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Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs

Child Development

 
Title (Source) Brief Summary Link Resource
1. What You Need to Know About Developmental Delays (Understood.org) An article that discusses the 5 main areas of development in which a child may experience a delay. What You Need to Know About Developmental Delays
 
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2. Resource Guide: Child Development Resources for Parents and Providers (Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care) This resource explains the milestones of child development from birth to age 5. It discusses cognitive, language, motor, sensory, and social and emotional development in children. Resource Guide: Child Development Resources for Parents and Providers PDF
3. Marching to a Different Drum – Developmental Delay (Queensland Government) Tips on recognizing developmental delay in your child, such as hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Marching to a Different Drum – Developmental Delay PDF
4. Kids Who Might Need Extra Help (KidsHealth) An article written for kids that talks about what having special needs is all about. Kids Who Might Need Extra Help Website
5. Parenting Your Child with Developmental Delays and Disabilities (Casa de Los Ninos) Tips on looking for potential developmental delays in your child, and on taking first steps to address the situation. Parenting Your Child with Developmental Delays and Disabilities PDF
6. About Specific Disabilities (Center for Parent Information & Resources) A resource for facts on a range of disabilities, including developmental delay, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and more. Each fact sheet includes a definition and signs of the disability, tips for parents and teachers, and more resources on the disability. About Specific Disabilities PDF
7. Learning Disabilities (CHEO) This introduction to recognizing learning disabilities in children gives advice on how to see the signs, potential impacts, and how to work with the child’s school to help him or her succeed. Learning Disabilities PDF
8. Sleep Advice for Parents with Disabled Children (FamilyLives.org.uk) A list of tips for sleeping better for the whole family, as written by parents of children with special needs. Sleep Advice for Parents with Disabled Children PDF
9. Outlook for Children with Intellectual Disabilities (HealthyChildren.org) This article offers information on the diagnoses and causes of intellectual disabilities in children. It also touches on education, vocational training, and severe intellectual disabilities. Outlook for Children with Intellectual Disabilities Website
10. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF): There is Always More than a Single Story (CanChild, McMaster University) This article explains how to talk to your child’s doctor about both medical information and the unique contexts and factors that may impact your child. It offers strategies for feeling more involved in decision making and more empowered in your child’s treatment or care.  The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF): There is Always More than a Single Story Website
11. The “F-words” in Childhood Disability (CanChild, McMaster University) A poster and values statement about the 5 F-words that are should be the foundation for supporting children with special needs, as well as their parents and service providers: Family, Fun, Fitness, Function, and Friends. The “F-words” in Childhood Disability

A Rights-Based Values Statement for Children, Families and Service Providers
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12. Finding Balance: Obesity and Children with Special Needs (AbilityPath.org) This guide talks about strategies to encourage and support children with special needs to get active and stay fit and healthy. It discusses the challenges that children with special needs may face when it comes to keeping a healthy weight. Finding Balance: Obesity and Children with Special Needs PDF
13. 6 Strategies for Encouraging a Non-Verbal Child to Communicate (AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEdu.org) This article explains 6 effective strategies for communicating with a non-verbal child. 6 Strategies for Encouraging a Non-Verbal Child to Communicate Website
14. Our Online Handbook for Special Needs Parenting (PhDinSpecialEducation.com) This online handbook aims to help parents understand their children’s special needs and where to find a supportive community. The guide offers strategies for issues such as dealing with school, bullies, and financial planning. Our Online Handbook for Special Needs Parenting Website