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  Information on a variety of topics concerning families with young children who have special needs.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Parent Guide
While the preschool years are a time of triumphs for most children and families, approximately 8% of all young children are identified as having disabilities that may prevent their reaching these important milestones as expected. It was with these children and their families in mind that Congress created the Part C Infant/Toddler Program and the Preschool Special Education Program in 1986 when it reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Some children with diagnosed conditions such as Down's Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy identified at birth or shortly thereafter receive services through the Part C Infant/ Toddler Program. They may make the transition to the preschool special education program at age three. Other children do not raise concerns until after the third birthday and, if eligible, may be enrolled in what is commonly referred to as the Section 619 Preschool Program. You can read about and become familiar with the features of IDEA in NCLD's IDEA Parent Guide.

Milestones in Your Child's Speech and Language Development

The most intensive period in speech and language development is during the first three years of life. Research has shown that by the time they are six months old, most children already recognize the basic sounds of their native language.

Building Partnerships Between Families, Schools and Communities.

Bridges4kids (Macomb County)
Macomb County web site links.

Early On Michigan
Early On Michigan is a system designed to coordinate early intervention and other services for families who have children (ages 0 - 3) experiencing developmental delays or who have disabilities or special needs.

Questions and Answers about Stuttering
What is stuttering?, Aren't all people nonfluent to some extent?, Does stammering mean the same thing as stuttering? more.

Kidsource Calendar with Gifted Children in Mind
Activities & Resources for Parents of Gifted Children.

Child Find's Web Site
Offers Resources for Parents, Social Workers, and Professionals Who Work with Children.  Research has shown the importance of identifying a child’s disability at a very young age.

2004 Directory of Service Providers for Infants, Toddlers, and Students with Disabilities
The 2004 Michigan Directory of Service Providers for Infants, Toddlers, and Students with Disabilities is available for download or purchase through the Center for Educational Networking.

Definition of Speech and Language Impairment

Definition of Learning Disabilities

Definition of Attention Deficit Disorder

Learning Disabilities:  Resources
The Web: Unprecedented Access to Information and Help

Learning Disabilities Defined
Are you hearing a lot of hard-to-pronounce, hyphenated words used to describe the difficulties your child may be having in school? Don’t worry: We’ve cut through the jargon to give you these non-technical definitions of the common learning disabilities.

Common Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities
Although most children experience difficulties with learning and behavior from time to time, a consistent pattern of the following behaviors over time should be considered an indication to seek further help.

Welcome to Pathways Awareness Foundation
Pathways Awareness Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit of early detection and early therapy for children with physical movement differences.


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