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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in Individuals with a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

originally posted by Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP at talktools.com   Presentation of the Problem: Individuals with Down syndrome are at risk for what is known as Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders or OMD. OMD can impact the oral phase of feeding, oral resting postures and oral placement skills for speech clarity. OMD issues require tactile therapies which include Myofunctional […]

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He Did It

Recap of Fully Included Kindergarten… I KNOW! I promised to blog more consistently, and, well, somehow a school year has passed! It’s been a whirlwind year of firsts for John Michael… most importantly, he has successfully completed a year of fully included Kindergarten in our kids’ Catholic School and is the first student with Down syndrome […]

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Start with Strengths

If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities –Robert Conklin  CLICK HERE to read the full article that talks about Starting with Strengths when talking      about disabilities.  To learn more about […]

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Understanding Disability Benefits for Children with Down Syndrome

This is a guest post by the website Social Security Disability Help.  All of the resources on their website are free, including a legal consultation. Understanding Disability Benefits for Children with Down Syndrome Individuals who have Down syndrome can grow up to lead happy and productive lives. However, achieving independence often requires hard work and assistance. This level of support […]

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UC Davis MIND Institute Expands its Focus to Down Syndrome

Guest blogger: Leonard Abbeduto, PhD The UC Davis MIND Institute is internationally recognized and admired for its cutting-­‐edge research and clinical programs focused on autism spectrum disorders. Fewer people, however, know that the MIND Institute also has world-­‐class  programs in fragile X syndrome, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.  As Director of the MIND Institute, […]

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What is Full Inclusion and How Do You Get It?

Guest blogger: Heather Green My daughter, Gabby, is in a fully-included 5th grade classroom. Her school believes in inclusion and has been actively participating for over 20 years. The best thing about this school is not only do they practice full inclusion, they wholeheartedly believe in it.  From the principal to the custodian, their beliefs […]

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