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July 2011


Grief Resources for those Suffering the Loss of a Child

Alexandra’s House Perinatal Hospice House and Infant Refuge Providing active management and hope for families pregnant with or who have a baby with lethal anomalies and who is expected to die near or shortly after birth. • AlexandrasHouse.com • 816-931-2539 Carousel Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care and Perinatal Program Providing specialized care at home for infants, children and adolescents with serious illnesses or for

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States of Grief for Parents of Children with Special Needs

By Kristin Reinsberg, MS, LMFT Daily tasks, demands and challenges continually test a parent’s patience, problem solving skills and flexibility. Time to recharge and relax is often in short supply as the responsibilities of parenthood pull for more of our energy. Stress can impact our health and can greatly affect our relationships with partners, friends and, most importantly, our children. If you are a

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The Sister Shield

Demetri Fotopoulos always under the protection of his big sis Eleni By Melina Bland Eleni Fotopoulos is a proud big sister. At four-and-a-half years old, she takes her role very seriously. All the kids in her pre-kindergarten class at the Child Development Center at the Jewish Community Center know Eleni’s little brother Demetri. He often totes along on trips to drop her off and

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Finding Friends for Your Special Needs Child

Kids want to have friends. But it’s not so easy for special needs children to find meaningful friendships with others. Some children are shunned because of physical differences. Others have social and communication deficits that make it difficult to start and keep friendships. While it is impossible to address the nuances of every disability, here are some general tips toward finding friends for your

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Back to School on a Smart Budget

By CommunityAmerica Savin’ Maven Kat Hnatyshyn How easy is it to sink your family budget under the weight of a back-toschool shopping excursion? Very. Remember, we’re talking about the second-biggest shopping season of the year, trailing only the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s spend-a-thon. Back to school spending is estimated to top $55 billion this year. The National Retail Federation estimates that the average family with school-age

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Back to School Primer: What’s the difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP?

504 Plan Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of people with disabilities from discrimination by any agency that receives federal money. This includes public schools. The 504 Plan gives students with special needs the right to have certain “accommodations” or changes from regular classroom rules. Some of these changes can be: Desk close to the teacher Instructions are

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A Big Brother with Down Syndrome: One Sister’s Perspective

Growing up, Ben Wise wasn’t a typical big brother to little sister Sally. He didn’t help her with homework or chaperone her dates. But Ben, who has Down syndrome, gave Sally something no other brother could – unconditional love and long-lasting lessons in compassion and understanding. Now, Sally, 27, and Ben, 30, share their feelings on siblings, disabilities and abilities too. Here’s what they

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Early Education: What You Need to Know from the Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) at the University of Kansas Medical Center

Because infants and toddlers do not attend public school, families of children birth to age three must engage in a very different process to get support. Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that infants and toddlers with disabilities be provided services in their natural environment from birth to age three. Parents may request an evaluation if they have

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Food Allergies and Special Needs: Is There a Connection?

By Kathy Stump Every parent wants to feed their children the best possible foods to ensure healthy growth and to express their love. Yet, for parents of special needs children who often have other health considerations, feeding your food-allergic child can become overwhelming amidst the other caregiving responsibilities. However, there is some good news. It may help to realize that food allergies are common,

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