August 27 2009 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
Nick Jonas and Diabetes Awareness
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers band announced he had developed insulin dependent diabetes in 2007 when he was 14 years old. He raises awareness about type one diabetes, encourages other teens and children with juvenile diabetes, inspires self-expression and supports fundraising for research.
Celebrities who build awareness and support for our sons and daughters with special needs have contributed more than they know to the opportunities and encouragement our children need to live up to their true potential. Nick Jonas is especially inspiring because he lives with juvenile diabetes every day himself, enjoys and active lifestyle, fame, and engages in self-reflection that brings an added depth to his songwriting and performances.
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Are your children already back in school?
If you find incredible sales on school supplies - remember that you can bring in enough folders or notebooks for a whole classroom ~ to show that you have an interest in supporting every classmate your child will meet.
Teachers were often delighted when I brought in a stack of thirty twelve-cent notebooks or nine-cent folders that otherwise cost about a dollar each. If you bring in pencils ~ it's wonderful if they are sharpened already.
Remember, our children with special needs deserve every opportunity and support without obstacles or argument. Whenever their rights or opportunities are challenged, it says more about the individual causing the difficulty than it is about our sons and daughters. We can't control what is going on in their lives or has gone on in their experience that has caused them to focus in a negative way on our children, but we can control how we respond to them and how much we think about them when we are not dealing with them directly. Recycle a small box or a can with a tight fitting lid and whenever you think of the unpleasant person, write down a few words on a small slip of paper and put it in the box or can - and then put that container on the shelf with poisonous cleaning supplies until the five minutes you have scheduled to read and think about what to do about what is written on those slips of paper. We only have 24 hours in each day and every minute is precious! Give yourself the gift of time *not* thinking about an unpleasant person or situation. It can't hurt, and it might help!
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
Back to School with Down Syndrome
Easing Pain with Childhood Blood Draws, IV Lines and Injections
Symptoms of Childhood Onset (Insulin Dependent) Diabetes
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
Elementary School Transition
Inclusive Education and the Culture of Down Syndrome
Universal Design for Learning - Access
to General Education Curriculum
Interviewing Caregivers for Your Child
Back to School with Diabetes
Back to School with Celiac Disease
Teaching Relatives to Care for a Disabled Child
Encouraging Late Talking Children
Encouraging Fussy Babies and Sensitive Toddlers
Inclusive P.E. and Childhood Disability
Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention
Inclusion Benefits Classmates
IEP Preparation and Teacher Support
Effective Reading Instruction for Children with Autism,
Down Syndrome or Learning Disabilities
Amazon Kindle and Childhood Disability
Teaching Handwriting Before or After School
Teaching Math Skills Before or After School
Teaching Children to Cook and Plan Meals
Child Safety - Pills, Purses, and Suitcases
Advocating in Multicultural Communities
A Special Olympic Athlete's Road to Gold
Dentists, Oral Health, and Childhood Disability
Prenatal Diagnosis: Down Syndrome
iPhone and iPod Touch Apps - Childhood Disability
Disability and Future Planning for Parents
Anxiety and Childhood Disability
Sensory Integration and Children
Sensory Processing Disorder in Children
Pain Management for Children at Clinics and Hospitals
Teaching Children about Money at Home
Encouraging Children with Cancer
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