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May 30 2009 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

Here's the latest article from the Special Needs Children site at

Extended School Year for Special Education
Students who qualify for special education services through and IEP or 504 plan may also benefit from extended school year services to focus on existing or emerging skills that can diminish or be lost be lost over summer vacation. Many families find that creating summer learning programs at home or in the community benefit their children as well as their peers from mainstream and special education classrooms.

Please feel free to share articles of interest at the Special Needs Children website with other parents, advocates and educational professionals. Don't hesitate to include information about your own experiences or unique qualities in your child that show your own perspective on topics.

Summer Learning and Childhood Disability

Boardmaker and PECS Communication Alternatives

DIR - Floortime Model Techniques and Behavior Challenges

Teaching Children about Money

Teaching Handwriting

Summer Homeschooling Activities and Childhood Disability

Playground Skills for Children with Special Needs

Comparing Ourselves with Other Mothers on the Playground

Sunblocking Clothing and Laundry Rinse

Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs

Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome

Teaching Functional Math Skills

Vacation Travel, Weekend Getaways, and Children with Special Needs

Accessible Playgrounds and Inclusive Play Areas

Person Centered Planning

Terri Mauro has some suggestions about
Do It Yourself Extended School Year activities:
DIY ESY - An Extended School Year Program You Can Do Yourself

And there are dozens of articles available via the internet about recent high school graduates that may inspire and delight you ~ remember that teachers, therapists and administrators often see only children of a certain age with your child's diagnosis ~ there are thousands of adults who grew up challenged by the same disability who were 'late-bloomers' or peaked early and wished they had enjoyed the journey more.

To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a related community forum located here -

Johanna shares these resources for families caught in the economic crisis:

More affordable eyeglasses
"In this economy, for those kids who lose or break eyeglasses, for people like me who misplace eyeglasses ;) --- it might be worth checking into this company as an alternative to the more expensive stores."

Partnership for Prescription Assistance:

Please post in the Special Needs Children forum or let me know of any money-saving ideas or resources for families ~ and share those above with friends and neighbors who do not have internet access.

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

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Airline Travel and Childhood Disability

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Supporting Children Using Behavior as Communication

Diabetes Information for Classmates and Neighbors

Sibling Support and Rivalry

Cousins of Children with Disabilities

Disability and Future Planning for Parents

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