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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.

Extended School Year and Special Education
Students who qualify for special education services through and IEP or 504 plan may also benefit from extended school year services to focus on existing or emerging skills that can diminish or be lost be lost over summer vacation. An excellent resource for parents is the Wrights Law website on ESY.

Summer Learning and Childhood Disability
Summer learning opportunities can pop up in unexpected places for children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs. Our children may benefit from neighborhood play, extended school year classes, summer camp, parks department programs or respite and daycare.

Flu Outbreaks and Childhood Disabilities
Families of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs faced disproportionate challenges due to the effects of the 2009 Swine Flu (A1N1 Influenza) outbreak, in reducing risks, maintaining medications during illness and routines during school closures.

Comparing Ourselves to Other Mothers
Mothers with babies and young children at home may project images of themselves and their children to other moms that are as unrealistic as the perceptions that other mothers may have the resources, support, ideas and energy we canīt find. This is also common for mothers of kids with special needs.

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