October 2018

Disability Resource Library October Newsletter

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and provides a great opportunity to spread awareness, talk about inclusion in your community, and promote advocacy. Learn more about the areas of advocacy the CED is involved. Check out some of the resources the Disability Resource Library has to offer!

Featured Resources

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Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents' Guide

Cover of Babies with Down Syndrome

Edited by Susan J. Skallerup

This completely revised and updated book covers medical care, daily care, family life, development, early intervention, learning, legal rights, and much more related to the life of a child with Down Syndrome from birth through age five.

Check out Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents' Guide.

A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome

By Siegfried M. Pueschel

Crossing the lifespan, this thorough volume highlights developmental stages and shows recent advances that can improve a child's quality of life. New topics covered include innovative services, programs and support groups; the impact of play on gross motor development; and the association of Down Syndrome with other disorders. Written by leading experts, many of whom are parents of children with Down Syndrome, this book offers readers the advice and insight they need.

Check out A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome: The First 18 Months (DVD)

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Written, Produced, and Directed by Will Schermerhorn

This DVD is a reassuring and realistic introduction to the unique joys and challenges that children with Down syndrome bring to their families during the critical first 18 to 24 months of life.

Check out Down Syndrome:The First 18 Months.

Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

By Maryanne Bruni

This expanded edition explains the best practices and procedures for helping children master the finger and hand skills needed for home and school activities. Using an easy-to-understand visual model, the book explains the building blocks of fine motor development.

Check out Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome.

My Friend Has Down Syndrome

My Friend Has Down Syndrome

By Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

This sensitively written book is a story about two children who meet at summer camp and the warm friendship that develops between them despite the fact that one of them has Down Syndrome. Both girls learn that everybody is good at something, and that by helping each other overcome their fears and difficulties, they can accomplish a great deal.

Check out My Friend Has Down Syndrome.

Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome

By Michael Levitz and Jason Kingsley

Michell Levitz and Jason Kingsley share their innermost thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams, their lifelong friendship, and their experiences of growing up with Down Syndrome.

Check out Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome.

Tangle Therapy

This twistable therapy device is an ergonomic approach to hand therapy, minor stress relief, smoking cessation, building fine motor skills, and much more. Soft, texturized rubber bumps on this Tangle provide a one-of-a-kind sensory and tactile experience in your hands. The motion is calming and fun!

Check out Tangle Therapy.

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Access to Assistive Technology

The West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS) provides access to assistive technology devices and services to West Virginia residents with disabilities, including older West Virginians. Devices can be as complex as computers with screen reading software or as simple as Velcro used in place of buttons or shoe laces. If you or someone you know has difficulty performing daily tasks at home, work, or school WVATS may be able to help. Visit WVATS.

A Child's Champion

Each month, we feature a Child's Champion, a profile of someone who works tirelessly for children throughout communities in West Virginia and who dedicates their work to the betterment of children. Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be a Child's Champion? If so, please email your nomination to Roger May, Media Resource Specialist at CED's Disability Resource Library. Thank you!