Down Syndrome Awareness Month – Fact #8

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21 Children’s Books for Down Syndrome Awareness Month

1. “Oh Brother- Growing Up With a Special Needs Sibling” by Natalie Hale
2. “Special Brothers and Sisters Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children With a Disability or Serious Illness” by Mnnette Hames and Monica McCaffrey
3. “Everyone is Special and Unique” by Regina G. Burch
4. “The Cookbook for Children With Special Needs” by Deborah French
5. “My Brother is Very Special” by Amy May
6. “Special People, Special Ways” by Arlene Maguire
7. “The Special Needs Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Special Needs” by Ellen Sabin
8. “47 Strings- Tessa’s Special Code” by Becky Carey
9. “I Like Berries, Do You?” by Marjorie W. Pitzer
10. “Views From Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs” by Donald Joseph Meyer
11. “It’s Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr
12. “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobbi Kates
13. “Don’t Laugh at Me” by Steve Seskin
14. “I Like me” by Nancy Carlson
15“My Sister is Special, My Sister Has Down Syndrome” by Marta M. Schmidt-Mendez
16. “My Friend Has Down Syndrome” by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
17. “Willow the Walrus-Educating Children About Down Syndrome” by Shelly Weiss
18. “Christopher’s World-A Book of Poems About a Sweet Boy Who Happens to Have Down Syndrome” by Lisa Goff
19. “The New Kid at School- A Story About Down Syndrome” by Chris Atencio
20. “Let’s Talk About Down Syndrome” by Melanie Apel Gordon
21. “I Can, Can You?” by Marjorie Pitzer

Dental Care for Children with Special Needs

Dental Care for Children With Special Needs

by Guest Blogger: Sandy Feller is a contributor to, an online dental resource

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Bi-yearly dental checkups are imperative no matter your age, but they are particularly important for children, especially those with special needs. It is very common for people to develop fears of seeing an oral care practitioner therefore it’s imperative for your child to develop a good relationship with their dentist early on to prevent and treat any issues with their teeth, gum or mouth. In fact, even if you help your children take excellent care

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Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

1. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

2. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome.

3. The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.

4. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.

5. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.

6. People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

7. All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.

8. Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.

9. Researchers are making great strides in identifying the genes on Chromosome 21 that cause the characteristics of Down syndrome. Many feel strongly that it will be possible to improve, correct or prevent many of the problems associated with Down syndrome in the future.


National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the NDSS is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Congress

The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

NDSC Brochure Click here dsBrochure for the brochure on facts, health, genetic counseling, education.



National Association for Down Syndrome

Their mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. We offer information, support, and advocacy.

Facts about DS


Noah’s Dad

Enjoying the Small Things

Our Life With Special Needs

Refections and Musings

Down Syndrome New Mama


Other Links:

Down Syndrome Pregnancy – provides a free downloadable practical guide for expectant moms, Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome. They also host an interactive blog, which gives expectant parents a place to ask questions, voice concerns, and receive feedback. is a non-profit organization that offers support to expectant parents who have received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and are moving forward with their pregnancy. The material is not appropriate for women who are still weighing options about their pregnancy because it infers that a woman will be continuing a pregnancy to delivery and beyond. More appropriate resources for women weighing options are their medical providers and Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis distributed