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Boardmaker and PECS Communication Alternatives
Children who do not use speech to communicate are highly motivated to make their needs, interests and preferences known through the use of picture communication cards or boards. Standardized graphics programs like Boardmaker, PECS and Makaton are useful in education and easing scheduled transitions.

Grief - Comforting Children with Disabilities
Children with special needs who experience grief and loss in their lives benefit from the same consideration, support and acknowledgement as their mainstream peers

Raising A Sensory Smart Child - Review
Raising a Sensory Smart Child - Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues, by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske, forward by Temple Grandin. The strategies and advice offered through this book make it a treasure for parents and professionals who care for children with sensory integration issues.

Transition Planning for Teens with Disabilities
Issues to consider when supporting teens transitioning from special education in high school to post-secondary education or adult programs are often the same shared by their mainstream peers and siblings. Goals include improving quality of life and encouraging responsibility and better decisions.

Feeding Therapy for Children
Feeding therapy is a big help for babies and young children who have sensory issues with food, motor planning problems related to mouthing, chewing or swallowing, or who are transitioning to taking nourishment by nursing or eating. Pleasant mealtime social interactions can be reflected in therapy.

Reading and Literacy Skill Development - Review
Literacy Skill Development for Students with Special Learning Needs, by Leslie Broun and Patricia Oelwein, describes fun, effective strategies for teaching reading to students with different learning styles, including those often considered unlikely to learn to read who have Autism or Down syndrome.

Dads of Babies with Disabilities
Most fathers of kids with disabilities were civilians when their son or daughter was diagnosed. Many resources for parent support and information are offered through a motherīs perspective, with the needs and concerns of siblings and grandparents higher priorities than the husband and father.

Outdoor Games for Children
Children with special needs often learn new games at summer picnics, parties and on vacation visiting relatives just like their mainstream brothers and sisters. It is delightful when we see any child teaching their cousins, neighbors and classmates games that are cooperative as well as competitive.

Review - Parenting Children With Health Issues
Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs by Foster W. Cline and Lisa Greene

Brothers and Sisters of Children with Disabilities
Building good communication and healthy relationships between our sons and daughters is a high priority for parents who have one child with a developmental disability, chronic health condition or other special needs. Sibshops can naturally encourage sibling support and soothe sibling concerns.

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