Monday, September 15, 2008

Is Trig Palin a Help or a Hindrance to the Children with Special Needs Community?: Relevant Health News

Some items about kids with special needs:
  • People are split about how they feel about Sarah Palin and her family thrust front and center in the election; some feel that it is completely normal, and makes her relatable, and others feel it is manipulative. When it comes to her four month old, Trig Palin, who was born with Down's Syndrome, the debate is particularly loud and divisive. Parents within the special need community are also split themselves, debating if Trig's prominent place in the recent convention and public appearances was a boon for the community, to put the needs of their "forgotten" children front and center, or rather was it just plain exploitative? Either way, this dimension of Palin's biography may prove to be a potentially powerful element to sway voters who are as yet undecided, especially when one considers the explosion of parents that now care for a special needs child.
  • On the subject of Down's Syndrome, in the U.K. new research is asserting that, "For every three unborn Down's syndrome babies prevented from being born, two healthy babies will be miscarried because of the methods used to detect the condition." In the U.K. they are actively evaluating how women are assigned to the high risk groups in an effort to make certain the tests, which do carry a risk, are appropriately targeted.
  • A wonderfully in depth look at kids that have Bipolar disorders was featured over the weekend in The New York Times Magazine. It delves into the puzzle that is Bipolar disorder in kids, and the struggles of the entire family to cope. It is a long article, but well worth the read.
  • There were so many cautionary travel tales this summer about traveling with kids, and especially kids with special needs. A recent article looks into the efforts of many families of Autistic children to reclaim the family vacation.

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