Welcome to resources to support children and youth with special needs!
Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs

Tip Sheets

 
Title (Source) Brief Summary Link Resource
1. Learning about Quality of Life for Young People with Severe or Profound Disabilities (Thames Valley Children’s Centre) An information sheet about research on the subjective Quality of Life (QOL) for young people with severe or profound disabilities and approaches to learning more about their QOL. Learning about Quality of Life for Young People with Severe or Profound Disabilities
 
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2. Siblings of Kids with Special Needs (University of Michigan Medicine) A resource that discusses strategies for helping siblings of children with special needs cope and thrive. It includes recommended books for parenting and books for kids on the topic. Siblings of Kids with Special Needs Website
3. Caring for Siblings of Children with Special Needs (Kids Health) This article covers age-appropriate ways (for preschoolers, big kids, and teens) to talk about issues involving your child with special needs and their siblings. Caring for Siblings of Children with Special Needs Website
4. Keeping Children with Disabilities Safe (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) This article offers tips for preventing injuries and harm for children with special needs. It covers topics such as moving and handling objects, safety equipment, understanding the situation, and decision making. Keeping Children with Disabilities Safe Website
5. Keeping Children with Disabilities Safe in Emergencies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) This article gives tips for making any extra preparations needed to keep children with special needs safe in an emergency or disaster situation. It goes over topics like getting an emergency kit with supplies, making a plan with your family, and staying informed. Keeping Children with Disabilities Safe in Emergencies Website
6. Keeping Safe from Injury for Children with Special Needs (Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland) This safety booklet discusses strategies for keeping children with special needs safe from dangers such as fires, falls and choking, car safety tips, and how to prepare for other emergencies. Keeping Safe from Injury for Children with Special Needs PDF
7. Video Series for Families of Children with Special Needs (SafeKids.org) This video series (10 videos) instructs parents on how they can keep their children with special needs safe in the home. It covers topics such as water safety, fire safety, and poison, choking, fall, and burn prevention.

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8. Disciplining Your Child with Special Needs (KidsHealth) This article offers tips on how to discipline your child with special needs. Examples include being consistent, using rewards and consequences, offering praise, and using clear and simple messages. Disciplining Your Child with Special Needs Website
9. How to Talk to Your Child to Reduce Vulnerability to Sexual Abuse – For Parents of Children with Disabilities (Stop It Now!) Tips on talking to your child about topics such as sexual development, privacy and boundaries, touching, and safety skills. How to Talk to Your Child to Reduce Vulnerability to Sexual Abuse – For Parents of Children with Disabilities Website
10. Success for Kids – A Toolkit for Children with Challenging Behaviours in the Child Care Setting (ConnectAbility.ca) This toolkit addresses the challenges of caring for children who show aggressive behaviour in a care program. It includes links on how to address the problems in the classroom, anger management, and planning for a child’s success. Success for Kids – A Toolkit for Children with Challenging Behaviours in the Child Care Setting Website
11. Tips for Parents of Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy, from Parents (McMaster University) A brief list of tips for the families of kids with cerebral palsy, including information about education, support systems, self-care, and working with health care providers. Tips for Parents of Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy, from Parents
 
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12. Special Needs Parenting: 12 Tips for Managing Challenging Behavior (FamilyCircle.org) This article discusses how to help a child or young adult with special needs manage his or her behavior and includes tips from patents on their role in supporting their child. Special Needs Parenting: 12 Tips for Managing Challenging Behavior
 
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13. Your child’s disability: Handling people’s reactions (Raisingchildren.net.au) This article gives tips on how to prepare for and handle other peoples’ reactions to your child’s special needs. Your child’s disability: Handling people’s reactions PDF
14. Participation 101: Trying a New Activity (CanChild, McMaster University) A tip sheet about how to support your child in choosing and participating in a new activity. Participation 101: Trying a New Activity
 
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15. Participation 101: Accessibility (CanChild, McMaster University) A tip sheet about preparing for your child’s accessibility needs when participating in an activity in a new environment. Participation 101: Accessibility
 
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16. Participation 101: Making it Work and When to Move On… (CanChild, McMaster University) A tip sheet on recognizing whether your child’s interests, needs, and strengths are being met while he or she participates in a recreational activity. Participation 101: Making it Work and When to Move On…
 
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17. Active Kids of All Abilities and Interests (The Running Room) An article that talks about how kids of all ability levels can participate in a range of activities. Active Kids of All Abilities and Interests
 
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