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CARING FOR THE SPECIAL CHILD

A guide for parents on finding the right school or camp for their child with special needs.

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EDUCATION

* Baby Place Articles and Advice: Special Needs
Extremely informative articles written by mothers and other experts on raising children with special needs.
* Bright Tots
Resources to understanding developmental disorders such as autism, PDD and Aspergers.
* Early Learning Site
Software tools to teach children speech, language and communication.
* Parent to Parent of New Hampshire
An interactive network of families having children with special needs and professionals. Although "personal" parenting matching is for New Hampshire families, the organization provides support and net parent matching nation wide.
* Integrating Children with Disabilities into Preschool
A guide for parents of children with disabilities on how to integrate them into the regular school system.
* Programs for Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Camphill is dedicated to social renewal through community building with children, youth, and adults who have developmental disabilities.
* The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators and other professionals.
* Disabilities Studies and Services Center
Designing programs that meet the unique information, technical assistance, training, and research needs of professionals, and programs which serve to improve the lives of infants, toddlers, children, youth, and adults with disabilities, and their families.
* OSEP: Office of Special Education Programs
OSEP's mission and organization focus on the free appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21.

CAMPS AND SPORTS

* Kids' Camps.com
Links to over 100 camps for children with various disabilities.
* Directories of Summer Camps
A listing of available camps for children with disabilities (not current).

GENERAL

* Attention Deficit Disorder in Children
ADD/ADHD can be treated, and not just with drugs. Learn more about these conditions here.
* MEDEK Physical Therapy for Infants and Children
A new, innovative approach to therapy for children with movement disorders.
* Medical Bracelets from Sticky Jewelry
Selection of medical alert bracelets and pendants for children with diabetes, allergies, epilepsy, asthma, autism, and other diagnoses.
* Bright Tots
Resources to understanding developmental disorders such as autism, pdd and aspergers.
* Attention Deficit Disorder Help Center
Information about attention deficit disorder, ADHD medications, ADHD symptoms, causes of ADHD and alternatives to Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta.
* Early Learning Site
Software to stimulate and teach speech, language and communication to children with learning difficulties and delays. Free shipping worldwide.
* Audioblox
A "brain-training" program that can help overcome learning difficulties, leading to increased performance in reading, spelling and math.
* The Right to Read: Beating Dyslexia and Other Learning
Read part one of the book "The Right to Read: Beating Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities" online.
* Wheels! -- A 3D Action Game for Disabled Kids
Wheels is a 3D action game, like the ones that able-bodied kids play, but with many changes necessary for kids with special needs.
* RJ Cooper & Associates Software and Hardware for Persons with Special Needs
Assistive technology enabling people with disabilities to do more with computers.
* The Hearing Foundation of Canada
Newborn hearing screening video and information kit for parents to be and professionals across the country. It is available free, not including postage.
* Captioned Media Program
If you know of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, the Captioned Media Program (CMP) can help with video resources. The program provides free-loan, open-captioned videos to deaf and hard of hearing. More than 4,000 titles including educational videos, and special-interest videos are available.
* A Parent's Guide to Accessing Programs
An information source for the programs available for parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs. Includes a question and answer section which can be very helpful to many parents.
* Parent's Guide to the Development of Preschool Children with Disabilities
An information site on many related topics for parents with preschool-aged children with special needs.
* NNCC Childcare Information by State
Listings of organizations active in child care issues.
* 1-800-THERAPIST
Free information and treatment resources for all forms mental health issues, i.e. ADD, learning disabilities, depression, family conflict, etc.
* Association of Birth Defect Children web site
Provides information about birth defects, links to other families with children who have similar problems and research on the causes of birth defects through the National Birth Defect Registry.
* Homeschooling Kids With Disabilities
Special needs homeschooling resources, information and support, including email list, message board and bookstore. Updated frequently.
* Camphill Soltane
Camphill Soltane is a life-sharing educational community for and with young adults with developmental disabilities ages 18 to 25.