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Susan's Story - The Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by the head being hit by something or shaken violently. Learn the facts about this all-too-common injury along with helpful tips for parents and teachers.

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A Real Family Village
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

TRACE center has created a wonderful site for parents and caregivers of children with special play needs.


National Information Center For Children And Youth With Disabilities Clearinghouse
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Almost all major resources and organizations for children with disabilites can be located here. Although specific to the US, it's information is helpful anywhere in North America.


Basics For Parents - A Step By Step Guide To Your Child's Educational Evaluation
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

The United States' special education law is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA is a very important law for children with disabilities, their families, and schools. The evaluation process described in this article is based on what this law requires.


Keeping The Promise: Reflections On A Global Workshop On Children With Disabilities In Developing Countries
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

The Acadamy for Educational Development convened a Global Workshop of grassroots practitioners, service providers, professional educators, parents of children with disabilities, NGOs and advocacy groups to discuss the worldwide challenge of full intergration of children with disabilities. Here is your chance to read their report.


Talking About Children with Special Needs - A Guide To Respectful Language
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Learn the correct and preferred terms to use when you are working with students and talking about students with special needs in this short guide to respectful language.


Children With Disabilities
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Well-organized links to federal and state resources.


How To Take Action Against Structural Barriers
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Even with the law on your side, sometimes getting a foot in the door is only half the issue. Here are some time-tested ways to get your -- and the ADA's -- way. Every month, this site take on another structural barrier and shows how to take action against it.


Assessing Children for the Presence of a Disability
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Although labeling a child can sometimes have a detrimental effect, it can also be the gateway to support that may be needed to let the child reach his or her full potential. Here is the real lowdown of IDEA assesments. From the good folks at NICHCY.


Planning A Move With A Child With A Disability Can Be Complicated!
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff

Moving when your family includes a child with special needs can be a daunting task, especially when the rules change from state to state! Find help here.


HearingExchange - Exchanging Ideas and Information on Hearing Loss
By: Paula Rosenthal, Parent, Website Founder

Ideas and Information on Hearing Loss


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Adapting Signs for pre-verbal communication

Many hearing children use Sign instead of or before verbal communication. But what do you do if traditional Signs are physically difficult to master? Adapt them! For example, the traditional Sign used to indicate "I need to go to the washroom" involves putting the thumb between the third and fourth fingers in a fist and waving the fist. If the child can't manage the hand position you could try using a plain closed fist waving instead. Sign-based communication can help improve communication skills, lower frustration, improve manual dexterity, and teach children that hands can be used for meaningful activities. You will find a good group of Sign resources in Dragonfly's book section.

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