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Development of Infants with Down Syndrome (0 to 5 Years) This module provides an overview of the development of babies and infants with Down syndrome from birth to five years. It describes the uneven profile of expected development, identifying strengths in social understanding, self-help skills and behaviour, and weaknesses in motor development and speech and language skills, the latter influenced by the high incidence of hearing loss, poor auditory processing, and auditory memory skills. Website
Developmental Delay Developmental milestones enable us to be able to predict when most children will attain certain skills. Tipsheet
Developmental Delay Resources A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs. Website
Disability Information Network The Minnesota State Council on Disability advocates for policies and programs which promote the independence of children and adults with disabilities and protect their rights to participate fully in society. The website includes a calendar of events, newsletters, and resource links. Website
Early Childhood Transition Guidebook: What You Need to Know Before Your Child's Third Birthday In Minnesota, the Infant and Toddler Intervention program covers children ages birth to 3 years who are eligible under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C focuses on helping the family meet the developmental needs of their child, such as learning to sit up, walk, or talk. Typically provided in natural environments, such as the child's home or child-care setting, these services and outcomes for the child and family are defined in an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Document
Early Learning Activities and Visual Supports to Teach Toddlers with Autism New Skills and Routines Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers (FITT) is collaborative parent education and support model designed to help families better understand and engage with their toddler with autism spectrum disorder. Based on and adapted from the TEACCH model, FITT uses Structured TEACCHing strategies to facilitate toddler’s receptive and expressive communication, social communication, and play skills. Website
Early Steps Early Steps, within the Division of Children's Medical Services, serves families with infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months of age, who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Each child receives an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) that meets his or her needs. Families and caregivers also receive support to develop the skills and confidence they need to help their children learn and develop. Website
Easter Seals Disability Services Expanding and developing new child care centers that provide services to children of all abilities is a challenging proposition. Easter Seals has successfully met that challenge through a national network of Child Development Centers. In our experience, two of the major barriers to the operation of and inclusive model are managing the financial resources available and the development of appropriate facilities. On this website, you can order a "Fiscal and Design Solutions Package" that gives you a financial planning booklet and excel workbook as well as a design guide. With a grant from The Child Care Bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Easter Seals has developed two tools to help child care providers address these major barriers to inclusive child care. Website
Education Development Center Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is an international nonprofit organization that designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Website
Education World, The Educator's Best Friend The Education World website is full of resources for teachers as well as parents. This section is devoted to resources to help parents of special kids both gifted and challenged. Website