Here's the latest article from the Special Needs Children site at BellaOnline.com.
Swine Flu Outbreak and Childhood Disability
Families of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs faced disproportionate challenges due to the effects of the 2009 Swine Flu (A1N1 Influenza) outbreak, in reducing risks; finding alternate caregivers; maintaining medications during illness; transportation issues; and dealing with interruption of routine during school closures.
Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for information, resources and support in raising and educating children with special needs.
Comparing Ourselves to Other Mothers
Teaching Handwriting and Childhood Disability
Reading Readiness and Reading Strategies
Literacy Skill Development - Reading Instruction
for Children with Autism, Down Syndrome
and Learning Disabilities
Teaching Math Skills
Part Time Homeschooling and High School Transition
Homeschooling and 'After-Schooling' Children with Special Needs
Universal Design for Learning - Access
to General Education Curriculum
Teaching Braille to Children
Amazon Kindle 2 and Childhood Disability
Peer Mentoring Programs and Childhood Disability
Teaching Math Skills
Outdoor Games for Children
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Do you enter contests, nominate friends for recognition, or submit photographs of your child in local Cutest Baby or Child competitions? Bellaonline.com has sweepstakes mentioned at the end of each newsletter, and I would be thrilled to know when any newsletter reader enters or wins a contest. Families of children with special needs who feel isolated or rejected in their local communities may take heart when we put ourselves or our children forward in the media, letters to the editor, and in catalogs or contests.
When I learned of the contest below I was hoping that it would be a photography contest where I could see your sons and daughters online ~ but I believe it is mainly to promote the baby registry service at Amazon.com.
Amazon Dream Baby Registry, Plus One Year of Huggies Supreme Diapers
One Amazon Dream Registry Sweepstakes winner will be selected each month from May through December for up to eight chances to win; to participate, create an Amazon Baby Registry and add 10 items to be automatically entered into the sweepstakes.
If you learn of contests that would be of interest to families of babies, children or teens with special needs, let me know and I will include information in this newsletter. Our families and children should be equally represented as their mainstream peers. And all of us could use more good news.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
Anxiety and Childhood Disability
Sensory Processing Disorder and Stressful Environments
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
The Diagnosis of Learning Disability
Starting a Parent Support Group
Depression and Down Syndrome
Inclusive Education and the Culture of Down Syndrome
Sensory Integration and Children
Disability and Future Planning for Parents
Accessible Designs in Playgrounds and Play Areas
"Mad Pride" movement challenges views of mental illness
NICHCY - Resources for Mental Health
Terri Mauro -
How to write a research paper
When your inlaws outlaw your child
Patricia Bauer -
Research: Autism 'recovery' possible for some - not most
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