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Family Happiness and Childhood Disability
Scientific research on the psychology of happiness has resulted in a great deal of knowledge that should apply to families of children with special needs. Instead, diagnosis of childhood disability most often leads to a description of 'worst case scenarios' and explanations of the stages of grief.

Family Relationships with a Complicated Diagnosis
Children rely on their immediate and extended families for care and nurture, social and cultural education, and a sense of who they are in the world. Those who have a complicated diagnosis may lose connections with extended and even immediate family members, increasing vulnerability due to isolation

Family Thanksgivings - Childhood Disabilities
Thanksgiving for families of children with disabilities is a lovely time to celebrate opportunities our sons and daughters find growing up appreciated and included in our neighborhoods and schools, especially if a chid has been injured, has a medical condition, or has a developmental disability.

Father and Child Relationships - Disabilities
Every relationship between a father and a child with a disability is unique. It is difficult to predict how each relationship will develop over time. Differences between sibling relationships with their father may be related more to the age, interest and personality of the child than any diagnosis.

Fathers of Children with Disabilities
Father to Father support groups are often helpful for dads, children with special needs, and the whole family

Feeding Therapy for Children
Feeding therapy is a big help for babies and young children who have sensory issues with food, motor planning problems related to mouthing, chewing or swallowing, or who are transitioning to taking nourishment by nursing or eating. Pleasant mealtime social interactions can be reflected in therapy.

Finding A New Label for Down Syndrome
People with Down syndrome elevate the quality of life and richness of experience we enjoy in our homes, schools and communities. Families of babies and young children are especially struck by the inappropriate connotations the word 'down' has in describing babies, children or adults with DS.

Finding a Welcoming Congregation
Finding an inclusive faith community that is supportive of childhood disabilities and welcoming to families of children who have special needs should not be a rare event. However, some families feel that they no longer fit in their congregations, and others may even have been encouraged to leave.

Flu Outbreaks and Childhood Disabilities
Families of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs faced disproportionate challenges due to the effects of the 2009 Swine Flu (A1N1 Influenza) outbreak, in reducing risks, maintaining medications during illness and routines during school closures.

Fly Fishing for Kids and Teens with Down Syndrome
DownStream can ignite a lifelong passion for the sport and art of fly fishing in children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome by providing an amazing daylong event for them and their families.

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