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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.

Book Review - Coming Of Age With Down Syndrome
There is as great diversity among parents raising children with Down syndrome as there is among individuals with Down syndrome themselves. Personalities and natural abilities or interests impact opportunities as much as parent choices. Adventures In The Mainstream is one look at transition years.

Boston Marathon Attack and Disabilities
Our sympathies are with those affected by the terrible events at the Boston Marathon, especially families of those who were injured or killed.

Braille for Children - Low Vision or Blind
Children who are blind or have low vision can benefit greatly as toddlers if parents provide opportunities and support for learning to read storybooks with Braille text and make certain that as older students their children can both read Braille and take notes using a Braille slate and stylus.

Bras for Daughters with Disabilities
Like their mainstream peers, girls and teens with disabilities benefit from professional bra-fitting at a department store or specialty shop to find appropriate, well-fitted bras with features to accommodate physical challenges, while aesthetically pleasing the young woman who wants or needs one.

Breast-feeding Challenges - Childhood Disabilities
Breastfeeding difficulties with children who have childhood disabilities often include the same challenges other mothers of new babies experience. Much more information is now available about how to accommodate babies with disabilities, medical professionals may not be aware of tips or research.

Breastfeeding Babies with Down Syndrome
Moms of babies with Down syndrome learn that the well-documented benefits of breastfeeding that have inspired new mothers for decades are especially important for their sons and daughters who may have more vulnerable immune systems, and greater challenges with motor development related to speech.

Brothers and Sisters of Children with Disabilities
Building good communication and healthy relationships between our sons and daughters is a high priority for parents who have one child with a developmental disability, chronic health condition or other special needs. Sibshops can naturally encourage sibling support and soothe sibling concerns.

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