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August 15 2010 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

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

Down Syndrome and the Task of Learning
Children with Down syndrome may have delays or gaps in development due to strategies they find effective to avoid learning, working on or practicing skills. Professor Jennifer Wishart explains insightful research on how children with Down syndrome may sabotage themselves in teaching environments.

Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for other articles of interest to families and teachers.

Social Matches and Teens with Disabilities

Burn Survivor Camps for Children and Teens

Teaching math skills to children with special needs

Teaching Handwriting to Children

Kindergarten Transition

IEP Goals for Children with Special Needs

Peer Mentoring Programs and Childhood Disability

Teens with Disabilities - Transition to Adulthood

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Down Syndrome & the Task of Learning http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art68143.asp

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The Thinking Person's Guide to #Autism: Getting to Know Your New Neighborhood http://is.gd/efWcw

Mattel Says Nay to "SAY" Speech Supplies http://bit.ly/drJ5UU #specialneeds

TheArcUS College Websites remain inaccessible to people with disabilities http://bit.ly/cKdRuj

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Summer is back! Hope you take full advantage of it and spend it with those you love! Some random acts of kindness would be a sweet bonus

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Sun & high temperatures can take you by surprise! http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32522.asp
Avoiding Heat Related Illnesses

Art Prize Artist Profile - Michael Johnson http://www.artprize.org/artists/public-profile/50874
Churchill Downs 6 - Artist with Down syndrome

AT can increase access to daily living, recreation, education & employment http://watap.org/ UW Center for Technology & Disability Studies

SCI Dorn Report: http://tinyurl.com/DornRprtSCI Identifies, documents policy options in Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Technical Assistance: 8/17 Help Prepare Exchange Planning Grant Applications http://www.statecoverage.org/node/2526 Health Reform Resources

Way to go! 18 yo man w Down syndrome joins National Youth Theater. http://tinyurl.com/26yl96d - 1st person w DS to do so.

Tour de Munster in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland http://bit.ly/am6Ai3 Left Cork this am heading for Kilalloe tonight!

The 15th annual National Down Syndrome Society NYC Buddy Walk is happening Sept 25 in Central Park. http://www.buddywalk.org/

Down Syndrome Research Foundation urgently needs camcorder & computer equipment. Pls contact if you can help: http://dsrf.org/

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Study Finds Younger Medicare Beneficiaries With Disabilities Struggle More With Cost and Access than Seniors http://bit.ly/9gO01U

WrightsLaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: http://tinyurl.com/Emtns2AdvcyPrnts The Special Education Survival Guide

Negotiating Special Education Maze http://tinyurl.com/GuideSpEdMz Guide for Parents & Teachers

WA Post: http://tinyurl.com/IEPhelpWaPost How to get the extra help your child needs in school

Down Syndrome Transition Handbook: Charting the Course to Adulthood http://tinyurl.com/DSTrnstnHndbk

Zoom! by Robert Munsch http://tinyurl.com/ZoomRbtMnsch Rare: Lauretta gets a souped up 92-speed, dirt-bike model wheelchair #moms #teachers

Rolling Along w/ Goldilocks & 3 Bears http://tinyurl.com/RlgGldlcks3Brs Goldilocks befriends Baby Bear, who has wheelchair, therapy

ABC for You & Me http://tinyurl.com/ABC4YouMe Hardbound book w/ children w/ Down syndrome. For all kids! Also see: 1, 2, 3

Kids Like Me Learn ABCs http://tinyurl.com/KdsLkMeABC Children w/ Down Syndrome featured in board books - also see: Colors (Spanish, too!)

My First Day of School http://tinyurl.com/My1stDySchl Browse at your public library or local bookstore

What Kindergarten Teachers Know: http://tinyurl.com/WhtKTchrsKnw Playful Ways for Parents to Help Children Listen, Learn, Cooperate #moms

Kindergarten Transition www.bellaonline.net/articles/art49718.asp More than books! http://tinyurl.com/KndrgrtnRdns Visit schools, classrooms

Article on teaching sign language to young children. Sign can bridge gap for kids w/ apraxia of speech too http://tinyurl.com/29uptvk

Why do some kids with apraxia of speech refuse or resist speech therapy? New article on Apraxia -KIDS #apraxia http://tinyurl.com/279y7gx

"What I Learned Trying To Get My Child's Speech Therapy Funded" #apraxia http://tinyurl.com/2dpnq3u

Children w/ Apraxia & Reading, Writing, & Spelling Difficulties http://tinyurl.com/ApraxiaKidsRdg

How Learned Helplessness Affects Educational Progress http://www.lupinworks.com/ar/PasI/roger.html Educating as Inquiry Dr. Judith M. Newman

Parents and Physicians Warned of "Alternative" #FoodAllergy Tests http://is.gd/eblsr

Medical ID Bracelets for Children and Teens http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art66973.asp

Medical IDs Your Child Will Want to Wear http://bit.ly/bgmxfe

Heads up! Early registration for 35th Annual TASH Conference ends Sept 1. Join us Dec 8-11 in Denver! Full details: http://bit.ly/bJScsN

Accessibility: Hot summer for technology policy in the USA - Will the whole world benefit? http://bit.ly/duRYqp

Now there are 2 recurring characters w Down Syndrome on the TV show, Glee: http://tinyurl.com/GleeDSdvd That's progress!

The Secret Life of the American Teenager has a character with Down syndrome http://tinyurl.com/ScrtLfAmTeenDS

Children with Disabilities Acting in TV, Movies and Commercials http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art54743.asp.zzz

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