Here's the latest article from the Special Needs Children site at BellaOnline.com.
The Great Promise of Service Animals
Service animals have aided children, teens and adults with disabilities for decades. Although some leading animal rights activists protest the use of working dogs and other animals, we applaud those who rescue dogs to train for companionship, therapy and service or breed and train them specifically.
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Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for more articles like these:
Universal Design for Learning - Access
to General Education Curriculum
Teaching Braille to Children who are Blind
Recess Skills and Childhood Disability
Inclusive P.E. and Childhood Disability
Teaching Children About Money
Teaching Math Skills
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention
Teens with Disabilities - Transition to Adulthood
Reflux, Pediatric GERD, Infant GER and EER
Peer Mentoring Programs and Childhood Disability
Inclusion Benefits Classmates
IEP Preparation and Teacher Support
Literacy Skill Development - Reading Instruction
for Children with Autism, Down Syndrome
and Learning Disabilities
People First Language Awareness
People First Language Sensitivity
Remember, it is sensitive and respectful to use 'people first' language - 'children with special needs' instead of 'special needs children.' We still have a long way to go because the most common search phrase by far is 'special needs children' - and that is how most readers find this website. There's no particular reason that we need to use the word 'special' either. 'Fabulous,' 'wonderful' or 'excellent' are all more appropriate to all our sons and daughters.
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
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Thoughts from the Middle of the Night
A Brand New Baby with Down Syndrome
Prenatal Diagnosis: Down Syndrome
New Mother, Newly Diagnosed Baby
Down Syndrome Buddy Walks
Down Syndrome Awareness
Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene
Inclusive Education and the Culture of Down Syndrome
Depression and Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome and Diabetes Dual Diagnosis
Down Syndrome and Autism Dual Diagnosis
Anxiety and Childhood Disability
Amazon Kindle 2 and Childhood Disability
Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device