Down Syndrome

Remembering Adam and Amy: October Down and Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

When my oldest son went to kindergarten I held my breath, he was not great at social skills and did not make friends well.  I was thrilled when he started coming home from school with stories of Adam, the coolest friend ever.  I couldn’t wait until open house and meeting Adam’s parents.  At open house I ask Aaron’s teacher about Adam and she asked me [...]

What You Should Know About Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) by Andrea Erins : Guest Post

The term “IEP” comes up often when discussing special education programs in public schools. If you have a child with a disability who’s about to enter school, or if you think your child may have a learning disability because he or she is struggling in school, you may want to learn more about IEPs if you haven’t already. What is an IEP? An IEP is [...]

Misunderstood – The Parent of a Child with Special Needs (Part II)

Resentment is a strong word... He asked if my other two children resented him. This teenager trying to understand. Do I think they resent him? The attention given, the care received, the considerations made. This was a teenager, less knowledgeable about the ways of the world, of censoring thoughts rather than allowing them to form into words. Not that this is his fault; he is [...]

Anti-bullying by Jenny Ford • All About Autism Series 2011

This post is generously submitted for the 2011 All About Autism Series ~ by Jenny Ford: When I was a kid in school I got bullied constantly... Except for one year of public school but that's a subject for another post... One of my first memories of being bullied is when I was in the corner of the school yard. Don't remember how I got [...]

"Inclusive Classrooms" and classroom "havens" for children with special needs

“One excited boy did all that he could before making his way to a swing for comfort. Another boy made it all the way through, enjoying the project and doing an amazing job. Other kiddos were off enjoying the end of the day doing other activities in other rooms. J melted.” I talk about J’s inclusive classroom model and my first experience coming into his [...]

"Are You Looking At Me? Are You Looking At ME?" by Bobbie Aguilera • Guest Post

by Bobbie Aguilera It starts off innocently enough…. “Awww he’s such a cutie, how old is he?” In comes my dilemma, Do I tell this person the truth or lie? I go with the truth. “He’s almost 22months now.” “WOW!! He’s so little still.” “Yeah, he has Down Syndrome, and had to have intestinal surgery right after he was born and open heart surgery at [...]

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