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Children with Special Needs

June 13 2008 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

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Review - Literacy Skill Development
Literacy Skill Development for Students with Special Learning Needs, by Leslie Broun and Patricia Oelwein, introduces an approach to building literacy skills in students often considered unlikely to learn to read, based on their work with students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders or Down syndrome. These strategies have also been shown to have wonderful results with other visual learners, as well as students who have vision or hearing impairments.


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Dads of Babies with Disabilities
Most fathers of kids with disabilities were civilians when their son or daughter was diagnosed. Many resources for parent support and information are offered through a motherĀ“s perspective, with the needs and concerns of siblings and grandparents higher priorities than the husband and father.

Review - Parenting Children With Health
Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics

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

Outdoor Games for Children

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

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

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
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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
Some of 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

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

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.

Communicating with Babies

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