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Is Diversity Like A New Box of Crayons?
We are asking the wrong questions when we discuss whether (or when) a child with a disability should be included in a mainstream classroom, or integrated with typically developing peers in other programs. Mainstream students in regular classrooms already enjoy many accommodations and supports.
Kawasaki Syndrome, or Kawasaki Disease, is a serious though rare condition resulting in a sudden fever of five days or more; red rash; pink eyes; redness inside mouth, ´strawberry´ tongue; ´glove and sock´ hardening red rash and swelling in hands and feet; swollen glands; or cracked, inflamed lips.
Kindergarten and Childhood Disabilities
Parent advocates in the past quarter century have found that creating an inclusive placement for their children's kindergarten year is the best way to improve opportunities and access for the rest of their children's school years and transition to adulthood.
Planning the transition from preschool to kindergarten can include visiting available classrooms before summer break, considering an extra year of preschool in a transition or mainstream program, private kindergarten or homeschooling
Lack of Sleep and Rest for Caregivers
Losing sleep, having poor quality or interrupted sleep, and unavailable respite care for parents caring for children with special needs adds to health risks
Legg Perthes Disease and Osteochondritis
Announcement that Dancing with the Stars competitor Cameron Mathison - Ryan, on All My Children - had Legg Perthes disease as a child has raised awareness about Legg Perthes Disease, Osteochondritis, Childhood Hip Dysplasia, and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Letter to Myself on Diagnosis Day
A question was posed recently on the DownSyndromePregnancy website - what would you tell yourself if you could travel back in time to the day of your child's diagnosis? It might be something different every time we think about our lives since; and so many new things might be added as time goes by.
Little League Challenger Division
The Little League baseball Challenger Division gives youth with physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play on real teams with mainstream buddies who also love the game. Daily physical activity is encouraged by the national "Let's Move" campaign led by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Loneliness and Friendship in High School
Students with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities may experience less loneliness and more friendships in high school than their mainstream peers, unless a club like Circle of Friends offers all students the support and encouragement found in inclusive extracurricular activities.
Mainstream Classes and Loneliness
Advocates for inclusive education, mainstream academic opportunities and support in regular classrooms find that socialization and lifelong friendships are wonderful side benefits to inclusion for students with developmental disabilities. Special education classrooms are not the cure for loneliness.
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