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Raising Awareness About Down Syndrome
Raising awareness about Down syndrome can be as simple as pointing out the diversity with the population of babies, children and adults with Down syndrome; we already know that the potential of any individual can be enhanced by appreciation, affirmation, and opportunities.
Rare Conditions - Research and Support
Information and support for families affected by rare genetic conditions or diseases in children may be difficult to find without access to nationwide or worldwide resources, advocates and researchers. NORD in the USA and the UK's Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group are well-regarded by families
Reading and Literacy Skill Development - Review
Literacy Skill Development for Students with Special Learning Needs, by Leslie Broun and Patricia Oelwein, describes fun, effective strategies for teaching reading to students with different learning styles, including those often considered unlikely to learn to read who have Autism or Down syndrome.
Reading Readiness and Reading Strategies
Strategies for encouraging and teaching reading to children with special needs also help us recognize reading readiness
Rebuilding America with Universal Design
With the emphasis on rebuilding the infrastructure and putting people to work on construction projects as a way back to economic security for our country, we should be demanding the thorough integration of universal design in all projects
Recess Skills and Childhood Disabilities
Knowing recess games and practicing playground skills are an important part of preparing for the new school year and enjoying the year already underway.
Recognizing Early Signs of Autism
Recognizing early signs of autism helps families find resources and support for very young children with autism spectrum disorders. The autism video glossary shows film clips of autism symptoms, helping families reach professionals to find an earlier diagnosis and early intervention options.
Reflux - Pediatric GERD, Infant GER and EER
Babies and young children with reflux problems can be more comfortable and happy using simple techniques that reduce spitting up and the discomforts that accompany infant reflux and pediatric GERD
Regular Education and the IEP Season
May is IEP season but for most parents negotiations for the next school year's individual education plan can extend into June or July, or be carried over to that start of the next school year. Incoming kindergarteners may miss special events welcoming mainstream 5 year olds to their local schools.
Respectful language means using "person first" word order, and avoiding use of the "R-word" and hate language. But being aware of the damage that hate language and bullying causes means that we can no longer be bystanders when others use derogatory words and comments to tease vulnerable children.
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