April 14 2008 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
State and National Park Disability Passes
Families of children with disabilities may qualify for free or reduced price entrance to state and national parks with disability passes available well in advance of a park visit. Information on documentation, identification and other requirements is available at individual websites.
From Kerri Morrone's sixuntilme.com blog
Listed at the What's New at Children with Diabetes site
Raise Your Voices for Type One Diabetes Awareness
April 14, 2008
On April 14th, we'll Raise Our Voices for Type 1 Diabetes Awareness. With "diabetes" being one term that covers such diverse territory, it's important to make the distinction that not all "cures for diabetes" or "new diabetes drugs" benefit the type 1 community. We need progressive and aggressive awareness of type 1 diabetes. But in order for people to listen, we need to be loud.
You can help families of children with Type One, Insulin Dependent diabetes by printing and sharing information with pediatricians, teachers, care providers and your local parenting newspapers.
Childhood onset insulin dependent diabetes has both immediate short term emergency implications and long term health effects from unexpected, untreated low blood sugars (under 70) as well as frequent high blood sugars (over 200). Children with diabetes have the same need and desire to participate in team sports, extracurricular activities, hanging out and parties as their mainstream peers. Learn something about the difference between Type One and Type Two diabetes today! Share the knowledge.
Diabetes (T1D) Information for Classmates
Back to School with Diabetes
Symptoms of Type One Insulin Dependent Childhood Onset Diabetes
Down Syndrome and Diabetes Dual Diagnosis
Community Is... Self-Determination
Children with Diabetes - Comprehensive Information and Support
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Melissa Riggio Made a Difference
Melissa Riggio´s birth inspired the creation of the Special Needs section at Barnes & Noble bookstores. Her life in twenty years made more of a difference in the world than many lives of 80.
Faith, Religion, and Children with Special Needs
Families of children with special needs have found wonderful support and encouragement from religious groups and their own communities of faith; children who grow up included in a faith community find lifelong friends and good company
Encouraging Late Talking Children
Finding ways to encourage late-talking children to communicate helps us to build better relationships within the family and community. When a child misses developmental milestones in speech, or does not speak at all, alternative forms of communication help them show us their full potential
Recognizing Early Signs of Autism
Recognizing early signs of autism helps families find resoures and support for very young children with autism spectrum disorders. The autism video glossary shows film clips of autism symptoms, helping families reach professionals to find an earlier diagnosis and early intervention options.
Seeing Children with Disabilities in Movies, Ads and Television
Advocates are stepping forward to describe the importance of children with disabilities being represented in movies, commercials, and television shows as main characters as well as casual extras. Seeing children with disabilities in movies, ads and television impacts siblings and mainstream peers.
MRSA Antibiotic Resistant Staph Infections
MRSA and ORSA are antibiotic-resistant staph infections that can quickly become life threatening when diagnosis or treatment is delayed. Children with certain health conditions and developmental disabilities may be more susceptible due to skin conditions, injury, accidents or hospitalizations.
Explaining Down Syndrome to Children
Deciding how to explain Down syndrome to young children may challenge the beliefs and expectations of adults who see more differences than similarities among children with Down syndrome and their mainstream peers.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Children with Special Needs
The latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, _Children with Special Needs - Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities_, includes inspiring tales and wonderful stories about loving and raising kids just like ours
Teens with Disabilities - Transition Planning
Reflux - Pediatric GERD, Infant GER and EER
Preparing for Emergencies - Children with Special Needs
Signing, Reading and Spelling
Oral Health and Dental Visits for Children
Cutting with Scissors and Other Fine Motor Skills
Printing and Cursive Handwriting for Children with Special Needs
Teaching Handwriting to Children with Special Needs
Person Centered Planning
Communicating with Babies
Music Education - Every Voice Heard
Cousins of Children with Special Needs
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
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