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Before the First Week of School
Children with special needs can be especially anxious and confused about how their lives will change before the first week of school in a new grade, including how they will get to school and back, and where they will spend their days.

Behavior as a Medical Symptom
Most children show changes in behavior as symptoms of illness, injury or abuse before physical symptoms alert us to call in a doctor. Some children do not have the words to express their discomfort or pain, and many children believe that adults in charge are aware of everything without being told.

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Bienvenidos Bebés con Síndrome de Down
Si usted está dando la bienvenida a un bebé con síndrome de down en su familia, lo más probable es que tenga muchas preguntas e inquietudes, así como su familia, amigos y conocidos.

Bilingual Children with Down Syndrome
Bilingual families whose child with Down syndrome or other developmental disability has also learned a second or third language have demonstrated the importance of giving every child the opportunity to grow up bilingual or multilingual

Bill Maher and Comments about The Extra Chromosome
In 2006, Bill Maher helped popularize using derogatory references to individuals with 'an extra chromosome'. Families of children with Down syndrome speak out about why they are concerned about the effect on their children's opportunities and safety.

Bipolar Disorder in Children
Bipolar disorder in children may look different than the manic depression diagnosed in adolescents and adults. Early onset bipolar disorder is now suspected in some children diagnosed with ADHD, as well as a portion of those diagnosed with depression.

Blepharitis - Eyelid Inflammation Eyelash Flaking
My son had what looked like eyelash dandruff with redness at the root of his eyelashes when he was a baby. His pediatric opthamologist diagnosed him with Blepharitis and gave me directions on how to clean the roots of his eyelashes twice a day. Warm compresses and eyedrops were later prescribed.

Boardmaker and PECS Communication Alternatives
Children who do not use speech to communicate are highly motivated to make their needs, interests and preferences known through the use of picture communication cards or boards. Standardized graphics programs like Boardmaker, PECS and Makaton are useful in education and easing scheduled transitions.

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors - Skin, Cheeks
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors like skin-picking and cheek-biting are more common among children and teens with developmental disabilities or sensory processing disorder than in the general population, but serve similar functions, including sensory stimulation and relieving anxiety or boredom.

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