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Grief - Comforting Children with Disabilities
Children with special needs who experience grief and loss in their lives benefit from the same consideration, support and acknowledgement as their mainstream peers
Growing Up with an Intellectual Disability
When my son was a baby I did not consider what he might think about growing up with Down syndrome. He did let me know all along that he has a very different perspective on his life and diagnosis than I could have predicted. We are both so fortunate he had role models and media representation of DS.
Halloween Costumes and Childhood Disability
Halloween can be a favorite holiday for children and teens with developmental disabilities, physical challenges, chronic health conditions or other special needs. Finding costume options and making plans weeks before the end of October can help our children enjoy the fun and fright of the night.
Halloween Safety Tips - Children with Disabilities
Halloween safety tips for children may not include specific information for families of children with disabilities but reduce the risk and increase the fun for all children who dress up, go trick-or-treating or attend inclusive Halloween parties in their communities.
Having Fun with Children Who Have Disabilities
Families of children with disabilities know that having fun is as important to schedule into daily routines as any kind of therapy, medication, or appointment.
Health Issues for Teens with Down Syndrome
A great deal of information available in the media about Down syndrome is meant to educate new parents and the community about appropriate medical care or therapeutic and educational interventions. Families of pre-teens or teenagers may have difficulty finding appropriate information and resources.
Healthy Smiles and Dental Visits
The Winter 2008 Linkages Newsletter featured a focus topic on Oral Health for Children with Special Health Needs, with resource links for dental professionals outlining appropriate treatment, establishing better dental health habits, and preparing children and families for office visits and care
Hearing, Vision and Scoliosis Screening at School
Hearing, vision and scoliosis screenings conducted at school can alert parents and teachers to problems that diminish a childīs academic success and opportunities
High School Transition and Graduation Options
Most students entering high school with an IEP or combination IEP/504 plan qualify for transition planning and transition services from age 14 through age 21, and are encouraged to participate in homecoming and other events, including satisfying options for participation in graduation ceremonies.
Holiday Breaks and Childhood Disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities may struggle more than their mainstream peers to plan activities, schedule play dates or find childcare when school is not in session during holidays. Changes in sleep schedules and differences in daily routines can be challenging for both parents and children.
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