Issue #14 - Jun 2010

Articles in this issue

General Articles

Yeshiva Bonim Lamokom Day Habilitation (YBLDH) by Mindy Schlafrig
Interview with Rabbi Zev Horowitz, Program Director of Yeshiva Bonim Lamokom Day Habilitation (YBLDH)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Common in Down Syndrome
Studies by experts reveal that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is also suffered by individuals with Down syndrome. However, the problems resulting from untreated OSA may not be noticed as complications of the sleep apnea because they may overlap with the appearance of Down syndrome.

Grandparents

Professional grandmother
Some thoughts from a "professional grandmother"

Mailbag

Letter to the editor by Mindy Perlstein
A letter from Mindy Perlstein

A letter from Tova's mum by Chaya B

Letter by Leah H

Letter by Andrea Lieberman

Letter

Letter from an anguished mother
A mother's pain at the thought that her daughter may never get married

I would like to work with DS people in Eretz Yisroel by Gerald B. Leib (Gerry)

Advice for a first-time DS baby?

Perspectives

A Jewish View of Disability by As told to Barbara Bensoussan by Michael Levy
How does the Torah see disability, and is it an impairment? Michael Levy argues that it's not.

Raising Yehuda by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith
A father's thoughts on his new baby boy

Inclusion vs. Self-Contained, Why Does it Sound Like a Grudge Match? by Kim Orlando

Features

My Special Uncle, Sheldon Goldstein by Elana Horwitz (Raanana, Israel)
My uncle, Sheldon Goldstein (Shmuel Leib ben Nosson v'Esther), was niftar on 26 Cheshvan, at the age of 66. Uncle Sheldon had Down syndrome. In his lifetime, he managed to learn to care for himself, and care for others. He learned to travel, read and vote. He volunteered in the community and made many friends. We will always love him.

The Ten Commandments For Parents of Children with Special Needs by Unknown
Ten things all parents of children with special needs should remember

Ask the professional

Ask the professional
High chairs for babies with Downs and how to cope with a new baby with Downs

Confrontation

A plea to the principle by Jodi
A mother pleads the case for her daughter to be accepted in school

Did You Know?

Dermatologic Disorders in Down Syndrome

The Ups of Teaching Children with Down Syndrome by Rifka Schonfeld, Director S.O.S (Strategies for Optimum Success)
As recently as the 1970s in England, children with Down syndrome were dismissed as "uneducable" and banned from the school systems. Sue Buckley, a professor of psychology, writes about her experiences as an adoptive mother of a child with Down Syndrome in England

Proper Language
Some notes of the use of the words "Down Syndrome"

Help

Weight gain problems
How do you tackle a weight gain problem in a ten year-old girl with Down syndrome?

It Worked For Us

Yiddish and English, can she cope with both? by Rivky Schnitzler
How well can a child with Down syndrome cope with speaking two languages?

Up Syndrome

Quips and quotes
More funny quotes from our special kids