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Early Intervention and Advocacy - Then and Now
The first early intervention programs for children with developmental disabilities began as preschool studies of children with Down syndrome. Films, photos and videos showing their potential and accomplishments raised professional and public awareness, like today's advocates using social media.
Early Intervention and Multicultural Competence
There is the same cultural and ethnic diversity among families of children with disabilities as their local community, rarely reflected in the staff or leadership of early intervention centers and advocacy groups. Outreach and programming should be culturally appropriate and inclusive for all.
Early Intervention for Developmental Delays
Children diagnosed with developmental delays find stimulation, support and encouragement in early intervention and specialized preschool classrooms as well as mainstream 'Mommy and Me' activities, baby gym and parks department programs.
Early Intervention in Underserved Areas
Families of babies and young children with disabilities in rural and remote areas may not be aware of or have access to early intervention strategies or educational support that encourages and accommodates their child with special needs.
Easter and Children with Disabilities
Easter events and traditions can be overwhelming for children who have disabilities, their families and their mainstream peers - and lots of fun, too
Eating Disorders and Children with Special Needs
Children with special needs may have eating disorders related to their diagnosis, or may develop an eating disorder that puts their health at serious risk
Elementary School Transition
Transitions during the elementary school years can be well planned and supported so that children with special needs may concentrate on educational opportunities, maintaining self confidence and developing healthy relationships.
Eliminating Misinformation about Down Syndrome
Misinformation about Down syndrome has been combated by famiiles, local parent groups, national and international organizations for decades, but outdated stereotypes and even urban legends continue to raise challenges for children, teens and adults who face the condition's actual challenges.
Encouraging Children Who Have Cancer
Families of children diagnosed with cancer have many questions about the specific diagnosis, what treatments are available, and where to find experienced medical professionals.
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.
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