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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.
Holiday Parties and Children with Disabilities
Holiday parties and gift giving add both stress and delight for families of children with disabilities, chronic health conditions, or developmental delays
Holiday Party Planning - Support Groups
Party and holiday event planning for families of children with disabilities, chronic health conditions, or developmental delays helps create great memories and traditions.
Holiday Play and Crafts
When children are visiting during holidays or vacation, play and craft activities can be wonderful in creating both Quality Time and Ordinary Life pursuits
Holiday Shopping for Children with Special Needs
Holiday shopping and gift giving for children with special needs may take a bit more ingenuity and planning than we or our friends and extended family expect.
Holidays and Family Stress
There are many reasons that winter holiday stress complicates the lives of families of children with disabilities, developmental delays or chronic health conditions. There are more reasons to dwell on the joy and let the stress take a holiday.
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