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Service Animals and Childhood Disability
Service animals have aided children, teens and adults with disabilities for decades. Although some leading animal rights activists protest the use of working dogs and other animals, we applaud those who rescue dogs to train for companionship, therapy and service or breed and train them specifically.
Service Dog Etiquette
There are certain rules of etiquette for interacting with service dog handlers and their animals that are critical for people with disabilities as well as being recommended by trainers for the well-being of the dogs.
Severe Weather Events and Childhood Disabilities
Preparing for severe weather events, experiencing them, and recovering afterward may be more difficult and traumatic for children with special needs, but families who plan for everyday emergencies are more likely to demonstrate resilience and encourage it in children.
Sharing a Prenatal or Newborn Diagnosis
Pregnant women who have received a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 21 and mothers of newborns who have Down syndrome may wait to share that news with family and friends until they find resources to share that provide up to date and accurate information about their child's potential and opportunities.
Shoe Shopping and Children with Special Needs
Shopping for shoes, wearing and caring for them can be a challenge with any child. Down syndrome adds to the difficulty due to some physical differences common in children with DS as well as sensory issues and developmental delays that are also challenging for other children with special needs.
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.
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