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December 18 2011 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

Here's the latest article from the Children with Special Needs site at BellaOnline.com.

When my son was born with Down Syndrome
I became sensitive to certain words and phrases when my son was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome. I am grateful that his pediatrician developed his own awareness without my intervention. A good doctor can learn from every new patient. Some average doctors may overwhelm by their own ignorance.

With Christmas Eve just a week away, families may be experiencing stress and worry of many kinds. This year, Hanukkah overlaps the Christmas holiday. Many children who celebrate Chanukah may find Christmas celebrations in their communities overwhelm the traditions of the Jewish holiday. The same may be true for children who celebrate the secular holiday of Santa without the religious traditions of Christmas or Hanukkah.

Extended family from interfaith marriages may struggle with how to share important traditions with their grandchildren. This is as common in families of children who have developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs as it is among their mainstream peers.

Of course, there does not have to be a difference of religion, ethnicity, or culture among grandparents and extended family to create stress during the holidays, especially for families of children with a disability of developmental delay. However, resources for families struggling with choices of faith and religious tradition may be helpful in understanding the difficulties as well as the wonderful opportunities we all have to grow and learn. Some of these books may also be wonderful additions to parent group libraries and your child's classroom.

Here are some books recommended for families of children in interfaith marriages:

Mingled Roots: A Guide for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith Children

Children's Books -

My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story
Respectful storybook about shared traditions of an interfaith family

Elijah's Angel: Story for Chanukah and Christmas
An elderly black woodcarver gives an angel to a young friend on Chanukah

The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate

BellaOnline's Early Childhood Editor, Nicki Heskin, has written an article that may be helpful in understanding how to explain Christmas to Jewish children and help them to cope with what may seem like an overwhelming public celebration.

Helping Jewish Children Relate to Christmas

Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Children with Special Needs.

Winter Challenges for Children with Special Needs

Managing Emergencies at School

Winter Storm Preparations for Families

Severe Weather Events and Children with Special Needs

Faith, Religion and Children with Special Needs

Advocating in Multicultural Communities

Surgery and Children with Diabetes

Finding a Welcoming Congregation

Asking More from Medical Professionals - Children with Special Needs

Forgiving Family - Childhood Disabilities

Inappropriate Comments in Inclusive Congregations

Vacation Travel, Weekend Getaways and Childhood Disabilities

Holiday Shopping For Children With Special Needs

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Diabetes Information for Classmates and their Families

Airline Travel for Children with Special Needs

Parent Humor and Childhood Disability - Children with Special Needs

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