Parents of children who have special needs are busy. No one ever said that being a parent would be easy, all the time, every day. You might not have had the time to check out the Special Needs blog this week. The Special Need Blog Week in Review makes it easy to find the blogs that you missed.
Doctors Have Different Opinions About the Mystery Illness
Teens in LeRoy, Texas have been stricken with a mysterious illness. Symptoms include uncontrollable physical and verbal tics. What caused the illness? Doctors have different opinions about what the true answer to that question really is.
Depressed Kids are More Likely to Be Bullied
Children who are depressed tend to cry more easily than their peers do. This, plus their tendency to “overshare” about their problems, can make it harder for depressed kids to make friends. Bullies tend to pick on kids who don’t fit in with the majority of the other children. This leads to more depression.
Sarah Palin Writes About Life With Trig
Sarah Palin has several children. Her youngest child is named Trig, and he has Down Syndrome. She wrote an article for Newsweek about her “Life With Trig”. No matter what you may think about Sarah Palin’s political views, it doesn’t change the fact that she is a parent of a child with special needs.
Girl Who Had Six Organs Transplanted is Thriving
Alannah Shevenell is nine years old. She had a form of cancer that caused a giant tumor to grow in her abdomen, starting when she was only five years old. The tumor severely damaged several of her internal organs. Recently, Alannah underwent the complete removal of the tumor, (and the organs it destroyed). She required six donated organs to be transplanted into her body, to replace the ones that were not functioning properly.
Parent of Child With Autism Fights Over School Bussing
A single mother in Kentucky, named Angela Southern Roark, is the parent of Neveah, a ten year old who has autism. Ms. Roark has requested that a “short bus”, (as she calls it) to be sent to the door of her apartment building. Neveah is prone to having epileptic seizures if she becomes overstimulated.
The school wants to send a large bus to pick up Neveah, at the street in front of her apartment. The bus will have a reduced number of children on it, and will have and adult monitor on the bus. The school says this matches what Neveah’s IEP asks for. Neither side will compromise.
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