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Posted Aug 04 2009 5:48pm

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I’ve been reading the national best-seller, Last Child in the Woods, and as I find myself doing so often, I’m looking for the special needs perspective.  There isn’t much, but toward the end of the book there are some statistics I find heartening, including this: 

One study of fifteen residential summer camp programs with specialized programs for children with disabilities–including learning disabilities, autism, sensory disabilities, moderate and severe cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injury–revealed that participating children demonstrated improved initiative and self-direction that transferred to their lives at home and in school.

And if you’re interested in getting your kids outdoors, here’s a link to a great site to help you find ideas in your area.

Plus, more links:

If you’d like a chance to design a T-shirt (with a grand prize of $2500) go here.

For help teaching kids values such as responsibility, kindness, and compassion, Beliefnet.com has a free Family Values Toolkit available online here.

And speaking of T-shirts, Jennifer of Three’s a Charm has created “I Did It” shirts to celebrate all the things babies and kids with Down syndrome can do.  For each shirt sold at the purchase price of $21 (for T-21, get it?), Jennifer will buy and donate a copy of the soon-to-be released Gifts 2 to a pediatrician, genetic counselor, or ob/gyn’s office, to help celebrate all our kids’ accomplishments.

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