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Self Care

Studies show that raising children with special needs experience higher amounts of stress than parents of children who are not dealing with special needs. Parents need to keep their cups full in order to best care for their children, yet remain physically and mentally and healthy themselves. It can be hard to find the time for self-care, but it is important to remember it is important and deserved. Read More


Motor Skill Development in Children

Motor skills are important for everyday function. Motor skills impact self-care, play, school and almost everything between! Here are developmental milestones to look for in your kids. Read More


Down Syndrome and Adolescent Issues

Local support groups and national organizations for children with Down Syndrome and their families, such as the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, can provide excellent resources to broach the issue of sexuality. Read More


Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) classifies the following under complementary and alternative medicine: • Natural products: Vitamins, herbs and minerals • Mind and Body practices: chiropractic, massage, yoga, meditation, osteopathic manipulation, healing teach, and acupuncture • Other: homeopathy Read More


Oral Sensory Seeking

Do you have a kiddo that chews on lots of things like pencils, sleeves or shirt collars? Maybe your child grinds his or her teeth. Oral sensory input can help a child who likes to chew. Remember- babies and young toddlers are supposed to be mouthing objects! As a child gets older than 3 years old, mouthing is no longer functional. Read More


Lose the Training Wheels!

Learning to ride a bike seems like an unattainable goal for many kids with special needs.  A study from the University of Michigan found that less than 20% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and less than 10% of children with Down syndrome learn to ride a bike.

An organization called “I Can Shine” can help kids with special needs learn how to finally lose the training wheels!  The mission of this organization is to teach individuals to ride a two-wheeled bike independently.  After a week of bike camp 80% of the participants learn to ride a bicycle. 

In Minnesota the “I Can Shine” bike camp will be held from August 3rd to August 7th at Hamline University.  Bike camp is for any child with special needs who would like to learn to ride a bike.  Contact the Down Syndrome Society of Minnesota by emailing  Happy trails!

Kid learns to ride a bike!

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