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Costume Parties and Childhood Disabilities
October in the USA may bring invitations to parties or school events that feature costumes and holiday celebrations that can help children with disabilities. Halloween costumes help them explore different characters and a sense of personal powerfulness. It may also introduce new sensory challenges.

Intervening with Abusive Mothers in Public
Observing abusive situations in public between a mother and child leaves many parents questioning how they could have intervened in the best interest of the child. Mothers who are overwhelmed and have no support or respite alternatives may require an expression of sympathy to initiate self-control.

Sleep, Cognitive Development and Down Syndrome
Recent studies have indicated that children with Down syndrome are much more likely to experience sleep problems that affect their cognitive development and function as well as their health.

Creating an After-School Routine
After-school routines can help students with disabilities make an easier transition from school - or transportation - to home; reduce tension between children and parents; and give kids a head start in the morning. Planning, and visual schedules, can be as helpful at home as they are at school.

Down Syndrome Awareness Events
NDSS Buddy Walks, Step Up for Down Syndrome events, and TwentyWonder in LA, all raise awareness and fund opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, throughout the USA. Families of babies and young children can meet one another, and amazing teens and adults breaking barriers.

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors - Skin, Cheeks
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors like skin-picking and cheek-biting are more common among children and teens with developmental disabilities or sensory processing disorder than in the general population, but serve similar functions, including sensory stimulation and relieving anxiety or boredom.

Breast-feeding Challenges - Childhood Disabilities
Breastfeeding difficulties with children who have childhood disabilities often include the same challenges other mothers of new babies experience. Much more information is now available about how to accommodate babies with disabilities, medical professionals may not be aware of tips or research.

Getting Started - Models with Down Syndrome
Models who have Down syndrome have found work in a variety of ways. Because modeling is a business, it is important to discover how to protect individuals and their families from exploitation. Advice and planning with the help of an agency advocate like DSiAM often leads to better outcomes.

Breastfeeding Babies with Down Syndrome
Moms of babies with Down syndrome learn that the well-documented benefits of breastfeeding that have inspired new mothers for decades are especially important for their sons and daughters who may have more vulnerable immune systems, and greater challenges with motor development related to speech.

Starting a New School Year with an IEP
Children with disabilities may make transitions more often than expected, as special education classrooms are moved so regular education students can remain in their neighborhood schools. Some of the transitions challenges students experience when moving to new schools or classrooms can be eased.

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