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IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
Preparing for an IEP meeting may be more stressful than planning an appropriate IEP for a child with special educational needs

Inappropriate Comments in Inclusive Congregations
Raising a child with a developmental disability and chronic health condition has introduced me to a greater appreciation for welcoming congregations. They can unfortunately be sabotaged by certain conversations. Many of us avoid or choose not to respond to these topics when our children are present.

Inappropriate Remarks from Other Parents
Topics including prenatal diagnosis, adoption and foster care can be inappropriate when families of children with special needs are sharing their experiences in early intervention, advocacy or support groups. It is important to be considerate and kind when speaking with other families.

Incessantly Crying Babies: Colic and Purple Crying
New parents of young babies may be overwhelmed by incessant crying just at the time when it is least likely that they can find out what works to soothe their child. Adult sleep deprivation and the changes a baby introduces into the household can make dealing with the 'purple stage' difficult.

Inclusion Benefits Classmates
Practicing inclusion in mainstream classrooms and community programs for our sons and daughters with disabilities benefits all children.

Inclusion in Brownies and Girl Scouts
Brownie and Girl Scout troops in your community may already include classmates and neighbors who have developmental disabilities like Down syndrome, chronic health conditions like insulin dependent diabetes, or other special needs. Information and support are available to Girl Scout leaders.

Inclusive Education Culture of Down Syndrome
Students with Down syndrome are successful in mainstream classrooms when adaptations are made to the regular curriculum and teachers are allowed the flexibility needed to create natural supports

Inclusive P.E. - Childhood Disabilities
Supporting children with special needs in mainstream physical education classes by introducing adaptive P.E. strategies creates better opportunities for mainstream students and builds life long habits for recreation and enjoyable fitness activities.

Inclusive Playgroups for Babies and Toddlers
New moms looking for playgroups with other mothers of babies or toddlers can use social media or local resources to set up a series of introductory meetings with childhood specialists, parent educators, or others with expertise in development. Inclusive playgroups often lead to lifelong friendships.

Inspirational Mothers - Down Syndrome Advocacy
We can be thankful to one another for the inspiration to be the mothers our children deserve and the advocates that society demands, keeping one another reaching forward for our children and reaching back to other moms and families.

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