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Grandmothers and Childhood Disability
Grandmothers fill an important role in the lives of all children and may be the best resources and advocates for a children with chronic health conditions, developmental disabilities, or other special needs; helping to maintain strong relationships in the family and to advocate for community support

Family Relationships with a Complicated Diagnosis
Children rely on their immediate and extended families for care and nurture, social and cultural education, and a sense of who they are in the world. Those who have a complicated diagnosis may lose connections with extended and even immediate family members, increasing vulnerability due to isolation

End Aversive Restraints and Seclusion in School
Use of time-out or seclusion rooms, physical restraints and other aversive techniques for any child ~ and especially for students who communicate mainly through their behavior ~ should be eliminated from the written policies and all practices of our children's schools, care and education facilities

Kawasaki Syndrome
Kawasaki Syndrome, or Kawasaki Disease, is a serious though rare condition resulting in a sudden fever of five days or more; red rash; pink eyes; redness inside mouth, ´strawberry´ tongue; ´glove and sock´ hardening red rash and swelling in hands and feet; swollen glands; or cracked, inflamed lips.

Snapshots, Photography and Childhood Disability
Children with delayed language can communicate through snapshots and inexpensive picture books showing their daily activities, interests and talents. Taking snapshots regularly gives us a deeper look into their lives, opportunities and capabilities as individuals, too.

Anxiety, OCD, and Childhood Disability
Anxiety in children can be due to any number of stresses and experiences, and may be felt to be a debilitating challenge even when the outward symptoms seem to be mild enough to be seen as a function of a child's personality.

Parent Humor and Childhood Disability
Are our lives funnier with witnesses? Families of children with special needs may find resilience and survival sometimes depend on our ability to find more humor in ordinary situations and family events, especially when stress and unexpected emergencies collide with expectations and traditions.

Childhood Disability and Supporting Other Mothers
We can best support other mothers of children with special needs by exercising our best friendship skills and remembering that we are people first, too.

School Nurses, Insulin, and Diabetes Care
Parents of children with insulin dependent diabetes along with national advocacy and research organizations protest elimination of a provision allowing trained non-licensed school staff in California to administer insulin when a school nurse is not available, creating unsafe condtions for students.

Thanksgiving and Children with Disabilities
Children with disabilities celebrate Thanksgiving with the same traditions and expectations as their mainstream siblings and cousins. Families already make accommodations for many individuals who have no diagnosis but have histories of behavioral, personality or culinary idiosyncrasies.

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