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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

Down Syndrome and the Task of Learning
Children with Down syndrome may have delays or gaps in development due to strategies they find effective to avoid learning, working on or practicing skills. Professor Jennifer Wishart explains insightful research on how children with Down syndrome may sabotage themselves in teaching environments.

Social Matches and Teens with Disabilities
Teens with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs should have opportunities to get together with peers to find friendship or romance without undue pressure or expectations from parents, staff or caregivers to form a convenient match with a particular person.

Bathroom Skills and Childhood Disability
Children with developmental disabilities, physical challenges or other special needs may have delays in bathroom and self help skills that are frustrating for them and their families.

Burn Survivor Camps for Children and Teens
Children and teens who have survived burn incidents may find that burn survivor camps are a welcome vacation from dealing with physical or emotional scars, where they can again experience life as a person first without dealing with the curiosity and concerns of family, neighbors and classmates.

Down Syndrome and Spinal Concerns
Children with Down syndrome have been evaluated for the cervical spine disorder atlantoaxial subluxation for a quarter century. The 1996 evidence based guidelines for doctors are now expanded to refer to cranial-vertibral instability and spinal instabilities including occipito-atlanto deterioration.

IEP Meeting Cancellation Frustration
Parents report frustration over poor attendance and late cancelations of school meetings by teachers, support staff or administrators after families members take time off work and have spent weeks gathering information to present for adequate support and approrpriate placement for their child.

Fly Fishing for Kids and Teens with Down Syndrome
DownStream can ignite a lifelong passion for the sport and art of fly fishing in children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome by providing an amazing daylong event for them and their families.

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