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Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome
If you have a beautiful new baby in your family diagnosed with Down syndrome, you may have questions and concerns about to find the best possible support and encouragement available for a wonderful quality of life, richness of experience, and opportunities to reach his or her full potential.
When a Sibling or Parent is Arrested
The criminal justice system is a complicated and painful experience for the whole family. It may be even more difficult to explain to a child or teen with a developmental disabiilty what it means when their brother, sister, cousin or parent is arrested and sentenced to time in jail or prison.
When My Son was Born with Down Syndrome
I became sensitive to certain words and phrases when my son was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome. I am grateful that his pediatrician developed his own awareness without my intervention. A good doctor can learn from every new patient. Some average doctors may overwhelm by their own ignorance.
When Parents Are Not Their Child's Best Advocates
Although moms have been and always will be her child's best advocate, we may not be the best person for the job on certain occasions. We may have done our homework and built great relationships but are misdirected, stopped or co-opted by determined, experienced professionals focused on budgets.
Winter Challenges for Children with Special Needs
Autumn and Winter months can be especially stressful for children with special needs who are transitioning to new school programs, and dealing with changes in their schedules and activities, clothing issues, or coping with weather and holiday events
Winter Holiday Adventures - Childhood Disability
Our family holiday adventures may more closely resemble a television high drama or situation comedy than heartwarming holiday special. Sometimes the greatest challenges we face have less to do with a child's diagnosis or special needs than it does with our own childhood relationships.
Winter Storm Preparations for Families
In recent years, severe winter weather has become a serious problem for everyone in our community, especially families of children with special needs. Even with the best planning, recovery may take a long time when weather events cause adverse effects on our communities and homes.
Woodbine House Publishing Site of the Month
Woodbine House Publishing celebrates 20 years of books for families, educators and other professionals who have an interest in disabilities
Writers Raising Children with Down Syndrome
Writers who are raising children with Down syndrome may be held to stricter rules for parenting, self-reflection, and choices related to self-disclosure. Differences in education, culture, economic status, or other social markers may be less divisive than issues shared from similar backgrounds.
Yoga and Childhood Disabilities
Yoga classes may be beneficial for children, but should be taught by certified and responsible instructors, like all physically demanding activities for children and especially for those who have developmental disabilities, motor planning delays, physical challenges, or chronic health conditions.
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