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Eating Disorders and Children with Special Needs
Children with special needs may have eating disorders related to their diagnosis, or may develop an eating disorder that puts their health at serious risk
Sensory Integration and Children
Sensory integration difficulties can cause children to avoid certain activities and respond inappropriately to everyday situations. Some children may be unusually uncomfortable or troubled by food textures, hairbrushing, visual stimulation, loud sounds, scratchy clothing, or other distractions.
Celiac Disease and Juvenile Diabetes
Celiac disease is more common among children with diabetes. Gluten intolerance often causes other physical problems, as well as irritability and behavior changes in children with diabetes.
Celiac Disease and Down Syndrome
When children with Down syndrome are diagnosed with celiac disease, changes in diet that eliminate gluten often improve both health and behavior
Friendship, Inclusion and Childhood Disability
Adults can help kids with special needs and their mainstream peers initiate, build and maintain friendships.
New Years Blues and Winter Doldrums
New Year Blues and winter depression can strike families unexpectedly, and may hit harder when parents of children with special needs lack support, understanding and encouragement during the first stressful weeks of the new year and dark months of winter
Severe Weather Events and Childhood Disabilities
Preparing for severe weather events, experiencing them, and recovering afterward may be more difficult and traumatic for children with special needs, but families who plan for everyday emergencies are more likely to demonstrate resilience and encourage it in children.
Holiday Play and Crafts
When children are visiting during holidays or vacation, play and craft activities can be wonderful in creating both Quality Time and Ordinary Life pursuits
Forgiving Family - Childhood Disabilities
Family members who express opinions or make comments that are hard for parents, siblings or children with disabilities to accept or forgive are sometimes great supporters and advocates later on
Dads, Complicated Pregnancies, and Childbirth
Fathers of children with special needs often have compelling stories to tell about complicated pregnancies, wives on bedrest, premature childbirth or newborn diagnosis that are uplifting, inspirational, and funny.
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