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Shoes for Children and Teens with Down Syndrome
Some children with Down syndrome have sensory issues or are especially troubled by shoes that have not been properly fitted and will kick them off at the worst possible times. Custom orthotics that fit in shoes half a size larger often help children and teens with balance and gait anomalies.
Sibling Support and Rivalry - Childhood Disability
The sibling of a child with special needs grows up with a different perspective on their family and the world, whether as a rival or an advocate for their sister or brother, and often, both. Sibling support and rivalry is never one-sided.
Sickle Cell Disease in Children
Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic anomaly that is more common in families with certain ethnic backgrounds. Research, information and support for children and families affected by Sickle Cell has never been greater than it is today, but more needs to be done to understand and treat this disease.
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.
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