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Down Syndrome Society of RI

The Down Syndrome Society of RI promotes the rights, dignity and potential of all individuals with Down Syndrome through advocacy, education, public awareness and support.

Dysgraphia

What Is Dysgraphia?

By NCLD Editorial Team

Dysgraphia
What is Dysgraphia?
Used with permission by: National Center for Learning Disabilities

Website Name NCLD Website Address: www.ncld.org

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills. Dysgraphia makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting, and putting thoughts on paper. People with dysgraphia can have trouble organizing letters, numbers, and words on a line or page. This can result partly from:

  • Visual-spatial difficulties: trouble processing what the eye sees

  • Language processing difficulty: trouble processing and making sense of what the ear hears

    As with all learning disabilities (LD), dysgraphia is a lifelong challenge, although how it manifests may change over time. A student with this disorder can benefit from specific accommodations in the learning environment. Extra practice learning the skills required to be an accomplished writer can also help. 

Early Intervention Birth to Three

Babies are such a nice way to start people.

—Don Herald

The birth of a child is an exciting, life-changing event. A beautiful new baby comes to your house, family, and neighborhood. It is a time for celebration. Family members look at the new child and wonder: Will he be a football star, will she be a famous musician, will he discover the cure for cancer, will she become President of the United States?

But what happens when this new child has a disability? What if there are health problems? What if, as time goes by, it seems as if the child isn’t learning and progressing as quickly or easily as other children? 

Eating Disorders

The purpose of the information packet is to provide individuals with reader friendly information about eating disorders.
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All information contained in this packet is for general knowledge, personal education and enrichment purposes. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. For specific advice, diagnosis and treatment you should consult with a qualified professional.

Emotional Disturbance

The mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. (1

Epilepsy

The purpose of the information packet is to provide individuals with reader friendly information about Epilepsy.
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All information contained in this packet is for general knowledge, personal education and enrichment purposes. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. For specific advice, diagnosis and treatment you should consult with a qualified professional.

Estate Planning

"Estate planning" is one of those things most parents of children with special needs know they need to think about, but actually getting around to it is another story. To give us all a little jump-start on this important step to ensuring our children's future, I asked Mary Browning, an attorney who focuses her practice on estate planning, including special-needs planning, to tell us the first five things to do. Her recommendations: 

Evaluation Nuts & Bolts: What Parents Can Do to Prepare Their Child

Evaluations are an important part of your child's educational program. Testing provides useful information for you and your child's teacher, and helps with planning an appropriate program for your child. There are several things you can do to make this a good experience for your child.

Evaluation Nuts & Bolts: What Parents Need to Know

An evaluation is the process for determining whether a child has a disability and requires special education and related services. It’s the first step in developing an individual educational program that will help your child learn.

Extended School Year Services

GUIDELINES FOR EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR SERVICES 

Family Guide to the Special Education Process

This booklet provides a brief overview of the NH special education process. By gaining knowledge and skills you will be able to participate more effectively in meetings and make better informed decisions for your child. This guide includes questions you can ask your child’s school about special education. At the end of this booklet, there is a listing of resources where you can find more information.

Find Law

Find Law provides “legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make the best legal decisions.”  Includes links to specific laws.

Focus Group Survey
Follow Up Survey

Have you used our services?  How did we do?  What could we have done better?  Please take a few minutes to fill out our follow-up survey.  Answers and comments will help us to better serve families in the future.   Click here.

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Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

The Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) website helping parents and advocates improve educational results for children with disabilities

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