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Encouraging Friendship - Childhood Disabilities
Encouraging friendships between classmates who represent the true diversity of our communities helps build relationship skills among children with developmental disabilities as well as their mainstream peers.

Encouraging Fussy Babies and Sensitive Toddlers
Most babies have fussy periods, and toddlers go through stages where they are uncomfortably sensitive to touch or texture. Parents of those who experience ongoing sensory defensiveness, sensory integration challenges or a sensory processing disorder appreciate soothing S.I. therapy techniques.

Encouraging Late Talking Children
Finding ways to encourage late-talking children to communicate helps us to build better relationships within the family and community. When a child misses developmental milestones in speech, or does not speak at all, alternative forms of communication help them show us their full potential.

Encouraging Learning in Babies and Toddlers
Infant stimulation activities and early intervention programs for babies and toddlers with disabilities have been inspired by research into child development for more than a quarter of a century. Parents, grandparents, extended family and friends can all help children reach their true potential.

End Aversive Restraints and Seclusion in School
Use of time-out or seclusion rooms, physical restraints and other aversive techniques for any child ~ and especially for students who communicate mainly through their behavior ~ should be eliminated from the written policies and all practices of our children's schools, care and education facilities

Engaging in the Natural World and Gardens
Children with disabilities and their families can benefit from a closer connection to the natural world where diversity is the rule and life is abundant.

Environmental Issues and Childhood Disabilities
Environmental dangers to children require strict regulations and earnest measures to reduce or eliminate disease, infection and related childhood disabilities. Dangers include toxic chemicals in products and environments; all types of indoor air; soil and water pollution; and inadequate sanitation.

Epilepsy, Seizures and Vagus Nerve Stimulation
VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulation) therapy to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures for children and adults was developed in the mid-1990s. Today it is used when children who lose consciousness during complex partial seizures or generalized seizures not being controlled by medication or surgery.

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.

Establishing Advocacy Priorities
Parents and advocacy organizations can establish advocacy priorities for children and teens with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs that maintain support, encouragement and opportunities throughout the lifespan of each individual.

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