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From mealtimes to vaccines and everything in between, this information will help you establish routines for the day to day needs of your child.

 
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Feeding & Mealtimes

 
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A child with physical disabilities may face eating challenges that include trouble swallowing liquids, safely chewing or swallowing foods with certain textures, and feeding himself independently...(continued)
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Chefs from Stanford University’s Dining Department share tips to help young adults with disabilities and their families kick-off healthy eating habits
AbilityPath.org compiled four fun and easy recipes to make for the Fourth of July.
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Finding Balance: Obesity and Children with Special Needs is a landmark report highlighting the epidemic of obesity in the special needs community and outlining innovative solutions for families, caregivers and professionals. The report is the first to focus exclusively on how the obesity epidemic affects children with special needs while providing innovative solutions.
Four parents give first hand perspectives about the challenges and lessons learned of trying to achieve a healthy weight for their children.
Research has demonstrated conclusively that both adults and children with disabilities are significantly more likely than their peers to be overweight or obese.
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Obesity adds an additional layer of difficulty for special needs children,impacting their day-to-day lives as well as their long-term health.
Children with disabilities face the same obesity risks as other children as well as risk factors that are particular to their disability. In this report, Abilitypath.org has identified seven unique obesity risk factors faced by children with disabilities.
The impact of disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy on obesity are discussed.
A child’s weight is impacted by a variety of factors- some close to home and others influenced by public policies made hundreds or thousands of miles away. Just as each sphere of influence can be part of the problem; it can also be part of the solution.
Three programs that provide supportive communities that encourage health and fitness for special needs children and families are highlighted.
Here are a variety of resources for parents and professionals to encourage healthy habits including positive eating and fitness.
New study released reporting that children with autism with picky diets still have the same average intake of calories and major nutrients as their peers'
A new study links a common produce pesticide to the country's ADHD epidemic in children
Childhood Peanut Allergies Have More Than Tripled
Ten healthy kid friendly foods with tips on how to get your child to eat them
Ten healthy kid friendly foods with tips on how to get your child to eat them
Cassy Christianson, OT and credentialed feeding and swallowing specialist answers parent’s questions about feeding children with special needs
Consult your pediatrician before starting finger foods and discuss the appropriate foods and the latest information on allergies and the appropriate ages to introduce certain foods
For children with Down syndrome, there may be additional circumstances that lead to more challenges with eating and swallowing
You can encourage your child to try new foods and textures by having him help you prepare the new foods
For children with Down syndrome, there may be additional circumstances that lead to more challenges with eating and swallowing
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