences can lead us to make mistakes in judging the reactions of others, who may have good intentions
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