Here's the latest article from the Special Needs Children site at BellaOnline.com.
Encouraging Fussy Babies and Sensitive Toddlers
Most babies have fussy periods, and toddlers go through stages where they are uncomfortably sensitive to touch or texture. Parents of those who experience ongoing sensory defensiveness, sensory integration challenges or a sensory processing disorder appreciate soothing S.I. therapy techniques that are also comforting for their mainstream peers.
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This and That:
Autism Assistance Dogs
There is an interesting new pilot Autism Assistance Dog Program from the group who rescues dogs in Washington, Oregon and California to train them to be 'Hearing Dogs' or as 'Miracle Mutts' for individuals with other special needs. Read more about it at http://www.dogsforthedeaf.org
Service Animals and Childhood Disability
Down Syndrome Education USA will have an exhibit stand at the 2009 NDSC convention in Sacramento July 31st - August 2nd.
For those who have been ordering the excellent materials from
those items and more will now be available from a USA shipping address:
Down Syndrome Education USA
1451 Quail Street, Suite 104
Newport Beach, CA 92660-2747
Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome
Type One Diabetes News:
Reports from the just completed Friends for Life: Orlando 2009
annual conference are now available
Diabetes Information for Classmates and Families
You are welcome to share this newsletter or articles of interest like those listed below, with family, friends, advocates, educators and medical professionals in your child's life. If you want to have a conversation about a particular topic, just a paragraph or two from any article or book you are reading can help get it started.
Enjoy these summer days and remember that unplanned, easy-going fun is therapeutic, too.
Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
Avoiding Heat Illnesses and Other Hazards
Child Safety - Pills, Purses, and Suitcases
Dentists, Oral Health, and Childhood Disability
Teaching Children about Money at Home
Symptoms of Childhood Onset (Insulin Dependent) Diabetes
Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention
Encouraging Children with Cancer
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
Teaching Children to Cook and Plan Meals
Prenatal Diagnosis: Down Syndrome
Inclusion Benefits Classmates
IEP Preparation and Teacher Support
Effective Reading Instruction for Children with Autism,
Down Syndrome or Learning Disabilities
Amazon Kindle 2 and Childhood Disability
Universal Design for Learning - Access
to General Education Curriculum
Interviewing Caregivers for Your Child
Teaching Relatives to Care for a Disabled Child
Encouraging Late Talking Children
iPhone and iPod Touch Apps - Childhood Disability
Disability and Future Planning for Parents
Teaching Handwriting at Home
Teaching Math Skills at Home
Anxiety and Childhood Disability
Inclusive P.E. and Childhood Disability
Sensory Integration and Children
Sensory Processing Disorder in Children
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