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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.
Managing Emergencies at School
Emergencies at school may affect children with disabilities, developmental delays, or chronic health conditions more seriously than their mainstream peers during evacuations or sheltering in place. Even emergency drills may pose risks to those who require monitoring, meals and insulin for diabetes.
Managing Rude Adults Who Insult Our Kids
Although most people have been taught that confrontational remarks are inappropriate on social occasions, speaking the truth in the face of a terrible lie is something parents are meant to do. We can't find the right words to speak out against prejudice, discrimination, and ridiculous stereotypes.
Medicaid Limits on Diabetes Testing Supplies
New Medicaid limits on diabetes testing supplies for children and teens with insulin dependent diabetes will cause far greater expense in medical care, including emergency events requiring paramedics, emergency room visits, and hospitalization. Best practices advise regular and frequent monitoring.
Medical ID Bracelets for Children and Teens
Identification bracelets, tags and other jewelry are especially important for children and teens who have conditions like diabetes, autism, Down syndrome, asthma or seizures, speech impairments and/or developmental disabilities. There are varieties that suit different fashion needs and special needs
Medication for Behavioral Issues - Down Syndrome
Parents have learned to be very cautious in considering medication to avoid medication for compliance, even when a child or teen with Down syndrome has escalating behavioral challenges, because there is a greater likelihood that changes in behavior are due to medical reasons, abuse or neglect.
Medications and Herbal Treatments for ADD/ADHD
Alternatives to ADD/ADHD medications may benefit children who are unable to participate in the typical joys and jobs of childhood whether they have been diagnosed due to symptoms of ADD or ADHD or not.
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