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Here are the top ten articles for the Children with Special Needs Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Down Syndrome Stereotypes and Advocacy
In a recent articles, parent advocates have discussed the perils of marketing our sons and daughters with Down syndrome as merely 'cute' when we know better than anyone else that those who share their diagnosis are a complex, diverse and interesting community, even while they are young.

2. TV Actors Who Have Down Syndrome
Television actors with Down syndrome have played many TV roles, including Jason Kingsley - The Fall Guy in 1984 and Chris Burke - Life Goes On 1989 - 1993; now, Luke Zimmerman - The Secret Life of the American Teenager; also Andrea Friedman, Brad Silverman, Louise Brown, Blair Williamson and others.

3. Explaining Down Syndrome to Children
Deciding how to explain Down syndrome to young children may challenge the beliefs and expectations of adults who see more differences than similarities among children with Down syndrome and their mainstream peers.

4. Bilingual Children with Down Syndrome
Bilingual families whose child with Down syndrome or other developmental disability has also learned a second or third language have demonstrated the importance of giving every child the opportunity to grow up bilingual or multilingual

5. Down Syndrome and the Acting Gene
Actors and actresses with Down Syndrome around the world are finding acting jobs in television, movies, and community theater productions

6. Thoughts from the Middle of the Night
When my son was born with Down syndrome, I could not imagine his kindergarten year in a mainstream classroom, with friends and birthday parties, learning to read and write, or sharing his thoughts during story time. I thank all the moms looking forward, who are always reaching back to help others.

7. Gifts 2 - People with Down Syndrome - Review
_Gifts 2, How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World_ is a delightful collection of stories about ordinary individuals who happen to have been born with Trisomy 21, also known as Down's syndrome. This would be a wonderful addtion to any library, doctor's office or early intervention center.

8. Teens with Disabilities - Transition to Adulthood
Children with special needs often have the same transition issues, instincts and preferences as their mainstream peers, and benefit from programs that address these as well as their individual needs

9. Insensitive Fundraising with the Best Intentions
A rare nighttime Fun Run fundraiser for Special Olympics known as "Run from the Cops" is inappropriate and insensitive. Even the most well-trained, experienced and compassionate law enforcement personnel could take actions that have deadly consequences if a person with a disability does not comply.

10. Dolls for Children with Disabilities
Beautiful dolls and toys that demonstrate the diversity of the children in our communities have been available for many years, and should be found and enjoyed in classrooms, daycare and our childrenīs toy collections. Some parents have found dolls with disabilities to be offensive representations.



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