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Children with Special Needs

May 30 2008 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

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

Outdoor Games for Children
Children with special needs often learn new games at summer picnics, parties and on vacation visiting relatives just like their mainstream brothers and sisters. It is delightful when we see any child teaching their cousins, neighbors and classmates games that are cooperative as well as competitive.


Everybody is enjoying Brett Banford's appearance on "So You Think You Can Dance" - now available on YouTube at
His parting comments are worth a replay - read more at PatriciaBauer.com
Utah man 'represents' for people with disabilities in dance contest

Terri Mauro writes: There's a study being done on positive growth in parents of children with special needs at
If you have a minute, please spread the word on the upside about our wonderful kids - hopefully counteracting what was described on the down-syn list as "one of the stupidest statements on Down syndrome I've read in years" at

Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for even more great content and articles like these:

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.

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.

Vacation Travel and Weekend Getaways http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43397.asp

Carry On Luggage Rules for Flights Today

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

Communicating with Babies
Responding to a baby´s cries and filling their needs teaches them that their attempts to communicate work, that they are loved, and that they are surrounded by people who care deeply about them. An Australian woman with a photographic memory for sound discovered five sounds that babies around the world use to communicate their needs as newborns.

Kindergarten Transition
Planning the transition from preschool to kindergarten can include
visiting available classrooms before summer break, considering an extra
year of preschool in a transition or mainstream program, private
kindergarten or homeschooling

Oral Health and Dental Visits for Children
The Winter 2008 Linkages Newsletter features a focus topic on Oral Health for Children with Special Health Needs, with resource links for dental professionals outlining appropriate treatment, establishing better dental health habits, and preparing children and families for office visits and care.

Sleep Disorders and Children with Special Needs
Order $100 worth of diapers or absorbant protective briefs through a link from this article to amazon.com by May 31 and earn a $20 amazon gift certificate

Explaining a Serious Diagnosis to Children
Explaining to a child that a parent, relative or close family friend has a serious or life threatening diagnosis can be difficult for adults who may feel overwhelmed themselves. National, regional and local treatment centers may have resources for families to share with children that have been developed or donated for families.

ADHD Medications and Cardiovascular Events
It's now recommended that all children who use ADHD medications schedule an ECG and cardiovascular check up; stirring alarm among parents whose children are more at risk for a cardiac event if they have an undiagnosed heart problem and use stimulant medications like ritalin, adderall, or concerta.

Early Childhood Education and the NAEYC
The best information about quality early childhood education is available to families of children diagnosed with developmental delays, disabilities or other challenges through the same resources as their mainstream peers

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Review - Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs by Foster W. Cline and Lisa Greene

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

Seeing Children with Disabilities in Media

Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art34198.asp

Costumes for Children with Special Needs

State and National Park Disability Passes http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art56377.asp

Inclusive P.E. for Children with Special Needs

Recess Skills for Children with Special Needs

Strollers, Walkers and Wheelchairs for Children

Thoughts From the Middle of the Night

New Mother Newly Diagnosed Child

Moms Under Stress - Problem Behavior http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32504.asp

Communication, Autism, and Developmental Disabilities

Recognizing Early Signs of Autism

Autism Spectrum - Adolescent Issues and Privacy -

Affirmations - Expressing Affection and Acceptance

Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention

Music Education - Every Voice Heard

Childhood Seizures and Epilepsy

IDEA - Education Law

Teens with Disabilities - Transition Planning

IEP Preparation - Teacher Support

Early Intervention for Developmental Delays

IEP Goals for Children with Special Needs

How Uncomfortable is Your Child? Sensory Processing Disorder

Teaching the Power of Communication

Teaching Math Skills

Sleep Disorders and Children with Special Needs

Recess Skills for Children with Special Needs

People First Language Sensitivity

Asking More from Medical Professionals

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