February 18 2011 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
Food and Eating Issues - Childhood Disabilities
Babies, toddlers and young children who have difficulties with feeding, eating or oral-motor issues benefit from interventions and support from parents and professionals
In the coming weeks, families and teachers may be stressing out over evaluations for setting goals for next year's IEPs and discussions of how well our children's current IEPs have met their needs. Please put aside anxiety and frustration as often as possible so you can build your own personal One Year, Five Year, and Ten Year Plan for your family that sets goals for the best possible outcomes. Our daily lives are not dress rehearsals for better days so we may as well enjoy them to the max while we can enjoy each day together. And never underestimate the challenges and impossibilities other moms deal with every day - you are not alone in your hopes and dreams or your worst possible parenting moments. Hang in there! All our lives could be completely transformed this time next year ~ let us raise our expectations beyond any hope of rising to them, and overcome whatever negative thoughts that arise via exhaustion or conflict. We stand strong, together, and also may find some gentleness left even for the most frustrating individuals.
Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for articles of interest to parents and professionals.
IEP Goals for Children with Special Needs http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4330.asp
IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
(Over) Preparing for the IEP Meeting http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32971.asp
New and Expectant Parent Information on Down Syndrome http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art68926.asp
Thoughts from the Middle of the Night -
Mainstream Kindergarten with Down Syndrome
Service Dog Etiquette -
Follow the Bellaonline.com Special Needs Children editor,
Pamela Wilson, on Twitter at
For information on disability issues, advocacy events and links to newspaper
and TV stories about Childhood Disabilities via Twitter, include this link in your parent group newsletters:
Childhood Disabilities ~ Families of Children with Special Needs
Teaching Your Teen to Plan Meals and Cook
Disability Parking Placards - Childhood Disabilities http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art63280.asp
Anxiety and Childhood Disabilities http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art59924.asp
Do you stand with @abilitypath? We have teamed
up with Lauren Potter from Glee to take a stand
against bullying people with disabilities
Disability Solutions Newsletter http://www.disabilitycompass.org/publications/disability-solutions
Past Issues; each one a gem #downsyndrome
From Milk to Table Foods
Parents Guide to Introducing Food Textures #downsyndrome
'Glee actress Lauren Potter dates regular guy
Couple Lets Nothing Stand in the Way of Love http://www.dailynews.com/ci_17378784 Michael Ponce & Kristina Brant #downsyndrome commitment ceremony
.Downsyndromecen Ann tells why Valentine's Day has
extra special meaning for her ... Healthy Heart Day
Inclusive Education, Employment, Community Living,
Diversity & Cultural Competency, Human Rights
Down Syndrome books http://tinyurl.com/DownSynWdbnBks
Great website articles on DS & other childhood disabilities
Down Syndrome support groups:
Accommodations: Special Ed teachers
Making & implementing decisions
HHS releases new strategic plan to advance vaccine/immunization
science and policy
To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Special Needs Children located here -
Encourage your local parent support and advocacy groups to catch up with national disability news items, magazine and newspaper articles, or online resources.
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 appreciate a friendly chat and accurate information!
Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
Thoughts From the Middle of the Night
A Brand New Baby w/ Down Syndrome -
Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome -
Swine Flu Outbreak and Childhood Disability http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art61839.asp
DVDs: Down syndrome info
Expert interviews about babies, children & teens with Down Syndrome
I have not read this one yet:
Grief to Celebration: How One Family Learned to Embrace
the Gift of Down Syndrome by Margaret Bender
Books on Type 1 Diabetes - Browse and view reader comments
Guide for Children, Adolescents, Young Adults & Caregivers
Down Syndrome and Type One Diabetes - Dual Diagnosis
Back to School with Diabetes
School Nurses and Diabetes Care
Diabetes Information for Classmates
Compilation CDs of popular music for teens w/ disabilities
Grammy nominees 2011 at local retailers, online
Enjoyed the Grammy performance by Lady Gaga
New song: Born This Way - Available now:
"Whether life's disabilities left you outcast bullied or teased
rejoice & love yourself today because baby you were born this way"
The Lady Gaga EP Audio CD http://tinyurl.com/LdyGagaBrnThsWayEP Born This Way will be released on March 15, 2011
.techieteacher If you haven't already join the AT Facebook group
http://on.fb.me/effDnI #assistivetech #ATpeeps #spedchat
.NationalADAPT Read about how lack of housing traps our people: http://politi.co/e83mZ4.
.mamatude From The World of Special Olympics:
House Bill Threatens Life of Critical Special Olympics Programs
.mamatude From To the Max: Explaining special needs to a sibling
.GDSFoundation Are you ready change? We are!
R-word campaign day is coming up on 3.2.2011
check out RealJohnnymcG video promo here:
.CSUNCOD RT @ProjPossibility: SS12 USC:Code for a Cause
seeking programmers to mentor students during
Feb 19-20 coding competition!
.NDSCNews Take a look at this remarkable story.
Hard work and determination can get you far.
MTVu to launch reality show set at Gallaudet U #deaf
.mamatude Campaign Targets Bullying of Children
with Special Needs
.GDSFoundation Congrats! Football Assistant Coach Named
Honorary Chair - Ball State
.AccessWGBH Winning the Future for People with Disabilities,
the 2012 Fact Sheet from today's White House update
Photos from today at the Disability Policy Seminar
Great tips from @thearcus on raising awareness for intellectual and developmental #disabilities http://bit.ly/hN9QER
The Disability Studies Minor at UC Berkeley
What a great way to learn about the disability community!
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