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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syndrome has been combated by famiiles, local parent groups, national and international organizations for decades, but outdated stereotypes and even urban legends continue to raise challenges for children, teens and adults who face the condition's actual challenges.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

Teens and Pre-Teens with Down Syndrome
Teenagers and children in transition to adolescence who are growing up with Down syndrome often face the same challenges as their mainstream peers, and may also experience additional struggles that are just as important to evaluate and understand. Reliable resources are available for families.

New Parent Information on Down Syndrome
Information about Down syndrome for expectant or new parents should soon be the most reliable and up to date resources available. Individuals and advocacy or support organizations often take responsibility for making information packets available for local hospitals, doctors and counselors.

Health Issues for Teens with Down Syndrome
A great deal of information available in the media about Down syndrome is meant to educate new parents and the community about appropriate medical care or therapeutic and educational interventions. Families of pre-teens or teenagers may have difficulty finding appropriate information and resources.

Encouraging Learning in Babies and Toddlers
Infant stimulation activities and early intervention programs for babies and toddlers with disabilities have been inspired by research into child development for more than a quarter of a century. Parents, grandparents, extended family and friends can all help children reach their true potential.

Adaptive Classes and Childhood Disability
Adaptive classes for students with IEPs may be helpful, effective, and enjoyable places. But it is better for all to grow up included with mainstream peers, who also benefit from their presence and the accommodations they bring to classrooms and playgrounds - and eventually to all their adult lives.

Clothing Modifications and Down Syndrome
Some children with Down syndrome have difficulty with fine motor skills used to deal with buttons, snaps, hooks or zippers. Families may choose to have some clothing altered to avoid difficult fasteners, find special tools to help, or shop for current fashions with elastic waist bands

Intimidating Teachers and Childhood Disability
Parents sometimes report difficulties in creating relationships with intimidating teachers who do not seem to be open to advocacy efforts or the sharing of information about their son or daughter's individual talents, abilities, or special needs. Some teachers may feel parents are intimidating, too

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