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Cutting with Scissors and Other Fine Motor Skills
Children who struggle with fine motor skills, like cutting with scissors, may deal with challenges of motor planning, muscle control, perception of objects, size and strength of their fingers and hands, limited access to tools and practice, and their own frustration.

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.

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.

Dealing with Rude Comments or Behavior in Public
Although it has been a rare occurance, my family has experienced rude comments and behavior in public in response to people recognizing that my son has Down syndrome. Sometimes these unfortunate experiences can lead us to make mistakes in judging the reactions of others, who may have good intentions

Dental Work, Orthodonthia and Down Syndrome
Children and teens with Down syndrome often have a combination of issues that affect their mouths, gums and teeth. Orthodontists and other dental professionals who work with patients who have Down syndrome report positive relationships and excellent outcomes with appropriate orthodontic care.

Depression and Down Syndrome
Symptoms of depression in teens and young adults with Down syndrome may be mistaken for intentional misbehavior, laziness, regression, age appropriate moodiness, and sometimes psychosis. Even close family and long-term staff may not recognize when significant changes have had a negative impact.

Diabetes Awareness
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, to educate communities about Type 1 Diabetes: life-long, childhood onset, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM); and the much more common Type 2 Diabetes that many adults with insulin-resistance can treat with medication, weight loss, and other strategies.

Diabetes Information for Classmates
Type One Diabetes Information for Classmates (and their families) explains diabetes and how to encourage or support friends who have type one diabetes, in school and after school. These helpful suggestions can also benefit staff, extended family, caregivers and neighbors who plan outings or events.

DIR Floortime Model Techniques
One of the most enlightening developments in therapies for children with complex challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, has been the DIR (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based) model, especially one of its most significant elements, Floortime.

Disability Advocacy and Awareness
Disability advocacy and awareness helps children with special needs grow up included and supported in their neighborhoods and schools, and provides valuable lessons to their mainstream peers and community.

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