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December 2010


Resource Guide – December 2010

Allergies Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics Striving to end asthma deaths and suffering on a national level. aanma.org • 800-878-4403 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research. aafa.org • 800-624-0044 The Food Allergy Network (FAN) Raising public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance

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Surving Family Celebrations with Your Child with Special Needs

By Christy Webb The holidays are around the corner, and with them, the stress that comes from family get-togethers. If you have a child with special needs, you may be feeling some added stress. These get-togethers can be too loud and over stimulating. And don’t forget about the ever-flowing advice and opinions that you’ll be sure to receive. I dreaded social events for the

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H.A.P.P.Y Holidays

 By CommunityAmerica Savin’ Maven Amy Grothaus It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us. We’ll soon be attending family gatherings and catching up on the past year. A word that comes to my mind during this time of year is HAPPY. From exchanging gifts to exchanging hugs, this truly is a wonderful time of the year. However, the hustle and bustle

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Traveling with Children with Special Needs

By Daisy Wakefield Maria Brockman of Lawrence is terrified. She is flying alone with her 8-year-old son, Jack, and 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn, on an upcoming trip to Washington D.C. And even though Jack, who has autism, has improved dramatically in traveling on planes, he could just as well revert to past behavior and disintegrate into a full tantrum during the flight. For Brockman and

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Olathe Family Uses Humor & Honesty to Cope with Son’s Special Needs

By Jill Sederstrom Two years ago, Jennifer Bertrand was within reach of her dreams. The Olathe resident had just been named the winner of HGTV’s Design Star and would soon have her own show on the network as part of her prize. The interior designer had reached the pinnacle of her career, but there was already something else in the works that would transform

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Park Hill Teacher Sees Possibilities, Not Limitations

By Kara Cowie When sitting down to write about Natalie Barner, the second recipient of Parenting Children with Special Needs’ “Educators Making a Difference Award,” I kept coming back to her application for another great honor – Missouri Teacher of the Year. Her words, full of passion, experience, compassion and hope, are so much more poignant than anything I could write about her. They

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Side by Side: Sisters Share Close Bond Despite Terminal Illness

By Jill Sederstrom Hannah’s sister used to pull her hair. She used to eat crayons and tackle their dad and loved to eat Lamar’s donuts. But Haylee doesn’t do those things anymore. The active, energetic girl, who was known for her slight mischievous side, is now bound to a wheelchair, blind and unable to communicate. The 3 year old has neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, or

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Celebrating the Holidays with a Child in the Hospital

By Elaine Riordan, LMSW, and Tiffany Crabtree, LSCSW “When a child is held in mind, the child feels it, and knows it. There is a sense of safety, of containment, and most important, existence in that other, which has always seemed to me vital… It seems to me that one of life’s greatest privileges is just that – the experience of being held in

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Nutrition Tips for the Holidays … and Every Day

Eating healthy is rarely easy. Add in the holidays and a child with special needs, and you may feel overwhelmed at best. But according to Meredith L. Dreyer, PhD, a pediatric psychologist and weight management expert with Children’s Mercy Hospital, there’s no need to stress; eating healthy – even over the holidays – can be as simple and satisfying. Here’s how: Make it a

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