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Apps, Electronic Gadgets and Childhood Disability
Nothing has given individuals with disabilities of all ages more options than the availability of the same amazing electronics and inexpensive applications that fascinate their mainstream peers.

Toilet Training and Inclusive Education
Opportunities for inclusive placements in regular classrooms and community programs should not be limited when children have not achieved toilet training goals in preschool or on IEPs during their school years. Academic and socialization goals must always be the primary focus of proram planning.

Building a Down Syndrome Library for Parents
Parents and extended family of babies and children who have Down syndrome will benefit from reading informative and encouraging books designed to help us understand and provide the best possible opportunities for their development, education and social connections.

Acknowledging Abused and Traumatized Children
Children deserve immediate help and long term support when they are traumatized by current events or have suffered abuse, loss, health issues or injury. Acknowledging traumatic events in a child's life is the responsibility of family members and other adults who may also have been affected.

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.

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