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TV Actors Who Have Down Syndrome
Television actors with Down syndrome have played many TV roles, including Jason Kingsley - The Fall Guy in 1984 and Chris Burke - Life Goes On 1989 - 1993; now, Luke Zimmerman - The Secret Life of the American Teenager; also Andrea Friedman, Brad Silverman, Louise Brown, Blair Williamson and others.

Medicaid Limits on Diabetes Testing Supplies
New Medicaid limits on diabetes testing supplies for children and teens with insulin dependent diabetes will cause far greater expense in medical care, including emergency events requiring paramedics, emergency room visits, and hospitalization. Best practices advise regular and frequent monitoring.

Encouraging Fussy Babies and Sensitive Toddlers
Most babies have fussy periods, and toddlers go through stages where they are uncomfortably sensitive to touch or texture. Parents of those who experience ongoing sensory defensiveness, sensory integration challenges or a sensory processing disorder appreciate soothing S.I. therapy techniques.

Teaching Relatives To Be Caregivers
Teaching family members to care for your while who is partially disabled by developmental delays, a chronic health condition, or other special needs may be more complicated than training a babysitter or other caregiver. Some relatives may be less likely to follow your expertise, rules or wishes.

Interviewing Caregivers for Your Child or Teen
Parents of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs may assume that any caregiver on an agency list has the training, experience, or basic skills to care for their son or daughter. Agency training may cover only filling out paperwork or timecards.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Childhood Disability
Children with disabilities experience childhood abuse and neglect at least as often as their mainstream peers, but may deal with delayed rescue or assistance due to communication challenges, exclusion from ordinary classrooms and programs, or different expectations of their behavior and development.

Assistive Listening Devices for the Classroom
Assisted listening devices like FM, soundfield amplification, and induction loop systems, help students challenged by hearing loss, classroom background noise, auditory processing challenges and/or fluctuating conductive hearing loss often found in students with Down syndrome,

Child Safety - Pills, Purses, and Suitcases
Purses, diaper bags and suitcases - childhood treasure chests - are often overlooked as dangers even in child-proofed homes and vehicles. Parents, babysitters, relatives and visitors may not realize how inquisitive and vulnerable children may be to accidental poisoning, choking, or other injury.

Teacher Appreciation and Childhood Disabilities
Parents share creative ideas to show appreciation for teachers who have created better learning opportunities, support, and welcoming classrooms for our sons and daughters with special needs and inspired our children to exercise greater potential than can be predicted by tests and evaluations.

iPhone and iPod Touch Apps - Childhood Disability
Reports of iPhone and iPod Touch apps especially developed for children and adults with developmental disabilities or who use alternative communication options have inspired parents to start thinking about how the newest technologies might benefit our sons and daughters with childhood disabilities.

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