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Letter to Myself on Diagnosis Day
A question was posed recently on the DownSyndromePregnancy website - what would you tell yourself if you could travel back in time to the day of your child's diagnosis? It might be something different every time we think about our lives since; and so many new things might be added as time goes by.
Twins and Childhood Disabilities
Twins bring many unique and wonderful experiences to their families as well as greater responsibilities for care as newborns and in early childhood. Some face greater challenges due to genetic anomalies like Down syndrome, or prematurity, traumatic birth, or other issues related to multiple births.
Encouraging Friendship - Childhood Disabilities
Encouraging friendships between classmates who represent the true diversity of our communities helps build relationship skills among children with developmental disabilities as well as their mainstream peers.
Gardening with Children
Children with developmental delays, physical disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs may find peace, delight and motivation in gardening where they are not being measured, evaluated or trained to do better but still take responsibility for perfectly wonderful accomplishments.
Mental Wellness in Pregnancy and Motherhood
Women who are pregnant and new mothers of babies may experience anxiety, depression or even post traumatic stress symptoms with a difficult birth, due to prenatal diagnosis of medical challenges, or while adjusting to news of a birth injury, childhood disability, or developmental delay.
Traumatic Birth and Motherhood
Women whose babies experience a traumatic birth can be challenged by symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder for months and even years later. Although up to ten thousand women a year are seriously affected, most are unaware of resources, information and support available for them to manage it.
Speech Therapy for Children
There are many reasons children benefit from speech therapy during childhood and even infancy. Playing games and practicing therapy strategies at home can help encourage late-talkers and those with unclear speech or confused word order as well as being fun for their siblings and mainstream peers.
When a Sibling or Parent is Arrested
The criminal justice system is a complicated and painful experience for the whole family. It may be even more difficult to explain to a child or teen with a developmental disabiilty what it means when their brother, sister, cousin or parent is arrested and sentenced to time in jail or prison.
Parenting Children with Mental Health Issues
Families raising children and teens with mental health issues face as many challenges from the lack of support, understanding and resources for their children and families as they do from the symptoms and complications of their child's mental health difficulties.
Food and Eating Issues - Childhood Disabilities
Babies, toddlers and young children who have difficulties with feeding, eating or oral-motor issues benefit from interventions and support from parents and professionals
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