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(Over) Preparing for the IEP Meeting
Families new to evaluations and other steps in the IEP process have many questions that veteran parents might help answer. Sometimes mentor parents collect so much experience that they develop a level of silliness that flies in the face of stern warnings issued by school district attorneys.
Equine Therapy for Communication Delays
Children who have delayed speech or articulation difficulties may benefit unexpectedly with hippotherapy - riding horses bareback with an OT or PT even though the main goals are physical: vestibular stimulation, building better balance responses or building and using their core strength.
The Power of Communication
Alternate forms of communication provided by parents, teachers, or speech therapists, work only when the child actually gains the power to affect the behavior of others. There are many ways to learn and to communicate without speech!
Children with Spina Bifida
Children with Spina Bifida have individual personalities, potential and challenges that combine to make each one unique and wonderful. Families and other advocates build greater opportunities and raise awareness about diversity within the community represented by individuals with great potential.
Prenatal Diagnosis Down Syndrome
Advice for women whose baby will be born with Down syndrome often comes from a perspective of misinformation and discouragement rather than celebration. If your daughter, sister, friend, coworker, neighbor or relative is expecting a baby prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome - how can you help?
Fathers of Children with Special Needs
Father to Father support groups are often helpful for dads, children with special needs, and the whole family
Parenting Challenges - Behavior and Inclusion
Sometimes children with special needs develop behavior problems that are age appropriate misbehaviors. Mainstream parenting resources can help all of us.
Symptoms of Childhood Onset Diabetes
Knowing the symptoms of childhood onset diabetes can help prevent terrible consequences of undiagnosed and untreated Type 1 diabetes in children
Changing Negative Behavior Habits
When a child with special needs develops negative behavior habits, parents often look for firm but loving discipline strategies to reduce and eliminate them, and find those that help us teach them more positive substitute behaviors.
Moms Under Stress Problem Behavior
Mothers who endure long-lasting stressful situations deserve support, respite care and understanding. Sometimes crisis intervention and long term help is needed.
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