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Universal Design - General Education Curriculum
The philosophy, strategies and techniques behind the Universal Design for Learning have created new opportunties in engagement, learning and expression for students with special needs
Using Behavior as Communication
Behavior is a form of communication for children with certain physical conditions or developmental disabilities who may be using behavior as their only way to communicate what they are not able to explain
Using Business Cards for Communication
Individuals with communication challenges or Down syndrome may find using business cards helpful while networking and building relationships in the community, establishing themselves as advocates as they develop the habit of exchanging cards with medical and educational professionals at meetings.
Vacation Travel, Weekend Getaways and Children
Weekend getaways and family vacations with children call for flexibility and planning support or accommodations for their special needs
Vestibular Disorders - Childhood Disabilities
Older children and teens with vestibular disorders may experience dizziness and problems with balance that negatively affect their development and everyday lives. Younger children with sensory processing or sensory integration disorders may experience balance problems with or without vertigo.
Vision and Eye Related Problems
When a child is diagnosed with other special needs at birth, during infancy or early childhood, some symptoms of vision impairment may be attributed to the primary diagnosis, or not followed up because of more urgent concerns.
Voice4u iPod Touch iPhone Communication App
The Voice4u iPod Touch / iPhone App is a low priced software application providing graphics, speech support and alternative communication for children and teens whose speech or behavior may be difficult to understand. You may add icons, pictures and sounds and it is available in Japanese, too.
We Can End the R-Word in Movies and TV
The R-word is hate language offensive to individuals with developmental delays or intellectual disability. Individuals and advocates can help ban the R-word by raising awareness, urging everyone to pledge not to use the word, and expressing expectations that scripts include people with disabilities.
Wearing Glasses in Early Childhood
Helping a child to learn to wear glasses often requires patience, imagination, and good advice. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent, delay or cure what can develop into serious vision problems for babies and toddlers who are prescribed glasses.
Welcome to Holland - Today and Yesterday
The wonderful essay written by Emily Perl Kingsley has been included in many wonderful anthologies and is often included in New Parent Packets for parents and professionals sharing a newborn or prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Many believe that it is as relevant today as the day it was written.
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