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Can you buy a child with Autism the same toy as you would anyone else?

Autism Toys

Make Sure the Toy is Appropriate.
Appropriateness does not just mean age appropriate according to the manufacturer's label. It also means appropriate for the developmental age of the child. If the child is ten years old and functioning like a six year old, choose a toy that fits his/her functional ability. Wrong choices cause frustration.
My Rule: Never frustrate the child with Autism.

This tip can be found at: Before You Buy Toys for the Child with Autism/PDD

   
Can a child with special needs have a special lunch made for him/her?

Special Diets For Special Children

Children with special diet needs can have school breakfast and lunch made for them. By law, changes can be made to your child's school lunch breakfast and lunch at no extra charge, if he or she has special needs or a medical condition.

   
What is 504?

What is a 504?

The student must be identified as disabled as outlined under Section 504. Does the individual have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities; or have a record of such an impairment; or is regarded (perceived) as having such an impairment. If the answer is "yes" to one or more of the above statements, the individual may qualify for the provisions under Section 504. This would be especially true, if the individual does not qualify for special education services under IDEA (formerly PL 94-142).

   
How to give advice to the new parent

Do It With Love

Do not give the new parents any unwanted advice. Remember that they are still adjusting. If you have something to share, do it with love and understanding. Expect that it may hurt them to hear what you have to say. If they take your advice --great! If not, continue to give love and support. They will need it! Try giving the tip again later when it might be better accepted.

   
Is it a good idea to visit the facility before I send my child there?

Visit the Daycare

When you visit a day-care facility, ask to see the license. The license means that the day-care facility met the minimum licensing standards the last time it was inspected for such things as fire, sanitation, and safety; the number of child-care staff required; staff qualifications; and requirements for special services.

This tip brought to you by:A Parent's Guide to Day Care

   
Should toys for the Autistic child be durable?

Make Them Durable

Children with Autism or other PDD conditions are often harder on their possessions than other children. Autism's behavior patterns can cause violent outbursts at times. Make sure that whatever you choose to buy will last. Die cast metal toys, for example are a better choice than ones made of thin plastic.
This tip is brought to you by: Before You Buy Toys for the Child with Autism/PDD

   
Where can I meet special kids with disabilities?

Jake's Page - Microcephaly

This web site was started by a special mom when she first found out about her son, Jake. Information on microcephaly was very hard to find (and still is) and many children with microcephaly experience similar problems to Jake.

Mickey Ashley explains that finding out your child has any medical condition is bad, but the lack of information only makes it worse. She has found that the more knowledgeable she becomes about Jake's problems, the less helpless she feels. And now, she shares her information with others - becoming aware is the first step in coping.

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Forest/1600/jakespage.html

   
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