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The Ups of Teaching Children with Down Syndrome by Rifka Schonfeld, Director S.O.S (Strategies for Optimum Success) (no comments yet)
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 (read more...)

The Heart and Children with Down Syndrome by Dr. Dan Schneider (2 comments)
Congenital heart disease (the presence of a structural heart defect at birth) occurs in 40 - 50% of children with Down syndrome and cardiac abnormalities are probably the most common malformations seen in trisomy 21. (read more...)

Study Casts Doubt on Down Syndrome Screening by Lindsey Tanner (no comments yet)
Several features on ultrasound scans that doctors thought were warning signs of Down syndrome are almost always harmless (read more...)

Special Education Alert (no comments yet)
In June 1996, a federal appeals court issued a major decision that could have important ramifications for special education services in yeshivas. (read more...)

Recurrent Upper Respiratory Infections in Children (no comments yet)
Individuals with Down syndrome have small facial bone structures and shallow or absent sinus cavities. They also have a small airway with a shallow high-arched palate. (read more...)

Proper Language (3 comments)
Some notes of the use of the words "Down Syndrome" (read more...)

Myths & Misconceptions - Answer to the Most Common Questions (no comments yet)
What is Down's Syndrome? Down's Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder which causes delays in physical and intellectual development. (read more...)

It Worked For Us (no comments yet)
Encouraging Speech: Ever see the blinders that are placed on either side of a horse's eyes so that they don’t become distracted during a race? (read more...)

Health Care Guidelines for Individuals with Down Syndrome (no comments yet)
Elaboration of the recommendations made in the previous issue, as well as other information designed to promote optimal health care for individuals with Down Syndrome (read more...)

For Our Information by Juby Shapiro and Miryam Rabinowitz of TAFKID (no comments yet)
With annual reviews coming up and children transitioning from preschool to school age there is no doubt that every one of us can compile our own exhaustive list of questions about how to deal with the Board of Education. (read more...)

For Our Information by Juby Shapiro, President & Director of TAFKID (no comments yet)
In preparation for the numerous children aging out of preschool and into school age programs and for those school age children who will be transitioning to another placement this year, in this issue we will explore tips on what to look for when visiting a school placement and how to accept or reject a school placement. (read more...)

Down Syndrome / Cancer Link Studied (no comments yet)
While people with Down syndrome have a high chance of developing childhood leukemia, a new study shows they have only half the normal lifetime risk of getting other kinds of cancer. (read more...)

Dermatologic Disorders in Down Syndrome (1 comment)
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Atlanto-axial Instability by Center for Mental Retardation Magazine (no comments yet)
Atlanto-axial instability (AAI) is a condition that affects approximately 15% of people with Down Syndrome. (read more...)

Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs - Myths and Realities (no comments yet)
The reality of advocating for your special needs child (read more...)