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September 14 2012 Children with Special Needs Newsletter

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Raising Awareness About Down Syndrome
Raising awareness about Down syndrome can be as simple as pointing out the diversity with the population of babies, children and adults with Down syndrome. We already know that the potential of any individual can be enhanced by appreciation, affirmation, and opportunities.

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month is October

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Robin Trocki meets Jordyn who will play Sue Sylvester's baby daughter with Down syndrome, Robin, Thursday night on GLEE

Teacher Born With Down Syndrome Breaks Stereotype
A woman with Down Syndrome is proving any negative stereotypes wrong.

Sam's Top Secret Journal (middle reader chapter book)
Sam is a middle schooler sleuth adventurer who has Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome in Arts & Media provides a casting liaison service for individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilties who want to be actors and models. For info on how to register go to www.DSiAM.org and click on JOIN

Follow DSiAM on Facebook
1.Robin Trocki, meet Jordyn who will play Sue Sylvester's baby Robin on Glee.
2. On the east coast, 4 talented, beautiful DSiAM clients worked on BLUEBLOODS. I am so proud of you all! Yea, Dylan, Judy, Dani and Matthew. Congratulations! And thanks to the moms who make it all happen. They get the work permits and Coogan Accounts and take time from work to support their children. What a great team we are!

After 9/11, daughter thinks about life if mom lived
NBC’s Bob Dotson reports on a family who lost their mother in the 9/11 attacks when the kids were babies. Now nearly a teenager, Victoria Alonso reflects on what she would be doing with her mom if she were alive today. Her brother with Down syndrome was just a baby.

Another Year Past 9/11

Author talks about '47 Strings' book written about her daughter
Trisomy TwentyONEderful
Becky and Tessa interview - Tessa's first birthday
I am a big fan of Tessa and her family!

Autism, parenting and feeling judged
The Marin and North Bay Autism Lecture Series
starts Sept. 19

Instead of loving people in my neighborhood, I laced up fighting gloves, not in a “ready to battle for Jesus” kind of way but more like “if you say anything, I’ll deck you.”
Pop over to Gifted for Leadership to read the rest of my article about me making mistakes in my neighborhood.

End Aversive Restraints and Seclusion in School

A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children

Little person, big dreams: 5-year-old is the first student with dwarfism at Grand Blanc's Indian Hill Elementary

"Evan, a young adult with Down syndrome, lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town. When he unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money, he decides to use it to help out his friend and high school crush, Candy, a single mother deeply in-debt and facing eviction. The two form an unlikely relationship, and everything seems to be falling into place, until Candy s volatile ex-boyfriend, Russ interferes, resulting in an eruption of secrets and emotions."

Self Employment for Teens with Disabilities

Book of Life Goes On - 1st TV show featuring a main character w/ Down syndrome
Life Goes On 1st Season DVD set http://tinyurl.com/cr54n6c

DSEI: Don't miss the UK conferences introducing the new Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome.
RLI, teaches key language and literacy skills following evidence-based principles and adapted to meet the children's specific learning needs.
These events will take place on the following dates:
25 Sep 2012 – HG Wells Conference Centre, Woking
27 Sep 2012 – Village Hotel, Swindon
2 Oct 2012 – Lakeside Centre, Aston University, Birmingham
3 Oct 2012 – Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, York
RLI was evaluated in a landmark study - the first large controlled trial of an educational intervention designed for children with Down syndrome, and one of the largest of any study of children with Down syndrome to date. Find out more: http://dsuri.net/Od0b8v
The one-day conferences will introduce the intervention, summarise the study findings and explore in depth how teachers can adopt the intervention for children they work with and how parents can support the use of RLI at school.
The conferences will be useful for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs, head teachers, Educational Psychologists and Speech Therapists supporting children with Down syndrome in mainstream and special education settings. We also encourage parents to attend and learn more about the intervention and how it can be used to improve outcomes for their children with Down syndrome.
Expert speakers
The conferences will be presented by Dr Kelly Burgoyne, who led the development and evaluation of the intervention, and Professor Sue Buckley OBE, an internationally renowned expert in development and education for children with Down syndrome.

Yoga and Childhood Disabilities
OT Corner: Benefits of Yoga for Kids with Special Needs
Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities

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