Here's the latest article from the Special Needs Children site at BellaOnline.com.
Communication Alternatives - Childhood Disability
Alternate forms of communication for children with speech delays or disabilities include body language, behavior, facial expressions, and informal sign language or shorthand words as well as standard sign language, icon based communication systems, handwriting and typing.
Come visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for other articles of interest to families raising children with special needs, including:
Expressing Friendship with Valentines
Literacy Skill Development - Reading Instruction
for Children with Autism, Down Syndrome
or Other Disabilities
Encouraging Late Talking Children
Snapshots and Children with Delayed Language
Snapshots and Children with Delayed Language
Grandparents and Childhood Disability
Reading Strategies and Reading Readiness
Teaching Children About Money
Teaching Math Skills
IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
Advocating in Multicultural Communities
It is heartbreaking to see the news from Haiti and our thoughts go out to those who have been so tragically affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, including the people of Haiti and the amazing aid workers who were working to make a difference even before the great disaster struck them down.
People with disabilities, and especially children with disabilities, are especially vulnerable where poverty and the basic necessities of living are difficult for most of the population. I have listed resources below that are linked to NGOs that either include or focus on people with disabilities, especially children, as they reach out to help everyone in the area.
Many families in the USA who are struggling with serious health, education, and social issues with our own sons and daughters are especially vulnerable to stories of the overwhelming plight of the children of Haiti. Wanting to join the effort to rescue and support those who are in such great need is a natural response and should be celebrated. There will be many opportunities to participate in fundraising, as well as raising awareness about what is needed, in the coming months. Hopefully we can all find ways to help, even if we cannot spare a donation in the present economy. If an individual, a community group or congregation in your neighborhood has fundraiser ideas that you can share with other families, please post a message at the Special Needs Children's forum. Inspiration reduces stress and gives us all greater hope.
Please participate in this and other bulletin board discussions at the Special Needs Children community forum at:
Reaching Out to Haiti
Children, Teens and Adults w/ Disabilities
Feb DS Buddy Walk to meet legislators in Washingon DC
American Idol Contestant Maddy Curtis
has brothers w/ Down syndrome
iPhone / iPod Touch Apps - Voice4u
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Reaching Out to Haiti - Seeking news stories,
resources, info related to disabilities, caregivers
From JF Activist:
Haitians with Disabilities Suffering
After Quake; How to Help
Mayo, Ireland woman helps children w/ special needs
in Haiti quake crisis Nos Petits Frères et Soeur
OK: Proposed law allows students w/ IEPs to
attend any school
Bill would require blind students to learn Braille
Amazon to Launch App Store for Kindle;
Project Lifesaver: http://bit.ly/6L4eYY
Tracking bracelet for those who wander
Lots of great accessibility topics at CSUN10 conf
Assisted listening devices: phones, hearing aids, alerts
What is Art Therapy?
I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!
Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!
Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
Voice4u iPod Touch iPhone Communication App
Nintendo Wii Therapy Rehab for Children and Teens
Amazon Kindle and Childhood Disability
Easter and Children with Disabilities
Holiday Play and Crafts
Signing Reading and Spelling for Communication
Friendship, Inclusion and Childhood Disability
Teaching Handwriting to Children
Art and Self-Expression for Children with Disabilities
Service Dog Etiquette
Pain Management for Children at Clinics and Hospitals
Interviewing Caregivers for Your Child
Teaching Relatives to Care for a Disabled Child
Positive Psychology and Childhood Disability
Family Games for Parties - Social and Educational
Vision and Eye Related Problems
Safety, Risk and Childhood Disability