The term "developmental disabilities"
is used to describe life-long disabilities attributed to mental and/or
physical impairments that are manifested before prior to 22 years of
People with developmental disabilities often have functional
limitations in the areas of language, mobility, learning, performing
self-help tasks and independent living.
adults they may need life long support for economic self-sufficiency
and engagement in meaningful functional activities such as supported
employment or participation in an exercise, social or crafts
The term "mental retardation"
is considered to have negative connotations and the term "developmental
disability" is often preferred when referring to an individual
with impaired cognitive or intellectual abilities.
Maryanne, Fine Motor Skills in
Children with Down Syndrome:
A Guide for Parents and
MD, 2nd addition 2006.
to normal development
and adaptations for
children with special needs written with
special needs written by an occupational therapist would be helpful
for any parent. I especially liked the step by step
instructions for teaching ball play, coloring and cutting skills. Ds-health.com/occther.htm Fine
Motor skills in Children with Down Syndrome
OTR's website you will find Information
augmentative communication and other assistive
individuals with physical and/or developmental
Edition, Pro-Ed, Inc. TX, 1994. Erhardt, Rhoda, Developmental Visual Dysfunction,
Erhardt Developmental Products,
2379 Snowshoe Court, Maplewood, MN,
55119, 1990. These are great resources to learn
normal hand and vision development, the impact of
dysfunction due to developmental disabilities, assessment tools and
models for treatment. Many videotapes are also available
at the author's website. Erhardtproducts.com
Carol, My Social Stories Book,
Jessica Kingsley Publisher,
Carol Gray's stories about basic activities such as
brushing your teeth
or wearing a safety belt in the car are
geared for young children with
autism, they are useful for
other individuals with developmental
disabilities who can
skills by listening to the
stories. Thegraycenter.org My
Social Stories Book
my book review of
this great resource- written
to help therapists, educators, support staff, family
members and clients promote independence and
quality of life through successful daily living skills.
Richard, Gail, J. and
Debra, The Source for
East Moline, Ill, 1999. The authors provide the
and intervention issues
for numerous syndromes: Angelman, Asperger's, Autism, Down,
Fetal Alcohol, Fetal Rubella, Fragile X, Landau-Kleffner, Prader-Willi,
Rett's, Selective Mutism, Tourette's and William's syndromes.
Ross, Mildred, Bachner,
Susan, Adults with
Developmental Disabilities: Current
Approaches in Occupational Therapy, The American
Bethesda, MD, 1998. A comprehensive
guide to working with this population in a variety of settings,
addressing sensory, vocational, vision, activities of daily
living and social needs
and treatment models. Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Oral-Motor and Feeding Issues
What is a Feeding Disorder? Ernsperger,
Stegen-Hanson, Tania, Just Take a
Future Horizons, Inc., Arlington, TX, 2004.
A behavioral consultant and occupational therapist team up
to explore oral motor development and the behavioral,
sensory and motor issues that contribute to fussy eater
Take a Bite
Morris, Suzanne, Pre-Feeding Skills , Therapy
Skill Builders, TX, 2000.
A speech therapist reviews anatomy, normal development, oral structure
problems, sensory processing issues, assessment, feeding approaches,
treatment, nutritional and issues around feeding children who are fed by
tube. Pre-Feeding Skills
Oetter, P., Richter, E., Frick, S. M.O.R.E.
Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and
Postural Functions, PDP Press, MN.
These occupational therapists illustrate the relationship between oral
motor mechanisms and the sensorimotor and behavioral aspects
of human function. They include extensive information on the various
oral-motor toys, advantages and therapeutic use. M.O.R.E.
BooksMainly for Parents and Caregivers
Feit, Debbie, The Parent's Guide to Speech and
McGraw hill, New York, 2007.
This guide written by a parent with two children with speech
disorders, explains the different types of disorders, how to find
the right help, the basics of how therapy works and more. The
Parents Guide To Speech and Language Problems
Lewis, Pamela, Achieving Best Behavior for Children
The American Association on
Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)AAIDD
effective practices and universalhuman rights
for people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Syndrome Foundation,Inc., is a national organization
for family, caregivers and professionals. Angelman syndrome (AS)
has confused the medical community and parents of Angelman
children for hundreds of years. Initially presumed to be rare, it is
now believed that thousands of Angelman Syndrome cases have
gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy, autism or other
The Developmental Delay
andmaintains a registry to identify factors that would
at risk,provides a network
for parents and professionals and
booksand other publications.
resource for parents and professionals with articles, products, videos,
trainings and advocacy to promote support for very young
Houses that Specialize in Disability
Asperger Publishing Company
P.O. Box 23173Shawnee
8254 Autism Asperger Publishing Co. Autism Asperger Publishing Company is an
in books on autism spectrum disorders. The books are
parents, teachers and or others working or living with an
with an autism spectrum disorder. The company also
and other interactive products.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
independent publisher specializes in the categories of: arts
therapies,Autism and Asperger's
Syndromes, brain injury, disability
law, education,health and social
care (including occupational therapy),
parenting, psychology and
psychiatry. There are numerous titles
related to developmental
Bells Mill Road
843-7323 Woodbinehouse.com Woodbine
is a publisher specializing in books about c children with special
needs. Titles in the special needs collection include topics: AD/HD, autism,
celiac disease, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spina bifida,
traumatic brain injury, early intervention, inclusion, special education,
Visit the Autism Resource
page for more information.