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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.

Computer Education for Students with Down Syndrome
Computers and specific software tailored to children and teens with Down syndrome have helped them change perceptions of their potential since the early 1980s. Now, researchers are considering how they can improve designs for computer interface and access for most individuals with Down syndrome.

Power Struggles and Self-Care Skills
Children with disabilities should have ample opportunities to engage in decision-making, developing preferences, and engaging in power struggles with parents, just like their mainstream peers. They need options, extra time to practice, and a safe and forgiving relationship to express defiance.

Disability Awareness - Mobility Issues
Many mobility issues do not arise from a physical or neurological difference, but because poor city planning and design have raised barriers that are always difficult and sometimes impossible to avoid or accommodate.

Pain Tolerance and Down Syndrome
Medical professionals who have been taught that individuals with Down syndrome have a high tolerance for pain are much less likely to consider basic pain management strategies for patients in their care. Some children and teens are stoic, and others lack communication skills to express it.

No Safe Vacation from Type 1 Diabetes
There is no vacation from Type One Diabetes. The closest a child or teen with T1D can get to a safe vacation from diabetes is to have a reliable family member, friend or other significant person to share small responsibilities for a few hours, or a day.

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