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Disability Awareness for 5 year olds

Practical ideas for parents who want to help their child's classmates and playmates understand more about their child and his/her special needs.

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Do You See What I'm Saying?
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Children with hearing loss and the play environment.


Preschool Art Activity Tips For Children With Visual Impairments
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

With small adaptations, children with visual impairments can participate fully in art activities.


Making Outdoor Play Fun And Safe For Children With Visual Impairments
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Helpful hints for families, caregivers, and teachers.


Independent Mealtime For Kids With Motor Impairments
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Using mealtimes to promote independence, self-care skills, and social interaction.


Tackling Transition Times
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Tips for inclusive transition strategies in preschool.


What Does The Law Say About Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In School?
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

In the newest amendment to IDEA, passed in 1997, AD/HD is specifically mentioned under the category of "Other Health Impairment" (OHI). Check out the IDEA's definition of OHI in this short article.


Developing a Career Makes Life Satisfying
By: Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Temple Grandin, on of the formost voices in the field of autism, shares her thoughts on developing a satisfying work life and making sense of the social world. From the inside. A must read.


The Ballad Of Special Eddie
By: Dick Sobsey, Writer

A classic of "Special" humour. Read it and weep... and laugh.


My Other Brother Daryl
By: Preston Lewis, Family Member

An ironic look at special education from TASH Newsletter, December 1987. "A Case For Teaching Functional Skills". A well-written cautionary tale that teachers should read.


My Child Has a Hearing Loss...What Next?
By: Paula Rosenthal, Parent, Founder of HearingExchange.com

Information and resources for parents of newly diagnosed deaf and hard of hearing children.


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Try using the Rug Rat Scooter Board on a gentle ramp for a fun sliding game. You can use an outdoor ramp designed for wheelchair access to buildings or you can construct an indoor/outdoor ramp with a long board laid over one or two stairs to the ground. Lift the child on and then let them slide! Make sure you keep physical contact with the child to ensure that they stay on the ramp all the way to the bottom.

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