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August 27 2009 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

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Nick Jonas and Diabetes Awareness
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers band announced he had developed insulin dependent diabetes in 2007 when he was 14 years old. He raises awareness about type one diabetes, encourages other teens and children with juvenile diabetes, inspires self-expression and supports fundraising for research.

Celebrities who build awareness and support for our sons and daughters with special needs have contributed more than they know to the opportunities and encouragement our children need to live up to their true potential. Nick Jonas is especially inspiring because he lives with juvenile diabetes every day himself, enjoys and active lifestyle, fame, and engages in self-reflection that brings an added depth to his songwriting and performances.

Please visit for other articles about childhood disability, family support and advocaty, or use your favorite search engine with a word or phrase and 'Pamela Wilson special needs' to find specific topics of interest at our website and elsewhere.

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Disability Advocacy and Awareness

Communication, Autism and Disability

TV Actors Who Have Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene

Sarah Palin and Down Syndrome Awareness

Are your children already back in school?

If you find incredible sales on school supplies - remember that you can bring in enough folders or notebooks for a whole classroom ~ to show that you have an interest in supporting every classmate your child will meet.
Teachers were often delighted when I brought in a stack of thirty twelve-cent notebooks or nine-cent folders that otherwise cost about a dollar each. If you bring in pencils ~ it's wonderful if they are sharpened already.

Remember, our children with special needs deserve every opportunity and support without obstacles or argument. Whenever their rights or opportunities are challenged, it says more about the individual causing the difficulty than it is about our sons and daughters. We can't control what is going on in their lives or has gone on in their experience that has caused them to focus in a negative way on our children, but we can control how we respond to them and how much we think about them when we are not dealing with them directly. Recycle a small box or a can with a tight fitting lid and whenever you think of the unpleasant person, write down a few words on a small slip of paper and put it in the box or can - and then put that container on the shelf with poisonous cleaning supplies until the five minutes you have scheduled to read and think about what to do about what is written on those slips of paper. We only have 24 hours in each day and every minute is precious! Give yourself the gift of time *not* thinking about an unpleasant person or situation. It can't hurt, and it might help!

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Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!

Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor

Back to School with Down Syndrome

Easing Pain with Childhood Blood Draws, IV Lines and Injections

Symptoms of Childhood Onset (Insulin Dependent) Diabetes

Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs

Kindergarten Transition

Elementary School Transition

Inclusive Education and the Culture of Down Syndrome

Universal Design for Learning - Access
to General Education Curriculum

Interviewing Caregivers for Your Child

Back to School with Diabetes

Back to School with Celiac Disease

Teaching Relatives to Care for a Disabled Child

Encouraging Late Talking Children

Encouraging Fussy Babies and Sensitive Toddlers

Inclusive P.E. and Childhood Disability

Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention

Inclusion Benefits Classmates

IEP Preparation and Teacher Support

Effective Reading Instruction for Children with Autism,
Down Syndrome or Learning Disabilities

Amazon Kindle and Childhood Disability

Teaching Handwriting Before or After School

Teaching Math Skills Before or After School

Teaching Children to Cook and Plan Meals

Child Safety - Pills, Purses, and Suitcases

Advocating in Multicultural Communities

A Special Olympic Athlete's Road to Gold

Dentists, Oral Health, and Childhood Disability

Prenatal Diagnosis: Down Syndrome

iPhone and iPod Touch Apps - Childhood Disability

Disability and Future Planning for Parents

Anxiety and Childhood Disability

Sensory Integration and Children

Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

Pain Management for Children at Clinics and Hospitals

Teaching Children about Money at Home

Encouraging Children with Cancer

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