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Signing, Reading and Spelling for Communication
Sign language, learning to read, write and spell, and other forms of communication are also eloquent ways to speak to one another
Single Parenting - Childhood Disabilities
Some of the most energetic and motivated advocates for children with disabilities are single parents who find support and encouragement from other parents in their children's inclusive classrooms and disability groups that provide the small accommodations needed for full participation.
Sleep Disorders and Children with Special Needs
Sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, snoring, restlessness and other breathing problems during sleep can have serious consequences for preemies, babies and children with special needs
Sleep, Cognitive Development and Down Syndrome
Recent studies have indicated that children with Down syndrome are much more likely to experience sleep problems that affect their cognitive development and function as well as their health.
Snapshots, Photography and Childhood Disability
Children with delayed language can communicate through snapshots and inexpensive picture books showing their daily activities, interests and talents. Taking snapshots regularly gives us a deeper look into their lives, opportunities and capabilities as individuals, too.
Social Matches and Teens with Disabilities
Teens with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs should have opportunities to get together with peers to find friendship or romance without undue pressure or expectations from parents, staff or caregivers to form a convenient match with a particular person.
Social Media, Texting and Online Relationships
For individuals with a developmental disability, texting or social media offer opportunities to connect, communicate and participate without a diagnosis getting in the way. But it can be as difficult to 'read between the lines' in texts, phone calls and status updates as understanding in person.
Software and DVDs for Exceptional Children
Finding good computer software and DVDs for children with disabilities means searching among both mainstream and special needs products to find what is best suited to your child
Solidarity for Civil Rights and Human Rights
Events unfolding in Ferguson Missouri in August of 2014 following the death of Michael Brown resulted in a call for solidarity for civil rights and human rights from advocacy and support organizations throughout the country. Unfortunately, that call happened when we should still have been listening.
Something for the Pain - Parent Comments
When reading powerful testimony of a father's love found in E.R. Doc Paul Austin's excerpt from SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN, it may take a second reading to learn something from his honesty. Comments at the Bloom site could result in a much greater outcome than drawing more lines between US and THEM.
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