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Children with Special Needs

Resources for children with special needs or disabilities, including children with Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays.

Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities
This is a guide to some of the directories and listings of summer camps available for children with disabilities.

Potty Training Children with Special Needs
While parents often complain of difficulty potty training their children, for most families, potty training is a fairly easy experience. However, this is not always the case for children with developmental delays or disabilities, such as autism, Down syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, etc. Children with special needs can be much more difficult to potty train.

Car Seats for Kids with Special Needs
Finding the right car seat and using it correctly seems difficult enough for most people, but your child may need a specially made car seat if he has certain medical conditions. Learn which ones are available for kids in casts, those who have cerebral palsy and other muscle tone disorders, and those who have behavior disorders that cause them to repeatedly undo a car seat's harness straps.

Down Syndrome in Children
Down Syndrome is the most frequent genetic cause of mental retardation and associated medical problems included congenital heart disease, hypothyroidism, hearing loss and vision disorders. Learn about screening tests and health supervision guidelines.

Parenting Special Needs
From about.com, resources for parenting children with special needs, including children with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis, and developmental disabilities, including autism and visual and hearing impairments.

American Association on Mental Retardation
Online news and resources with information about children with mental retardation, with online chats and discussin forums, and view the abstracts from their journals.

Disability Resources on the Internet
A collection of organizations and other disability related resources on the Internet.

Down Syndrome Health Issues
A very complete web site by a physician with a child that has Down Syndrome. Has articles, health guidelines, controversial topics and lots of links.

National Association for Down Syndrome
National not-for-profit organization formed by parents of children with Down syndrome, with discussion boards to talk about Education and Health issues, an online newsletter with news and research reports, and links to other online resources.

National Information Center for Children with Disabilities
National information center for children and youth with disabilities with listing of state agencies, disbility fact sheets, comprehensive infomation about the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and information in Spanish.

Pediatric Development and Behavior
An online community for pediatric development and behavioral problems. With handouts for parents and links to other sites.

The Arc of the United States
Organization for children with mental retardation and other development disabilities. Includes position statements about issues and rights of children with disabilities, and guides to planning for the future with financial planning and guardianship.

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